About the THTP Director - Helen Morrison

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 Helen's sensitive, caring and discerning nature is fundamental to her approach as a teacher and as a healthcare musician.

Helen is deeply immersed in the world of therapeutic harp, providing beautiful healing music in hospitals, nursing homes, wellbeing groups and meditative group settings.

She is well known for her integrity and her sharing nature across the harping world.

- Susan Price, Director of Nursing (retired)

The Therapy Harp Training Program appeals to those who are passionate about bringing the experience of live music to healthcare settings.

As Director of this Program, I believe in the power of music to transform the patient, the client, staff and families. The harp's resonance and depth of sound, played with a compassionate presence and heartfelt, mindful intent benefit the listener by calming and connecting.

*See home page for list of suitable instruments or email [email protected]

 

About Helen

It has been my privilege to be involved in the world of music throughout my life. As a young child I was fortunate to learn recorder, then piano and violin. I continued both piano and violin to university level and graduated with a Bachelor of Education in Music, (SACAE, Adelaide, South Australia) in 1988. There, I was honoured to be taught by esteemed teachers including David Lockett, Stephen Whittington, William Hennessy and Romola Costantino.

In 2001, my paternal grandfather gave me a Tim Guster (Adelaide, South Australia) lever harp and a whole new world of musical opportunity opened up. The resonance and presence of the harp and all its possibilities are endlessly fascinating. I have met wonderful people and had exciting experiences through playing the harp. My harp teachers have included Susan King (TAS), Mary Doumany (VIC), Lynne Aspnes (USA) and Mercedes Gomez Benet (MEX).

My journey into therapeutic harp music began around 2007 and over the years I have hosted workshops, health and wellbeing sessions, played at memorial services, hospitals, nursing homes, in the justice system, and in private practice.

Recently I completed the SoundWerk Certification Course and a Diploma of Counselling, and these skills help inform my work and practice.

Highlights of my career have included:

Teaching:

Secondary School music teacher and Head of Music.

Primary School music specialist.

Private studio teaching, all ages, including excellent AMEB exam results for students on Lever Harp, Piano and Cello.

Performing:

Performing and recording with renowned Australian jazz musicians Don Burrows and James Morrison in vocal jazz ensemble 'The Adelaide Connection'.

Performing with Melbourne percussionist David Jones and vocalist Carmen Warrington.

Collaborating on recordings and performing original music projects with Tasmanian musicians.

Workshops and Community:

Weekend presenter for the Harp Society of Tasmania's flagship event 'Harp Island' 2021.

Harp Circle groups for beginners and advanced.

Artistic and Musical Director for the Tasmanian Harp Ensemble for their 2016 trip to Harpes au Max Festival, Ancenis, France on the invitation of the Director of Camac Harps, Jakez François. (9 performances in 3 days!)

The Quiet Zone music and mindfulness series for rest and relaxation.

Presenter at World Harp Congress, Sydney in 2014 in the therapeutic harp stream, with a well-attended Sound Journey harp and relaxation session.

Former Vice President and committee member of the Harp Society of Tasmania.

Presenter on Hobart FM (Mostly Folk program).

Calvary Hospitals Hobart - Harpist on the volunteer team.

Therapeutic Harp Workshop and House Concert presentation for the Bellarine Sea Angels, Portarlington, VIC (AU), May 2022.

The Healing Space - Harp, Voice and Sound Therapies - delegate, Hill End, NSW (AU), Oct 2022.

Upcoming events:

I am looking forward to presenting 2 x therapy harp workshops at the New Zealand HarpFest from February 3-6, 2023.

https://www.harpfestnz.com/

 

Any questions about THTP?

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At THTP we bring live therapeutic music to healthcare settings to enhance the health and wellbeing of patients and clients. Our ethos is one of respect, inclusivity and compassion.