Therapeutic Harp Foundation

Therapeutic Harp Foundation Delivering the power of live therapeutic harp music in health care settings. Visit us at http://www.therapeuticharp.org, and sign up for our monthly newsletter at https://1.shortstack.com/l03Kr4!
The Harp Foundation, founded in May of 2000, evolved from Hospice of the Valley’s Integrative Therapeutics Program (formerly known as Complementary and Alternative Therapies). In order to expand the harp program into the West Valley and surrounding areas, The Harp Consortium was formed as a separate, non-profit organization providing harp music to individuals in need. The Harp Foundation’s founding members were Hospice of the Valley Sun Health Corporation, Interfaith Services and Sun Cities Area Ministerial Association. In 2016, to better fit the mission of the foundation, The Harp Foundation became known as the Therapeutic Harp Foundation (THF).

The vision for the Therapeutic Harp Foundation is to provide a model for other Integrative Therapies to provide loving and compassionate care in mainstream churches, education, and healthcare environments. Our goal is to develop and sustain community partnerships to move forward in the area of providing quality health care alternatives to our diverse population here in Arizona. Sign up for our monthly newsletter at https://1.shortstack.com/l03Kr4!

Mission: The mission of The Therapeutic Harp Foundation is to empower the healthcare community with live therapeutic harp music to: 1) Reduce pain & anxiety in patients, caregivers and loved ones; 2) Act in partnership with research; and 3) Increase public awareness and understanding of benefits of live therapeutic harp music.

02/08/2019
www.nsbtm.org

Why therapeutic harp? The National Standards Board for Therapeutic Musicians describes the differences between therapeutic musicians and music therapists beautifully.

Therapeutic harpists use the science of sound to enhance the clinical healing of patients based on their immediate needs, while music therapists develop long-term strategies to help patients with specific goals.

The Smithsonian's SmartNews shared about how "British Doctors May Soon Prescribe Art, Music, Dance, Singing Lessons" by ...
01/15/2019
British Doctors May Soon Prescribe Art, Music, Dance, Singing Lessons

The Smithsonian's SmartNews shared about how "British Doctors May Soon Prescribe Art, Music, Dance, Singing Lessons" by 2023!

"British Health Secretary Matt Hancock...said in a...speech at the King’s Fund health care think tank: “Social prescribing can help us combat over-medicalising people.”

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Campaign is expected to launch across the entire U.K. by 2023

Dr. Anthony Komaroff of Harvard Medical School described the connection between health and music on pages 4-5 of the Lon...
01/08/2019

Dr. Anthony Komaroff of Harvard Medical School described the connection between health and music on pages 4-5 of the Longwood Seminars on April 14, 2015:

"How does music exert these benefits? Some research suggests that music may promote the brain's ability to make new connections between nerve cells.

Another idea is that it works its magic through its rhythms. Humans are rhythmic beings: Our heartbeat, breathing, and brain waves are all rhythmic. The human brain and nervous system are hard-wired to distinguish music from noise and to respond to rhythm and repetition, tones
and tunes."

12/10/2018

The patient looked to be in their early 70's and had a twinkle in their eye. When I came in, they kidded me: "Just like the angels!"

After playing a little bit, they asked about the harp. "Are you a musician yourself?" I asked. "Yes!" they said. "I played in a country band for decades until I lost the tip of my left right finger."

We talked about Harpo, Merle and how music and Phoenix had both changed over the decades.

There is something special when musicians talk. Maybe it's the secret languages that twins are said to share? "Music is putting your heart in your hands, and your hands on your instrument," the patient said.

-Shannon Schumann, Certified Therapeutic Harpist

12/07/2018

Our therapeutic harpists are assisting patients to recover in memory of Pearl Harbor veterans today.

Happy Holidays from the Therapeutic Harp Foundation!
12/06/2018

Happy Holidays from the Therapeutic Harp Foundation!

Holistic therapeutic practitioner Francesca Durham states the "Benefits of Live Therapeutic Harp Music" including:1) Imp...
12/05/2018
Benefits of Live Therapeutic Harp Music - Francesca Durham

Holistic therapeutic practitioner Francesca Durham states the "Benefits of Live Therapeutic Harp Music" including:
1) Improves quality of life
2) Supports deep relaxation
3) Creates calming environment
4) Supports patient and families
5) Supports transition for palliative care patients

Visit http://francescadurham.com/benefits-of-live-therapeutic-harp-music/ for more informational videos and interesting facts!

Listen to Dr. Ron D. Price (1940 – 2013) talk about the healing power of the harp. Dr. Ron D. Price 1940–2013 Listen to my interview with Christina Tourin, 2016 Harpist, and Director of the Int’l Harp Therapy Program. Christina will share her ideas about CONVERGENCE – bringing together all t...

Join #GivingTuesday and further the missions of nonprofits internationally!
11/27/2018

Join #GivingTuesday and further the missions of nonprofits internationally!

11/27/2018

Would you help THF reach their #GivingTuesday goal of $1,000 to deliver live therapeutic harp music to people like you in our Phoenix community.

You will help the THF therapeutically certified harpists serve 29 healthcare locations and will touch over 160,000 lives by the end of this year!

Your donations allow us to serve the community in 2019 with live therapeutic harp music, life-changing research ventures and raise awareness of the benefits of live therapeutic music.

#GivingTuesday2018 #TherapeuticHarp #TherapeuticMusic

11/27/2018

Will you consider #GivingTuesday today?

THF is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that delivers live therapeutic harp music in healthcare settings.

Donate to reduce pain and anxiety for over 160,000 patients & families, caregivers, and other professional medical staff within 29 healthcare locations around the Phoenix Valley: www.therapeuticharp.org/donate-now.

#GivingTuesday #GivingTuesday2018 #TherapeuticHarp #TherapeuticMusic

11/26/2018
The Benefits of Music

"Music feeds your soul, but that isn't the only benefit. Study after study has been done to find how music can enhance your actual health." -The List

Watch to find out more exciting things from Musical Instrument Museum clinical musician Laura Goldstein:
https://youtu.be/COxstQLW3aE

11/26/2018

Did you know?? On this day in history, Archaeologist Howard Carter discovered King Tutankhamun's tomb and unearthed what life was like in Ancient Egypt! Egypt is the home for some of the oldest depictions of harpists, for which we are grateful.

In 2019, the Therapeutic Harp Foundation is poised to pursue scientifically sound, solid evidence for the benefits of live therapeutic harp music in healthcare settings to help people like you in our communities.

Join us in empowering the healthcare community -- patients and their families, caregivers and professional medical staff -- to reduce pain and anxiety, participate in life-altering research and raising awareness of the benefits of live therapeutic harp music.

#GivingTuesday #GivingTuesday2018 #TherapeuticHarp #TherapeuticMusic

11/25/2018
Healing harp | Cronkite News

We are grateful for Cronkite News and their informative, heart-warming work!

Hear from Program Director Jocelyn Obermeyer and Executive Director Kim Sterling-Heflin about what we do at THF.

#HappyThanksgiving #GivingTuesday #GivingTuesday2018 #CronkiteNews #TherapeuticMusic #TherapeuticHarp

Musicians with the Harp Foundation believe in the therapeutic, calming effects of the harp for those who are sick. (Video by Eddie Keller/Cronkite News) READ...

11/23/2018

"My mom received a call one evening that would impact the lives of long-time family friends as I sat on the couch and watched the news. The family was in a fatal accident with a semi-truck parked off in the shoulder of the freeway. Their 12-year-old son was killed and their youngest was in critical condition. Years of surgeries, doctor's appointments and complications for their youngest came and went by with progress.

I visited the family during one of their son's hospital stays, and the therapeutic harpist Jocelyn Obermeyer came to play. Nurses coming to check up on the patient were amazed at his near-normal vitals and even more astonished by his laughing and general cranial movement. Our faces brightened up again as we could tell his pain levels subsided and anxiety was soothed.

This is why I support THF and I hope you would consider supporting their mission, too."

--Sarah Brostrom, Administrator & Project Manager

Happy Thanksgiving from THF!!
11/22/2018

Happy Thanksgiving from THF!!

11/21/2018

One of our goals for 2019 includes two (2) new research projects -- one at Phoenix Children’s Hospital (PCH) and one at the Mayo Clinic Hospital -- that will provide scientific validity for the positive medical outcome of the therapeutic harp music for both young babies and patients at the end of life.

In 2018, THF harpists are expected to deliver over 2,330 hours of therapeutic harp music to 160,000 patients in 29 healthcare facilities throughout the Valley.

#GivingTuesday #GivingTuesday2018 #TherapeuticHarp #TherapeuticMusic

Music for Healing & Transition Program's Founder Laurie Riley answers the question "What is Therapeutic Music?" in a bea...
11/16/2018
What Is Therapeutic Music?

Music for Healing & Transition Program's Founder Laurie Riley answers the question "What is Therapeutic Music?" in a beautiful way!

"Therapeutic musicians focus on meeting a patient’s present needs with therapeutic music in-the-moment, rather than having the intention of accomplishing a specific goal or outcome."

Read more of her empowering words at: https://www.mhtp.org/what-is-therapeutic-music/

Paraphrasing one of the co-founders of MHTP, Laurie Riley➚: It is well-known and documented that music has been used for millennia, formally and informally, to change, create, or enhance moods and to help relieve suffering.  Therapeutic music is music that is intended to alleviate a physical, em...

11/14/2018

Empowering the healthcare community each day with live therapeutic harp music is our mission. Your donations are tax-deductible and help us achieve our mission. We've served over 140,000 patients, caregivers & healthcare professionals in 2018!! Help us reach 160,000 people this year by donating @ www.therapeuticharp.org.

I'm excited for our "Salon of Thanks & Giving" is this coming Sunday, November 18th from 2:00-4:00pm @ the Ride-N-Rock R...
11/13/2018

I'm excited for our "Salon of Thanks & Giving" is this coming Sunday, November 18th from 2:00-4:00pm @ the Ride-N-Rock Ranch Resort.

Founding Director Joyce Buekers will share her gut-wrenching story about the origins of the Therapeutic Harp Foundation and how you can get involved.

RSVP to (602) 265-4014 or [email protected]

There will be seasonal treats and music to empower your soul! Join us in our mission to empower the healthcare community in helping to transform lives of over 150,000 patients, caregivers & healthcare professonals!

11/08/2018

Our hearts and thoughts go out to everyone affected by the California shooting. Please share how people can send help and share the stories of heroes like Sgt. Ron Helus. #California #CaliforniaShooting

Looking for a tax write off opportunity? Participate in the 2018 #GivingTuesday and support nonprofits around the world.
11/06/2018

Looking for a tax write off opportunity? Participate in the 2018 #GivingTuesday and support nonprofits around the world.

#GivingTuesday is coming!! Mark your calendars for Nov. 27th to support our mission.
11/01/2018

#GivingTuesday is coming!! Mark your calendars for Nov. 27th to support our mission.

Happy Halloween!!
10/31/2018

Happy Halloween!!

10/29/2018

Thank you to everyone who attended our Fall Salon last Thursday. We look forward to seeing you all at the next one in November!

What are you looking forward to the most this holiday season? We look forward to serving hospitals, patients and their f...
10/26/2018

What are you looking forward to the most this holiday season?

We look forward to serving hospitals, patients and their families with our fabulous, certified harpists!

10/26/2018

THURSDAY EVENING!!
You are cordially invited to the Therapeutic Harp Foundation Fall Salon wine reception THIS EVENING at the home of Susan French, from 6:00pm - 8:00pm.

Hear our wonderful uplifting stories, research and music while enjoying a wine reception and hors d'oeuvres.

We look forward to seeing you THIS EVENING!!

5234 E. Palo Verde Place, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

This is one of the oldest harp mosaics in the world. "Floor pavement representing female dancers. Marble mosaic, ca. 260...
10/24/2018

This is one of the oldest harp mosaics in the world.

"Floor pavement representing female dancers. Marble mosaic, ca. 260 AD (Sasanian Era). From the iwan of the so-called palace of Shapur at Bishapur, Iran. Excavated by Roman Ghirshman, ca. 1939–1941. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons."

Join us this Thursday for a wine reception, hors d'oeuvres and empowering stories at the Fall Salon 2018. RSVP @ (602) 2...
10/23/2018

Join us this Thursday for a wine reception, hors d'oeuvres and empowering stories at the Fall Salon 2018. RSVP @ (602) 265-4014.

We are happy to announce the return of our former adminsitrator: Sarah Brostrom. She will be joining us as both our Admi...
10/22/2018

We are happy to announce the return of our former adminsitrator: Sarah Brostrom. She will be joining us as both our Administrator and Project Manager!!

Grateful for all of the talent Ms. Sunita Staneslow has to offer!
10/20/2018

Grateful for all of the talent Ms. Sunita Staneslow has to offer!

09/05/2018

SUNITA STANESLOW visits Phoenix! Sept 19...6-8pm
Rooftop Terrace! Call 602.265.4014 or Jocelyn 602.565.0522 to reserve your spot! Cocktail Buffet included. $50

Always great to collaborate with like-minded individuals and organizations. Thank you to DUETAZ for having live harp Mus...
02/26/2018

Always great to collaborate with like-minded individuals and organizations. Thank you to DUETAZ for having live harp Music from Therapeutic Harp Foundation! It was a pleasure for Annie and Jocelyn to support your open house! Your space is beautiful!

This story is beautiful inside and out, just like our patients, families and staff! How does this story TUG at your hear...
02/23/2018
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This story is beautiful inside and out, just like our patients, families and staff! How does this story TUG at your heart?

You never know where you'll find true love ❤️❤️❤️

Tina Tourin, /Director  of The International Harp Therapy, visited Phoenix Feb 9 & 10. 14 area harpists joined together ...
02/18/2018

Tina Tourin, /Director of The International Harp Therapy, visited Phoenix Feb 9 & 10. 14 area harpists joined together for lessons, workshops, and a private dinner with Tina. Huge thank you to Therapeutic Harp Foundation, Kim Sterling, and Jocelyn Obermeyer for sponsoring this visit! Thank you to all the participants for making this a great event!

Unlike #blackfriday and #cybermonday, Giving Tuesday is about coming together to make the world a better place. Support ...
11/28/2017
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Unlike #blackfriday and #cybermonday, Giving Tuesday is about coming together to make the world a better place. Support the local causes that you believe in.

Please consider a gift to Therapeutic Harp Foundation today!
#unselfie #givingtuesday #tuesdaythoughts

https://app.mobilecause.com/form/QD2Mng

PHOENIX CONCERT: Sunday, December 17th, 2017Mark your calendar for a lovely evening of musical and theatrical performanc...
11/28/2017
Solstice Sunset Concert 2017 : Whole Life Center at Shadow Rock

PHOENIX CONCERT: Sunday, December 17th, 2017

Mark your calendar for a lovely evening of musical and theatrical performances, with several of our harpists onstage, accompanied by the enchanting Arizona sunset.

See https://buff.ly/2naasK4

#phoenix #az #harp #harpconcert #sunset #tuesday #music #love

The Whole Life Center at Shadow Rock presentsSolstice Sunset Concert 2017 Join Lynne Haeseler, Artistic Director and Pianist, for our annual Solstice Sunset Concert. This year's event will feature the A Cappella Syndicate Chorus, Michael McCall (tenor), and Jeff Stein (storyteller), as well as instr...

11/28/2017

A Recent, Real Story of Touched Hearts and Souls
in a Hospice of the Valley Location:

"As our beloved father, father-in-law, grandpa, uncle and friend lay peacefully in hospice care, the 15 of us (and two loving dogs) surrounding him, we were treated to beautiful harp music provided by Jocelyn of the Therapeutic Harp Foundation. We were silent - the floating harp sounds took each of us to our individual place of reflection on the wonderful man who we were about to lose. It was a stunning experience. Extra special was the playing of “Let me call you Sweetheart" at our request, which held a special place in our heart."

This was sent to Therapeutic Harp Foundation in October. I know the story behind that special song, and the extraordinary meaning it has for this family. It was incredibly moving for me as the harpist to be part of this very sacred time.

And that, folks, is why we do what we do!

Jocelyn Gillespie Obermeyer, THF Program Director

#giving #peace #love #gratitude

Support us when you shop on Cyber Monday! Go to smile.amazon.com/ch/86-0993057 and Amazon donates to Therapeutic Harp Fo...
11/27/2017
Support Therapeutic Harp Foundation by shopping at AmazonSmile.

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Phoenix Ballet
11/20/2017

Phoenix Ballet

Phoenix Ballet dancers Michal S Wozniak and Kenzie Thomas with Joyce Buekers from the Therapeutic Harp Foundation performing for a wonderful audience at the Colton Cowell Foundation fundraiser last month at Molina Fine Jewelers. See Michal and Kenzie live this December in our Nutcracker!

Earlier this year, Therapeutic Harp Foundation (THF) partnered with the Musical Instrument Museum - MIM - for Teacher Ap...
11/10/2017

Earlier this year, Therapeutic Harp Foundation (THF) partnered with the Musical Instrument Museum - MIM - for Teacher Appreciation Day. THF donated a package of CDs as well as a gift certificate for one lucky teacher for a complimentary harp music and learning experience for their students.

A teacher named Betsy won our prize, and on October 23, Jocelyn brought the baby harps to the classroom. We began by listening to Jocelyn on the large concert harp while we sang children’s songs, and the children joined in with their sweet voices! Then, we placed the small harps in the arms of the children, and began to learn! We counted the strings, identified the red and blue ones, and learned how to play a glissando.

We want to send our sincere appreciation to the MIM, the teachers of Temple Kol Ami, Teacher Betsy from the preschool, and Tina Tourin for your wonderful “Rainbow of Sound” Curriculum!

We believe in honoring the passionate & dedicated teachers who do so much for the lives of children! We also acknowledge that children are our future, and we appreciate opportunities like these that encourage us to make an impact on the lives of those who matter most.

11/05/2017
Effects of Synchronized Harp Music and Physiotherapy with an Emphasison Harp Music Therapy

Very interesting new peer-reviewed article on the effects of harp music.

"... harp music therapy seems to have an important role in palliation by bringing relaxation and harmony to body and soul..."

"Further research into this topic is highly recommended."
- We're working on it 😉 in our upcoming electromagnetic brain research project with Barrow Neurological Institute.

https://www.omicsonline.org/peer-reviewed/effects-of-synchronized-harp-music-and-physiotherapy-with-an-emphasison-harp-music-therapy-94405.html

#therapy #harp #harpist #research #brainresearch #palliative #hospitals #hospice #musictherapy #health #wellness #healing

Effects of Synchronized Harp Music and Physiotherapy with an Emphasison Harp Music Therapy Abstract.

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200 E Mitchell Drive
Phoenix, AZ
85012

General information

The difference between performance harp and therapeutic harp is in the intent of the musician. Therapeutic harpists do not focus on themselves and their abilities as musicians. The music they play serves the needs of the patients, caregivers and professional medical staff.

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 14:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 14:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 14:00
Thursday 09:00 - 14:00
Friday 09:00 - 14:00

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(602) 265-4014

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