Preparing for the IHTP


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.


Information for Preparing for
At-Home Study 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.

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 and thePractice 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 Roberts 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, The Aeolian mode. Begin your recordings for each 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. A beginner can play a fifth interval together (such as a C and G) as one pattern, a single note C, as a drone, and then move the fifth into a different octave. As your left hand becomes comfortable, you right hand will move freely to and from the root note in the octave above where your left hand is playing. If you follow Christina’s directions on the videos, 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. She shows you what your submissions need to be. Your submissions should be 3-4 minutes in length.

Short submissions of beginner improvisations-01

Once you have recorded these two pieces of music, and the Quiz “Find the Mode of a Piece of Music,” please send them via email to our Admissions Officer Hannah Roberts Brockow ( with your application and $100 Application fee. 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 select the mentor with whom you would like to work with.

You may also begin your required reading by accessing the IHTP reading list. There are a total of 7 required texts, and 5 elective texts that you choose. You are required to write a 1/2 – 1 page review for each text you read. We do not want a summary of the contents; rather, we want to hear how you might use some of the ideas and practices presented in the text in your own practice as a harp therapy practitioner. Once you are admitted to the program, you may upload your reviews to your account on our site, where you and your mentor can easily access them, and discuss them if you wish using our assignment chat feature.

International students may select books in your native languages. The two exceptions to this are the required texts Cradle of Sound/Harp Therapy Manual and Illuminations – Healing Music Book.  You may find texts on Neuro Linguistic Programming, Transactional Analysis, Music Therapy, and Cymatics in your own languages.

When you have completed your Dorian and Aeolian music pieces, and finished the Quiz, please complete the Application Form with the $100.00 Application Fee submitted using our Payment Portal.  (You do not need a PayPal account to use our site and purchase products with a credit card).

Please CONTACT us with any further questions.


Hannah Roberts Brockow
Director of Admissions –

Christina Tourin
Director, International Harp Therapy Program –

To summarize above,  here is a list of some of the requirements that you can be working on towards your certification. All of this information is also presented in detail in the At-Home Study Handbook.

Earning Level 1 Certification

Required Reading

1. View the IHTP READING LIST. There are 7 required texts, and 5 elective texts you choose. You will write a total of 11 book reviews of 1/2 to 1 page for each text you read.

2. International students: we are compiling a list of books that can be read in your native languages – your book reviews may be also written in your language. Contact us for a list of books in your language. We suggest that you begin with the following three required texts: 1) Harp Therapy Manual – Cradle of Sound, 2) Music and Soul-Making (Chapters 1,2 and the last chapter), and 3) Illuminations.

3.  Begin reading  Cradle of Sound – Harp Therapy Manual.

4.  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   

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Creative Harp Series

  • Study these 10 video lessons. They will 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.
  • Take the “Find the Mode of a Piece of Music PRACTICE quiz first. When you are comfortable with this quiz, then take “Find the Mode of a Piece of Music Quiz – links to these Quizzes are above. 
  • Begin working on the 33 basic melody tunes – 3 tunes each from the following 11 genres:
    1. Classical – Medieval
    2. Opera
    3. Oldies
    4. Broadway
    5. Popular
    6. Children’s
    7. Country/Western – or Folk Songs if your country does not have Country music
    8. Hymns
    9. Holiday songs
    10. Ethnic-Celtic
    11. Patriotic – or Folk Songs or national anthems from different countries around the world
  • This video demonstrates what we are looking for when you record your 33 tunes.
  • 7 pieces of of music – 5 selected pieces representing the Chinese 5 Elements for balancing energies from the Illuminations book explained below.


Begin learning the seven required pieces. Five of these songs fit into the Chinese Five Elemental Modes. Select the tunes you want to learn from the choices below so that you have music to play to balance energies (you will learn about this in DVD Lesson #9). You may create your own arrangement and variations of the tunes you select if you wish:

  1.  From Illuminations Healing Harp Book and CD.
    1. “Little Dove” or “Unite” (Earth Element) – This is an Ionian Mode tune played in moderate tempo and light.
    2. “Harbor Cove” or “Tranquility” (Water Element) – This is a deep Aeolian Mode, played slowly.
    3. “Shadow Spirit” or “Annwyn” (Wood Element) – This is a light Aeolian Mod,e played flowingly.
    4. “Diamonds from Heaven” or “Cherubim” (Fire Element) – This is a Major Mode – Ionian or sometimes Mixolydian that is played up-tempo. These two should be played rather quickly.
    5. “Scarborough Faire” or “The Chanter” (Metal Element) You will record one of these for your Dorian tune.
    6. “Clair de Lune”  – Claude Debussy (page 132 in the Illuminations Healing Harp Book) – A detailed fingering guide is found here.
    7. “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” – (CONTACT US for the arrangement)

    These pieces have structure yet are unfamiliar (except “Clair de Lune” and “over the Rainbow”) and serve the various human elements.

For beginners who do not read music or need more help with theory, we suggest that you begin with the Rainbow of Sound music books #1 (Purple), and #2 (Blue). These show basic technique, how to tune your harp, and change a string, and how to read and play treble and bass clefs. Book #4 (Yellow) introduces you to accidentals and levers on your harp, and book #5 (Orange) introduces basic improvisation techniques.

We also offer simplified versions of songs that fall into the required 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