Talking about harp therapy

Twice in the past couple weeks, I had an opportunity to speak to groups of people about what I do. The first was my mother’s eighth grade music class. Of course it’s towards the end of the year and there were some sleepy-heads and some chatterboxes, but I got to talk to them for a whole hour and play my harp a bit. My mother’s idea was to show them other careers in music besides just performance. During the talk I came up with two nuggets of wisdom that I’ve learned in the course of being a harp therapist.

  • You don’t have to read music to make music.
  • You don’t need applause or verbal thank yous to know you’re appreciated and have made an impact.

I told them the story of the woman who was unresponsive but cried at a song during my internship. Some of them seemed vaguely interested and some even asked questions. My favorite was “Do you get paid to do this?” I happily replied, “Yes! Yes I do!”

Also, last week I was part of an in-service about complimentary services offered for the hospice team. It was great to gather with some of the staff who I rarely get to see, and tell them what I do for them. The hospice also provides massage therapy and reiki to patients. I’m so happy to be part of a health care team that takes a holistic approach to palliative care. Of course it means a job for me, but also it’s so lovely to see how much they really care about their patients and want to make them as comfortable as possible in as many ways as possible.


2 Responses to “Talking about harp therapy”

  1. Becky says:

    Hi again! I completely agree with your statement about not having to read music to make music. I find it much easier and more “in-the-flow” if I improvise instead of learning a difficult piece and then getting all nervous about missing notes. In fact, that’s what I just did! I just recorded my first harp video on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgJsstAIwMs playing “The Little Fountain”. It’s an advanced piece for only playing for several months, but I had to learn it because it brought tears to MY eyes. That’s what I hope to do some day, bring tears to someone’s eyes through playing! Thanks for being an inspiration as always!

  2. Kitty says:

    Hello hello! I’m sorry I’m so inconsistent with this and hadn’t responded to you. I absolutely love your video! I remember playing that song when I took lessons. I love it so much, and you play it beautifully! Good luck to you :)

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