schools programmes

Harps Australia supplies school music harp programs schools nation-wide.


Our harps have founded or supported programs at:

Avila College, ANAM (Melbourne), Braemar College, Cornish College, Danebank Anglican School for Girls (Sydney) Fintona Girls School, Genazzano FCJ College, Ivanhoe Grammar, Melbourne High School, Methodist Ladies College and the Music Academy of Melbourne,  Monte Saint’ Angelo Mercy College (Sydney), Radford College (Canberra), St. Catherines School (Toorak),  Toorak College, Trinity Grammar School (Melbourne), Wesley College, Yarra Valley Grammar


Several Events pedal harps are available to schools for short- term or hire events, such as concerts or displays.

School Harp Rental, and Lease Program:

Pedal gut, and Lever gut tension harps are available.

Pedal harps are available to schools via a lease.

Three options are available for schools:

Option 1. The school may choose to rent one or more instruments that will remain at the school for lessons and for harp ensembles (6 monthly rental cost varies by size and string tension (See 'Rent Harps' page for conditions of rental).

Option 2. If the school is beginning a new school harp program or expanding/restarting one, the school may rent one or more instruments to sublet out to students for introductory purposes.

The school carries full responsibility for the instruments. The harps may only be sublet by the school for a period of one year, then instruments must be purchased by the school. The first 6 month rental period may come off purchase price if the school goes on to purchase from Harps Australia, for the rented instrument  or using the trade in/trade up programme for superior Salvi or Lyon & Healy harps, lever or pedal.

The School is responsible for all paperwork, care of the harp and student accountability.

Schools are not allowed to sublet or re rent harps to their students.


Schools may like to consider giving a student rebate for private hire (option 3), thereby reducing the schools administration and maintenance concerns while supporting talented harp students.

Option 3. Harps Australia handles private rentals for family and students directly. 

We have a growing rental pool of around 60 harps in a number of Australian cities and country areas, of both lever and pedal harps.

The rental contract, care and responsibility for the harp and payment of rental/lease fees are contractual arrangements between Harps Australia and the parents or guardians of individual students. 


The first 6 month private rental period can come off purchase price (to the family) if  families go on to purchase from Harps Australia and are also eligable for our trade in/trade up program for Salvi, and Lyon & Healy lever or pedal harps.

 The private rental system allows for the full first rental period of lever harps and pedal harps may be applied in full to the purchase of an instrument from us (conditions apply). 

The three Sophia harps in this sturdy and colourful family of instruments are perfect for young players, and are featured in a growing number of school harp programmes.


Affordable yet high in quality, they are designed to meet the needs of children from early childhood music programmes to Junior and Senior School and adult lever harp players. See the Sophia Harps and Taliesinpage for details of these instruments.

 More advanced students may choose more advanced instruments in our rental or sales pool that can lead on to classical pedal harp studies including the 34 string Lyon and Healy “Ogden 34 string” (pedal harp tension) and Salvi’s Gaia 38.

 A limited number of pedal harps are available for students  advancing into pedal harp study and for school orchestra harp playing if chromatic pedal changes are required in the music: