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#083: Harp and Healing: Being A Certified Music Practitioner

music and meaning Dec 19, 2022

If you’ve ever marveled at the healing power of music, then this podcast episode will blow your mind.

This week I will share with you a conversation with a special guest, harpist Barbara Lepke-Sims. Barbara is a Juilliard trained harpist and an expert teacher and performer, and one of the main facets of her playing is as a music practitioner. She doesn’t just call herself a music practitioner; she is certified through the Music for Healing and Transition program and has more than a decade of experience bringing healing and peace to those who suffer.

I met Barbara when I became a board member of the American Harp society, where she has been very active, but we really connected when we met up at the World Harp Congress in Wales this summer. I was curious about how she became a music practitioner, why she chose the certification program she did and what really motivates her about this important work.  

I was really picking her brain because this is a field where I have little direct knowledge. Our My Harp Mastery members often ask about this kind of playing. They feel called to share their music in this special way. So I asked Barbara if she would come and speak to our My Harp Mastery members on a live call, to tell them more about her work, her experiences and about how to get started with it. She did a fabulous presentation for our members, and on this episode you will hear what she shared with them.

Remember that what you will hear is taken from a recording of a live call and Barbara was presenting slides, so you may hear us refer to something on the screen that you won’t be able to see on the podcast. She has wonderful information to share, though, and I know you will learn a lot. 

If you are a My Harp Mastery member you can find the video recording of the entire call in our Live Calls Archive. 

If you’ve ever considered doing this kind of playing, you will find this call invaluable. Also, check out the show notes for links to Barbara’s website and two very moving videos that she shared with us on the call.

Links to things I think you might be interested in that were mentioned in the podcast episode: 

Get involved in the show! Send your questions and suggestions for future podcast episodes to me at [email protected]


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