Hang & HandPan lessons
A musical sculpture
I have been playing the Hang since 2003. From the beginning, my intention has been to develop a technique appropriate and inherent to the instrument itself instead of imposing any pre-existing approach. Along the years, this allowed me to create a unique technique for the Hang and the HandPan instruments called METAHANG.
In my lessons you will learn different ways to handle, hold and play the Hang, how to create rhythms and keep the tempo in your body, how to play with no tension and build muscle memory, how to improvise and create compositions, how to understand music theory through playfulness and active listening.
You will be introduced to my Structured Improvisation Technique, which will allow you to play music while practicing, to compose and improvise, to release tension while immersing your body in music, to express yourself richly as music is a metaphor for life.
I have been teaching music for 20 years and I have seen how every person’s journey with an instrument is unique. I build music programs specifically for each one of you, according to your predispositions, experiences, and desires. Once that process is clear, knowledge and mastery grow quickly and exponentially.
For those who pursue music with dedication I deliver METAHANG Certificates (Musical Education, Training & Apprenticeship for HandPan Instruments) for 3 different levels (Intermediate, Advanced, Master). You may call yourself a student of mine if you hold one of these certificates, or if you are in the process of obtaining one. Otherwise, if you are simply curious about music and the Hang, you are welcome to take classes with me as an explorer and I will be honored to help you with your learning path.
Contact me for more information or to book a class.
More about METAHANG (Musical Education, Training & Apprenticeship for HandPan Instruments).
More about my method: Structured Improvisation Technique
From my students
“I call her a ‘music-smith’, like a wordsmith or blacksmith because of the way in which she embodies music and sound. She is a truly gifted musician, composer, and teacher. She is incredibly skilled at teaching the complexities of the Hang: technique, sound, resonance, melody, incorporating the different voices and harmonies. My lessons are so inspiring and healing on multitude levels. What I am learning translates to many areas of my life and spiritual practice. Our lessons are not only about playing the Hang, but about breathing, relaxing the body, being present, and, from this place, one can open to the magic, joy, essence of the Hang. She is incredibly skilled at teaching this amazing and unique instrument. ... I have immense gratitude and respect for Laura’s instruction and wisdom, talent and experience, and most of all, for the beauty and integrity of her relationship with the Hang.” Deb Grant - Expressive Art Therapist
"Laura Inserra is a dream of a music teacher. She is both classically trained and a gifted improviser. Laura is attuned to the needs and capabilities of her students. She know how to teach to their level, inspire confidence, and encourage excellence. She knows when to support and when to push to the next level of accomplishment. Laura teaches the disciplines of musicianship in an atmosphere of playful acceptance. She creates a safe place in which to learn, an inspiring place to gain competence, and grow in the language of music and expression. The lessons are fun and deep, beautiful paced, and build on one another. Laura is generous with her knowledge and her heart." Ahbi Vernon - Psychologist and Mental Heath Therapist
"Laura is a fantastic musician and a skilled teacher. She is able to meet me right where I am, and give me music to practice that is both satisfying and challenging." Debbie Fier - Musical Educator, and Piano Tuner
About the Hang
The Hang was released in 2001 by Felix Rohner and Sabina Schärer at PANArt in Bern, Switzerland.
The Hang is a resonating percussion instrument related to the steeldrum, gong, gamelan and ghatam. In the Bernese language ‘hang’ means ‘hand’ and as such the Hang is made, tuned and played by hand.
The sound of the Hang evokes an exquisite and delicate landscape of spaciousness and vitality. Played softly it sounds like a flute, played louder the metal resonates as a Gamelan. At times you can hear echoes of the marimba and at other times there are hints of strings or harp playing pizzicato. The bass note punctuates the rhythm like a gong. It is like playing with an ensemble. The effect is mesmerizing, it intrigues and seduces all those who listen to it.
Visit the official website: www.Panart.ch