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Nancy

Last Name

Beal

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About Me

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I flunked piano lessons as as kid, if that’s a possible ‘thing’.  The piano teacher told my mom to stop wasting her money.  It took me 40 years to pick up an instrument again and it was totally by chance. My local community college was offering group harp lessons and I had the day off and again, totally by chance, had time to sit and look at the catalog.  After seeing the lessons offered in the college catalog, by the end of the day, I had signed up for the lessons, ordered a harp to rent and spoken to the teacher.  To say that my husband was surprised when he got home that night is an understatement.  I haven’t stopped since.

 

Thus began my love of harp.  Edie Elkan of Bedside Harp offered group lessons and allowed me to sit in the back of the room to observe for all the other lessons.  For a year, I spent Sunday in the back of the classroom, soaking up all I could until I felt comfortable enrolling in the therapy program.

 

After some fits and starts, I began my internship of 120 hours in a local hospital, going on to get my master’s certification in harp therapy the following year. I have been working in the field for 15 years, at my peak playing in five different hospitals, two cancer centers and two dialysis centers each week.

 

My discovery of the double strung harp and its value in therapy came later and I am blessed to have found a teacher in Carolyn Deal.  While I was always amazed at the effect of my single strung harp in the hospital, the double strung has provided a depth of playing and reaching the sick, worried well and staff that outshines the single strung.  The response to that double set of strings has been phenomenal.

 

I am blessed to find this group and the opportunities provided in continuing to further my knowledge and skill.

My Harps

Type of Harp

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Harp Model

Stoney End Eve

Type of Harp

Lever Harp

Number of Strings

44

What do you think of it?

She's a double strung therapy harp. She's a blessing in the hospital.

Type of Harp

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Harp Model

Stoney End Lorraine

Type of Harp

Lever Harp

Number of Strings

58

What do you think of it?

It's enough to say that I'm a full DS addict – my poor single strungs were not getting played and they are now all in the hands of harpists who will play them.