Harp Therapy Certification for Adults-An Exciting, New Program!


Harpists who wish to pursue a career in healthcare are invited to begin their professional training with Bedside Harp.

Our Certified Harp Therapist (CHT) and the Certified Master of Harp Therapy (CMHT) offerings are 100% online mindfulness-based programs designed to train adult harpists and harpers to work as healthcare professionals in a variety of medical and wellness settings.

The CHT level is offered completely online and consists of 85 classroom hours divided into four modules,  12 hours of music and repertoire development, 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 also welcome to register for the 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 includes 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 2022 Class: Saturday, Sunday March 5,6 and 19,20, 9 am to 3:30 pm ET

Fall 2021 Class: Saturday, Sunday September 4,5 and 18,19, 10am to 4:30 pm ET

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 2022 Class: Saturday, Sunday April 30, May 1 and May 21,22, 9 am to 3:30 pm ET

Fall 2021 Class: Saturday, Sunday October 2,3 and 16,17, 10am to 4:40pm ET

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 2022 Class: Friday-Sunday June 10-12 and Saturday, Sunday June 25, 26, 9 am to 3:30 pm ET

Fall 2021 Class: Friday-Sunday November 5-7 and Saturday, Sunday November 20-21, 10am to 4:30pm ET

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 2022 Class: Saturday, Sunday August 20,21 and 27, 28, 9 am to 3:30 pm ET

Fall 2021 Class: Saturday, Sunday January 8,9 and 22,23, 10am to 4:30 pm ET

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.


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