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International Harp Therapy Conference in Cedar Falls


Gaylord Stauffer of Cedar Falls is part of the International Harp Therapy Program, which trains people to be harp therapists.

Stauffer is a retired music teacher. About two years ago, he graduated from the therapy program and became a Certified Therapeutic Harp Practitioner. The primary goal is to provide therapy in medical facilities.

"Some people work in several different facilities and they work 50-60 hours a week," said Gaylord Stauffer.

Stauffer has played the harp at Cedar Valley Hospice, the Waverly Health Center and Allen Hospital in Waterloo.

He said every person has a resonate tone, which is how he personalizes the harp therapy for each patient.

"So we work with that and gear our music toward that sound and use that pitch in a lot of things. We enhance everything else going on. It can't hurt, and if we do something that bothers a person, we'll stop," said Stauffer.

This weekend, dozens of harp therapists are meeting at the Clarion Hotel in Cedar Falls for the MidWest Harp Therapy Conference. It's the first time for the conference to be held in Iowa, thanks largely to Gaylord Stauffer.

He hopes having the conference here gets more people involved with harp therapy.

The goal of the International Harp Therapy Program is to have a harp in every hospital by 2020. For more information on the program, click here.

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