Welcome to the International Harp Therapy program!

Discover the world of therapeutic music with the harp!

Imagine carrying your harp into a patient room. The corridor is filled with noise and activity, and the patient is restless and shows anxiety. As you play for this person whom you have just met, her breath becomes deeper and slower. The furrowed brow begins to release. And then you notice that the hallway is no longer noisy and chaotic. You have changed the environment for the patient, visitors and staff.

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Through the training of the International Harp Therapy Program (IHTP) you will have the skills and ability to enter into many different settings and situations with confidence, knowing that your music is of great value and benefit, and that you can respond appropriately to anything that arises.

The IHTP is a premier program that has been offering training for nearly 30 years. Although many programs are increasing the use of on-line learning and webinars, IHTP is returning to hands on teaching. In this way, the student has the benefit of personal attention from and interaction with the coaches, teachers, guest lecturers, and other students. For close to 3 decades, IHTP has trained graduates from 22 countries across 5 continents! In the past several years, IHTP has established its global Affiliate Partner Programs with training available in the United States, Netherlands, Europe, Australia, and Hong Kong. These affiliate programs are available to you to complete your course or as an exciting destination for retreats and continuing education credits.

Our Training dates and our new Student Handbook are available on our SCHEDULE CALENDAR.


HandPositionsIHTP focuses only on harp, so you will work with accomplished harpists to develop your skills on the instrument. This includes learning how to improvise, work with modes, and useful repertoire for many situations or ethnic and religious backgrounds. You will learn how to work intuitively with patients and clients, weaving familiar songs together with unfamiliar music and improvisations. Music theory is also taught, as is information about the physics of sound.

Training also covers many areas that are not directly related to music, but necessary for working in the healthcare field. These include clinical protocols, healthcare basics, professional behavior, and deepening perceptual awareness of self and others. Training also features self-care segments and business basics to help you get started professionally.

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 so much more!


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Are you ready for the next step? Christina offers 2 FREE webinar lessons where you will learn:

2 modal healing pieces of music

Basic harp technique

Left hand patterns for improvisation

If you enjoy the webinars, you may choose to continue with lessons #2-#10 for a small fee or enroll in Christina’s live tutorials.

Please sign me in for the free webinar lessons and more information! 

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We understand that some people are not able to travel for their training. We have two options for you.

1.  This coming November we will offer a virtual attendance to both our USA(Americas) and Australian trainings. You will be joining a class daily in your own home. For the first time in 3 decades, with the new knowledge of proper use of recording equipment and high end microphones, our Module 2 training session will be offered virtually in order to get your certification. We are hoping that effective break out rooms can offer the same understanding and training that our in-person partnering experiences have provided in the past.  for For more information go to our Schedule page to join our November Module 1 classes in various time zones. You will make friends with some wonderful students.

2. We have partnered with the Sister NSBTM Program Harps for Healing during our transitioning time and many students are studying the Clinical Musicians Certification Program. Their certification is equivalent to our Module 1 training that all Certified Therapeutic Musicians under the National Standards Board of Therapeutic Musicians Accreditation Programs are required to study and receive success for their Certification.  We invite graduates of the Harps for Healing program to consider attending the IHTP Module 2 on-line virtual training for going deep into resonant work and interactive skills. Satisfactory completion of the Module 2 by a graduate of another certified program will result in a certification from IHTP. We thank our sister program for working with us to make training possible to as many people possible during this time of Pandemic uncertainty.

We look forward to having your join our IHTP family!

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