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Requirements

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)
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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.

For your LEVEL 1 Certification, you will be required to:

1. Read and complete twelve book reports (seven required, five of your choice.) Please write a one-page review of each book and answer the question:  “How will the content of this book help me in becoming an effective Therapeutic Harp Practitioner?”

2. Study the ten Creative Harping DVDs 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 while following the patient.* Upon completion of each DVD, you are required to submit a recording to your mentor.

3. Write two short, reflective papers after  the first 4 months, then after the second 5 months of the on-line lectures and studies.

4.  Complete 45 hours Internship Study (can be done in your own locale – supervisors approved  by the IHTP)

5.  Submit a portfolio of your work, highlighting your study and allowing prospective employers to see your skills.

6.  Submit an exit recording demonstrating your repertoire in eleven genres and 6 elemental categories.

7.  Make a commitment to continuing education as put  forth by the NSBTM. (20 CEU’s every 2 years).

The Cost for Level 1 Certification is $1400.00. (Payment options available)

Your title upon LEVEL 1 graduation will be: CTHP – Certified Therapeutic Harp Practitioner – Level 1 Certified. The International Harp Therapy Program is accredited auspices of the National Standards Board for Therapeutic Musicians.

*You may begin study on these areas before enrolling by signing up for our PREP Program. Please contact the IHTP office if you are interested in beginning this process. This usually happens when people come to the program after it has started in September and they are waiting for the following year.


JUNCTURE – RESONANCE STUDIES or INTERACTIVE Harp Training (or Both!)

At this juncture, Level 1 Graduates may continue on to Level 2 Resonance Studies and deeper music Development. The focus is to be able to Individualize Music for clients and patients based on identifying their Resonant Tone. This is especially powerful in Hospice work and Palliative Care. You will then be listed as a CTHP Graduate with both Levels of Certification.

OR

The Level 1 Graduate may find that they are more interested in working with groups of people through community music-making techniques and choose to study the COLOR MY WORLD with HARP Facilitating Program through use of DVDs and Webinars from home. You will then have a listing as a Level 1 Graduate with focus as a CMW Facilitator. Your training will enable you to take music to many places.  See HarpCircle.com and RainbowOfSound.com for more information.  (Approximate cost of this training is $600.)

Or you may decide to opt for all 3 Certifications!

 

For your LEVEL 2 Certification, you will be required to:

have met all the requirements in Level 1 and in addition be required to attend and submit the paper for the LEVEL 2 Resonance Studies Experiential Attendance Module and commit to a 35 hour internship implementing your Resonance studies.

You will add to your Portfolio a paper from the Level 2 Resonance Studies and the internship papers from your 45 hours of internship.

Lastly, your music will reflect your studies embody the grace, musicality, technical achievement and spirituality of the most poignant Cradle of Sound to serve all people especially those in hospice and palliative care. You will be guided to create beautiful music!

The cost for the LEVEL 2 Certification is $1400.00.

Your title upon graduation will be: CTHP – Certified Therapeutic Harp Practitioner – Level 1 and Level 2 Certified.  The International Harp Therapy Program is accredited auspices of the National Standards Board for Therapeutic Musicians.

Other PROGRAM GRADUATES

This information is for graduates of other programs, i.e. music therapy, music-thanatology, or other programs who have met the basic standards that the National Standards Board of Therapeutic Musicians has approved. You will be required to attend and submit the paper for the LEVEL 2 Resonance Studies Experiential Attendance Module, meet the music development 10 Creative Harping DVD Lesson requirements – commit to a 35 hour internship implementing your Resonance studies. You are required to  learn the 6 tunes in the Illuminations Healing Music Book. Lastly, we require that you audit the On-line Standards at no charge to view how the IHTP utilizes information that you have previously been taught. You are not required to do the quizzes but we ask you to submit the two papers, in January and in June discussing the content of the on-line program in relationship of your previous studies. (For those who did not take one of the accredited programs of the National Standards Board for Therapeutic Musicians, we ask that you include readings from our required reading list.)

You will design two portfolios – please include work from your other program (including your book reports). You will then include your Creative Harping DVD evaluations, your paper from the Level 2 Resonance Studies, the internship papers from your 40 hours of internship. You will submit an exit recording with the 6 required pieces.

The cost for Other Program Graduates is $1400.00. ($600.00 to be paid upon your acceptance to engage your mentor and the balance to be paid when you take the Level 2).

Your title upon graduation will be: CTHP – Certified Therapeutic Harp Practitioner – Level 2 Certified along with the title of your other Program.  The International Harp Therapy Program is accredited auspices of the National Standards Board for Therapeutic Musicians.

 

Requirements for PREP Program Students

Click here for information on the Prep School




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