Preparing for the IHTP

International Harp Therapy Program!

The instructions that follow will enable you to prepare prior to entering the program. All students must complete the Creative Harping Video Series as part of their musical development. If you begin your study of each of these videos now, you will be able to advance in your music playing.


How to prepare for
the International Harp Therapy Program

Other than the costs of the Creative Harping Video Series DVDs (also available as streaming video on our site, 15% off the DVD price, and no shipping fees) and required texts for the program, there is no additional cost to begin as a preparatory student.

Please read our Student Handbook to answer many of your questions.

Begin your study with Creative Harping Video Series #1 – Find the Mode of a Piece of Music, and an introduction to the 10 video series. You may access it for free and view it as often as you wish.

Once you are familiar with finding the mode of a piece of music, you may practice taking the “Prep School Find the Mode of a Piece of Music: PRACTICE Quiz.” This is for your practice only – no one will review this quiz except you.

Once you are comfortable with the content of Creative Harping Video Series #1 and the Practice Quiz, we invite you to take the “Find the Mode of a Piece of Music Quiz. This is the quiz you will submit to Hannah Brockow, Admissions director – her email address is on a pulldown menu in the Quiz).

As part of the application process, you are required to submit a song and improvisation from the Creative Harping Video Series #2 The Dorian Mode, and from #3, Recordings must be in mp3 format.  You will prepare recordings for each of the two modes with a tune you have selected from the lesson. Play it through at least once, and segue into an improvisation with the same tempo and time signature using at least two left hand patterns in the packet of printed materials that you download with each Creative Harping Video Series lesson. Your submissions should be no longer than 4 minutes, and you should not return to the tune at the end.

If you follow Christina’s directions on Creative Harping Video Series #1 and #2, you should be fine.

Here, Christina demonstrates short submissions of beginner improvisations in the Dorian, Aeolian, Mixolydian, Locrian and Ionian modes using a variety of left hand patterns.

Short submissions of beginner improvisations-01

Along with recording these two pieces of music, and studying the “Find the Mode of a Piece of Music” quiz, you are invited to create an account on Here you will simply put in your email address and create a passcode which will take you to our FREE Prep Program. This is where you will find further information on creating your music submissions; submit your recordings; access the application form; and submit the $100. application fee in the Payment Portal.

We will review your application and inform you that you have been accepted, or that you need more musical development work in our Prep Program until the next admission date (March 1 or September 1 annually).

If you have been accepted and are waiting for the March or September opening, we encourage you to continue with your Music Development with the additional videos in the Creative Harping Video Series.

You may also begin your required reading by accessing the IHTP reading list.


Please CONTACT us with any further questions.


Hannah Brockow
Director of Admissions –

Christina Tourin
Director, International Harp Therapy Program –


*Visually impaired students are encouraged to contact us and we will work to bring the program to you through alternate means.

Music Development

The Creative Harp Series is now available as online streaming lessons   

* Save on expensive international shipping rates *

Creative Harp Series

  • The Creative Harp Signature Series take you on a journey of studying the modes. You will learn different left hand accompaniments; how to create your own improvisations; how to play by ear, and how to modulate from mode to mode to follow a patient.
  • You may want to bundle your required materials to save on shipping. In addition to our Creative Harp Series, you will be learning 7 pieces of of music – 5 selected elemental pieces for balancing energies from the Illuminations book.


We also offer simplified versions of songs that fall into the required elemental repertoire in the Color My World Series.

Please contact us for a Skype teacher if you do not have a teacher in your area. The teacher will begin to prepare you to enter into the program.


International Harp Therapy Program practitioners use harps of all sizes. Many practitioners elect to work ‘interactively’ with their clients and patients, so smaller therapy harps are their choice. We have researched and have aided harp luthiers to improve designs that become top of the line. View our collection of recommended harps and a list of used harps.

A gathering of our Virginia IHTP Junior Division


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