A brand new certificate program for harpists and other instrumentalists and vocalists who wish to work in healthcare

Deepen your knowledge and get the most up-to-date information to excel as a therapeutic musician by taking this mindfulness-based training program in person or COMPLETELY online in real time!1

What you can expect:

  • First-rate training and instruction by our distinguished faculty;
  • Exponentially increase your working repertoire by learning to play by ear, improvise, and play in modes;
  • Understand how music works and how to work it to create a healing cradle of sound;
  • Explore the science and history of sound therapy;
  • Understand your self in the context of healing others;
  • Become skilled in the ethics and etiquette of working as a therapeutic musician;
  • Learn to choose the right music for specific patient populations and medical conditions;
  • Learn how to play for the depressed, the seriously ill and the dying;
  • Cultivate meaningful self care;
  • Understand how to work with practitioners of other holistic therapies;
  • and much, much more!

167 hour program divided into four classroom modules and a 36 hour online course: Conversations on Ethics for Therapeutic Musicians

Comparison

Certification Program Intensive Training Program 2
Attend Modules I, II, and IV either online in real time or in person Yes Yes
Attend Classroom Modules Sequentially Yes Yes
Attend Module III In Person Yes Optional
Instrument(s) Harp and/or Harp and Voice3 Harp, Voice, Guitar, Keyboard, Dulcimer
Additional Readings, Movies and Writing Assignments Yes Yes
Practicum Project Yes Optional
Mentored 130 Hour Internship Yes No
Online Ethics Course Through College Yes Yes
Final Exam Yes No
Total Number of Hours 310 Hours 167 Hours
Earned Credential Certification Certificate
Total Cost $4295 $3565

1Please note: while this training is similar to our rigorous Harp Therapy Certification program, students who successfully complete this course of study will not be granted certifications; rather, they will receive a certificate affirming that they have satisfied the requirements for this course of study. To become certified, students of this program may begin their studies with this course, but are then required to attend Module III in person, play a 130 hour closely mentored internship at a pre-approved healthcare facility in their area or at one of our host hospitals and satisfy other requirements as well.

2Intensive training program students may elect to pursue certification by meeting additional requirements.

3Certification for vocalists and instrumentalists on instruments other then on the harp are available on a case by case basis.

Modules

Fall ’19 Class
Sunday through Wednesday, September 22-25
Optional music session: date TBA
Bedside Harp Great Room in Bensalem, PA and Online in real time

This four day retreat which may be taken either in person or remotely, 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.

Fall ’19 Class:
Sunday through Wednesday October 27 through 30
Optional music session: date TBA
Bedside Harp Great Room in Bensalem, PA and Online

This four day retreat which may be taken in person or remotely in real time, focuses 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 Dee Curci’s LifeBook, which helps us begin to put 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.

Fall ’19 Class:
Bedside Harp Great Room, Bensalem
Sunday through Friday November 17-22
Optional music session: date TBA

Module III is a 6 day retreat which must be taken in person because it allows for even more interaction, role-playing, and practice. This being the last classroom module required before students begin playing in patient rooms, 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.

Fall ’19 Class:
Sunday to Wednesday March 29 to April 1
Bedside Harp Great Room, Bensalem, PA and Online
The spotlight in Module IV, another 4 day retreat which can be taken in person or remotely, 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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