Learning HOME

In my interactive book "The HOME Recordings: Strategies for Certified Therapeutic Musicians," I have imbedded ten harp tracks, recorded at Quinn Music Studio.  Some of my tracks are more rough but authentic,  by design, and others have instrumentation and mastering. This is my exercise in embracing imperfection: hopefully the intention of the music will shine through any unfortunate notes :)

Track 9 is called "Learning HOME," a studio recording of a harp lesson that teaches the tune, broken down into building blocks: A1, A2 and B. I have included instructions on different segues and variations, tips on how to simplify and memorize, where to place chords -- everything you need to learn the tune and some variations in a half hour. The basic structure is A1, A2 and BX2. The A2 part is my favorite part to repeat in different ways, creating a familiar repetitive element. One version of its reuse gives it a fun walking bass line.

In addition to the learning track, there are different levels of sheet music included in the book -- from very basic lead sheets for each variation (meant for those of us who are visual learners)  to a full score that seeks to capture my intent for the composition (with thanks to Greyson, my talented music engraver). I have also added a Sibelius animation to follow the sheet music score along with a midi player. This is one of the advantages of publishing this work in Apple Books. I can embed audio, video and external links that might assist in comprehension and enjoyment.  

The main track is held to a strict 64 bpm tempo and designed to be able to loop for extended play if desired.  I often play the tune rubato ( I am expressive!) and vary the tempo for different patient applications. This makes it harder to notate the rhythm when it isn't held to a steady beat. So, I provide a live off-the-floor recording as an example of a more flowing style.

This interactive textbook serves as a comprehensive course designed to complement the education of Certified Clinical Therapeutic Musicians. It not only enhances the understanding of the principles behind Therapeutic Music but also offers insights into composing and adapting melodies for a wide range of patient scenarios. The book delves into the intricacies of using modes and modal modulations to enhance fluency, and it includes sections intended to inspire and assist in your CTM programming. It is approved for Harp for Healing CEUs, and for Level 3 CMCP (VAHT) students.

I hope The HOME Recordings: Strategies for Certified Therapeutic Musicians helps inspire confidence and spark creativity at the bedside.                                                      -Sandy Pereira, CTM-CCM