A program providing harps and lessons to those in need.
Enriching Lives One Harp At A Time
Hands On Harps’ mission is to get harps into the hands of those who would not normally have the chance to try one. We accomplish this primarily through providing group lessons and playing sessions to school children and the elderly or ill.
Many older individuals have reported that learning to play the harp has improved their memory, finger dexterity, and overall life quality. And all of our programs encourage playing the harp for others in whatever capacity possible. The more harps the program provides and people who are taught to play, the more the communities are enriched with harp music.
Studies show that listening to music stimulates the brain in many areas, but playing an instrument lights up the brain all over.
You might be wondering, why the harp?
Excellent way to learn music theory
Versatile instrument, capable of playing solo and in various groups
Portable, so the music can be shared with anyone
Excellent for music therapy and playing for the elderly
Capable of playing diverse music genres
Teaches patience, determination, and teamwork as songs transform from disjointed notes to beautiful masterpieces
Sounds beautiful from the first day – no squeaking stage!
Harp For Kids is an initiative to get beginning harp instruction programs into lower income schools where students would not normally experience seeing a harp, much less be able to afford to take harp lessons. The program is run through an after school enrichment program. Instruction is given in a group setting as the students learn the basics on harp technique, music theory, and performance and group dynamics. Students learn simple ensemble pieces and perform for the school and community. Students are taught early on to use their skills to give back, through playing for retirement and nursing homes, church groups, and other community events.
Harps for Retirees
The Harps For Retirees program brings the harp to people in various assisted living and long term care homes. Many participants say playing the harp has been a lifelong dream for them. Through group mini lessons, people are able to play simple songs on the harps.
Harps for Therapy
The Harps For Therapy program seeks to bring comfort and calm to those in hospitals, hospice, care homes, and rehab centers through experiences with the harp. Patients are able to either listen to the harp being played, or if able, play a little themselves. Services are provided at no cost to the patient or their family.
We would love to hear from you.
832-930-9983 • Elizabeth@houstonharpmusic.flywheelsites.com
Interested in being part of Hands On Harps? You can partner with us in several ways:
- Purchase a CD
- Share our program with others who may want to help
- Make a monthly donation towards the program
Interested in starting a Hands On Harps program in your area or volunteering to help at a HOH event? Please contact us for more information. It is our goal to spread the joy of harp music throughout the world, and we would love to help you bring Hands On Harps to your community.