Like all journeys, this one begins with a single step.

Step 1: Fill Out the Application

Anyone wishing to take MHTP modules and become a Certified Music Practitioner must apply to and be accepted into the Program. There is a one-time Application Fee of $195. Of that fee, $25 is non-refundable.

You can complete the application any one of three ways -- online, via email, or via postal mail:

Both the signed Statement of Agreement (final page of Application Form) and the $195 Application Fee must be included with your completed Application Form.  

To decide where you are going to attend, review the list of upcoming module locations.

Step 2: Provide Two Letters of Reference

Two letters of reference describing your personal qualities and musical abilities are also required.  These should come, for example, from a supervisor, music teacher, or clergy person.  These letters should be emailed or postal-mailed directly by the writers to the Application Registrar:

MHTP Application Registrar
MHTP Central Office
PO Box 127
Hillsdale, NY 12529

And Then What Happens?

After the Application Registrar receives the entire Application packet (Student Application Form, Statement of Agreement,  Application Fee, and two letters of reference), the information will be carefully reviewed and assessed.

If accepted, you will be sent a Welcome Packet and a Tuition Payment Agreement, and will be assigned an Advisor.  You must return the Tuition Payment Agreement to the MHTP Central Office within 10 days of receipt of the Welcome Packet.  This can be done either by postal-mailing to the Central Office at the address given above or emailing as a scanned attachment to

See a full description of the costs and payment plans for becoming a Certified Music Practitioner.

When Can I Start Taking Classes?

Ideally, you should begin the application process at least one month  prior to the date of the first module that you wish to attend. However, exceptions can be made. To apply when a module is scheduled less than one month from your application date, just email the MHTP Central Office to discuss the timing.

Modules may be taken at any site convenient for you.  Some students choose to travel to multiple sites to complete the modules.  MHTP classes generally are limited to 15 students so that our Teachers can best serve our students, and registration is on a first-come basis. Submitting your application well in advance of scheduled modules will help ensure your place in the Program at the time and place you wish to attend.  You can review the locations for the upcoming classes.

How Quickly Will I Be Able To Graduate?

MHTP prefers that you complete the Program in two years and requires that it be completed within three years from the date of the first module attended. Read more details about this in the Handbook for Students and Graduates.

Here is a list of everything you need to do to graduate.

I'm Ready to Take The First Step

Fill out the online application to be a student with MHTP, or scroll back up to the top for other application options.