|Harps for Hearts brings live music and interactive workshops to healthcare environments, schools, conferences and community programs.
Live music in a hospital setting includes a wide range of opportunities for patients, families and staff to experience live performances by world class musicians. This includes concerts in hospital lobbies, hands-on-harps interactive workshops or in-room visits by trained therapeutic harpists. (See below for the definition of Harp Therapy)
Hospitals are finding that the gentle acoustic music near nurses stations and patient care areas encourages a calm and relaxed environment. Harpists can also play at bedside and bring comfort to patients and families during difficult times.
Founded in 2001 by Lisa Lynne, Harps for Hearts is currently operating at City of Hope National Cancer Center in Duarte, California and Kaiser Permanente in Woodland Hills and Panorama City, California.
In addition, Lisa Lynne makes numerous appearances at hospitals throughout California giving guidance to others for bringing live music programs to medical settings.
Lisa is well known throughout the Harp therapy community and has been affiliated with the "International Harp Therapy Program" where she has taken their ciriculem and given guest lectures on her programs.
Lisa was a presenter at Society of Arts in Healthcare in Toronto, Canada, and has spoken at many large conferences representing the arts in medicine and is on the faculty at ACE "Advocating Clinical Excellence" where she speaks annually at their conference.
She does daytime or evening concerts in the lobbies where she shares her compelling story and her 17 Celtic and lap harps. Everyone who wishes to experience playing harp has the opportunity to make beautiful music as a group and see how effortless it is to improvise their own music. The result is an empowering and lovely experience for all.
In the process of providing interactive musical workshops and therapeutic music, Harps for Hearts has been embraced by all who experience the power of music in a healing environment.
For further information on available workshops and therapeutic musicians contact Lisa Lynne at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hands-on-Harps at City of Hope
Our main medical lobby becomes an intimate venue to host some of the worlds finest performers of acoustic folk and world music. Patients, families and staff come together to enjoy the music and meet the artists.
This ongoing series is designed to bring out the musician in everyone. Participants enjoy the hands-on beginner workshops with provided Celtic and lap harps. There is no musical experience necessary to join in and create lovely music the very first time.
Music in the Waiting Rooms
On any given day you may hear gentle instrumental music played by a professional musician throughout the halls and waiting rooms. A feeling of relaxation is enjoyed by all. Patients and families may request an in-room musical visit by the musician.
Trained and certified therapeutic harpists offer soothing music which has been shown to help decrease anxiety, reduce blood pressure and facilitate a calming atmosphere in patient rooms and ICU. For in-room visits contact Patient and Family Resource desk.
In the Patient and Family Learning Center room you can sign out music CDs, harp videos, teaching books and even a little harp!
Lisa Lynne is the Musician-in-residence at City of Hope. An international recording artist whose Celtic Harp recordings have international acclaim, she founded "Harps for Hearts." Her innovative program brings harps and harpists into hospitals and healing centers where she uses sound and music to empower patients and promote health and well-being.
"There is no profit in curing the body if, in the process, we destroy the Soul"
- City of Hope credo
What is Harp Therapy?
From the Harp Therapy Journal
Harp therapy is a general term used to describe the continuum of types of therapies in which the harp is used. On the passive end of the continuum, harp practitioners may work or volunteer in an institutional or clinical setting and play harp music for clients or patients who are passive recipients of the beneficial effects of the music (i.e. relaxation). A harpist working in an emergency room waiting area or in a neonatal care unit might represent the passive end of the continuum.
Further along the continuum, harpists who are licensed or trained in other therapeutic disciplines use the harp in their practices to elicit specific cognitive or behavioral changes. For example physicians, psychologists, music therapists or nurses might use the harp music as a treatment modality (i.e. for emotional catharsis) or in conjunction with another therapy such as vibroacoustic therapy, biofeedback/relaxation training, or in a rehabilitative setting.
At the active end of the continuum, individuals learn to play the harp to: ease their pain and overcome physical, mental and emotional challenges; create a sense of community in a group setting; and provide physical rehabilitation.
Investigations about the specific effects of harp music on the human body are just beginning and are described in The Harp Therapy Journal. The unique timbre of the instrument provides a very soothing and relaxing effect. The harp has a rich archetypal heritage in western culture as an instrument of healing - it is the instrument of angels, gods and kings.
Harp Therapy Training Programs
International Harp Therapy Training Program (IHTP)
San Diego / Christina Tourin
P.O. Box 333 Mt. Laguna, CA 91948
Music for Healing and Transition Program (MHTP)
Melinda Gardiner, R.N., CMP
22 West End Road Hillsdale, NY 12529
(518) 325-5546 Fax: (518) 325-3089
Clinical Musician Certification Program
P.O. Box 3391
Littleton, CO 80161-3391
International Healing Musician's Program
Online training / Stella Benson
PO Box 31357 Seattle, WA 91803
6813 Neshaminy Valley Drive
Bensalem, PA 19020-1248
PA (215) 752-7599 NJ
Healing Harps Training Program
Dr. Ron Price
Box 157, 4302 Carol Ave.
Cortalnd, IL 60112