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The music of the harp has been around for millenia in one form or another. It's enticing, delightful, and entrancing -- but it's more than just entertainment.
Harp music is therapeutic. That's been known for centuries, but only recently has it come back into its own as an actual adjunct to medical treatment.
The harp has always been more than just a musical instrument. It was played in ancient Egypt, and harp players were depicted in Egyptian tombs. In ancient Greece, harp music made up an important part of prescriptions given by physicians to treat the ill. David played the harp to soothe King Saul. When the temple at Jerusalem was destroyed, the musicians broke their harps and hung them upon trees in mourning. In ancient Ireland, the Dagda cared so much about his harp that when it was stolen from him, he went in search of it and summoned it to him by magic across a roomful of soldiers. The harp was so important to the identity of the Celts that it gave rise to the three musics: the music of lamentation, the music of laughter, and the music of sleep. And it was so much a part of the national identity of both the Irish and the Scots that Queen Elizabeth I gave an order for harpers to be killed and their instruments destroyed. Oliver Cromwell ordered the harps in Ireland burned and their players captured and killed.
Today most people think of angels when they think of harps, or else they envision that six-foot-tall gold concert grand they may have seen at the edge of the stage at a symphony. But the harp comes in all shapes and sizes, as small as eight strings and as large as 106 (the number on a Welsh triple-strung harp).
Those concerned about animal welfare issues will be happy to know that Marlene uses only nylon or wire strings on her harps. There are no gut strings on any of her instruments.
Music on the Celtic Harp
(Photo courtesy of Helen-Chantal Pike)
Marlene Satter is a hospital-certified harp practitioner, trained in the Bedside Harp program at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Hamilton, New Jersey, where she was certified at the Mastery level. She has played extensively for hospital and hospice patients, and for residents and guests at assisted living facilities. Marlene is also a certified Reiki Master. She is available for home visits.
Read more about Marlene and her work in The Hub, The Atlanticville, and The Sentinel.
Learn more about the roles of the harp and music in healing at the archived Webcast interview with host Don Slepian at ArtMusicCoffeehouse.com.
Listen to harp music and an interview on RestoreRadio.com with host Maureen Nevin (scroll down and click on link for Inside the Studio for archives).
Read more about the Bedside Harp program at Rahway Hospital here, in the New Jersey Star Ledger. The founder of the Bedside Harp program, Edie Elkan, was also featured on the Today Show on NBC-TV on April 1, 2004, as part of Katie Couric's series on colon cancer. You can watch the video on Today's website. (Click on Day Four of the five-part series.)
Playing at the Great Auditorium in Ocean Grove, NJ. (Photo courtesty Garlands of Grace)
As a soloist and as a member of the Jersey Shore Harp Ensemble, Marlene has played for groups small and large, at weddings and at parties. She plays the clarsach, a traditional Celtic wire-strung harp, and the nylon-strung folk harp. She also plays cross-strung harp in both nylon and wire.
Marlene also lectures on therapeutic harp music and offers a diverse program for libraries, organizations, and clubs.
If you've always wanted to learn the harp, Marlene can help you. She specializes in adult beginners (you're never too old or too young to learn harp!), and teaches both wire and nylon technique. Want to learn the cross-strung harp and have all the notes, all the time? Try Marlene; she can get you started.
And no, you don't have to know how to read music. In fact, you don't even have to learn if you would rather learn by ear -- although she can teach you so that you can try out all those neat arrangements you've thought about trying.
If fear of playing in public is stopping you from enjoying your musical skills (or even finding out what they are), come to her workshop on Creative Visualization for Performance Anxiety at the Somerset Folk Harp Festival in Somerset, NJ, in July of 2005. This workshop teaches specific techniques to address the fears associated with public performance, and also offers other tools to combat anxiety about many life situations, such as test-taking anxiety or presenting professional proposals in a corporate setting. Private sessions will be available to address your own specific issues.
Almost any kind of music can be played on the harp. A book of Marlene's original music is in the works, and that will be followed by a collection of arrangements of familiar tunes as well as a book of music just for the wire-strung harp.
In the meantime, check out the latest issue (#14) of HarpLight: The Journal for Small Harps, in which her therapeutic melody "Twilight" appears -- as well as a short piece about her harp therapy work.
Marlene, also a freelance writer and editor, currently writes about the therapeutic benefits of harp music, as well as on other subjects. See Issue #14 of HarpLight: The Journal for Small Harps to read her article about harp therapy work. To read her recently published article in the New Jersey Holistic Magazine, click here. Watch for more links to her articles, as well as essays about harp music and health.
As Lee Barwood, she's written about the magic of the harp for years in her short stories about Alaw o'r Dial, minstrel of the Thirteen Realms, and in other tales. Visit www.leebarwood.com to learn more.
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