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Alyssa Reit

  • Degrees and StudiesB.M. and M.M., The Juilliard School; Graduate Studies, Manhattan School of Music
  • Music Conservatory of WestchesterFaculty since 2005

Born in: Chicago, Illinois

Performances and Distinctions: Alyssa Reit began her studies of the harp at age seven in her hometown of Chicago, Illinois.  She considers herself lucky to have had a strong Salzedo method background in her early years as well as the influence and guidance of Marcel Grandjany at the Juilliard School, where she received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. Alyssa enjoys a wide range of musical styles, both as a performer and as a listener.  Currently the focus of her performing career is with her theater company, Singing Harp, which presents myths and fairy tales set to her original music. She teaches at the pre-college division of Manhattan School of Music, and has been on the faculty of the Music Conservatory of Westchester since 2005.

Teaching Philosophy: “I see each student as a unique wonder, so I adapt my approach depending on his or her special package of strengths, weakness, and inclinations.   I work by ear with all students, introducing reading when they are ready.  Along with insisting on strong technical fundamentals, I stress good practice methods, encouraging each student to learn how to think for him/herself as to how a problem can be solved.  I also introduce principles of musicianship and composition from the very beginning, so that the student’s understanding grows along with technique.”