HCF – the role

 

Rainbow Of Sound Harp Instructor FacilitatorA harp circle facilitator is one who makes progress easier and implements the teachings of professionals through the use of DVDs and music guides.

Check out our growing Directory of Facilitators (COMING SOON AS WE BUILD THIS SITE)

The exciting good news is that this program encourages people in your own organization to learn to play for their personal enjoyment. This in turn can open the doors to get further training to become a facilitator of a harp circle! We recommend training in therapeutic music if the facilitator will be working in healthcare facilities.

 

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For those working in educational settings, private practice or in your community gatherings, therapeutic musicians and music therapists, we welcome you to SIGN IN so we can provide you with more information on the Rainbow of Sound/Color My World  Facilitator trainings. These workshops are held by successful facilitators and they will come to your area (for a fee) to introduce the program and show you how to get started.

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All materials are provided for the facilitator. There are detailed lesson plans and appropriate materials for the various types of facilities.

Learning rhythm in harp playing Harp Instruction Manual Learn How To Play Harp Easy Melodies
Harp Teaching Materials

What is a Harp Circle Facilitator?

A facilitator is someone who is skilled at helping everyone in a group express their own talents. They help things go smoothly without being critical.

Facilitators adhere to a number of basic qualities.

Democracy

  • Each person has the opportunity to participate without prejudice. All participants have a right to contribute.
  • The lesson plans provided can be changed to meet their needs. Each creative individual can be heard in the Harp Circle process.

Responsibility

  • Each person, including the facilitator, is responsible for their own behavior.  The facilitator must be sensitive to how much responsibility the participants at a lesson are prepared and able to take.
  • If someone does not wish to contribute, that is a valid option for them. Participants can learn to take an increasing amount of responsibility with experience.

Cooperation

  • The facilitator and the participants work together to achieve collective goals – in this case, learning to play the harp; learning to socialize; learning to create music without criticism; building self-esteem.
  • Facilitation is something you do with a group.

Honesty

  • Facilitators express feelings, values, concerns and priorities when working with a group.
  • The open honesty of the facilitator about abilities and knowledge will help elicit honesty from all participants.

The role of a Facilitator

  •  A facilitator’s job is to pay attention to how people in the meeting work together, so as to assure the group can accomplish their goals – that of creating the pleasant experience of playing in harmony.

A facilitator…

  • Challenges thinking
  • Helps the group create
  • Summarizes the key points of the lesson
  • Shares ideas when they can help the group progress
  • Provides handouts when needed to clarify the main points
  • Raises questions to bring out different talents
  • Guides discussion
  • Goes over passages of music so that they become clear
  • Provides constructive criticism when, for example, a person attempts to dominate the meeting time

The facilitator accepts that each member of the group is willing and able to share responsibility for what happens, including reminding people of the next meeting, assuring each person has the opportunity to contribute to the harp circle, or making sure the agenda serves the group’s purpose. Sharing responsibility helps distribute the success or failure of the group’s actions and allows more people to determine what happens within the group and what decisions are made.

Code of Responsibilities for Facilitators

  • Demystify playing the harp.
  • A good facilitator will reflect responsibility for decisions and definitions back to the group members.
  • Never Manipulate the class for their own advantage.
  • Don’t form attachments to members of the group. If a facilitator becomes involved with individuals or sub-groups the others will think the facilitator has chosen sides.
  • Represent yourself fairly. A facilitator must be sure the group understands what the facilitator is doing, and what the limitations are.