How wonderful to be invited to do a workshop for the Harriet Tubman Institute For Research On It’s African Diasporas. The actual workshop took place in the Archives of Ontario building, York University.
The theme for the presentation was the harp and it’s connection with the stringed instruments of Africa. I can honestly say the students enjoyed learning about the harps history and playing them too.
Thank you to the Directors of the Harriet Tubman Institute for the invitation and Mr. Winston LaRose for making the introduction. Special thanks to Robert and Travis, students of the program, for helping me carrying the harps around the building.
Francesca Durham of Burlington, is a certified Therapeutic Harp Practitioner and clinical musician. She provides life- enriching experiences to residents with dementia, Alzheimer’s, chronic pain, MS, and strokes in long term health care facilities. She also serves in palliative care and Hospice. Francesca enjoys balancing the day to day activities of running her profitable harp practice and teaching others to play. Following 20 years in the corporate world Francesca built a coaching/mentoring practice for women focusing on personal development. Francesca is a writer and has published two books. She en- joys her 4 lb Yorkie, lots of play time and nature walks.
Her Personal Thoughts On Therapeutic Touch®
“Therapeutic Touch has enhanced my work by creating space within for a much calmer me, especially when approaching music. I have a greater sense of awareness and understanding of the importance of being ‘present’. ”
“Everyone and everything has a resonant tone, what something feels like, in an esoteric sense. This ‘energy’ vibration is important to our happiness and health. As both a Therapeutic Touch practitioner and a clinical musician, I work in sacred spaces, seeking to restore a sense of balance and harmony to the patient. Ultimately we access a universal flow of positive energy and love. This is the essence of life and our experiences here on this earthly plane.”
Trust and Hope
“A clinical musician is aware that TRUST is key between ourselves and the patient. As in Therapeutic Touch sessions, before we play our instrument we strive to establish trust taking cues from the environment energetically speaking, as well as the client’s condition.”
“We bring HOPE to a patient’s circumstance with our music. This has deeply affected my work because our service is a way of communicating with people through music – as with touch – to calm a difficult situation, soothe the soul, lift the spirit and instill a sense of peace . Our music can be familiar or unfamiliar, often times reflecting the various modes of music to suit a patient’s need in the moment.”
“I am grateful to have found a wonderful Therapeutic Touch Group in my community of Burlington. I look forward to its continued growth spreading the word and bringing aware- ness that reaches far and wide for everyone’s benefit.”
Francesca recently brought several colourful harps and gave a delightful presentation to her Practice Group.
You can reach Francesca through her website: http://HaltonHarps.ca Her book is available through: http://www.amazon.com/My- Harpers-Journey-Diary-Inspiration-ebook/dp/B00ILJEJ5O
Healthcare facilities today, more than ever, are focusing on quality patient care. Demand keeps growing for innovative methods of creating positive therapeutic environments.
Facilities worldwide (hospitals/hospice) are beginning to use music for therapeutic benefits.
Music Therapy in Palliative Care has gained considerable recognition as a practical application and solution for positive patient experience.
The growing field of health care, known as music therapy, uses music to support the healing process. Those of us practicing music therapy or providing therapeutic harp music are seeing first hand the benefits from our clients.
As part of my training (much like yours) I had to write books reports to demonstrate my understanding of the subject. Here is an excerpt from one of the book reports:
Music Therapy in Palliative Care, by David Aldridge.
In the book Music Therapy in Palliative Care, author David Aldridge features “New Voices”, a compilation of various practitioner modalities and information regarding case studies and findings from their therapeutic music treatments.
In each “New Voice”, the author’s share their experience working with therapeutic music and terminally ill clients in different countries. From a variety of settings, Hospice to the Oncology ward, rarely do we find such a broad perspective of patient cases based on the practical application of music therapy. “Neglected tradition of clinical writing” is what encouraged author David Aldridge to add “New Voices” to his latest book.