top of page


Eileen is a Certified Clinical Musician (CCM) through the Harp for Healing program, which is accredited by the National Standards Board of Therapeutic Musicians (NSBTM).  Therapeutic Music is a new cutting edge field in medical science that facilitates healing and relaxation in a pleasant and non-invasive manner.  Potential side effects of Therapeutic Music are temporary drowsiness and improved mood.  All aspects of Eileen's practice operates under the guidelines of the NSBTM.  

Private one-on-one Therapeutic Music sessions can be booked directly with Eileen at  

Healthcare facilities interested in hiring Eileen as a part of their support care team are asked to send all inquiries directly to her.  

Eileen C.K. Shafer, CCM at the harp for Therapeutic Music


What's the difference between Therapeutic Music and Music Therapy?

Music Therapy is an ongoing prescriptive service that requires repeated sessions over a period of time to meet set goals.  Therapeutic Music is non-prescriptive and has no predetermined goals or requirements of repeated sessions and the decision of length and frequency is up to the recipient.  Unlike Music Therapy, Therapeutic Music can have immediate results and there is no requirement for active participation from the recipient.  

Does music really lessen the effects of pain and stress?  

Therapeutic Music has been clinically shown to reduce stress in patients, and often helps to alleviate pain.  Stress inhibits the immune system and other important functions of the body, including the ability to heal in a timely manner.  By relaxing the recipient, live Therapeutic Music can help the body heal in a pleasant and non-invasive manner.  

Why not use a recording instead of live Therapeutic Music?

While recorded music has certainly been therapeutic to many people over the years, it is limited in the beneficial effects it can bring to a recipient.  Live Therapeutic Music can be adapted to a recipient's needs immediately as the session progresses, which is something that a recording simply can not do.  It is also worth noting that there are subtle overtone frequencies found in a harp (or other instruments approved for Therapeutic Music) that can only be utilized with live playing.  These frequencies are all or mostly removed in recordings through a process called compressing.  

How does Therapeutic Music work?

Therapeutic Music works primarily by way of two common biological phenomena: relaxation and entrainment.  Relaxation is a frequent goal in Therapeutic Music, the exact source of the relaxation can vary greatly from session to session. Entrainment is the term for when the body naturally falls into rhythm with a nearby pulse or rhythm, such as a clock ticking.  Therapeutic Music can use entrainment to calm a recipient, establish a sense of security, and in some cases stabilize respiratory and heart rhythms.  

Do I need a referral to have a Therapeutic Music session?

Referrals are not required for Therapeutic Music sessions.  While another healthcare professional may recommend for you to have a Therapeutic Music session, you can directly book a session with Eileen on your own.  

Who could benefit from Therapeutic Music sessions?

Anybody in any situation could benefit from Therapeutic Music.  People with high stress levels, medical conditions, chronic pain, and sleep deprivation are some of the most likely to quickly show signs of benefit after a session.  All ages can benefit and are eligible, from infants to the elderly.  

Have other questions?  Feel free to contact Eileen at


Eileen is so very talented and has shown me a side of music healing I had not seen before.  So very thankful to have her coming to Auburn Ridge.  

Tina, Directer at Auburn Ridge Living Center

Very gifted person, and her music is absolutely beautiful and blows my mind how natural a gift she has.  

George, Auburn Ridge Living Center resident

What Therapeutic Music Sounds Like

Many new and potential clients wonder what Therapeutic Music sounds like and want to have an idea before their first session.  There are four main Therapeutic styles that are chosen and used by a Clinical Musician based on the condition of the recipient, each of which are sampled below.  While no two sessions are ever exactly alike, these audio clips will give you an idea of what you might hear during a Therapeutic Music session.  

Therapeutic Music Sample 
00:00 / 01:54
Therapeutic Music Sample 
00:00 / 02:06
Therapeutic Music Sample 
00:00 / 02:02
Therapeutic Music Sample 
00:00 / 01:23
bottom of page