Therapeutic harp

Around the world an increasing number people are learning to play harp for therapeutic purposes. They play in hospitals, palliative care, aged care, dental surgeries, fertility clinics, child care and a range of other caring environments. Harp music can be combined with other complementary therapies such as yoga, meditation and massage. Harp music can help to reduce stress, anxiety and pain and support physical, psychological, spiritual and emotional wellbeing. A number of harp players in Western Australia have been, or are studying towards, playing thereapeutic harp. If you have any questions about this field you can email


Recent Therapeutic Harp Events

Therapeutic Harp Workshop with Alison Ware

Alison Ware’s workshop was the first therapeutic harp workshop to be held in WA and was a huge success.  There were 15 participants for the weekend with great camaraderie between everyone.

Feedback from participants was very positive.  Alison was a wonderful presenter who showed great empathy and understanding.  She was able to cater to all levels and abilities of harp playing which made the whole experience so much more valuable and beneficial with participants learning and taking something away for themselves in regard to therapeutic harp music. 

See the June 2018 newsletter for the full article.

Therapeutic Harp Workshop with Tina Tourin

On the 5th of May 2018 we started a two day therapeutic harp workshop with Tina Tourin, Founder and Director of the International Harp Therapy Program. There were 13 participants. Tina spoke about the seven Greek modes of music and their application when playing improvised music for people. Everyone had a go at some Dorian and Aeolian music. Two people, who had never touched a lever harp before, found themselves holding a harp and playing chord patterns. They had pretty big smiles on their faces.

Shamarra de Tissera demonstrated some techniques for playing the Reverie Harp and everyone was given the opportunity to try them out. One of the exercises was for two people to have a musical conversation. They sat facing each other with a Reverie across their laps and took turns to play the strings in different patterns, as though the Reverie was talking for them.

At the end of the second day a public information event called ‘Stories from the Bedside – The Healing Power of Music’ was held. It attracted audience members with diverse backgrounds and interests. During the event Tina talked about the use of therapeutic harp in a broad range of medical and care situations and new research into the effects of music on the brain.

See the June 2018 newsletter for the full article.


Therapeutic harp players attend the Amana Living Arts Festival

A group of harp players from the Therapeutic Harp Circle were asked by Amana Living to play for residents as a part of their Arts Festival during February and March 2018. In some care centres the harpists played at the bedside and in others they played for groups. Click here to view an article about the festival.


Therapeutic Harp Circle


Meets on the last Saturday of every month.
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Bedside harp

Music for deep peace and rest in the privacy of your own home.
The Harp Studio,
Claremont-Nedlands area


Harp harmonies

A harp choir providing music to lift the spirit and soothe the soul. Performances are offered in aged care homes, hospitals, schools and early childhood centres in the Perth metropolitan area.


Contact The Harp Studio by emailing


Helen provides therapeutic harp for people in the south west of WA from Mandurah -
Bunbury - Busselton - Margaret River and everywhere in between.
Music is provided at:
  • Hospital - palliative care
  • End of life - one on one
  • Hospice
  • Nursing homes
  • Meditation
  • Funerals
  • Other settings as required