Quotes from Students and Graduates of CMCP

 

Today, I took my little harp to sit at the beach, and listen to the waves and the wind. I watched the surf, and played with its ebb and flow, to really feel the music in that way.  The sand was empty, but for one or two fisherman, and a lone power walker.  I left the beach feeling completely at peace, something I haven’t felt in a long time.
This program, way of playing, for me, is life changing..........Thank you. 

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As you told me in the beginning of my training, this will be the most amazing ministry you ever do!  You are absolutely correct!

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One of the great things about this program is that the information is provided in such a vibrant way that it inevitably opens the door to further thinking and questioning.  I have a lot of books on my shelf now that I learned of through the program readings.  I feel enriched and nourished by everything that has been offered.

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I’ve learned SO much through the program and my journey has been incredible. Therapeutic music makes a positive difference in people’s lives and I’m thrilled to be a part of that. My life is forever changed.

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I approach my playing completely differently than when I first began this program. I feel confident in simplifying the music, improvising, repeating phrases and melodies, and transitioning from one song to another. I no longer focus on how well I am playing, but rather what the music is communicating.

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I came into this program with a decent skillset. I had been playing harp for several years, knew how to improvise and arrange music, and also had several years of experience working with patients in healthcare settings. I really thought certification would be more of a formality. I could not have been more wrong. My bedside work has greatly improved all of my skills, both as a musician and as a healthcare practitioner. I interact with patients and staff with more ease; I improvise like it’s the most natural musical skill in the world; and I find myself arranging songs for harp in half the time it used to take—and I feel like the arrangements truly reflect who I am as a harpist. I cannot say enough about how significant my bedside work has become for refining my skills. 

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A man asked me to play for his mother. His father was also in the room. English was not the first language of the mother and father. As I played, the patient (the mother) began to sing. The father sang. Then they sang together, and not particularly quietly. The son wept and sobbed. I have no idea what they were singing or why it sounded pleasant with the random improvisation I was doing on the harp but it obviously had a profound effect on the son.

Amazing things keep happening.

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One of the ICU nurses ran into me today. I’ve only played in ICU a couple days. But she was really impressed, “It calms the patients. It calms the nurses.” And she said I should come anytime I could. They would love it if I could come every day. She went on and on about it. This stuff really works!

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After I had played for a comatose 70s something woman, this doctor said to me,"I have been watching you, I have been watching the patient, and I have been watching you watching the patient as you played.  I realize that although this is a highly technically medical place, it still is important to have something like this for the patient's well-being and happiness.  The patient smiled as you played.  So, I thank you for this.  Keep up the good work."  He then proceeded to ask me about clinical musicianship and how it is different from music therapy, and what the training involves.  As you can guess, I was grateful for the good training in the course, and grateful for his level of understanding.

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Because of this program I now appreciate how important it is to have a prescribed study of learning prior to playing for patients. If I want the music to do its work, I must be educated to the various therapeutic elements and what is likely to be therapeutic in any given situation.

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When I play for hospice patients I notice that the patient is often calmed by the music, their breathing slows down, pain is reduced and they overall feel more relaxed.

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This program has taught me so much about types of music and how they can benefit the patient. I feel so blessed and am grateful for the opportunity to take your course.

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One of the delightful aspects of this course is how well each of the pieces of the coursework weaves together with the others to reinforce and expand the essential elements of therapeutic music, culminating in the ability to practice effectively in private and for patients. 

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 Since obtaining my certification from Harp for Healing, I have been playing harp regularly at our local hospital .

I was the first and only intern to begin Therapeutic Music there. We now have 3 certified therapeutic musicians and I have been appointed as the Therapeutic Musician Coordinator. I have referred several people to your program for their interest in certification. Thanks for your work in this healing Program.    

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This path is as much about changing oneself (the musician) as the person for whom we play...the more we develop and become more harmonious and at peace with ourselves, the more effective we can be." 

The patients are our teachers...I don't often know what is best to play but only discover it through the responses of those I play for. It is very much an interactive experience.

When I get to that "peaceful place" while playing, I join with the patient in a way, and we experience healing together.

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(She) is a competent, lovely Clinical Musician Intern who works well with all patients and staff. All look forward to her music, as she works independently, without disrupting the operational flow of the department. Patients have benefited from therapeutic music in helping to control pain and improving their mood.  --From a supervisor's report 

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I am over-the-moon thrilled to be participating in this Harp for Healing Program! The mix of thinkers and researchers, musicians both classical and avant garde, the comprehensive reading lists and online supports, the self-paced scheduling, and the incredible support from mentor and program director makes this study one of the best courses I've ever engaged in. 

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Improvisation isn't hard when you are given tools and guidelines to work within. I have really come to love improvisation through this course. ... I can't imagine not doing this work now and how deeply it has and will impact my own life as well. .... I feel like I have developed & grown so much musically through Level 1. 

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