What is Harp Therapy?

  – People of all ages and circumstances benefit from the Therapeutic Harp

Lynette in PinkChildren 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.

CORPORATE AND BLINDIn 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.

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During childbirth,

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.

TinaBoyInteractive work,

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.

SarahMelanieFor 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.

Carla and ErylIn Hospices,

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?

  • Qualifications 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.
  • Skills 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.


The International Harp Therapy Program offers a complete At-Home Study Program with On-Line lectures

We welcome players of all levels to join the program and will work with you in a comprehensive music development 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.

There are two tracks that students can join:
Track 1:
 For harp players and beginners who understand basic theory and can read music

Track 2: For beginners who do not read music or need more help with theory 

Get Started – IHTP Online Preparation School

 Where can you Find a Practitioner of Harp Therapy? To find a Practitioner in your area: