Find out how to play the MindHarp™

1 How to Approach – An Overview

This introductory video provides an overview of how the MindHarp™ can be utilised by the carer. Each subject is addressed in more detail in the other videos in the Facilitating MindHarp™ Activities area, using video footage from actual sessions to…

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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 the MindHarp™ is that, because it is…

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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 with the MindHarp™

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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7 Associations with Sounds

The MindHarp™ can conjure up associations and stimulate the mind and imagination. Some of the sounds are atmospheric and are open to interpretation. This can be fun and stimulate chat and conversation. Carers can use their imaginations too. We may…

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8 Permission to Make Lots of Noise

It can be fun to fill the space with a lot of sound. Most need encouragement to try this, so give them permission to 'make lots of noise'. Lead by example, go wild and hit lots of buttons! Some will…

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9 Observe Patterns of Play

If people are tentative they sometimes get locked into patterns of play. Observe the sequences in which they press the buttons and encourage and guide them to try different patterns. Use the colours and numbers on the pads to encourage…

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10 Social Interaction

When working in pairs, threes or fours there can be a lot of social energy, chat and laughter around the use of the MindHarp™. It's not just about listening. Of course, the social energy depends on the personalities and communicative…

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1 Quick Start

  A one minute tour to get you playing quickly. Ideal if you are comfortable with the technology. After opening the MindHarp™ you will be presented with the 'Settings Screen'. The left side of the screen is the Settings Screen…

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2 The Full Tour

A detailed look at all functions. Everything you need to know in less than 4 minutes Setting Up Once you have purchased and downloaded the MindHarp™ it will appear on your iPAD screen alongside your other applications. iPADs operate through…

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3 Connecting a Bluetooth Speaker

If you've never connected a bluetooth (wireless) speaker to an iPad before, here's how to do it: Turn on the speaker with the On/Off button Press the bluetooth button to On Open your iPAD and go into 'Settings' (the screen…

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4 Connecting a Minirig Speaker

How to connect our recommended bluetooth speaker Turn on the speaker with the On/Off button Open your iPAD and go into 'Settings' (the screen icon with gear wheels) Find the listing for Bluetooth on the left of your screen and…

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