The sounds that drive the MindHarp

    One of the most common questions I am asked about the MindHarp is in connection to the sounds that are at the core of the MindHarp. Where do they come from? Are they just any old sounds? Is…

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Autism, music improvisation and the MindHarp®

After years of ignorance, fear and prejudice regarding autism, neuroscience has begun to really demystify this complex issue, returning us all to a place where our humanity transcends our fears towards those who are ‘different’. It is now understood by…

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MindHarp™ for Mind Health

The MindHarp™ is now being used as a valuable resource complimenting Peace Building processes and Good Relations initiatives MindHarp and Lydianstream director Mark Smulian has pioneered peace building projects in the Middle East using music & sound as dialogue in conflict…

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Let Music Lead #3

We all love music, maybe through music we can all learn to love one another. Music is neutral, especially instrumental music. Lyrics added to music are one of the bridges that connect music to the other art forms. Lyrics give…

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Pre-Owned iPADS

If you need an iPAD simply for MindHarp™ usage you may want consider a pre-owned iPAD. We are happy to recommend* CheapApples on the basis of experience. Their products are fully tested and come with a 12 month warranty, 14…

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New iPads

If you are seeking a new Apple iPAD for your MindHarp we can recommend* Western Computer. They are a premium Apple reseller and offer excellent service. In their own words: Western Computer is an authorised Apple Premium Reseller, we are Apple specialist and…

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Hats off to the Scientists

Has music finally been de-mystified? Professors and researchers at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) have discovered and proved the existence of an anatomically distinct "music centre" in the brain (1). This has long eluded scientists, leading them and other commentators…

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MindHarp®: One of Your 5-a-day

The Context: 850,000 people are living with dementia in the UK at present. This is set to rise to 1 million in 2025 The annual cost of dementia to the nation is £26.3bn which is a higher health and social…

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Music & Dementia

Why is music so important for people living with dementia? Much has been written about the power of music to enliven and enrich the lives of people living with dementia. Many care centres and homes already employ singing and other…

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1 How to Approach – An Overview

https://youtu.be/9rRu6ZZ72MkThis introductory video provides an overview of how the MindHarp can be utilised by a carer.Each subject is addressed in more detail in the MindHarp Activities area. Here you will find  video footage from actual sessions to illustrate the application of…

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2 Manage and Encourage Changes of Mood

Sometimes it's nice for everyone to fall quiet and simply enjoy listening. You may notice how changes in mood are reflected in facial expression and body language. One of the key benefits of MindHarp is that, because it is proactive,…

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3 Memory, Reflection

When engaging with the MindHarp, players sometime remember moments from the past. They also tend to describe what the sounds remind them of. This can lead to more memories and stories. Changing between the sounds (LydianBanks) can generate different emotions…

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4 Feeling the Music – Single Play

The MindHarp is also a solo activity. One player can enter the world of musical sound on their own and dive deep without any facilitation. Ask the player to put their hand on top of the speaker. The sound vibrations…

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5 Singing & Humming

Taking people into a musical space can trigger musical responses. In MindHarp sessions it is common for people to sing or hum along or even sing harmonies. Sometimes people will recite songs in their entirety, often from their childhoods or…

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6 Mimicry and Movement

Music and movement are closely related. Some people will move naturally to the sounds of the MindHarp. They may express themselves, how they are feeling or what the sounds represent by moving their hands and arms. Sometimes they will use…

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