When working in pairs, threes or fours there can be a lot of social energy, chat and laughter around the use of the MindHarp. It’s not just about listening. Of course, the social energy depends on the personalities and communicative abilities of the people present. The session may trigger all sorts of memories, stories, conversations and interactions. Be relaxed and allow the chat and conversation to alternate with playing the MindHarp.
Encouraging and stimulating conversation and social interaction
- Use any MindHarp session, one of those outlined in this section or your own
- Can be either with an individual or a group
- Listen to the reactions (verbal and non-verbal), reflections or reminiscences that may emerge during MindHarp play
- Follow up with an interested question or enquiry. Encourage the player(s) to expand on their thoughts
- Remember that musical sound has the effect of ‘freeing up’ our sociability. People are usually happier and more forthcoming to react and respond around music
- Allow stories, recollections, thoughts and ideas to flow. Encourage others to ‘chip in’ and participate
- Think of this approach as MindHarp play punctuated with chat…or chat punctuated with MindHarp play!
Important! Please remember never to ‘force’ an activity. Be open to allowing the activity to evolve according your loved ones’ needs. Sometimes one activity will flow into another naturally.