Why study with Sonya?

Having many years of teaching experience, I focus on starting my students with strong basics, helping them understand music in a broader sense, and working for their success as they take their music into the world.


I offer private harp lessons and private piano lessons in San Jose. For students and peers in the harp community, I organize regular recitals, masterclasses, evaluation programs, and performance opportunities. I also foster and encourage young musicians by maintaining relations with experts in the harp and music community, and by adapting to special needs and unique objectives.

Private Lessons

I offer private lessons in harp and piano for students of all levels. I tailor my curriculum to each individual student's abilities and interests, focusing on building technique and musicality. I incorporate music theory throughout their studies and can prepare students to perform at high level orchestras and competitions. 

Harp and Music Instruction

Harp Ensemble

Harp ensemble is a wonderful opportunity to meet other harpists and learn how to perform music as a group. All harpists from beginning to advanced levels may participate. The class meets weekly, and focuses on a final performance in the community. Students can earn community service hours by participating in these performances. 

Harp and Music Instruction

Student Education Sessions

I organize the annual Student Education Sessions for the Silicon Valley Chapter of the American Harp Society. Through this 2 session program, students get to workshop their pieces with a professional from the community who provides feedback for areas of improvement. The program culminates in a recital where students can present their beautiful playing.

Harp and Music Instruction


“Mrs. Yu is not only a methodical, precise teacher, but a very positive one. Because she believed in me, I was inspired to work harder and achieve my goals.”

Lauren Oliver


"Thank you so much for your work with the girls. You are both a very skilled and compassionate teacher!"

The Estradas


“Thanks, for being a supporting person of my harp life. You are the best instrument teacher I’ve ever met.”

Clarence Tang


Get in touch!

Please reach out with any inquiries about my programs or questions.