Harp Therapy

Harp Therapy

Martha Waldvogel-Warren is a Certified Harp Therapy Practitioner (CHTP) having received her accreditation in 2016 and remains in good standing with her continuing education.  She works as a contractor weekly at Holland Hospital and has had the privilege of providing therapeutic music to hundreds of patients.  Martha works primarily bedside for individual patients with a variety of conditions in the ICU and throughout the hospital.  Additionally, she plays in the Special Care Nursery (Neonatal unit) and for groups in the Behavioral Health unit.

Martha also offers programs to Assisted Living Facilities throughout West Michigan.

What is Harp Therapy?

A Harp therapist is not a music therapist.

Music therapists are scientists who assess, diagnose and treat conditions through the application of music and sound. Many music therapists consider the qualifications of certified therapeutic musicians and believe them to have complementary approaches and expertise.

What Benefits does Harp Therapy Provide?


  • Better Health for the healthy at any age
  • Scientific research supports use of harps and their resonance is effective in a healthy psychological outlook which makes physical healing  more likely 
  • In the hospital environment monitors show positive effects when harp music is played (lower heartrates, higher oxygenation)


  • Hospice care for transitioning residents and family members
  • Specific modes of music are used to match moods of people experiencing trying times
  • Feedback in support groups and behavioral health groups is resoundingly positive with most participants claiming a sense of calm after Harp Therapy


  • Lowers heart rates
  • Increased oxygenation (Increases respiration rates)
  • Relaxation before and after surgery
  • Support for anxious patients and families when waiting for test results


  • Empowerment during times of emotional stress and physical loss
  • Alzheimers/Dementia - accessing memory
  • Creating environment conducive to goals set forth by medical team


Martha has provided harp therapy interventions for hundreds of patients throughout the years, here are just a few of the remarks:

"Thank you sooooooo much for coming to my room to bring the healing grace of your heart-lifting music, exquisite artistry, and gently charismatic presence. All a gift we shall cherish always.” - Jack R.

"Your music is so soothing to the soul.” - Doug R.

“Thank you, that was very relaxing. It helps my breathing. I appreciate you doing that.” - Kevin V.

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