Jaymee Haefner’s performances have been described by Daniel Buckley as possessing “an air of dreamy lyricism… interlocking melody lines with the deftness of a dancer’s footwork.” Jaymee joined the University of North Texas College of Music faculty in 2006 and serves as Assistant Professor of Harp and Director of Undergraduate Studies. Her performances include a feature at the 50th Anniversary American Harp Society (AHS) National Conference in New York City, the 2014 AHS National Conference in New Orleans, and performances throughout the Dallas–Fort Worth area, in Mexico, the Czech Republic and Russia. She published The Legend of Henriette Renié and One Stone to the Building: Henriette Renié’s Life Through Her Works for Harp and has presented lectures for the World Harp Congress (WHC) in Sydney and Amsterdam. Jaymee was Chairman of the 2011 AHS Institute and serves as the Treasurer for the WHC. Dr. Haefner obtained her BM and MM degrees from the University of Arizona and her DM degree from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. When she isn’t on stage, Dr. Haefner trains in American Karate with her son, and recently obtained her first-degree black belt.
My teaching philosophy is grounded in the belief that each student is an individual, and should be encouraged in this way. Just as no two harpists’ hands are shaped identically, each student has individual technical and musical talents and needs. My teaching is a fusion of several approaches, passed onto me through my studies with Susann McDonald, Carrol McLaughlin, Anna Vorhes, and Kathy Bundock-Moore. I have a particular interest in the Renie Method, and adopt many of her approaches in my teaching philosophy.
I’ve recently published several articles for The Harp Column, which articulate my teaching philosophy in greater detail. You may read these columns here.
I am available for private lessons, and also teach at the University of North Texas. Please feel free to read about degrees in Harp Performance at the University of North Texas College of Music.