Before registering for MHTP classes, it is necessary to first apply to the Program and be accepted as a student.
two steps for module registration
Step 1: As part of the application process, prospective students usually determine the location(s) where they will attend modules. If you are unsure where you would like to go, then your next step is to choose your module location.
Step 2: If you have already been accepted (congratulations!), and you know the city in which you'll attend your next module, then you can register for each class module.
What is a module?
MHTP’s curriculum consists of five modules, each having one or more classes. All five modules total 80 hours of didactic and experiential classroom group learning:
- Modules 1 through 4 are each 15 hours, usually given on a consecutive Saturday and Sunday.
- Module 5 is 20 hours, including a supervised in-hospital Clinical Practicum, usually given on a consecutive Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
All modules are face-to-face, which is one of MHTP’s great strengths and an aspect that students love. This live experience supports personalized instruction and musical critiques, building camaraderie among students and faculty, and sharing of experiences and music. In the future, MHTP may have some carefully-chosen distance learning opportunities, but for now, all instruction is live and in-person.
If you already know which module you are taking, and which location, you can register now.
- Module 1 classes: Patient Assessment for Live Therapeutic Music and Injury Prevention for Music Practitioners
- Module 2 class: Music as a Language
- Module 3 classes: Music, Sound, & Healing and Paradigms of Healing
- Module 4 classes: Etiquette & Independent Practicum and Profession of Music Practitioner
- Module 5 classes: Care of the Dying, Alterations in Health, and Clinical Practicum
See below for in-depth descriptions of each class.
Helpful hints for module registration and attendance
A student must register for each module at least one month prior to the start date of a module, by submitting a Module Registration Form to the MHTP Central Office. Tuition must be paid according to the student's chosen Payment Plan. First-time registrants may be exempt from registering one month in advance, with permission from the Central Office.
A $30 late fee is required for registrations received after the one month advance deadline, except for first-time registrants.
Any overpaid tuition may be applied to the next module taken.
If a student is unable to attend a module because of illness or family emergency, tuition may be applied to the next module taken.
Full tuition is refundable with two weeks’ written notice prior to the module start date, sent to the MHTP Registrar.
The student is responsible for confirming module dates, times, and location with the local Area Coordinator.
The student is responsible for his/her own travel and lodging arrangements.
The student must bring his/her instrument and, if needed, music stand and sheet music, to all modules to participate in and satisfactorily complete classes.
The Handbook for Students and Graduates gives details on registration, pre-work to be done before arriving at the module, and many other aspects of becoming a CMP.
Patient Assessment for Live Therapeutic Music (11 hours)
Different styles, keys, modes, and moods of music elicit various responses in patients. The Certified Music Practitioner (CMP)® must be able to choose appropriate music based on a patient’s condition and to observe the music’s effects. CMPs must be able to change the music according to a patient’s immediate needs. Instruction, discussion, demonstration, and practice are given for appropriately matching patient conditions to suggested types of music. Students are expected to participate fully in class exercises based on their own level of skill.
Injury Prevention for Music Practitioners (4 hours)
Because prolonged singing or playing of musical instruments/use of voice can lead to chronic physical discomfort and injury, this class is designed to educate students in the pitfalls of poor postural, technical, and stressful uses of an instrument or voice. Included are explanations of neutral posture and relaxation techniques to prevent potential problems. Vocalists are addressed in terms of posture and stress-free tonal production.
Music as a Language (15 hours)
Students will learn the language of music as it applies to being a Music Practitioner, while delving into music theory, improvisation, modes, elements of music, and experiential composition and playing/singing.
When the language of music is fundamentally understood, appropriate uses of music may be applied to meet the immediate needs of a patient. By breaking down the elements of music and realizing the power of each element, students learn to appreciate the simplicity of therapeutic music: “less is more.” Students learn that music is naturally able to elicit responses in the human body.
Music, Sound, and Healing (9 hours)
This course is an exploration and experience of the basic physics of sound and music, its effects upon the human body, the anatomy and physiology of the human perception of sound, and multi-cultural approaches to the use of music for healing the human being. Students will learn historical uses of music as a healing art, review the basic elements of music, and how these elements can be used for healing body, mind, and spirit.
Paradigms of Healing (6 hours)
This course is an exploration of the scope of practice, methods, and attitudes of both complementary and conventional medical paradigms that CMPs are likely to encounter as they interact with their patients. Students will understand how practice as a therapeutic musician fits into the wide spectrum of the healing arts. Students will learn how to understand and how to find current music research to form a logical and persuasive justification for this work. Students will also understand how the Certified Music Practitioner can support and enhance healing in our conventional medical system.
Etiquette and Independent Practicum (10 hours)
A Certified Music Practitioner (CMP) working in healthcare facilities must have some basic medical knowledge and must understand how to conduct themselves in clinical situations. This class gives an overview of appropriate deportment and etiquette in various healthcare settings. MHTP students arrange their own Independent Practicum settings. This class presents detailed information on contacting approved types of healthcare facilities, preparing for interviews, following up, and completing the 45 hour Independent Practicum. Role-playing is a vital component of this module; all students are expected to participate fully in role-play situations at their own level of musical skill.
Profession of Music Practitioner (5 hours)
The profession of Certified Music Practitioner is relatively new. CMPs need to be able to clearly explain to healthcare organizations what services a CMP provides. This class gives instruction on marketing and obtaining a CMP position. It presents promotional strategies and sample documents to use in setting up a practice as a CMP. Role-play is used to help students learn how to contact healthcare facilities.
Introduction to Clinical Practicum & Care of the Dying (9 hours)
This is an introduction to, and experience of, clinical work in a nursing home, hospice, or hospital setting. Students will be oriented to clinical work in a healthcare facility, and will learn about infection control, safety, healthcare institution policies, advance care directives, Do Not Resuscitate orders, ethics, legal documents, confidentiality policies, insurance issues, patient privileges, and issues for healthcare choices. This will help a CMP understand end-of-life choices made by patient families. The second session of this class continues with exploration of palliative care issues, including expectations of the dying, survivors, and medical staff. A critical part of this class is discussion of issues students might have with care of the dying, including grief, signs and symptoms of approaching death, gifts the dying may offer, and coping with stress, loss, and death. Appropriate musical repertoire will be reviewed.
Alterations in Health (5 hours)
This is an introduction to major diseases and injuries, symptoms, and treatments, as well as commonly used medications and how they affect the body, mind, and behavior, and awareness of a patient. This knowledge helps a Certified Music Practitioner (CMP)® understand a patient’s response to therapeutic music, and helps with selection of appropriate music for that patient and patient condition.
Clinical Practicum (6 hours)
During this critical session, each student will play/sing for patients under the supervision of the teacher, Area Coordinator, and/or experienced CMP. Post-clinical discussion and evaluation will be held.
The fine print on attending modules
MHTP strongly recommends that students begin study with Module 1, taking all modules in order. Occasionally students may enter at Modules 2 or 3, at the discretion of the Application Registrar.
Modules 1 through 3 may be taken in any order, but must be completed before taking Module 4; no exceptions.
After successful completion of Module 4, and with approval of the Module 4 teacher, a student may then take Module 5.
A minimum of seven months must elapse between a student’s first module and the start date of Module 5, to allow for optimum understanding and learning of MHTP concepts and practices.