How To Order Dr. Diane's Music

A DIGITAL DOWNLOAD will transfer the songs directly to your computer through a link.  You will not receive an actual CD in the mail.
TO ORDER a DOWNLOAD, simply click “Buy Downloadable Album.”
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Introduction to Dr. Diane

Diane Schneider, J.D., Ph.D., is a professional Vibration Medicine Therapist.  Dr. Schneider is a specialist who has developed a tested protocol for sequencing harp vibrations, tempo, chord structure and plucking technique in order to resonate with and 'entrain' a patient's own cellular rhythms. For over 15 years, her intervention has been shown to calm anxiety and lift depression, release tense muscle tissue, improve digestion, induce restful sleep, and increase endorphins for pain management. Overall, it gently stimulates the immune system and aids the body's own efforts to heal itself. Over 30,000 of her therapeutic harp CD's are currently in use, in Mayo Clinic and other hospitals, Veterans Administration facilities, and in thousands of homes, schools, and veterinary practices.

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About Diane

Diane Schneider, J.D., Ph.D., is a Kentucky native.  She trained for many years at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and later became the first music director of the Shaker Village at  Pleasant Hill, Kentucky.
Dr. Diane was also an attorney for physically and mentally disabled persons for 10 years. She moved to Canada to earn her Ph.D. in Theology in the area of spirituality and medicine.  While serving as a pastoral theologian and hospital chaplain, she began to use the harp with hospitalized patients.  She continues to actively conduct research in the Mayo Health System on the effects of harp vibrations upon patient symptoms.
"I use certain harp vibrations to resonate with, or 'entrain', a patient's own cellular rhythms to help release tense muscle tissue, calm anxiety, improve digestion, induce restful sleep, increase endorphins for pain management — to aid the body's own efforts to heal itself."
Her remarkable CD's and tapes have given help to hundreds:  the harp music is uniquely recorded based upon years of research to help improve symptoms in persons suffering from pain, depression, anxiety, heart arrhythmias, and poor quality of life.
Hospice and end-of-life care has always been a special part of her work, both in homes and hospitals.
Today, Diane is a full-time harpist, practitioner, and researcher, but she especially enjoys touring to conduct workshops and concert-lectures on vibration medicine, healing, and the spirituality of music.. Diane Schneider has provided harp vibration therapy for over 10 years in Mayo Health System and other hospitals, nursing homes, and clinics. She  served as a Visiting Scientist with the Palliative Medicine Consultative Service at Mayo Clinic, Jacksonvillle, where she used harp vibrations in sequenced and rhythmic protocol to address symptoms of critically ill patients, transplant patients, and those at end of life. Dr. Schneider and colleagues are engaged in publishing research on this topic.
Harp vibration therapy is a gentle, whole-body music intervention designed to address specific symptoms, and may have calming, deeply relaxing, stabilizing, or mildly stimulating effects. It is effective as an adjunct to medical treatment, and is particularly well-received by even non-compliant patients. This therapy is normally administered in a 40-45 minute session while a person is sitting or reclining, fully clothed, and is perceived as restful and enjoyable.
This work addresses symptoms of anxiety; high blood pressure; stress, muscle tension, and chronic disease; sleeplessness or agitation; depression; grief process; and conditions with known emotional components such as digestive disorders, auto-immune diseases, PTSD, and eating disorders. Patients in rehabilitation, addiction recovery, or with Alzheimers or Parkinsons have also benefited Please call Dr. Schneider at 513-223-7344 for information, or regarding patients you may wish to refer.

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Why the harp and not some other instrument?

Diane M. Schneider, J.D., Ph.D.

Mayo Clinic Jacksonville Palliative Medicine Consultative Service, 2005-2010

Visiting Scientist, Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, 2006

Mayo Franciscan Skemp Medical Ctr , LaCrosse WI, 2000-2003

With colleagues at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, conducted 92-patient controlled crossover study of the effects of harp vibration therapy upon hospitalized patients, 2002

From Prior to 2000, Dr. Schneider taught theology in a Roman Catholic university in Minnesota; and an Anglican college in the University of Toronto, Toronto School of Theology. She also provided chaplaincy services at Scarborough Grace Hospital and at St. Raphael Nursing Home while serving as Staff Theologian at Epiphany Parish for 8 years. During these years, she began her research into the effects of harp vibration upon hospitalized patients, especially those in psychiatric, cardiac, and palliative care.

Vibration Medicine Therapy is the careful intentional application of selected vibrations, such as from music, the human voice, or external devices, to improve physical symptoms and mental, emotional, and spiritual status.

The harp is preferred as a vibration source over other instruments and devices because:

a) The quality of vibration from gut harp strings is unique, and is believed by some researchers to be particularly well-received by the human brain. The harp involves a larger number of strings (35 – 47) than other musical instruments; this produces a multiplicity of waves of resonance, including overtones at specific mathematical intervals. These factors contribute to producing a “bath” of vibrations which can influence cellular activity via biochemical processes throughout the patient’s body and mind.

b) Not all harp music is helpful, ie., too much vibration from upper register tones can result in over-stimulation and agitation instead of stress relief. A balance of both upper and lower tones is needed (minimum range of two octaves below Middle C on harp).

c) Rhythm, tempo, volume, and plucking technique must be individualized to achieve therapeutic goals. Also, the choice and sequencing of a pattern of specific intervals between notes, and certain combinations of these notes into chords, have been shown to have significant influence upon patient’s responses.

d) If sequenced and applied appropriately, and for a period of at least 20-30 minutes, harp vibration therapy can provide relief from many symptoms, especially for stress management and sleep. It is believed that, through entrainment and other processes not yet fully understood, harp vibrations stimulate cell vibration throughout the body and influence neuronal activity toward homeostasis and specifically promote the triggering of the patient’s own immune response.

e) The harp is associated with positive psychological and spiritual images in most people, and the presence of a harp has been shown to bring joy and soothing effects to patients in any condition.

f) In the difficult times surrounding the end of life process, harp vibration therapy can change the atmosphere with its calming beauty, and can be especially meaningful to patients, their families, friends, and staff.

Through research and practice from 1985 - 1999, Dr. Schneider developed a protocol, as reflected above, for sequencing harp vibrations by adjusting tones, tempo, rhythm, note intervals, volume, and chord structure, in response to patient symptoms. Thus, the therapy is symptom-driven, not diagnosis-dependent.

When administered in a conditioned setting at patient’s bedside for 20–40 minutes depending on patient’s history and condition, Dr. Schneider’s protocol has been shown to be effective in:

Lowering BP and stabilizing HR, especially in atrial fibrillation

Promoting deep sleep

Calming anxiety, agitation, and fear

Decreasing pain perception

Improving mobility and fine-motor skills in rehab patients

Reducing wandering and repetitive behaviors in gero-psych patients

Reducing tremor and improving gait in pts with Parkinson’s

Improving patient’s reported physical and spiritual well-being


The intervention is well-tolerated, especially by non-compliant pts. It improves hopefulness, outlook and mood in pts with depression, multi-symptoms, or long-term pts with chronic, painful diseases.

Referrals can be made by physicians or nurses.

Please contact Dr. Schneider for more information:

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Contact information:

We love to receive your comments or questions about the CD's.

Please contact Dr. Diane Schneider at

Phone:  513-223-7344

Mail:  PO Box 1746, St. Augustine FL  32085

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Music Therapy - Effect on Terminally Ill Patients

J Palliat Med. 2008 May;11(4):582-90.Related Articles, Links
The effect of music therapy on anxiety in patients who are terminally ill.

Horne-Thompson A, Grocke D.

Calvary Health Care Bethlehem, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

BACKGROUND: The literature supporting the use of music therapy in palliative care is growing. However, the number of quantitative research studies investigating the use of music therapy in palliative care, and specifically anxiety, is limited. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this research project was to examine the effectiveness of a single music therapy session in reducing anxiety for terminally ill patients. DESIGN: A randomized-controlled design was implemented and the following hypotheses tested. There will be a significant difference between the experimental and control groups on anxiety levels as demonstrated by the anxiety measurement of the Edmonton Symptom Assessment System (ESAS), and heart rate. The experimental group received a single music therapy intervention and the control group received a volunteer visit. SETTING/SUBJECTS: Twenty-five participants with end-stage terminal disease receiving inpatient hospice services were recruited. RESULTS: The first hypothesis was supported. Results demonstrated a significant reduction in anxiety for the experimental group on the anxiety measurement of the ESAS (p = 0.005). A post hoc analysis found significant reductions in other measurements on the ESAS in the experimental group, specifically pain (p = 0.019), tiredness (p = 0.024) and drowsiness (p = 0.018). The second hypothesis was not supported.

CONCLUSIONS: The study supports the use of music therapy to manage anxiety in terminally ill patients. Further studies are required to examine the effect of music therapy over a longer time period, as well as addressing other symptom issues.

PMID: 18454611 [PubMed - in process]

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Help With The End of Life Transition

Dear Diane,
As a family we want to sincerely thank you for helping Steve transition from this life with your soothing music and loving attention. Your calm and easy going manner fit right in and you were always ready to please, accommodating our diverse range of musical taste selections.

Steve looked forward to your visits and always slept more soundly because of the relaxation your music provided for him. After he took his last breath a vision of my daughter, niece and I holding hands singing “O Holy Night” as you played was the beginning of our healing.

You have a special gift to share and we were so fortunate to have been connected to you at this time in our lives. Although this cannot repay you for what you have done, I am enclosing a check to help lower expenses with the hope that other patients can be as blessed and touched by your talents.
August 2007  (original below)

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Use of Harp Vibrational Therapy at the Mayo Clinic

July 17, 2007


RE: Diane Schneider, J.D., Ph.D

It is my distinct pleasure to write this letter of support on behalf of the harp vibration therapy provided by Diane Schneider, J.D., Ph.D. Dr. Schneider has previously conducted research in the Mayo System and now serves on our Palliative Medicine Consultative Service in Jacksonville, Florida where she has received praise from patients, families and the staff of St. Luke's Hospital.

With our patients, Dr. Schneider's work is well-tolerated and successful in addressing symptoms related to anxiety, high blood pressure, sleeplessness, agitation, dementia, depression, grief, and a variety of conditions with emotional components. In essence, she has developed a protocol for sequencing harp vibrations which can improve symptoms in critically ill patients and those at end of life. This therapeutic intervention is individualized to the patient's history and condition, and is not presented merely as entertainment. Patients, family members and staff consistently express their desire and appreciation for this modality. It is an effective adjunct to medical treatment, and is particularly well-received even by seemingly reluctant or skeptical patients.

Additionally, I would look forward to research in this fertile ground of holistic therapies which acknowledges the whole person and whole family as the unit of care.

Robert P. Shannon, MD
Assistant Professor, Family Medicine
Program Director, Palliative Medicine
Mayo Clinic
4500 San Pablo Road
Jacksonville, FI 32224

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