The International Harp Therapy Program offers On-Line and/or Attendance Classes that are designed to encourage students and players of all levels to join the program. IHTP is accredited by the National Standards Board for Therapeutic Musicians. We meet and excel in all the Standards set forth by this organization.
New to the Harp? – you can now begin the home-study portion of the 2013 program with study of the 10 required DVDs and readings.
By applying to the program now, you can engage your personal mentor to help prepare you for the 2013 campus. If you are a beginner harp player you can engage a trained teacher who will guide you through SKYPE on-line lessons.
There is one attendance module to the program and we aim to bring that near your home area.
When the Harp Practitioner successfully matches the listener, the recipient enters the ’Green Zone’. When distraction occurs, or the practitioner misses the cues, the listener enters into the ’Red Zone’.
People of all ages and circumstances benefit from the Therapeutic Harp
Children in hospital settings and with other special needs…
such as developmental disabilities, respond well to the harp. Evidence of a range of healthy outcomes have been recorded. They include appropriate excitement, joy, empowerment, as well as relaxation.
In the Corporate structure,
harps have been utilized as part of a stress management program. The results are a “time out” refreshment and centering for employees. Increased concentration and motivation have been reported.
harp music helps to create an atmosphere of love and safety, with the possibility of supporting the rhythm of the mother’s breathing durding appropriate times.
touching and even learning to play the harp, increases the recipient’s physical co-ordination and concentration. The benefit of a shared activity can also be important.
For people in Intensive Care Units…
and in Operating Rooms, monitors show that the heart rate decreases and the Oxygenation levels increase when soothing harp music is played. Harp music provides sound or focus other than the humming and beeping of hospital machines. We not only work with Resonant tone but with Double Resonance.
transitional stages are often an area where harp music can be very supportive. The sounds of the harp comfort and soothe the patient who may be in pain or experiencing fear. The families of these loved ones also benefit from the support of therapeutic harp.
People who suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease…
often access memory through songs from their past.
What Can You Expect From A Practitioner of Therapeutic Harp?
Education: Has met and adheres to the standards of the International HarpTherapy Program and participates in ongoing Professional Development in accorandance with the National Standards Board for Therapeutic Musicians.
Clinical Internship: Successful completion of a closely supervised internship.
Musical: Accomplished in harp repertoire and improvisation
Clinical: Practical knowledge of a wide range of study including interpersonal skills and special needs to both acute and long term care.
Practitioners are committed to fostering trust, insuring confidentiality, respectfulness and sensitivity.
Where can you Find a Practitioner of Harp Therapy?
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