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Laura Erickson

Music Teaching Artist- Harp
I love helping students express art through music, and I love being a part of an incredible faculty that actively participates in learning and growing as musicians.


Laura Erickson serves as a music teaching artist at Simpson. In addition to teaching, Mrs. Erickson performs with various orchestral, vocal, and wind ensembles at Simpson College and in the Des Moines Metro Area. Her private studio in West Des Moines includes students who perform with the Des Moines Youth Symphony, All-State Music Festival, and many graduates who have gone on to study harp at the collegiate level.

With a background in both choral music education and harp performing, Mrs. Erickson brings a unique approach to the learning process. While harp technique and pedagogy are taught and practiced, practical, marketable skills and overall musicianship are also addressed as key components of instruction.



Solo, chamber, and orchestral harp performing

Harp teaching/coaching

Elementary music instruction

Vocal coaching and performing



Bachelor’s degree in music, (Certified Vocal Music Education), University of Northern Iowa, 1992

Master’s degree in music performance, University of Kansas, 1997