Happy New Year!
There is so much to be thankful for and look forward to this year. Here in the desert there are many generous individuals. Years ago a gentleman had donated 19 harps to the Eisenhower’s Lucy Curi Cancer Center. The Cancer Center began a Healing Harps program that gave harp lessons to the community and in turn the students would play for the patients and staff at the Center. Unfortunately this program ended in 2011 or 2012, leaving these harps to sit in a storage room.
These harps have been so graciously donated to the Palm Springs Unified School District for the use in both school districts here in the valley, including Desert Sands Unified School District.
Here is a current photograph of the harps in my harp studio. I will be keeping these harps in good condition for the kids. Harps need regular tuning, string replacements, stored in a place with moderate humidity and cared for in many other ways.
Please stay tuned for more updates on this program. I am currently writing a curriculum for 3rd, 4th & 5th graders. I am very interested in ideas of finding an accessible way of teaching the harp. There are so many possibilities. What do you do? Please reply below….