About Stella Benson, CMP, CTHP


Founder and Director of the International Healing Musician's Program, former executive director for the Music for Healing and Transition Program, and past Chair of the National Standards Board for Therapeutic Musician, Stella Benson is a leading educator, author and recording artist in the therapeutic music field. Beginning her healing music journey in 1992, Ms. Benson has provided healing music services to AIDS, oncology, and hospice patients, their families and loved ones. A pioneer in promoting healing music, her healing music recordings, educational books, and her international on-line program have proven to be invaluable to musicians, patients, and healthcare providers internationally.

Books & Recordings by Stella Benson
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The Healing Musician, a guide to playing healing music at the bedside ISBN # 0-9675453-0-7 The Healer's Way, Volume I Companion, soothing music for those in pain, a healing music book ISBN #0-9675453-1-5 The Healer's Way, Volume II Companion, calming music for anxiety, a healing music book ISBN #0-9675453-2-3
The Gift of Healing Modes, a music book, ISBN # 0-967543-1-5 CD The Healer's Way, Volume I, soothing music for those in pain UPC #6-8313843212-9 CD The Healer's Way, Volume II, calming music for those in pain UPC #6-8313843222-8
CD Meditations for Healing UPC #6-8313843250-1
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Professional Training, Experience and Presenting

  • 1992 Began personal journey with healing music by using music to help recover from a personal tragedy.
  • 1995-1997 Graduate from Music for Healing and Transition, Certified Music Practitioner, CMP.
  • 1997 – Business Curriculum Developer for Music For Healing & Transition Program.
  • 1997 – 2003 Instructor for the Music for Healing & Transition Program.
  • 1998 Presenter - Northwest Hospice Spring Conference, Washington.
  • 1999 Presenter - Bremerton-Kitsap County Health District-HIV/AIDS Conference, Washington.
  • 1999 Presenter - Health & Healing Symposium - Redmond, Washington.
  • 1999-2000 Graduate from International Harp Therapy Program, Certified Harp Therapy Practitioner, CHTP.
  • 1999-2002 Executive Director for Music for Healing & Transition Program, a national certification program.
  • 2000-2002 Lead editor and principle coordinator for curriculum development & standardization for Music for Healing & Transition Program.
  • 2000 Presenter - First International Integrative Medicine Conference, Seattle, Washington.
  • 2001 Co-Directed First NW Music for Healing & Transition Retreat, Duval, Washington.
  • 2001 Presenter - Second International Harp Therapy Conference, Richmond, Virginia.
  • 2001 Presenter – Enrichment Day for Music for Healing and Transition Program, Richmond, Virginia
  • 2001 Presenter – Professional Development Conference for International Harp Therapy Program, an international training program.
  • 2001 Complete Cross-Cultural Healing Music and Therapeutic Applications in Health Care Course, an international training program, Washington. (See Cross-Cultural Sound and Music Therapies)
  • 2002 Directed First International Music for Healing and Transition Conference, Seattle, Washington.
  • 2003 Co-Directed Second NW Music for Healing & Transition Retreat, Duval, Washington.
  • 2003 Complete all four units of Sacred Art of Dying coursework, Oregon.
  • 2004 Presenter - National Convergence For Therapeutic Music, Sedona, Arizona.
  • 2005 Presenter - Lyon & Healy Harp Therapy Conference, Lake City, Utah
  • 2006 Instructor -Intensive Healing Music Training & Healing Music Concert- Calvary Healthcare, Sydney, Australia
  • 2007 Presenter - The Healing Arts Symposium: Building Bridges Between Music and Medicine, Sydney, Australia
  • 2008 Presenter: Healing Music Intensive workshops, sponsored by Stoney End Harps, Red Wing, MN
  • 2009 Presenter - The Big Sky Harp Festival, Big Sky, Montana
  • 2009 Presenter - Dusty Strings Music School, Seattle, Washington
  • 2010 Presenter - HarpCon, St. Louis, Missouri
  • 2011 Presenter - Northern Lights Harp Fest, Ottawa, Canada



Ms. Benson served patients with healing music at the following healthcare facilities.

  • Bailey-Bouchay House - Seattle, WA
  • Columbia Lutheran Home – Seattle, WA
  • Swedish Home & Health and Hospice – Seattle, WA
  • Providence Health System– Seattle, WA
  • Northwest Hospital – Seattle, WA
  • Evergreen Hospital – Bellevue, WA
  • San Diego Hospice - San Diego, CA
  • Bessie Burton Sullivan Skilled Nursing – Seattle, WA
  • Foss Home Transitional Care – Seattle, WA
  • Virginia Mason Hospital – Seattle, WA
  • Group Health Home – Bellevue, WA
  • Norse Home – Seattle, WA
  • Bay View Manor Retirement – Seattle, WA
  • Queen Anne Health – Seattle, WA
  • Northgate Rehabilitation Center – Geriatrics, Seattle, WA
  • Integrated Health Services – Seattle, WA
  • Covenant Shores - Mercer Island, WA
  • First Hill Care Center – Seattle, WA
  • Queen Anne Care Center - Seattle, WA
  • Meadow Brook Extended Care Center - Seattle, WA
  • Horizon House – Seattle, WA
  • St Frances Extended Health Care, Bellingham , WA