May 2015

Terpsichore – by Antonio Canova

Terpsichore, “delight of dancing” ruled over dance and the dramatic chorus.  She is usually depicted holding a lyre, accompanying the dancers’ choirs with her music.  She is perhaps the most widely known of the Muses, her name having entered general English as the adjective terpsichorean (“pertaining to dancing”). In some accounts she was the mother of the half-bird, half-woman Sirens, whose father was the sea god Achelous or the river god Phorcys.

As you will see, this is the muse that we use for our International Harp Therapy Program logo. Paul Guess, our amazing website and visual designer took photos of Terpsichore when he was visiting the Cleveland Art Gallery. I chose to feature this muse for our last lesson because she embodies the dance we do with our hands to create the music that lifts the hearts of those we serve. May it be a dance we all do through the weaving of interesting sounds!

Musings: Deep in thought; contemplative, rumination, reflexion, pondering, study, “an elegant tapestry of quotations, musings, aphorisms, and autobiographical reflections” (James Atlas)


Group 1 and 2- Tuesday – May 12 (13th for Asia/AU)   This is an important call to try to be on as we will be discussing you internships and may details and questions you may have.

I am going to let you figure the time. Please determine the time based on a time conversion. For Group 1, you need to register it as 11 a.m.  from Pacific Los Angeles Time on Tuesday May 12  and for Group 2  register for  5:00 p.m. on Tuesday May 12 – same- Pacific Los Angeles Time.   Here is the link to the Time Converter:

You will receive a notice 24 hours prior to your call and also 2 hours prior to the call from the Conference Folks. .  Your pin number and telephone number will be on those announcements and I will also send it on the weekend before.

Please print out the papers if you have already taken the ESM in San Diego, these will be all the notes that I told you you will have. And also, for those planning to come to Tampa next spring – looks like March is the month but likely the 2nd week at this point since Easter is the end of the month.   You will need the papers printed out to bring with you to the ESM with the exception of the last file which you can add to your electronic file for future reference. Links to the papers to be printed out are below.

Here is a lovely picture of our recent Australian ESM. It was a wonderful gathering of 16 students!  They are your classmates from Asia, AU and NZ!

unnamed1Front row: Rebecca Leung, Ella Scott, Gwynna Whiteowl, Vimukti Warr, Carmen Lee, Rhonda Ward  Middle: Ruth Veena Varnie Shepherd, Christina  Back Row: Carla Whiteley, Bernadette O’Rourke, Carolann Wake, Louise Apps, Shirley Allott, Anke Arkesteyn, Catherine Lyons-Nash, Kerryn Viner, Karen Huckle

IMG_7315 拷貝 ESM AU
In Class with Christina                                                                          Playing for the Seniors
ESM AU2Class dinner out at a Southern Indian restaurant


Pages 192-221 Individualizing Music, covering Musical Elements, Intervals, Modes and Moods, Improvisation, Toning

Pages 245-254 – Resonance, covering What is Resonant Tone? Circle of Fifths, The Voice, Determining Keys and Modes, Double Resonance

Pages 255-287 – Harp and holistic Healing, covering Subtle Energies, Energy Channels and Chakras, Aromatherapy, Color Therapy, Celtic Circle, Tai Chi, Chinese Five-Element Healing

There is a QUIZ this month. Please be sure to listen to the recordings from the April Conference call on internships. You should be outlining your practicum now.  Please have your preliminary proposal and self-evaluation submitted to your mentor via the Internship section of your USER account by May 19th.  Mentors – please check your student USER accounts on May 20th for their information.



(Mentors – check  your forms under mentors)

Payments for those on the payment plan for the ESM are due two months prior to your attendance. Please pay for your ESM by credit card  LINK or send your check to: I.H.T.P, PO Box 333, Mount Laguna, CA  91948   This will apply to our European group now and then next January for our Tampa group.

For those who have already taken the ESM Level 2, you can be working on your internship full 80 hours now.  Please run your proposal by your mentor.  For those taking the ESM Level 2 in Europe this July,  in Tampa next March and in Australia next April, you may begin your 45 hours of internship at this point and then finish the last 35 hours after you take the Level 2.  Try to work on your portfolio as you go along so that you do not save it all for the very end.  You can be working on your 33 tunes, and your music for balancing the elements – those are the songs from the Illuminations book OR beginners may choose from the Color My World songs.  You can print out the  IHTP REPERTOIRE STUDY Elements.

Please print these papers, study them and bring them with you to the ESM.
Resonant Tone-Keys for Resonant Tone page 1 You might want to take this Resonant tone chart and reduce it and put it on a small card stock for easy reference.

Resonant Tone – The Celtic Circle of Music pages 1-37

The following PDFs are to be printed out and brought with you to the ESM. You do not need to study these particular pages – just bring them along. You might want to put them all in a folder so they are organized.

Resonant Tone -Human Vocal Sound pages 1-3

Resonant Tone -Attending With Sound pages 1-7

Resonant Tone-Inclusive Attention pages 1-4

Resonant Tone-Science and Mysticism pages 1-3

Resonant Tone-Sound and Spirit pages 1-11

What Is Reiki? – pages 1-2

Reiki Ideals – pages 1-2

Ki Self Massage – pages 1-6

The Dying Process – Dissolving The Elements

Living Anatomy Part 1 pages 1-18

Living Anatomy Part 2 pages 18-31

Aromatherapy – pages 1-10


The following articles can be put in your electronic file but please read the history of the Resonant Kinesiology Program before coming to the ESM.

Resonant Tone -Susan Borg and the RK Program pages 1-5


Here are a series of videos for this months lesson. If when you click on the button, the video does not open, go back to this page and right click on the button and then select OPEN IN A NEW WINDOW.

A look at the history of the Celtic Three Strains and how we incorporate that in our work at IHTP by Jeanne Martin, Ph.D.
Part 1 – Our Ancient Roots Part 2 – Our Ancient Roots

While looking for pictures for Jeanne’s lecture, I came upon this fascinating website. I think you will enjoy it also.

3. In the following video clip, you will see a simplified music submission on the Celtic Circle of Music. Try to keep on track and submit your recordings as you can.


Celtic Circle of Music
4. Some tips about the Celtic Circle of Music:

You may submit the Celtic Circle of music in any key that feels comfortable to you. See if you can identify which of the tones resonate the most to your ear and to your soul. Please refer to the charts that came with your Celtic Circle of Music that show which chords to play for various Resonant Tones.  Practice the Celtic Circle of music for multiple tones. When you come to the ESM, you will be finding resonant tone for others and creating their song.  To have a good review, you should be able to improvise in the Mixolydian Mode, the Aeolian Mode and the Ionian Mode – so please do look over those 3 Creative Harping DVDs – #3, #4 and #6 before you come to the ESM.

Here is a song that is played in different keys.  Start by playing this to get a sense of which key tone resonates the most with you. This is a good starting point. (the last line for those printing out the papers where it seems to be cut off for 8.5×11 paper, just repeat line 3 – it is the same.)

Christ Child Lullaby Resonance Identification

At this point I would like to summarize many of the things we have covered in the program that you can now put into your Harp Therapy Tool Bag.  Please take a look at this video of our yellow brick road. Each step along the way gives us a new concept, a new tool – some new knowledge to put into our little bag of skills. In our classes we jot down all the things that were new to us or that stood out. Here is a short movie of the Netherlands workshop. Enjoy and remember, you’ll have many more skills after your ESM!

Creating our IHTP Tool Bag
What do we have in our bag?
  • Tempo of breath-matching
  • Tempo of music
  • A mode for a mode
  • Centering ourselves
  • Familiar and
    unfamiliar tunes
  • Interactive harp work
  • Visualization technique
  • Musical story-telling
  • Empowerment of others
  • Musicology
  • Fourth octave over-tones
  • Source guides for harps,
    recordings, pamphlets
  • A sign for posting on the door
    “Harp Therapy in Session”
  • Self awareness and control
  • Attributes of the intervalsmusicality
  • Awareness of the room
  • Resonance of the room
  • Memorized songs
  • Improvisation
  • Composition
  • Using the voice
  • Curiosity
  • Intention
  • Repertoire
  • Resonant toning
  • Inclusive attention
  • Double resonance identification
  • 5 element identification
    for balancing energies
  • And most of all, TRUST!
Jan Jonker preparing the yellow brick labyrinth Participants walking the yellow brick road.

Check out our yellow brink road! Remember – you’ll soon be in Oz playing your harp to all the munchkins!

Click on the yellow bricks!

I’m going to leave up the Middle Eastern and Angel Mode Videos in case you haven’t completed them. You will also be able to see this on the main menu of the Harp Therapy Campus site under PREP and FINISHING students.

Middle Eastern Mode

Angel video clip

Video of Music Submissions

Please watch this video clip on what we are looking for on your 33 tunes.

5. If you have questions, please use our CONTACT FORM to be in touch and we will assist you. Remember to always look at the Troubleshooting FAQ’s under the Main Menu on the top of this site.  They are under STUDENTS.

Here are things to keep in mind for your next paper due on June 15th, 2015:

1. Please review the Death and Dying Process, the Grieving process, and anything new that you didn’t know before (Richard Groves)
2. Hospital Procedures – about reading machines and medications (Deborah Noland)
3. A look at Music Therapy – and the various topics on Music Thanatology, Therapeutic Music, – please state the differences so that you know explicitly how to correct people when they call you a music therapist. Know what the other programs scope of practices are.
4. Using Harp with Special Needs – list the groups you might be interested in and some of the things that you learned to do and not to do.
5. Sound and Acoustics – you’ll want to give a brief overview and certainly how Barbara Crowe’s chaos theory may play into all of this. Incidentially, she says you only need to report on Chapters 1 and 2 and the last chapter of her book – Music and Soulmaking.  – (Barbara Crowe)
6. As you prepare to go into your ESM, what have you learned to carry in your tool bag up to this point? Or if you have taken the ESM, please include a separate page about the content of the ESM.  That will constitute your 3 papers. The ESM paper is due 6 weeks after the ESM but we will extend that to the end of May.

NOTE: PC users you can download the above files to your computer by holding down the right mouse button over the links and selecting from the download/save options. Mac users hold down the control key or right mouse button (if you have one).

MAY I SUGGEST AN HONOR CODE? In the International Harp Therapy Program we will be sharing a wide spectrum of information, some of which will be new research and other information might come from the personal lives of many of you in the program. I would like to ask that we maintain an honor code in which we do not email any of the pages, lessons, recordings or DVDs to any personal friends or associates. This is copyrighted material and disseminating the material is a breech of integrity and law. Thank you. CRT

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