REQUIREMENTS to graduate from the Int’l Harp Therapy Program
Over the course of the year (or two if you take a more leisurely approach), you will be required to
complete the following:
1. Read and complete 12 book reports – 7 required – 5 of choice (You may begin this before enrolling)
2. Study the 10 Creative Harping DVD’s that will take you on a journey of studying the modes, gaining
techniques, learning to improvise and play by ear and leading to the ability to modulate from
mode to mode – i.e. mood to mood while following the patient. (You may begin this study before
enrolling but be sure to ask about the evaluations that are necessary for progressing as a student
of the program. Each lesson submission should include one of the pieces on the DVD and then flow
into an improvisation utilizing at least 2 of the left hand patterns. The piece and the improvisation
should be played as if you were playing for someone who is transitioning. Contact the IHTP office
if you are interested in beginning this process.)
3. Two papers after the two modules (see list of topics that will be covered under course descriptions)
4. 80 hour Independent Study (can be done in your own locale – mentors set up by the IHTP)
5. Two portfolios (one for the IHTP office and one for your personal use) that will house your:
book reports, papers, evaluations of your DVD studies, your Independent Study proposal, journal
entries, mentor’s evaluation, an exit recording of 33 tunes (3 tunes in each of 11 categories)
plus 6 songs selected to match and balance energies according to the elemental nature of music.
(You can being studying these pieces before enrolling. They are from the Illuminations Book and
you can access the list on the Reading List page of this site.)
6. A committment to attend the bi-annual IHTP conference for continuing education as put forth by
the NSBTM. These conferences will keep you informed of all the new developments in the field.
Your title upon graduation will be: CTHP – Certified Therapeutic Harp Practitioner. You will be certified under the auspices of the National Standards Board for Therapeutic Musicians.

You may view “Preparing for the IHTP” for information, or consult the At-Home Study Handbook, a comprehensive source to answer any questions you many have about the Program.