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
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