Welcome to the International Harp Therapy program!

Discover the world of therapeutic music with the harp! Learn how to become a certified harp therapy practitioner through the IHTP program. Develop skill in playing the harp; learn how to work intuitively with patients and clients; weave familiar songs together with improvisational and unfamiliar music as you work with your clients. You will learn useful repertoire for many situations in healthcare environments; how to find the harp that’s best for you; and best practices to work as a therapeutic musician in a clinical setting.

You will learn how to find and use a patient’s resonant tone, how to create an interactive music program for  senior center residents,  youth center attendees, children with special needs, and much more!

Consider a career in community music-making with the Rainbow of Sound program and Harp Circles.

Melanie with patient  The New IHTP Learning Design

‘meeting all your study needs’

  • Complete At-Home Study Program
  • International programs for study/vacation opportunities
  • Choice of tuition payment plans
  • Exciting lectures from world renowned sound healers, scientist, and practitioners in the field
  • A one-on-one mentor to guide you through the program

Our program focuses heavily on:

  • music development
  • interactive harp sharing opportunities
  • training in sympathetic resonances

JOIN US in Cedar Falls, IOWA August 11-13, 2017
for our Bi-Annual CONFERENCE!

Everyone is invited to our bi-annual IHTP Conference, a place to learn more about Therapeutic Music and those wishing to gain or improve harp skills. IHTP Graduates will automatically receive 20 required Continuing Education Credits required every two years to maintain certification.

You will meet people from all over the United States (and a few flying in from elsewhere!) and enjoy many interesting workshops. Those interested in therapeutic harp/voice work are invited to come and see what its all about!

Prior to the conference, we will hold a Skills workshop in Albert Lea, Minnesota – a 2 hour drive from the Iowa venue. After the skills workshop, we will head to Cedar Falls where Gaylord Stauffer has organized a wonderful conference.

We have exciting offerings!

Rodney Schwan and Christina will be introducing a new program:

Color My World with Sensory Wellness
through Aroma and Sound

designed for Holistic Health Practitioners, Nurses, Healthcare Providers and Therapeutic Musicians. You won’t want to miss this exciting new venture. It is the next step to integrate the modality of aromatherapy with sound and help to improve wellness for everyone!

Here are more exciting offerings at the conference:
Jeanne Martin – Music, Mythology, and Medicine, the Ancient Roots of Therapeutic Harp
Tami Briggs – offering two workshops: HEALING Vibrations Harp/Hands, and Using Intentionality for the Harp.
Dayle Olson will be presenting tools to work with Special Needs children. He and Christina will show the newly developed Rainbow Bubble Program.
Gaylord Stauffer – Sound Vibrations – How they Work and how they affect animate and inanimate objects
Marianne Lounsbury – The Power of Art and Music. This is a program that she is using in the Parker Adventist Hospital. For those of you who have heard her harp music, you will think you have gone to heaven!

Following the conference, we will be holding the Level 2 (ESM Experiential Specialty Module) on finding Resonant Tone and how to implement it. This is where all the magic happens!

There will also be an opportunity after the conference for you to do your internship with Rachel Christensen in Albert Lea. You will receive 25 hours of your required 80 hours by working with her in local healthcare facilities.

The cost of the Conference is $185 before June 15, 2017 and $200 after June 15, 2017. Please click on this link below to register for any or all of the wonderful activities taking place. And bring the family – there are wonderful things for the family to do! Gaylord will send you a Welcome packet when you register!


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 International Harp Therapy Program

COMPLETE STUDY-AT-HOME with no travel!


The newly revised IHTP curriculum consists of five Units. Units 1-3 provide foundational theory and practice. Unit 4 is the introduction to resonance study theory and application, and Unit 5 presents using the harp interactively with many different population groups. Unit 5 is also about your internship. The student may work at their own pace, but each Unit must be completed in 6 months. In addition to the Units, the student will need to successfully complete their internship in order to graduate from the program and receive their certification.

NOTE to all potential applicants to the International Harp Therapy Program:

We now require all applicants to have completed the first 3 Creative Harping Series lessons and submit the following:

 The first lesson is free, and available online by following the link above. If you would like a recommendation for a Skype teacher , IHTP graduate and certified harp therapy practitioner, please  contact us.

Our NEW STUDENT HANDBOOK is now available!
Please download this PDF and read it carefully.


Download Student Handbook Here


Our next intake is Sept. 1, 2017. Applications are now being accepted with the required components listed above. The complete Creative Harping Video Series) is required for the program, along with Required Readings. You will find requirements HERE while working on your preparatory lessons until the Semester one begins on September 1st.

OPTIONS for Study

1. The Complete AT-HOME Study Program
Next Opening is Sept. 1, 2017

2. One week attendance Programs

ESM – July 7-11, Hong Kong in conjunction with the World Harp Congress
Level 1 – July 22-29, 2017 – Heythuysen Netherlands
Intro and Skills building – August 8-11, 2017 – Albert Lea, Minnesota
Level 2 – August 14-19 – Albert Lea, Minnesota
IHTP Conference August 12-13, 2017 – Cedar Falls, Iowa

See what other have to say about the program!

Here is our class of 2016!


Click here for the
pictorial of IHTP 2016

View sample pages from our At-Home Study Units

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Exciting opportunities await you in the field of music and healthcare!

Senior Home 5

If this sounds like your dream, we invite you to explore the International Harp Therapy Program

You’ll Learn:

~ The relevance of myths and archetypes for modern healers
~ Musical intervals and modes, and their application to healing
~ How sound and vibration impacts our emotional, physical and spiritual bodies
~ An enabling language and skills for working in healthcare settings
~ How to market your skills and find job opportunities

New technology makes it possible for you to study from your own home, digesting and reflecting on what you’re learning….

Or, you can choose to join one of the immersive one-week study modules offered in many locations around the country and world.

All students will deepen their learning of the therapeutic music standards.

Want to know more?  Follow this link and GET STARTED!

For further information contact:

Hannah Brockow – Director of Admissions –
Christina Tourin, Director – IHTP   –

We look forward to having your join our IHTP family!

You may start with the FREE first DVD lesson
#1 Creative Harping DVD – How to Find the Mode of a Piece of Music.

Therapeutic Harp Study 

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Centers are being established around the world.  The centers in Netherlands,  Australia and Brazil  will offer 1 week Attendance trainings in the languages of the countries embraced. We will be adding more training centers so please do check back to see where the next ones are being set up.

Christina Tourin and Judith Hitt will continue to offer the LEVEL 2 Resonance Experiential Study along with the Interactive Portion of the IHTP  and in various countries.