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NEW! The Handbook of Harp Therapy $15

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A reference book to enhance your training – covers Terminology, Accreditation Standards, Using Modes, a review of Clinical Ethics, Basic Music Terms, Lever and Key Changes, a review of Frequencies and Entrainment, Caring for Your Harp, and much more!

Also available as a PDF download. $15 (you save postage!) TO ORDER the download, email


Why Music Heals


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The science behind the practice of therapeutic music: cosmology, fractals, cymatics, Pythagorean geometry, and music structures, in language everyone can understand.
This book also contains updated material from the former book “Singing the Universe Awake”.


Body, Mind and Music


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“I just finished your book, Body, Mind and Music. Laurie, this book should be a required reading for every music education student and every therapy music program candidate. You wrote an amazing book.”  –  Melanie Sandrock, therapeutic music student

Music effects the body/mind, and the body/mind of the player affects the playing of music. Laurie discusses our cultural relationship with music, how the brain learns it, how we practice it, how we perform it, how we listen to it, how we teach it, and how it is used in purposely therapeutic ways. This complete guide for all musicians includes:

Music and the Brain: Music is a Language; Practice As Passion; Aural, Kinesthetic and Visual Learning; Focus and Relaxation; Expression; Overcoming Blocks to Musical Progress; What is Talent; Memorizing

How We Learn Music:The Five ways of Learning; Basic Music Terminology; Concert Pitch; Harmonics; Key Changes and the Succession of 5ths; The Art of Teaching; Ergonomics and the Musician’s Body

Music as Therapy: Service vs. Performance; Using Modes and Other Scales; The Human Voice; Improvisational Music; Beneficial Resonant Frequencies; Entrainment; Psychoneuroimmunology/Audioanalgesia; Effects of Toning and Chant; Appropriate Instruments; Acoustic vs. Electric/Electronic Music; Healing Modalities Chart; Music in Medical Settings; Clinical Deportment and Ethics; Terminology of Healthcare Music …and much more!

134 pages.

5 out of 5 stars How Come Nobody Ever Taught Me That? Reviewed in the United States on August 3, 2019 There are so many pearls in this book. I only wish I had purchased it earlier.

Viola Girl 5 out of 5 stars Body, Mind and Music A Practical Guide to Musical Wholeness Reviewed in the United States on March 18, 2011 Laurie Riley is one of the founders of MHTP, a training program for musicians studying for certification to play therapuetic music for the sick and dying…this book is a wonderful overview of what we are learning in our training. Highly recommend it, especially for those who are discerning using their musical gifts to serve others.

L. M. Rhea 5 out of 5 stars Great Book for music therapistsReviewed in the United States on March 21, 2011 this book is a must read for anyone preparing to work as a therapeutic musician. Laurie Riley is one of the founders of therapeutic music and her book is very helpful and insightful.


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Composing Healthcare Music


This book covers what makes certain music therapeutic, elements of composition, the categories of patients for whom music is helpful, and also contains information on certification training programs. For all musicians who feel the call to use their music in therapeutic settings.


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How to Start a Music Program in Your Local Hospital or Hospice



This book is for those who wish to bring therapeutic music into clinical settings and the process by which this is accomplished.


Play the Therapy Harp


A beginner book for small harps – includes how to hold the harp, how to tune, how to read basic music notation, plus exercises and simple tunes to learn (composed by Laurie just for this book). Includes remarks on therapeutic playing.

Play the Therapy Harp is also available in a format for the blind. Email


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