Christina is a Certified Clinical Musician (CCM) using the healing elements of live music and sound.

Harp therapy is an ancient art.  Therapeutic music performed on a harp on-site is a service instead of performance.  The presentation of live harp music is different from listening to a CD or taped music in that live music can be delivered addressing the patient’s breathing patterns and can be slowed at will. Familiar or improvisational music is played on the harp with specific tones, vibrations and rhythms customized in the moment to the needs of the patient, hospice, group or staff in health care.

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Harp-Abilities with Children

Studies have shown the majority of patients who had live music at bedside indicated that it was relaxing for them and they wanted more.  One study showed 89% of those in pain indicated that the live music had helped them become less aware of the pain; many reported complete cessation of their pain.  Regardless of someone’s religious beliefs, place of origin or life’s challenge, the timbre and vibrations of the harp helps relax and bring relief from pain.

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Patient with lap harp.

Live Music in Health Care Settings

Christina plays relaxing and healing harp music personalized for many needs.

  • Personalized Harp Music for comfort and healing for someone in a hospital or health care facility.
  • Pre and Post Op in hospital, Infusion Centers, Birth Centers, Neonatal.
  • Recovery Care and Rehabilitation.
  • Music in the Ward or hallways brings calm for medical staff.
  • Music in the Lobby or Garden welcomes and relaxes family and visitors.
  • Music in the Dining Area creates a special mood.
  • Music in the Dental Office relaxes the patient.
  • Music in Rehabilitation relieves anxiety.
  • Music for Animals to relax.
  • Music with Yoga, Meditation, Reiki and Healing Touch brings centering.

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The Ukulele instrument in therapeutic music can be hands on with a patient helping relieve their anxiety and promote a non-threatening activity.  Using it with sing-along for memory care patients and residents brings a joyful and familiar time.

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Harp Ukulele combines the sweet ukulele sound with harp like resonance and overtones. Christina Cotruvo’s article Harp Ukulele for Therapeutic Music in the Folk Harp Journal Summer 2020 issue:  Harp Ukulele Folk Harp Journal Summer 2020 article

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Harp-Abilities can bring the joy of relaxing and healing harp music for those with physical challenges.  Introduction to harps, assistance provided for music teachers and the harpist-wanna-be with special attention to each musician’s ability.  Harp-Abilities can be a program for your support organization group, classroom or individually.  These short programs of Celtic harp playing and instruction for children and adults of various challenging physical abilities will provide all an opportunity to play a harp, discovering their Harp-Abilities is customized for your school, workplace or facility. Follow along on the Harp-Abilities Blog.


Disability in Music for Therapeutic Harpists

Ukulele in Memory Care

Harp-Abilities for Music Teachers for those with Challenges

No-C-Notes audio music description method 

Are you a musician or facility that wants to bring a better understanding of how to apply music to bring comfort and reduce anxiety for your patients or students? Or do you or your organization need assistance in adapting an instrument or music score and lesson plans for someone with special needs?

Christina will customize a seminar for music teachers, organizations, facilities, conferences and education facilities to fit your needs.


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Speak the Music! Never read printed sheet music again!  No-C-Notes® is an easy and cost-effective way of using music notation transcribing it into audio music described notation for those with vision impairment and loss: No-C-Notes®.