Martha’s Approach To Teaching
Martha will customize each lesson according to the goals and wishes of each student. All ages, students with special needs or with goals such as rehabilitation or stress management and relaxation are welcome! Rental harps are available.
In-person private or semi-private lessons are offered in her Bayfield studio.
- learn necessary beginner fundamentals
- Improve on existing technique
- develop the student as a whole musician
- prepare students for exams, recitals, performances or gigs
- learn to play by ear and to develop improvisation techniques
- opportunity to join a harp group once you have had a few private lessons
- monthly zoom sessions are available for students to share and learn to improvise
- participate in various playing opportunities with Martha or other Students
- Therapeutic Approach-learn fundamentals of how to play therapeutically for yourself, Hospice or Healthcare
- future opportunity to join the “BlueWater Harp Ensemble”
Martha Lawrance performing live with one of her students.
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!