Newsletter – Spring 2013
IHTP NEWS (Spring 2013)
ESMs – ASMs – Intros
IHTP ESM – May 19-25, 2013 – San Diego, California
IHTP- Europe - Attendance Module 1 – July 8-13, 2013
Werkhoven nr. Utrecht, NL
IHTP Intro and ESM Oct. 18-20 – Brazil
IHTP ESM – Oct/Nov. - Tampa, FLorida 10/26-11/2
CEU Conferences – 20 CEUs awarded
Iona, Scotland – June 25-29, 2013
(check to see if there are any openings available CONTACT)
European IHTP Conference July 6-7, 2013
Werkhoven nr Utrecht at SAMAYA Retreat Center
Harp Therapy Conference – September 25-27, 2013
Spanish Peaks Harp Festival, Southern Colorado LINK
Harp Therapy Conference – Oct. 4-6, 2013
Northern Lights Harp Festival – Ottawa, Canada
IMPORTANT INFO ABOUT NLHF in Ottawa – Register NOW for huge savings. Please go to this LINK
regarding the wonderful workshops that will take place throughout the weekend.
The IHTP Conference will kick off the weekend events.
See the bottom of this newsletter for description and prices of the Northern Lights Harp Festival.
Harp Therapy International – Europe
We are excited to announce the first official European International Harp Therapy Program.
We have been meeting to set up Prep days every other month in Europe, gather our wonderful instructors and get them on board and set up an accreditation process in Europe. The first module will be held in July 2013 and will be taught in native languages (translators). This module is equivalent to the on-line program that is administrated through the USA. In July of 2014, Christina Tourin and Judith Hitt will bring the Resonance portion of the program to the Netherlands. Be one of the first pioneers to spread Therapeutic Music throughout Europe!
CONTACT for INFORMATION
JOIN THE PREP SCHOOL NOW
Join our PREP school now to get your mentor and get started on music development, repertoire and readings.
We have a few openings for our IONA Harp trip from June 24-29th. If you are interested in joining us, please check out the IONA BLOG on the right hand panel of the Campus site.
Our recent Graduates from the IHTP. You have persevered and worked hard over the past couple of years. May your journey be blessed as you go forth and serve! CONGRATULATIONS!
Shannon Schumann – Arizona
Judith Leiby – Utah
Here is the loving pinning ceremony we had for Junda in the Netherlands and everyone sang for her!
Sable Shaw of Nevada and Irene Ryding of Hawaii, our representatives on the National Standards Board for Therapeutic Musicians have worked hard to pave the way for more inclusive language among Music Therapists, Certified Sound Healers, Music-Thanatologist, Vibroacoutic Harp Therapy facilitators, Therapeutic Musicians as well as Physical and Occupational Therapists. We are indebted to your work along with your teams at the NSBTM to bring awareness to the legislative process of protecting these training fields and including them in the protective umbrella of those trained to work therapeutically with patients and residents. Thank you!
IHTP Family News
From: Carla Whiteley
Villa Maria News!!!
News – “I was interviewed this morning at Villa Maria an assisted living venue in Melbourne. Kathleen Collings, who was the manager at Bupa last year is now the manager of one of their new facilities. She contacted me as she wants to promote Therapeutic Harp in the facility
The new facility is being officially opened on the 8th of Dec and I have been asked to play for that as well as the manager’s meeting on the 13th and to give a talk on therapeutic harp music.
I am being employed 3 Mondays a month for 2 hours. Concerts as well as individual playing. I am so excited. It is only 15 min away from home. I am also being asked to run a work shop next year. When you come to Aust. We will have another venue to work in.
Carla Whiteley from Melbourne Australia
Harpist Margaret Stephens – Art’s Program at DHMC
Aug 07, 2012
The Creative Arts Program provides a different kind of healing for patients and families.
The anxious patient was from Jordan and didn’t speak much English. But a nurse had asked therapeutic harpist Margaret Stephens to come to her room. When Stephens began to play the Beethoven and Mozart she requested, she sat up in bed and leaned close.
“I was concerned that something was wrong and then realized she was moving closer to the harp,” Stephens said and added, “She was very obviously involved in listening. A relative translated that she was imagining being out in a field and involved with nature. She really enjoyed the music, and thanked me for coming. The family said they could see a change on her face.”
That patient’s reaction is not uncommon as Stephens goes about the hospital, visiting patients and playing in waiting areas. She’s part of Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s Creative Arts Program, which brings music, art and writing to patients and families.
The program got its start at the Koop Institute as a collaboration between medical students and inpatients. Visual artist Kathy Parsonnet was brought on board first. Rebecca Gottesman is the now the program’s artist in residence, with writer Marv Klassen-Landis and Stephens also part of the program.
Having artists interact with patients is more than a way to channel stress and anxiety, bring catharsis and offer diversions, said Elisabeth Gordon, director of DHMC’s Arts Program, which oversees the program.
“Studies show that engaging in uplifting visual art, music and literature can slow a person’s heart rate, lower their blood pressure, decrease their need for pain medication, and lower their stress level,” she said.
“Music often helps family and patients release emotions or provide a comforting background sound when people are at a loss for words,” said Gordon. “Sometimes I work with children who are in the waiting area and let them have a chance to experience the harp and pick out a tune.”
The important thing about engaging in the arts is not the finished product, says Gordon; it’s the process itself that matters.
“All of our artists are knowledgeable about working with patients who are in isolation, immobile, or limited in other ways,” she said. For example, someone too weak to write may enjoy being read to she explained.
”Hearing uplifting poems written by other patients is a favorite request. We have had patients who were unable to speak write lyrics with the help of a computer, or a blind patient engage in art making. Each artist can usually adapt their work to accommodate the patient so that virtually anyone can benefit from engaging with them,” she said.
As Gordon sees it, “The act of creating is in these cases more important than the results. The act of engagement can give a person a sense that they are larger than their disease and a unique being with much to offer.”
Read more about a recent study of harp music’s effect on ICU patients from the Huffington Post.
Heidi Smith – A Note of Thanks
Just wanted to let you all know that I was just offered a paid contractor position with A Step Forward Home Health and Hospice in Salt Lake City. It is the beginning of my next career! This will include therapeutic harp for hospice patients at home and also residents in long term care facilities. Thank you for all your help and support during my journey on this path. This is another step along that path. Heidi Smith, CTHP
From Sonja Grace - firstname.lastname@example.org Sonja has moved to Malta where she is making great inroads with Therapeutic Harp Music. She has appeared on television, radio and is now working in a few places including a women’s prison. If anyone has a small harp, a beginners harp that you would donate to her work, she would be most grateful. Thanks to Margaret Forrest in the Netherlands, she has a temporary loan of a small harp to use with the women. Here are some postings about her work.
Dear Christina, Here are some interesting contacts. The first is from Francis who currently lives with his wife in California. Just to let you know that I just upgraded my website. I change the title from *tours* to *journeys* as the temple visits are in reality a ‘spiritual walking journey into the mysteries of life and the evolution of the human consciousness,’ and they express the special wisdom and the layers one can experience during the journey. I had a good helping hand from Julia Fairchild of Hawaii. Excellent job well done. Have a look!
Soon I will publish* ‘An Alternative Handbook to the Maltese Temples.*’ It is a metaphysical guide and it gives a holistic view of these mysterious sites. It’s time that the truth to be revealed. The book was sponsored by culture3sixty.’
I’m also in the process of finishing editing my second novel: *The Age of Magic and Wisdom *and will be in print soon. I’m looking for a sponsor for this second novel!
Islands of Dream is available from Booklocker.com
The second is from the local newspaper in Malta.
Although Francis would say the temples are well over 30000 years old.
The video does not do justice to them. You have to really experience the sound vibrations of the stones themselves as Joel Andrews did. The vibrations of the stones tell a different story. Also the feminine statues originally had no heads, they were empty vessels for holding crystals. The doors of the temple are open to the sun entering at the solstices. There were temples built all over the islands as observatories for the different movements of the stars and planets. So I don’t think the roofs would have been entirely closed.
Here is my Rainbow Healing Harps Newsletter for September 2012
It was a great experience in Malta. I was interviewed three times about Harp Therapy on TV, had one article in the local newspaper about the “Healing Power of Harp Music”, and was on one radio talk back show fielding questions about Harp Therapy. One listener commented my music sounded just like a waterfall. For further details, see my website:
The media publicity helped to make the local people more aware of Harp Therapy, so hospital staff were more open to welcoming me into their ward, and patients were more open to trying Harp Therapy in a very traditional Catholic country. I taught women in prison to play the harp, and played for Taize Adoration in the local church. This enabled me to work as a volunteer in various Hospitals and provide over 100 Harp Therapy sessions for patients.
Harp Therapy was very well received by staff, family members and patients. The main demand from patients was in intensive care units, obstetrics and paediatrics, particularly oncology. Occupational Therapists suggested the need for Harp Therapy for patients with burns and amputees. Staff requested Harp Therapy for Geriatric wards, Psychiatric wards and Gynaecology.
The Harp Therapy sessions offered by me benefitted both patients and staff by providing
- relaxation for mums of new born, stressed staff and psychiatric patients
- pain relief for oncology patients and post-op
- inducing sleep for mums with new born, babies; patients in palliative care and post-op
- relieving anxiety for family members of patients in palliative care, & neonatal intensive care; children and pre-op treatment patients
- mental stimulation in geriatric awards
Harp Therapy for transition is still a new concept for Malta and is more likely to be requested from intensive care units, rather than palliative care.
I also complement Harp Therapy with singing bowls which I find particularly useful when working with children, the elderly, and psychiatric patients.
Some Highlights of Harp Therapy in MaltA - Individual Sessions
After 20 minutes playing for a teen with cancer, she had no more pain. Newborn babies stopped crying and started breastfeeding, or fell asleep within 5 minutes. One patient was amazed that he could feel the sound of the harp music in his body. I could also see the ripples of vibration physically moving throughout his body.
Hospital staff particularly looked forward to a short respite of listening to harp music during their busy work day. A staff member who had a private session said she felt very serene afterwards, her head cleared of worries and stress, and she really appreciated being taken back in time to her most peaceful memory in childhood.
The most notable private client had Ankylosing spondylitis, can’t sleep and needs regular injections for pain relief. After one session of sound healing he had full movement of his neck, was completely pain free, and slept right through the night for the first time in years. The next day he had no pain, so forgot to go to hospital for his regular injection. Today he is back playing his bass guitar.
Group sessions were conducted for the elderly in geriatric and dementia wards; psychiatric wards and in a school for children with special needs. I played a different song for each child. Some began to vocalize with the music, others began to move their limbs. The live therapeutic harp music lit up the children’s faces and they smiled.
Elderly women particularly appreciated the opportunity to relive a “second childhood”, while the men preferred to create their own music. Psychiatric patients after first listening to relaxing harp music were able to pluck, “Twinkle, twinkle, little star” in their first session.
On reflection, in future I would also begin classes in prison this way to help the inmates relax and de-stress so they can focus on learning better.
Collating my results:
40% patients benefitted immediately from Harp Therapy. Responses included relaxation induced sleep, humming and smiles. Patients commented afterwards they felt very calm, better, happy, and very relaxed. One patient said the music was very relaxing, especially in the silence (the space between the notes).
30% benefitted family members who felt very relaxed afterwards, and found the live harp music calming and soothing.
30% patients were willing to try something new, and appreciated the opportunity to listen to harp music, although there was no obvious therapeutic benefit.
Young intern doctors were very open to learning about Harp Therapy and recommended appropriate clients for Harp Therapy, freely sharing the necessary medical information about their patients. When doctors were either not present, too busy, or not interested in Harp Therapy, nursing staff often did not share enough medical information with me because I was a volunteer, and would often direct me to long term patients, and/English speaking patients, or just let me decide who to play for. Hence the 30% no obvious therapeutic benefit.
The Head of Occupational Therapy was very impressed with all my work, and I found that Occupational Therapists took the time to understand how Harp Therapy could benefit their clients and then recommended the patients who would most benefit from Harp Therapy. However, they were not always able to get permission from Nursing Management for this to occur.
Volunteers come under the refreshment and recreation category, and so are not allowed into intensive care units.
I spoke with the Minister of Health and on recommendation I put in a very detailed proposal for a Harp Therapy contract. However, it was declined due to lack of funds. Hardly surprising when the politicians had just rewarded themselves a 600 Euro a week pay rise! The average wage in Malta is 600 Euros a month. Most people would have to work very long hours, 6 days a week to earn that amount.
Supervision for Harp Therapy Practicums in Malta
I now have official permission from one hospital to supervise Harp Therapy students for their IHTP practicum. Students need to give me 6 weeks notice, so I can make the necessary arrangements. The energy on Malta and Gozo is amazing and living by the sea I always find very uplifting, energizing, and inspiring. The clothes I bought there carry this wonderful energy and continue to fill me with peaceful vibrations.
The ancient temples are over 30,000 years old. Gozo Island is quieter than the main island of Malta, and so more conducive to spiritual renewal and creativity. The Tor on Gozo has the stations of the cross leading up to the summit. A famous herbal healer used to live in the vicinity. At the top is an amphitheatre where outdoor Masses are sometimes celebrated. Otherwise you have a magnificent view of the whole island.
The best times to visit Malta are April to June and September to October. Then the weather is not so hot, there are less tourists, flights are cheaper, and the water is still warm enough for swimming, scuba diving and snorkeling.
For those on a tight budget, accommodation can be as low as $10 a day in a private home, or $13.50 a day for self-catering at a lovely old hostel which used to be a monastery, 5 minutes from the sea. The hostel has 80 beds. Even in the height of summer, the hostel can be nice and quiet with only a dozen visitors.
I look forward to welcoming the first IHTP students for their practicums in Malta in 2013.
Sending you peace and hoping you spread this peace with your harp playing.
Sonja Grace Certified Therapeutic Harp Practitioner
Rising Phoenix Website
Hi everyone, I’ve finally got it up and launched!! Please go check out the website so I can get a google presence! Hope you are all well. Much love, Debby Jennings from North Carolina
Latest Missions Newsletter – The Zambia Project
We left many grateful hearts behind because of many of you who supported us with your love, prayers, and finances. During our 3 months of missions training, Bev kept the statistics for our 3 expeditions (14 students in all) to remote chiefdoms. We shared the Gospel message with over 3000 villagers, 523 accepted Christ as their savior, and saw 341 healing and deliverances. God is so good!
From: Kate Teoh
IHTP In The News
HI Christina and Gaylord,
It went smoothly yesterday playing for Prince William and Kathryn at hospice in Malaysia! As background music, I improvised on Ionian and light Aeolian during the four hours. I mainly played for the VIPs and committee members. I will get photos from the hospice photographer. One cameraman stuck the camera at my face (almost), will have to find out which press he came from. Well, didn’t get to shake the Princess’ hands though
I was playing at an semi outdoor atrium and thank god I had nylon strings (I used my 33 string) My follow volunteer, who was upstairs said it felt like he was in heaven….
There will be a write up in the Hospice newsletter on me but mainly on what harp therapy is. Now I will rest my fingers for 3 days before I start my internship again on Monday at cancer ward.
With the Princess taking up Hospice movement as her favorite course, hopefully the hospices in Asia will get a boost. Before her visit, the government and local royalty would not care less about the course. Now we got a royal patron (local) and govt minister wanted to get involved.
There is still a long way to educate people about Harp Therapy but it has started quite smoothly for me. Thanks for all your help and guidance. Cheers, Kate
From: Shannon Schumann
IHTP In The News!!!!
Hi Tina and Jocelyn,
I was interviewed at my new job, and wanted you both to see this:
From: Paul and Darlene Walton
This has to be the world’s most complex and magnificent music box ever! This is so interesting to watch…. and listen to! Imagine the job of tuning this thing! INCREDIBLE!
From: Sharon Stoll
IHTP Recognition from Tampa General Hospital
There is so much going on everywhere. It’s like the universe is exploding in a good way. Monday I’m part of a program that Tampa General Hospital is presenting in conjunction with the Arts Council of Tampa to be present at Dr. Sheela Chokshi, the keynote speaker, gives a presentation from the Integrative Healthcare Department about the work we are doing there. I will give a brief description of harp therapy along with an aromatherapist.
My web site address is www.harpwings.net.
I continue to administer the Institute for Healing through Sound and Music. Most of the members are MHTP graduates. We are all involved in various projects at the moment. One (which you know of) that I am kicking off soon, of course, is the Harp Circle project. We hope to implement that at Tampa General Hospital. Blessings and peace, Sharon
From: Rebecca Newbrey
Hi Christina. I just finished playing for the animals at the shelter. I love visiting them. A lady introduced herself and asked if I play for the animals. I told her yes and she asked if it would be okay if they brought the news crew to video it while doing a piece on the shelter. She said she will call in a couple of weeks to set it up. I don’t know if I play loud enough yet. When I am playing for an animal I am so focused on the animal in front of me that I don’t really hear the other dogs barking. I am looking for a connection with the animal. I come along side the kennel and get as close as I can to the cage so they can hear a little better. Maybe we will find a home for Pammy, a very sweet pit bull who is one of my favorites cause she likes the harp music. I cant give them all a home but I can give them love and a little music while they wait for a home. We had a new batch of rolly polly puppies in today. So cute! Take care. Becca
Interesting Articles and Announcements
THE NSBTM OFFERS THE
Developed BY practitioners For practitioners, this is a “must have” planning tool for any therapeutic music students or practitioners who are speaking formally or informally about therapeutic music. The planner provides: • Guidelines • Worksheets • Resource sheets • Therapeutic Music FAQ handout • And more – see detailed description
Northern Lights Harp Festival
Ottawa, Canada - October 4-6, 2013
20 CEU’s awarded to IHTP Graduates
(Other Program Graduates -check with your administration for # of CEUs to be awarded)
Here is the savings if you register now – Dec. 3rd was the opening registration day!
Holiday Special: $250.00
** Payment must be postmarked or digitally dated by January 6, 2013
Early Bird Registration: $285.00
** Payment must be postmarked or digitally dated by March 31, 2013
Regular Registration: $325.00
** Payment must be postmarked or digitally dated by August 31, 2013
Late Registration: $380.00
** Payment must be postmarked or digitally dated by September 15, 2013
No on-site registrations will be accepted.
Registration fees do not include lodging or meals.
Refund Policy - Your admission fee is transferable at all times. A 50% refund will be granted if you cancel before the March 31, 2013. No refunds after March 31, 2013.
- International Harp Therapy Program (IHTP) - Friday One-day Conference
Friday 9:00am – 4:00pm *Note: separate registration required.
A one-day conference on Friday, October 4th in advance of the NLHF will be provided by Tina Tourin (IHTP). The International Harp Therapy Program holds regional conferences in various countries and around the USA. Graduates of the program will receive 20 CEUs for attending the three-day event.
Topics for the Friday conference will include an in-depth look at improvisational patterns, how to individualiize music for people, and how to work in senior homes and with large groups of people. As a participant, you will have access to people who are actually making harp therapy a career and be able to ask them valuable questions for your own journey.
Anyone interested in therapeutic harp is welcome to attend. Please note that there is an additional registration fee of $120 for this day-long conference. Certified Therapeutic Harp Practitioners seeking CEU’s will be awarded 20 CEU’s for their full attendance on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
- IMPROVISATION AND MODULATION TECHNIQUES – BEYOND THE 10 CREATIVE HARPING SERIES TO BE USED WITH THE CELTIC CIRCLE OF MUSIC
There are some wonderful new patterns and tips for Improvisation and various modulations that were not included in the basics of Learning to Play By Ear on the Creative Harping Series. This workshop will give you many more innovative sounds. It will be geared for all levels so that everyone gets new directions.
Some experience with improvisation desireable
- HARP THERAPY AND HEARTMATH – THE PROOF OF THE PUDDING!
Learn and understand how the mind and heart are connected. With the aid of a biofeedback program, you can now witness how the Five Qualities of Individualized music can take you out of your tense and frenzied red zone and put you into a calm and relaxed green zone. Doctors, nurses, scientists and the curious are now able to see how music has this beneficial effect. For harp players, see how effective your own playing is to achieve these results with your patients and clients. You will see what happens when you match the breathing tempo, the mood, the resonant tone, the genre of music desired and how certain intervals can make all the difference in helping a person to find that soothing place.
No harps required
- INTRODUCTION TO “COLOR MY WORLD WITH HARP” FACILITATING PROGRAM
What is the Color My World with Harp Program? How can I use this as a harp player and/or a therapeutic harp practitioner? Christina has developed a new turnkey program that any harp player can implement. Everything is provided in the Facilitating Program including lessons, contracts, and recital materials. The program provides various thematic music for support groups, rehabilitation units, moms-in-waiting, oncology, palliative care as well as career opportunities in schools and community gatherings (i.e. Yoga sessions). During this workshop, she will demonstrate how to implement the COLOR MY WORLD program in Harp Circles that are taking place all around the world. She will show you how to use this program in therapeutic settings and how you can supplement your income or develop a cliental.
- HARP ON THE WILD SIDE – PLAYING THE BLUES
It’s time for you and that harp of yours to take a little walk on the wild side. We’ll be having a ball exploring techniques for playing blues on the harp. But baby, you’ve got to feel the music in your soul and exude a little attitude – oh yeah, we’ll be movin’ and a-groovin! Loads of fun as we get down n’ dirty on the harp! Even if the Blues isn’t your thing, it’s a great way to get comfy with lever changes on the fly.
* Note: Lever harps should have at least F, B, and C levers. Please have harps able to be tuned in key of F (for those who tune harps in C, tune B to Bb, so when lever is up it’s a B and when lever is down it’s a Bb.
- SPICE IT UP!
Variety is the spice of life, so let’s fill up your musical spice cabinet with lots of wonderful choices! We’ll explore a wide variety of ways to use techniques such as simple chords, chord variations, single note passages, glisses, rhythms, etc. to add interest and intrigue to your music. You’ll learn how to use these “spices” in arranged works as well as in improvisation. Not comfy with improvisation? This is a great place to start! Participants are welcome to bring a piece they are working on so you can use new ideas and techniques right away.
LATE-BEGINNER AND UP
- ALWAYS LEAVE THEM WANTING MORE! - THE ART AND SCIENCE OF CREATING AND GIVING A STELLAR PERFORMANCE
What makes the difference between giving a “recital” or “concert” and giving a “performance”? Come find out, as we explore the many fascinating facets of performing. If you’ve been itching for something more, but can’t quite put your finger on what “more” might be, this is the workshop for you. We’ll also talk about practical matters, such as how to engage and delight an audience. Bring any material that you think you might like to incorporate into your show, or just material you like; poetry, Shakespeare, movement, humor, whatever you like. Bring your ideas, questions, fears, uncertainties, dreams and desires – they are what make life, and your performance, interesting.
Gisèle Guibord & Robin Grenon
- HABANERA 101 (and more)
The Habanera, a Cuban dance from the 19th century, is a blend of African and Spanish rhythms. The habanera inspired numerous European composers (Bizet, de Falla, Albeniz) and also spread to Buenos Aires where its strong binary pace lead to the tango. This workshop describes how these different rhythmic patterns can be applied to modern music.
- GUARANIA AND PENTATONIC SCALE
The Guarania was invented by José Asunción Flores in 1925 and is the ultimate expression of the Paraguayan soul. The slow ternary rhythm of the Guarania speaks of romance and nostalgia, creating a beautiful place for time to float. This unique workshop will bring together the pentatonic scale and the Guarania, presenting to the participants many possibilities of creative playing in a leisurely atmosphere.
- LEVERS AND BUZZES AND BUMPS, OH MY! HOW TO MAINTAIN YOUR CELTIC HARP
Every harpist eventually encounters a buzz, a misaligned lever or some other harp-gremlin. This workshop will lead participants through a set of simple tricks that any harpist can learn to keep their harps in optimal condition. Participants are encouraged to bring questions, tuning keys and any harps in need of TLC to this seminar. Topics covered will include:
- Regulating and adjusting levers
- Tracking down mysterious buzzes
- Stringing made simple
- Cleaning and maintaining finishes
- Simple tricks for minimizing minor nicks and dings
- Settling slipping tuning pins
- Tips for amplification, microphone placement and recording.
Lucile Brais Hildesheimn
- TAP IT OUT
Rhythm is a vital part of music, and is really not that complicated. With a little knowledge of note values and how they subdivide and fit into each other, you can learn to play all sorts of rhythmic combinations. In this workshop, you won’t play a note since rhythm has nothing to do with pitch. All that is required is a flat surface to tap away a multitude of rhythm combos. Once you feel it in your body, it will be a cinch to put it in your music.
No harps required
- LEARNING MADE EASY
There are tricks to learning a piece. Don’t just play it through until you get it: there is an efficient and effective way to shorten the process. In this workshop, we’ll be working on a short piece written specifically to demonstrate this method; we will learn fingering logic, chord & melodic patterns, how to practice smartly… You will acquire a new tune and the tools to accelerate the process.
MID-BEGINNER AND UP: Basic music notation and ability to read in treble and bass clefs a must.
- BUILDING BLOCKS OF MUSIC FOR THE FOLK HARPIST
A hands on, practical theory (is that an oxymoron?) course for harpists. Keys, scales, chords, intervals and much more explained and demonstrated on the lever harp. Gain an understanding of the structure of music to facilitate your playing and your memory. You need to have a harp with levers for this workshop and we will progress through the keys!
- PLAYING BY MEMORY AND BY EAR
Learn a lovely melody by ear. This will be a tune that fits well in the hand, doesn’t require cross-overs, -unders or 4th fingers and is repetitious in placement but not in charm. One hand playing only required as group shares and alternates melody and harmony parts. I always provide the written music afterwards with a choice of harmonic accompaniments for practise at home.
- TECHNIQUE REVIEW FOR COMFORTABLE PLAYING AS WE AGE
Review “in situ” of posture, position of harp, shoulders, arms, hands, fingers and all with simple exercises to develop strength and coordination that are also enjoyable and tuneful to play. In the process we’ll also *learn a “shared hands” melody.
- IMPROVING SKILLS FOR PLAYING ON THE HARP BY MEMORY AND BY EAR
Practical tools and recommendations for the harpist wanting to improve their ear and their memory. Workshop teaching will focus on skills and tools for developing your own choice of repertoire on the harp. There will be a variety of pieces taught in the process of learning the skills, with the written music handed out at the end of the workshop.
- GEOGRAPHY OF THE HARP
Have you ever thought about the geography of the harp? If you understand the geography of the harp (string spacing = finger spacing), you can learn your repertoire faster and literally play faster on the harp because your fingers “know” what to do before they touch the strings. This hands-on workshop will help you think of the harp in a new way with ideas and exercises that will improve your playing.
- THE MUSICAL EQUATION: TALENT + AMBITION = ARTISTIC EXCELLENCE
Are you ready to move to the next level as a harpist? Do you know what the next level is (for you personally)? This workshop helps you become a better harpist and explains the concepts and values of becoming a better musician. Of course, everyone wants to play with excellence, but the color, nuance, and subtlety of a dynamic performance requires an artistic approach. This hands-on workshop provides techniques and exercises that will help enhance your playing. We will discover the secret to a great sound on the harp, as well as increase our speed and agility. NOTE: Think of this as “Geography of the Harp: Part II.”
EARLY INTERMEDIATE AND UP
- JAZZ TECHNIQUES FOR THE HARP
Bring your harp and get ready for some fun! In this hands-on workshop, we will learn the most common jazz harp techniques such as slap bass and walking bass. We will also learn other exciting techniques such as touch damp, swing, lever slides, and more. Students should be able to read music in both clefs, understand and read rhythm, and play a three-note chord with both hands.
- FINDING LEVER LAND
Many harpists are afraid to move levers while they are playing a piece. Flipping a lever is as easy as plucking a string. By applying a few simple rules and practicing a few simple exercises, harpists at all levels can feel confident to move levers with their left hand while plucking strings with their right hand. Training materials are provided so that even if you don’t “get it” in the workshop, you can go home and practice everything you’ve learned so that you can master moving levers.
Zephyr Harp Duo
- HOW TO GET OUT AND GIG
In this workshop, we will have an open discussion about what you need to consider when you decide to start gigging. We’ll look at pre-gig preparation, consider appropriate repertoire and list what to include in your gig bag. We’ll talk about the physical and mental demands of gigging and how to build confidence and experience in performance. Advice on lighting, playing outdoors, bridezillas, wedding co-ordinators, heat, cold, noise and other distractions will be given. Other points of discussion will include how to set your rates, advertising, writing contracts, setting up as a small business, record-keeping, and working with agents.
No harps required
- BUILDING BLOCKS OF MUSIC FOR THE FOLK HARPIST
- HARP ON THE WILD SIDE – PLAYING THE BLUES