Harp Therapy Certification
Bedside Harp's Harp Therapy
Certification for Adults:
A Comprehensive, Mindfulness-Based
PLEASE NOTE: EFFECTIVE 10/15/21, ALL BEDSIDE HARP CERTIFICATION STUDENTS, INTERNS AND GRADUATES MUST BE COVID VACCINATED*
Harpists who wish to pursue a career in healthcare are invited to begin their professional training with us. Our Certified Harp Therapist (CHT) and our Certified Master of Harp Therapy (CMHT) offerings, which began in 2002 as college-based programs, are now presented 100% online in real time. They are designed to train adult harpists and harpers to work as healthcare professionals in a variety of medical and wellness settings.
*COVID vaccinations are required because we train harpists to play for vulnerable populations.
Our mindfulness-based, team-taught CHT level iconsists of 85 classroom hours divided into four modules, 12 hours of music and repertoire development, a 130-hour closely mentored internship, 13 one-on-one contact hours with a mastery level certified harp therapist, and a 12-week, 36-hour online course, “Conversations on Ethics for Therapeutic Musicians.” Additional requirements include repertoire and improvisation development, completion of a practicum project, as well as assigned readings and writings.
To achieve the level of Certified Master Harp Therapist (CMHT) one must have met all of the requirements for the CHT and have taken an additional 200 hours of studies consisting of a 120-hour mastery level supervised internship, 12 one-on-one contact hours, our 12- week, 48-hour online advanced level course, “Conversations on Research for Harp Therapists,” and Module IX, online (in real time) 20-hour workshop/retreat on “Harp Therapy as a MindBody Modality.” Additional requirements include repertoire and improvisation development, assigned readings and writings, as well as a final practicum project presented both in writing and orally.
Graduates of other NSBTM- accredited programs are welcome to register for our Bedside Harp mastery level of certification after their successful completion of required pre-requisites.
Certification candidates will be required to complete certain reading and writing assignments and will, as well, submit professional recordkeeping reports and maintain a journal during their internships. To be awarded certifications, candidates must have attended all classroom modules, completed their internships and practicum project(s), submitted all reports, records and assignments and completed the final review. Candidates are encouraged to begin their internships (Module V) immediately after taking classroom Module I, playing in common areas for at least 10 hours of their internships between Modules I and III. After taking classroom Module III, students may be granted permission to play one-on-one.
Our mindfulness-based certification programs are truly personal journeys. We learn to pay close attention to our body, our thoughts and our emotions, as well as to those whom we serve—in a particular way, on purpose, moment-to-moment, non-judgmentally.
Certifications must be renewed biannually and shall include playing a minimum number of hours of therapeutic harp as well as a completing a minimum number of continuing professional units (CPUs), earned by attending relevant workshops and/or by taking relevant courses or studies.
Spring 2023 Class: Saturday, Sunday March 4,5 and 18,19, Time to be announced
This module/retreat, presented over two weekends live, focuses on music, the history and science of sound therapy, and spirituality—all of which are at the heart of our work.
Much attention is given to healing music fundamentals, modal playing, noodling and playing by ear. We’ll explore the fascinating links between spirituality and science as well as the science of vibration and sound. Work on our self, our fears and on healing our own wounds are part of this and every module.
Spring 2023 Class: Saturday, Sunday April 22,23, May 6,7 Time to be announced
The focus of this module/retreat is on our coming to understand what brings us to do this work. We explore a number of self reflection tools including Angeles Arrien’s Signs of Life, Elaine Aron’s Highly Sensitive Person, dream therapy, and mindfulness meditation. We also begin our work on putting our own affairs, issues, hopes and dreams in order as we set out to serve others.
Like all the modules, this module has a good number of creative and musical freeing interactive exercises and activities built into it, along with numerous segments on repertoire building and music development.
Spring 2023 Class: Friday-Sunday June 9-11 and Saturday, Sunday June 24, 25, Time to be announced.
Module III is a 5 day retreat and must be taken before students are given permission to begin playing one-on-one. A good amount of time is devoted to healthcare protocols and practices, modal playing, repertoire development, and the exploration of various styles of playing and delivering harp therapy. Forgiveness is a major theme of this module—self work that is essential to our continuing development of compassion both for ourselves and for others. We look with kindness at our own attitudes on death and dying and gently consider fresh perspectives.
Spring 2023 Class: Saturday, Sunday August 26,21 and 27, and September 9,10 Time to be announced.
The spotlight in Module IV, another 4 day retreat, again offered live in real time, is on the challenges that lie immediately ahead: getting to certification and creating job opportunities for ourselves. We begin to develop our own marketing tools and strategies and have a chance to learn from others who have walked the walk.
Online Ethics Course (36 Hours) $350
Classes will be taken through Bucks County Community College’s portal.
Includes workbooks, music books, handouts, thumb drives and other essential materials.
Harp Therapy Certification- Certified Harp Therapist level (274 hours) $3600
Four team-taught classroom modules (131 hours), 13 contact hours and one 130 hour closely mentored internship module.
Grand total ( includes all classroom and internship modules, materials fee, online Ethics Course) $3950
NEW PRICING!!! Given the times we're living through, we have eliminated the materials fee and deeply discounted the prices of both the modules and our online ethics course. Students may pay for the program all at once or may pay $1440.00 for Modules I and V at registration, and then pay for Modules II, III and IV a month prior to the start of each of those modules. ***Students must have a dependable, high speed internet connection, as well as either a laptop or desktop computer with a functional camera. Tablets are acceptable but not preferable. While connecting by phone is possible, doing so does not allow for maximum interaction and is therefore unacceptable for participation in all of our online offerings.