Meet Martha Lawrance

Martha Lawrance, harp therapistMartha is a graduate of the International Harp Therapy Program (IHTP) accredited by the National Standards Board of Therapeutic Musicians (NSTBTM) and is certified as a Therapeutic Harp Practitioner. She has studied with Arpaterapia Imaginative (Guided Imagery Harp Therapy) with leading Italian Harp Therapist Ludwig Conistabile.

Martha works bedside with rehabilitation, complex continuing care, and palliative care patients, Alzheimer’s and Dementia illnesses and with various mental health issues in an institutional environment. She also facilitates interactive group programs through long term care, nursing and retirement residences.

She strives to individualize each musical session meeting the wants and needs of the individual or group, by designing a soothing musical experience to enhance quality of life, with her harp. Martha has experience playing for hundreds of clients which has promoted the development of various therapeutic styles, in which she can adapt, in the moment to different situations.

Playing bedside or as a group facilitator, Martha is competent with her extensive range of repertoire, as well as incorporating other instruments and song, to help engage the client if warranted.

Martha is involved with the IHTP both as a mentor for newly enrolled students through to certification and as supervisor of internships. Martha facilitates self-healing harp circles, instructor of group and private lessons, directs a harp ensemble, teaches internationally via zoom for IHTP and private students, and continues to promote Harp Therapy as a therapeutic modality presenting workshops throughout Huron-Perth County.

Musically, Martha began piano at age 6, played cello in various ensembles, and began studying harp at age 10. She studied with Marie Lorcini from the Montreal Symphony, and continued further with music at the University of Western Ontario.

Martha has taught both harp and piano privately. She has played harp professionally for many years, and affiliations included the London Symphony Orchestra, Theatre London, and Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony .

News & Events

Sound Bath & Guided Imagery

  • Nov 23rd, 2022, MacKay Centre, Goderich
  • Nov 24th, 2022, Bayfield Community Centre

Global News "Making a Difference", by Susan Hay

View Global News segment on Patient Care and Harp Therapy.

Harp Therapy at Toronto Grace Hospital

Read review on Martha's bedside harp therapy work at the Grace in "news and events".

Martha Lawrance playing the harp

Harp Therapy, as a complementary care modality, can bring a special intimacy to the sacred experience of dying and through transition.

Client Reviews