Meet Martha Lawrance
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".
Harp Therapy, as a complementary care modality, can bring a special intimacy to the sacred experience of dying and through transition.
I had never seen the work of a harp therapist and the impact it can have on agitated clients. I witnessed, first hand, how she was able to effortlessly calm down and refocus my agitated client who suffered from Alzheimer's-just by playing her harp!
I will never forget the change in my client's behavior and her mood. I saw her smile and move her body as she listened to the music! It was beautiful! The melodic sounds from the Martha's harp literally transformed my client from severe emotional discomfort and distress to a state of relaxation and happiness. Martha's strong belief, commitment and expertise on the harp can help people improve their mood.
My patient was totally engaged and either hummed or sang along, demonstrating the therapeutic effectiveness of the harp and the practitioner. Most importantly, I witnessed this positive outcome with my client. I have recommended Martha to other clients that suffer from mental health and cognitive problems!!
Zoe Levitt, M.S.W., R.S.W.
Martha plays for our residents once a week and it’s a time that they all look forward to.
Martha is clearly a talented harpist but she has many other strengths as well- she’s very friendly and engaging and she is great at getting the residents involved.
Her creativity is shown in her well thought out programs; in one instance she can put residents at ease with her classical pieces and another instance she is getting them to move and shake to upbeat sing a longs songs. She is a joy and an asset to our facility.
Faith E. and Rachel S., Recreation assistants
Martha is an amazing harp teacher. I began harp lessons with her in early 2020 (just prior to the pandemic). As a beginner adult harpist and someone with little childhood music training, Martha's focus and skill in teaching technique and the fundamentals, as well as her encouraging style have provided me with the perfect blend of instruction to help me learn and grow as a harpist.
I love that in addition to being a musician and harp teacher, Martha is an accredited harp therapist, as it has helped me develop an appreciation of the deeper effects of harp music on health and wellness, and how it can provide comfort to others.
I consider myself extremely lucky to have such a wonderful harp teacher, and I would wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone!