Anna Muller

Anna-Linky Muller commenced music studies in South Africa with piano, harp, and singing as her main instruments. She studied a Bachelor of Arts majoring in music and psychology at UNISA in South Africa while practicing as Professional Kinesiologist.

Anna has been a freelance harpist for weddings (solo and ensemble), celebrations of all kinds corporate and private for more than 45 years with some orchestral experience in South Africa and Australia.

She taught the harp in South Africa and Australia for over 20 years and has served on committees of the harp societies where she resided at the time. Currently serving on the ATHA (Australian Therapeutic Harp Association) founding committee, and the IHTP-AU Affiliate board. Anna is also an IHTP student mentor.

As professional harpist, the focus was always on playing the version of music that was required for the specific event. Even though this is very enriching, for Anna it was sometimes quite stressful, and she felt stifled in her creativity. Always researching for ideas of how to adapt music for the harp and improvise, Anna stumbled upon Christina Tourin’s work. The interest in the effect of harp music on the audience became a fascinating research topic, which Anna experimented with while playing background music at events. However, only in 2018 did this study field lead to the qualification as Certified Therapeutic Harp Practitioner from the IHTP.

Following the biography is a quick description of Anna’s therapeutic career path as an example of how one can use therapeutic harp to enhance another position or qualification one might already have.

Anna’s therapeutic harp career started with the focus on pastoral care for the local Lutheran church in Geelong. This created the opportunity to play as volunteer at Karingal House in Geelong for a client who lives with Down Syndrome and Parkinson’s disease. The results were so significant that the manager of the facility suggested NDIS support the therapy for the client. Her comment was that the whole house was influenced positively by the music. As pastoral carer, Anna played at private homes in Geelong, for parish members who were not able to attend church. These families were so grateful for this service that word spread and soon Anna was volunteering in aged care homes from as far as Villa Maria Torquay across Melbourne to Fairways Aged Care in Sandringham.

At Mercy Place Wyndham, one of the homes where Anna shared her music with residents, playing from room to room; it became known that residents felt comforted and inspired by her presence. Management heard of this and asked Anna to take the position as Pastoral Care Associate at the Newport home. One year on, Anna is employed full time at the Mercy Place Wyndham with over a hundred residents to serve musically and pastorally. As part of this position, Anna does one on one vigils to the sick and palliative residents. This is a real blessing to the residents in a time where most services are cancelled because of the pandemic.

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Attending the IHTP study has been such a wonderful experience! We all come in at different levels & harp experience, but we are encouraged to delve into the world of improvisation and flourish in our own unique ways.


Thanks to you all. I loved the laughter, the good food, the lovely welcoming house, the bush, the cats, the birds, the sharing of all sorts of ideas from wiki camping to what to play.


A huge thank you to Vimukti and Karel for your generous hosting. The food was beautiful, the workshops were so inspiring, I loved the silent walk in the beautiful landscape and it was wonderful catching up with everyone again and meeting new people.


Thanks to you and Karel for hosting us in your home and on your beautiful property, and making us all so welcome - it doesn’t happen without a lot of planning and effort! And it’s so important for us to get together!


It was so relaxing, inspiring, and delicious! Thanks again to the presenters - fabulous!


Most importantly for me, the IHTP learning is a journey into finding my creative expression and connecting in with my soul. My deepest gratitude to Christina, IHTP mentors and teachers who make this journey happen! With love & blessings.


The food was wonderful, company fantastic and the tent site was very comfortable.  It was such a relaxing and inspiring time.


For me, especially the double resonant training was eye-opening and was so interesting.


Loved the ESM sessions of playing along with recordings. That was plain, delicious, failure free fun.


I loved learning titbits from Louise and Christina about Jazz, Blues and Indian flavours I can explore later.


I got a lot out of the training. I am glad to be a part of the IHTP family.

Thank you so much for your dedication and work to putting this event together.


The ESM module is really packed - very intensive - with good teaching and learning materials. We were kept on our toes all the time with one activity after another. Thank you for the lovely ESM course.


Outstanding presentation, thank you so much for sharing your wisdom.


I liked the teamwork you presented during the presentation by Christina, as she did speaking and AU team did slides, etc.

The experience in ESM was very interesting to me. I realized intentions actually transmit via zoom during the ESM sessions.


I was very touched by your presentation about therapeutic work with animals, Vimukti. Thank you for sharing your passion with animals and how important it is to be in the moment when we do this work.


Thank you so much for the wonderful support for the last module. I really appreciate your support during the module.

Thank you especially for the considerations for us non-native English speakers. The transcript helped me a lot when I wanted to review the classes.


The module study was intensive for us. Thank you for being so calm, composed and patient throughout, holding such a lovely space for us!


All I can say is what an amazing experience and fantastic job you all did putting the virtual ESM together! Thanks again.