Skype Meetings

The "double" dates reflect the presence of our Australian members for whom Friday has already become Saturday. Here is a Time Conversion Chart:  World Clock -Time Zones

2009

2010

  • January 8/9 - "What Do You Mean the Funeral is Tomorrow? What Should I Play?" 
  • February 12/13 - "Professional Improvement: strategies for getting 10 CEUs every year for the next 4 years"
  • March 12/13 - Book Discussion: The Music Lesson: A Spiritual Search for Growth Through Music by Victor L. Wooten
  • April 9/10 - "How Do We Get Paid For Work As Healing Musicians?"
  • May 21/22 - "What are the three songs you play the most?"
  • June 11/12 - Book Discussion: This is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession by Daniel Levitin
  • July 9/10 -Technique Tips:
    • Memorizing Music
    • Improvising
  • August - No Meeting
  • September - No Meeting
  • October 8/9 - "Marketing Yourself as a Healing Musician" - Double Book Discussion
    • Attracting Perfect Customers: The Power of Strategic Synchronicity by Stacey Hall and Jan Brogniez
    • The Secrets of Spiritual Marketing: A complete guide for natural therapists to making money doing what they love by Lawrence Ellyard
  • November 12/13 - Report from Southeastern Harp Weekend and discussion of working concerns of healing and performing musicians
  • December 10/11 - "What Are You Playing for Christmas This Year?"

2011

  • January 14/15 - "How Are You Drumming Up New Business?"
  • February 11/12 - Book Discussion- The Gift of Healing Modes by Stella Benson
  • March 11/12- "Introduction to Chord Theory" by Alice Freeman
    • Handout #1 - Triads and Diatonic Chords (PDF file)
    • Handout #2 - Chord Inversions and Diatonic Chord Progressions (PDF file)
    • Handout #3 - How to Figure Out Chord Progressions (PDF file)
  • April 15/15 - no meeting
  • May 13/14 - "Where are you playing next, and what music are you going to play?"
  • June 10/11 - Social Hour: Catching Up
  • July (no meeting)
  • August 12/13 - "What is working for your career as a healing musician?"
  • September 16/17 - "Recertification: Details and Deadlines"
    • Summary: Information for IHTP Recertification
    • Summary: Information for CCM Recertification
  • October 14/15 - "Grant Writing" with Alice Waits-Richmond and reports from recent conferences
  • November 11/12 -Holiday Music Recommendations and Harp Circle
  • December 9/10 - "What Are You Playing for the Holidays?"

2012

  • January 13/14 - "How to Make and Market a CD" with Cymber Lily Quinn
  • February 10/11 - Repertoire Discussion -"Who Do You Play For and What Do You Play?"
  • March 9/10 - "Convergence and Color My World - How might they affect us as Therapeutic Musicians?"
  • April 13/14 - "What Mode Might This Be? - A Review of Ionian, Dorian and Aeolian Modes and How to Identify Them"
  • May 11/12 - "Continuing our Mode Discussion - Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian and Locrian"
    • Additional Notes from Alison
  • June 15/16 - "Pentatonic Scales - Which 5 Notes?"
    • Handout: Pentatonic Scale Theory Simplified
    • Handout: Information on Pentatonic Scales and Healing Tones from Stella Benson
  • July 20/21 - "Pentatonic Scales continued - Major and Minor"
  • August 17/18 - "Bedside Playing -- New Equipment, Procedural Changes, Music to Share"
  • September 21/22 - "Have you read a good book lately?"
  • October 5/6 - "Spirituality, The Centerpiece of Addiction Treatment" and "Training for Vigils"
  • November 9/10 - "What are you playing for the Holidays?"

2013

  • February 8/9 - Member Updates
  • March 8/9 - "Perspectives on the Iso-Principle and Entrainment"
  • April 12/13 - "Nadia's Muse: Composing and Arranging Nadia Birkenstock-Style - Simply Wonderful"
    • (Notes and Music from Beth Hunter)
  • May 10/11 - Following guidelines from the April Skype Session, come prepared to play an original composition or an original arrangement inspired by Nadia Birkenstock's suggestions
  • June and July - No meetings
  • August 16/17 - Catch up on summer activities
  • September 13/14 - Book Discussion: "You Are Your Instrument" by Judy Lyonn Lieberman
  • October 25/26 - Reports from people who attended the "Northern Lights Harp Fest", the "Southeastern Harp Weekend" and the "Spanish Peaks International Celtic Music Festival and Retreat"
  • November 15-16 - "What are you playing for the holidays this year?"
    • Also discussed 2014 Conferences: It's such fun to meet face-to-face or room together at harp conferences. Where could we potentially go this year?
    • 2014:
      • Dee Sweeney is hoping to put together a conference in Denver with Sunita Staneslow for therapeutic musicians sometime
      • Southeastern Harp Weekend (October 24/25/26) - Tina Tourin will be there offering CEUs
      • Spanish Peaks International Celtic Festival (September 25/26/27/28) - don't know yet what CEU opportunities there will be
      • MHTP Biennial Conference - 20 CEUs (October 23-26) - Camp Allen, Navasota, TX
      • American harp Society Conference (June 22 to 26) - New Orleans (no CEUs and no lever harp workshops)
    • 2015:
      • Northern Lights Harp Fest (October 3/4/5)

2014

  • January 10/11 - "The Full Awareness of Breathing"
    • Adaption of the Buddhist Sutra teaching about the 16 Breaths from Old Path White Clouds by Thich Nhat Hanh - Handout
  • February 21/22 - Different Types of Meditations
    • Do the "Instrument Meditation" either reading from this link (or listening to this recording)
  • March 14/15 - "How to Prepare for Lengthy (2-3 hrs) Playing Times" - Everyone
  • April 11/12 - "Playing and Breathing into Music" - Beth Hunter
    • Discussion will center around Gregorian Chants and playing tunes like this one (Divinium Mysterium) and breathing properly
  • May 9/10 - "Living in Mindfulness" - Cymber Lily Quinn
  • June 20/21 - "Coping Strategies for Personal Aging and Loss of Family Members"
  • July 11/12 - "What is Your Favorite Major, Minor or Modal key and Why?"
  • August - No Meeting
  • September 19/20 - "The Unwilling Patient: What can you do when they say 'no' to music?"
  • October 17/18 - "Improvisation: How do you get from D Dorian to G Mixolydian or C Ionian for a subdued patient you want to try to make happier?" (Does ii to V to I make sense to you?)
    • Handout: Alice's Examples of Modal Transitions
  • November 14/15 - "What are you playing for the Holidays this year? And what would you substitute if your patient did NOT want seasonal music?"

2015

  • January 16/17 - Plans for 2015 Meetings and Conferences and "What Do You Do When People Invade Your Space?"
  • February 20/21 - "Musical Examples from your Favorite Books" (see Recommended Harp Books for ordering information)
  • March - No meeting (some members at IHTP Conference in San Diego)
  • April 10/11 - Conference updates and Q&A
  • May 15/16 - "Harp Ergonomics and a discussion of Laurie Riley's book The Harper's Manual" - Cymber Quinn
  • June 12/13 - No meeting
  • July 10/11 - No meeting
  • August 14/15 - No meeting
  • September 18/19 - "Music for Comfort" - tunes for Aprille from Joanne, Beth and Alice