Newsletter – Spring 2012

LATEST IHTP NEWS (Spring-2012)

Upcoming Events

IHTP ESM – July 23-27, 2012 – Melbourne, Australia

IHTP Classes begin September 2012 – Join our PREP school now to get your mentor and get started on music development, repertoire and readings.

Check out the BLOGS for the MID-WEST CONFERENCE and for our Caring and Well Wishes on the right hand panel of the Campus site.

Recent Graduates

Our recent Graduates from the IHTP. You have persevered and worked hard over the past couple of years. May your journey be blessed as you go forth and serve! CONGRATULATIONS!
Carla Whiteley – Melbourne, Australia
Anke Arkesteyn – Melbourne, AU

Mary Stevens – Montana
Gaylord Stauffer – Iowa
Lia van der Velde – Netherlands
Simone Houtman – Netherlands
Heidi Smith – Utah
Sable Shaw – Nevada
Debi Johnson – BC, Canada

Sable Shaw of Nevada and Irene Ryding of Hawaii have been appointed to the National Standards Board for Therapeutic Musicians. Sable comes to the Board with experience in contacting her Representative for the same bill as you see below.  Irene finds that the same bill is happening in Hawaii.  They will be working with the Board to develop protocols to speak with your representatives about wording. We thank Wilma Liles and Julie Ann Smith for their service to the NSBTM.

Here is information on the Bill that is being presented in Colorado.  We also know that Minnesota is one of the states.  We will need people from each state to step forward to get the information from the NSBTM to help make sure that Therapeutic Music training, Music Thanatology and Vibroacoustic Harp Therapy Training is included.

House Bill 12-1137 would regulate the profession of music therapy in Colorado. The bill is sponsored in the House by Rep. Nancy Todd, D-Aurora and in the Senate by Senate President Pro Tem Betty Boyd, D-Lakewood.
Under the bill anyone who calls himself or herself a music therapist must be registered with the Department of Regulatory Agencies, possess a bachelor’s degree in music therapy from an AMTA accredited institution and pass a national exam as selected by the director of DORA (I’m assuming here that will be the AMTA exam).
The bill is not yet on the schedule for a hearing, but it has been assigned to the House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee (often referred to as the “kill committee” for opposition bills – Republicans control the House and Democrats control the Senate).

Here’s a link to the bill:

— from Alice in windy Wyoming



Hi Tina,
The board is initiating a new Affiliates Member Campaign, which entails passing this on to each program student and grad. For more info on the Affiliates Program Campaign please go to…
On this webpage anyone can download the Affiliate Member Recruitment Kit. We would like all students and grads to know about this opportunity to spread the word about therapeutic music.

IHTP Family News

From Maya Hasan

Hi Christina,
Just want to share what’s happening with me.. You are a huge part of my life now and it feels right to share this with you. June 9, I just received a royal title from one of the javanese kingdom. My title is Kanjeng Mas Ayu, in short KMA its like equivalent to the title ‘lady’.


From Laurence Marie
The Music Care conference came and went…it went very well…it was exciting and nerve wrecking and I felt a bit weird amongst those Music Therapist PhDs…but a lot of people came to me afterwards and during breaks to tell me how interesting my presentation was! so there… The next Music Care conference will be in Toronto, Saturday November 10, 2012…check out the website for

From Beverlie Fuller –

Here are a few photos of me carrying my harp through villages in Zambia, Africa.  I use a space cover wrapped around it with a cord to reflect the heat and sun.  But it gets totally covered in a light dusting of dirt.  This is like a dry high desert environment, so I wipe down the wood with a little water on toilet paper to clean it when we are out in the bush country villages.  I have the alcohol wipes for the strings.  The African children love touching it.  I’ve learned one of their favorite African church songs and arranged it for the harp.
I was able to use the harp in re-telling the story of young King David as a shepherd boy playing for his sheep and then for King Saul when he had fits of depression or rage as a tool in healing.  I also used the harp as a teaching tool of the way God created us as body (the wood frame of the harp), mind (the strings of the harp with all our big and little thoughts – shorter and longer strings), and spirit when you play the harp and hear its voice.  We were allowed to give 3 assemblies to different groups of students outside under the shade of a few trees on the hill in front of the school.  So over 850 children from grades 1-12 saw and heard a harp for the first time in their lives.
Also, I played for the villagers to call them from their huts to come and share time to make friendships in small groups of 4 or 5 people.  One village woman asked us to come pray for her husband who had not been off his mat inside their hut for 2 weeks and could not work.  As the team of 3 or 4 prayed for him, I played the harp quietly pressed against the doorframe.  The man was miraculously healed and walked quite a distance from his hut to the local school building that night to our evening church service under the stars.
My internet connection here at our main camp is extremely slow or non-existant.  So, please add any of this information or photos so the other harpists in IHTP can see what I am doing.
Love to you all and many blessings,
Beverlie Fuller
From Kevin Roddy
I seem to have carte blanche to play anywhere I want at Queen’s Medical Center. I have told the Volunteer Coordinators that I would prefer playing for patients in their rooms, preferably the ICU and the Progressive Care Unit.One coordinator wants me to play/work in the Family Care Unit that houses children between the ages of 5 and 18. I’m open to that for a portion of my time. I balked a bit at adult psychiatric care for now, since there is so many other opportunities…Tina, hospital folks really want people like us! I’m sorta getting used to the stares as I walk through the Center with my harp. Some people even ask what it is, and I let anyone touch it who shows an interest.

I played in the Angel mode for a Pacific Islander woman, and also had a Reverie Harp with me tuned the same way. I had her place the Reverie on her chest, and we both played together – absolutely magical!    Aloha, Kevin


From Marilyn Bulger

I just want to tell you a story. I was doing Harp Therapy at the hospital with a group of cancer patients receiving chemo-therapy. (I do 2 hours, twice a week). As I walked in, I noticed a new patient in the corner. I smiled at him and he said, “Oh, we’re going to have some music.” Then his face changed as he saw my harp and he said, “Oh, my Lord, it’s the lady with the harp. Thank you, God.” He went on to explain to me that he was from Nova Scotia, eastern Canada and his mother had had her fortune told by an old tea-leaf reader in the area years ago. He had written down every single prophecy and they had all come to pass, including, “your son will develop cancer”, except the last part of that last one –” your son will develop cancer, but a lady will come and play the harp, and he will get well. “ It still gives me goosebumps.

Take care.
Marilyn Bulger,
Hinton, Alberta


From Beatrice Rose
Chaplain Services – GSRMC Board of Directors – September, 2011In the life of a Medical Center events happen that have relatively little to do with the healthcare, medical or technical operations—perhaps in myriad of ways on any given day. As you know, our Arts Care program sends trained harpists who are trained to be attentive to healing, therapeutic and thanatologic needs of our patients. Recently, one of our harpists, Beatrice Rose was asked by a new born baby’s grandmother to play for mother and baby on the Women and Pediatric Services Unit (4S). The following is a letter that Beatrice, our harpist, wrote to Beatrice, the newborn for whom she played that day.

Dear Beatrice Eloise,
I am writing to tell you the story of how I met you at the hospital when you were first born. I came to Good Samaritan in Corvallis, Oregon, with my harp as I do every week, to play for the patients there. I saw your grandma, Sharon, at the reception desk and she told me that you were just born. I went to play the harp for you. When got to your room I discovered your mom was sleeping and that your dad was holding you. I introduced myself, “Hello, I’m Beatrice, the harp therapist. Would you like me to play a lullaby for your baby?” Your dad told me that you had not been named but that they were considering the name Beatrice.
I told your dad how much I loved my name. Here are some reasons why:
Not very many people have the name Beatrice so people remember you because of it;  It has as beautiful meaning–“Bearer of happiness and blessings”;  It sounds beautiful and people often say, “What a beautiful name!”;
I was named after my grandmother; and there’s another interesting thing I discovered– my grandmother’s last name was the same as yours.

I didn’t play my harp in your room so as not to disturb your sleeping mom, but I played outside at the nurse’s station so I’m sure you received some beautiful harp vibrations from the very beginning of your life. Later in the day, your grandma excitedly told me that my visit had been the deciding factor in choosing your name and everyone was thrilled. So was I!
As one your namesakes, let me tell you a little about my name…It is a name you can grow into and have some choices on what you want to be called. Also, it has different pronunciations. I have a distinct memory of being a little girl, sitting in a chair, intent upon pronouncing my own name. I said it over and over, but couldn’t get it quite right. My big brother couldn’t pronounce it either so he called me “Beatie”. So everyone called me Beatie when I was little. When I learned to write I wrote it like this: B.D. Then when I got into high school, I thought B.D. needed a change. People then called me “Bea”. Then when I went to college, I introduced myself as Beatrice because I thought it was pretty and wanted to be called that. If you ever want to be called Beatrice you must be firm with people. I will say, “Hello, I’m Beatrice.” And people will say, “Oh, do you go by Bea.?” “No”, I say, “my name is Beatrice.”

Already you are a bearer of happiness and blessings to your family just by being the adorable and precious little person that you are. As you grow older you can find more ways to bring happiness and blessings to others just by being kind and caring.

You are the only baby I know who has been given my name so I feel a special bond with you. I look forward to receiving pictures and updates of you as you grow up.   Love and Blessings,   Beatrice Rose

The chance interchange to two lives, of strangers really, played an important role in the naming of this child. The pleasant vibrations and eloquent tune of a lullaby reinforced a young couple’s determination to name their child with a name that had great meaning and context. The thoughtful letter that was written gave history and greater meaning for this new little life. Such are the events, little reported in the annuals of medicine, but more than anything have the potential to live on in the life of a little one. Oh, coincidently, my grandmother’s name was Beatrice, so I have an affinity for this naming story, also. – Rev. Kent Schaufelberger, Manager, Chaplain Services

Congratulations to Anke Arkesteyn. She was ordained to the priesthood according to the Order of Mechizedek on Saturday 10 December in Melbourne AU



From Irene Tukuafu –

Folks, I just finished Karen’s darling harp. It’s in the middle. My first harp I made 24 years ago…and the Regency Harp is the largest….it has twice the sound….That was harp #43 and Karen’s harp is harp #44. Beautiful sweet sound.  Oh, I soooooooooooo love making these instruments. I hope that someone will order some more soon. My lovely little harp shop. I’m going to make a sign that says, “IRENE’S HAPPY HARP SHOPPE”

I’m off to Quincy today to get some materials to make some music stands. beautiful day at 40 degrees… HAPPY DAY, Irene

From Sonja Grace -

Sonja has moved to Malta where she is making great inroads with Therapeutic Harp Music. She has appeared on television, radio and is now working in a few places including a women’s prison.  If anyone has a small harp, a beginners harp that you would donate to her work, she would be most grateful. Thanks to Margaret Forrest in the Netherlands, she has a temporary loan of a small harp to use with the women.  Here are some postings about her work.

Hi Christina

The women loved their first lesson. It will take a while for them to develop the right technique. Will resume lessons when get the other harps from Margaret. So they have one each. They played Twinkle, twinkle and Ode to Joy in their first lesson. I also used singing bowls with them. One is renting harp. I suggested after 3 months they will be able to hold a concert to raise funds for their own harps. Some can afford harp therapy sessions. Others can’t. Not covered by government, only harp teaching.

Had first private clients this week. They showed the TV interview of me in Cordin. Will be on TV again next week Saturn 1 TV – Kilo challenge interview. Was recorded today.

Taize was good. Apparently oncology is the least open to complementary therapy in Malta. So have been advised to go above to the top. Malta is small so networking is easy, and you soon get known.

It is so great to finally get paid to do what I love and to see the radiant smiles on clients faces.

I will let you know how the talk with the NGOs goes tomorrow. It will be great to have you here in October/November. I’m sure it will inspire the beautiful women in prison who are in long term. Blessings, Sonja


Hi Christina,
I now have formal permission to work in Mater Dei Hospital (the main teaching hospital), Sir Paul Boffa Hospital (oncology), and Gozo General Hospital. All unpaid, but working on that.

Last night I was on radio (midnight to 2am) – listeners phone in from around the world. A better experience than TV. Easier to focus. One person asked me to play for her knee. For another, Alfred led a guided relaxation accompanied by harp.

Today another article in the newspaper. People are asking for CD’s…. But focusing on my work in hospitals and prison at the moment. – Sonja

Hi Tina
Brilliant article in newspaper yesterday. Getting CD requests. Today I got requests from Care Malta (they run the private rest homes
in Malta) and San Miguel school for severely handicapped children. Have meeting with health minister 28 May. I think your mum must be working hard! (referring to Christina’s mother guiding from above). Yesterday jammed with bass guitar. That is truly the fruit of our work to see a client take up music again and be responsible for their own pain relief…. Blessings, Sonja

Dear Tina,
Today I was in gynaecology, a different kind of grief. But some have cancer also. I met one of the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Malta. She said I need to speak to the Dean. So will be doing that next week and let you know the outcome.

I think it is important to get harp therapy accepted into university here, so that it is recognised professionally in Europe. Music therapy
in Austria is first a BSc. If there is anything you want me to particularly mention to the Dean. Let me know before Tuesday.

The main thing I see is to get permission for Harp Therapy students to do their practicum here. But also to document Harp Therapy for medical research papers. And talk to the students in training in health sciences, particularly OT, to increase awareness of Harp Therapy as part of complementary health care.

One young consultant, Tim, was very interested in harp therapy. He asked for a session and recognised it as much more beneficial than a psychiatrist for some of his young patients. He was very open and perceptive, explained in detail about his client who obviously
benefitted from harp therapy. The nurses tend to not give out much information and choose patients with a musical background. So still educating staff that I do not come to give a concert in each ward.

The staff all loved harp therapy and find it very relaxing. Each ward has quite a different energy.   Blessings, Sonja

I think Malta is a wonderful place for doing Module 2 and internships because of all the opportunities. I now have connections with prison, drug rehab, homeless, geriatric, teaching hospital, psychiatric, hospice, and special needs so a wonderful practicum experience. Do you think there are enough people ready to do their practicum in Malta in April/May next year? I can help people develop the healing side of their work. There are 5 professional harpists in Malta for the musicianship side.

There is a nice Franciscan retreat house by the sea. I will find out how far ahead they are booked. The place where I stay is OK for students doing practicum. Can cater for up to 8 students. For Module 2 I would recommend the retreat house.

As you can see, I have included many posts from Sonja, simply because it is happening for her and she is making it happen.  If anyone is interested in doing an internship in Malta, please contact her. We can arrange for your internship to be done there!  Christina


From Elizabeth Chen Christensen –

Hi All: I just learn how to up-load DVD to a YouTube.  This is a video taken 1/20/2012 at Honolulu China Town Cultural Plaza where I played Harp for celebrating Chinese New Year.  It is interesting to see the wind started to pick up when I started the music.  At some point the wind blow my silk dress just at the right time.  I feel the spirit world is there with me celebrating Chinese New Year.  I played for Dragon and Phoenix – a perfect Yin-Yang balance.
Thank you


From Irene Ryding –

Playing in Angel Mode
Harp therapy brings musical massage to Maui.
January 19, 2012
by Cindy Schumacher , The Maui Weekly

Music moves us. Our favorite songs can rouse all kinds of emotions,from tears to dancing with joy. However, through current studies in psychology and counseling, we are more aware that music can be used as a vehicle to merge medicine and spirituality. The harp, an instrument often associated with heavenly beings and melodious strumming from cloud tops, offers much in the way of healing therapy.

“I have been a musician and performer since early childhood, and took up the harp in 1998 after a series of surgeries to correct a congenital disorder in my spine,” said Ha’iku resident Irene Ryding, currently a student in the International Harp Therapy Program. Hearing about harp therapy, Ryding was determined to learn more as a part of her rehabilitation. “Now that I am older, my need for performing has waned and my love of music has become more spiritual in nature,” she said. Awed by the personal benefits she received from the vibration of the harp,

Ryding now feels called to share her discovery with others.

Ryding moved to Maui in 2003 and immediately began playing harp professionally for weddings and other events. Even though she continues to play publicly, her practice is more about music in its purest form–the vibrations, the sound–and about the awareness and sense of well-being that it brings.

The harp’s effect on the body can be partly explained by a physics principle called “entrainment.” This concept describes the influence of one oscillating system over another. “Various modes and tempos are employed for different results,” Ryding said. Research has shown that harp music reduces blood pressure and heart rate. It can decrease pain by elevating endorphin levels and promoting relaxation.

“Harp music at the bedside is also shown to create considerable psychological and spiritual benefits,” she said. “It is widely used to bring comfort to terminally ill patients and their families.”

The International Harp Therapy Program seems to be making its way from the concert hall to the hospital bedside.

“A growing number of musicians are offering harp therapy, often described as a musical massage,” said Ryding.

One of the leading lights in this relatively new treatment is harpist Christina Tourin, founder of the International Harp Therapy Program. Tourin, who is planning a workshop on Maui in 2012, has played in hospitals and hospices for many years. She began discovering the healing power of the harp while playing for patients at a hospital in Vermont. Doctors and nursing staff were amazed to find improvements in heart rates, blood pressure and oxygenation levels in patients for whom she played. She soon found that training was needed to meet the needs of patients and went on to receive her music therapy degree from Arizona State University.

“Playing music in hospitals and hospices is much more than entertainment and playing songs,” said Tourin. “There are many subtleties with matching breathing tempos, moods and especially resonant tones.”

Realizing it would be possible to have a harp played in every hospital and hospice in America by 2020, she began the International Harp Therapy Program in 1994. Today, hospitals throughout the U.S. and around the world have

Certified Therapeutic Harp Practitioners, who are recognized by the National Standards Board for Therapeutic Musicians.

“Providing calm and comfort for their patients, the International Harp Therapy Program trains students across Europe, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Japan and the U.S.,” said Ryding. “Therapeutic harpists use what they term ‘inclusive attention,’ in which they tune into a person and look for clues such as eye movement, changes in muscle tension, skin color or speech to find the ‘resonant note’ for the client,” Ryding said. They then improvise around this resonant note to help them relax further. “We tune into people’s breathing, their mood and their surroundings to develop something that is really personal,” she said.

By watching a patient’s breathing pattern, the practitioner can match it with a rhythmic meter, 2/4, 4/4, or 6/8, for example. Playing along with the patient’s breathing rhythm helps him to regulate it to a more desirable rate. Harpists often observe that each person responds better to a particular key because of the resonance with his body.

Ryding wants to study more about harp therapy, because she wants to bring good to the world while raising her own awareness. “I believe that it is time to pay forward to others in need for all the wonderful opportunities and benefits that I have enjoyed through a lifetime of music,” she said.

Irene Ryding is available to play harp in Maui County for bedside therapy. In return, she asks only that recipients donate what they can afford to Hospice Maui, which needs funding to build a new 12-bed facility in Wailuku. Ryding also plays for weddings, parties and other special events, and offers private harp lessons. For more information, visit and To reach Ryding, call (808) 573-2188 or email


Dr. Richard McQuellon sends us this letter that he received:

I am a pilot for AirCare and was walking through the hospital last week while we were out of service for a few hours, I came upon Ruth and Allen playing the harp and the acoustic guitar.  It was amazingly refreshing and the therapy behind what they are doing for the patients of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is very impressive.
I think this service may be overlooked as to it’s power, but you have recognized it’s place and I would like to commend you for making this happen on a regular basis. Great idea!    James Wiltz


From Debi Johnson
Hi Tina,
I think I mentioned recently that my hours at one facility have been doubled thanks to a generous donation.  All of the monies have been ear-marked for therapeutic music sessions and below is an e-mail from my supervisor to her supervisor about the success of the program.   I play in 4 dementia cottages as well as complex care and am now there 4 hours a week.

The other great news is a family has made a donation in memory of their mother whom I played for in her final days and hours.  The local extended care unit now has funds to draw on for their residents to have palliative music funded from this donation.  Since I’m the only person doing this around here, that means I’ll be getting calls on a as needed basis.

Needless to say I’m pretty stoked by this! :)  Thanks again for putting this whole program together – it has made such a difference in so many lives!!!    Debi


Hi Bill. We have just had our first week of Music Therapy provided to all our dementia cottages and to both floors in the complex care part of our home. WOW!.. you cannot believe the smiles and joy that this has created.  All four of our cottages had their own, small group sing along time with our harp therapist, Debi Johnson. Residents who have difficulty with even basic communication; speaking words.. were actually singing many of the lyrics to old familiar songs. Folks were engaged and involved in the program for a full 40 minutes, which as you know, is very amazing considering their profound losses.  In some of the cottages, families were visiting during the program and they joined in as well. I observed a couple, who can no longer have a conversation because of the husbands dementia, dancing to the Tennessee waltz.. it was beautiful. Our therapist has such wonderful skills at setting just the right tempo, and mood, and at choosing the right songs to fit each individual group that she leads. In all 6 areas where she led a small group, the staff were excited to see people who cannot tolerate being in a big noisy group be  relaxed, and enjoy the calm, soothing and familiar songs that they know and love. Please pass along our heartfelt thank you for the funding to make this fantastic program possible. It truly is a gift to our most vulnerable folks. 63 residents were able to take part in the program this week, and the exciting news is, there are 51 more weeks of this kind of success to look forward to. We are so very lucky!

Jean Kearney

Recreation Coordinator at village By The station


From Trine Opsahl

This year has been a very exciting year: In a few days my 3. CD “Somewhere in a hidden memory” is released; I have got involved in a “music as a healing modality” programme at a danish hospital and I am probably going to start working at one more danish hospice during the next year. Besides that one of our doctors at Hospice Sjælland a few days ago asked me, if I would like to make a research together with him on the effect of harptherapy. So I am quite busy already bringing harptherapy in to the world :0)
I wish you all the best. Blessings, Trine


From Jan Hirsch

Hello Christina – My mentor, Bambi, asked me to let you know that I have been accepted to do an Internship at Sullivan County Adult Care Center in Liberty, New York. The Director also offered an employment opportunity after the Internship is completed. What is so exciting is that the Director is in the midst of renovating this facility not only in its physical appearance, but also to incorporate the newest concepts in caring for the elderly. He views Harp Therapy as part of that plan. I am happy to tell you this news and also so grateful for all the time that Bambi has spent with me to prepare for this step in my journey. She is such a lovely, nurturing soul. Thank you so much for assigning me to her. All best, Jan Hirsch

Interesting Articles

Here’s a good article on the “sin” of proselytising in the workplace:

And another more generic one about nurses and spirituality:

Enjoy!  Best wishes, Sarajane Williams



From Andrew Hodges from

We are going to keep this Sound Forum space active & growing and you can do this in many ways – invite people you know who may be interested in Sound to this Facebook group – suggest people to become an Author on the main site - – if you already an Author submit something on your space on Sound Forum – you can login here – you tell us about something you are doing – you can write a comment here – OR just let us know what you think of Sound Forum.

From Lyz Cooper: I was thrilled to be working on this project for the launch of a new range of products by Radox. I think that this shows that therapeutic sound is moving into mainstream consicousness – which is excellent! -!!-314.aspx (Even Christina’s harp music was used on this one!)


From Jan Hirsch – angel_harp44@yahoo.comGood morning Christina – It’s early morning  here and I just heard another exciting story on NPR about “Melodic Intonation Therapy.” Since music is processed by the brain in both hemispheres, singing therapy can be used to restore speech even when one hemisphere has been almost completely destroyed by a stroke.   Tapping on the right hand was used to enhanced the process while the intoning was being done.   It was noted that singing was long thought to be a therapeutic tool, but that now we have the medical equipment to substantiate this finding (brain scans).   Thank you for your beautiful Solstice greeting.   All best, Jan Hirsch


Here is an interesting article on DISSONANCE


Here is a YouTube video on Tami Briggs


How Can Musicians keep playing despite Amnesia?
Scientists are trying to understand how amnesiacs can lose all memory of their past life – and yet remember music. The answer may be that musical memories are stored in a special part of the brain.


Another interesting article:


Robert Gupta: Music is medicine, music is sanity | Video on


Marie Lorcini has shared an article with you on The Huffington Post:
“WATCH: Musician Holds Entire Concert With Ice Instruments”


Margaret Stephens sends us this article:

Hello All,   One of the nurses at DHMC gave this article to me last week.  She was so nice and said ‘we don’t need proof of this but thought you would like to see the article’. Best wishes to all,    Margaret…radiation-and-song/…/story.html






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Developed BY practitioners For practitioners This is a “must have” planning tool for any therapeutic music students or practitioners who are speaking formally or informally about therapeutic music. The planner provides:
• Guidelines for professional presentations to support quality and effectiveness
• Worksheets to simplify the planning process and help manage logistical details that can make or break a presentation
• Resource sheets for various playing environments
• Therapeutic Music FAQ handout – ready to use
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Planner Documents
• Table of Contents
• About the Presentation Planner
• General Presentation Guidelines
• Presentation Planner Worksheet (in both Word 2003 and PDF formats)
• Story Planner Worksheet (in both Word 2003 and PDF formats)
• The Power of Story: Motivate Your Audience! by Lisa Wynn, reprinted from the Spring 2011 Harp Therapy Journal
• Frequently Asked Questions about Therapeutic Music
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o People with Memory Loss Living in Long-Term Care Facilities
o Hospital Preop and Rehab Units
o Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
o Template for Creating New Fact Sheets
• 5-Minute Elevator Speech on Therapeutic Music
• Additonal Presentation Resources
• National Standards Board for Therapeutic Musicians (NSBTM) Brochure

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