A combination of features makes MHTP unique in its training approach.

Face-to-face, person-to-person, Hands-on

Classes are IN PERSON throughout the United States and Canada. Live, experiential classes offer many benefits, with opportunities for questions, ideas, and music shared among fellow students and teachers, and life-long camaraderie of fellow students. See where classes are currently being held.

The final module (Module 5) consists of in-depth supervision by MHTP’s teachers who are all highly experienced medical professionals.  This module prepares students to begin their independent clinical practicum through a clinical experience of playing/singing for patients in a hospital as part of the module experience.  This culminating module brings therapeutic music theory into practice for students in a face-to-face, supportive manner. See descriptions of all MHTP module classes.


MHTP certifies vocalists and musicians who play a broad variety of acoustic instruments. Some examples are guitar, piano, cello, double bass, violin, viola, various flutes, recorders, dulcimers, clarinet, mandolin, mandocello, autoharp, tambura, kalimba, lyre, ukulele, harmonica, accordion, psaltery...the list goes on:  see our CMP Directory.

Regularly updated curriculum

MHTP professionally updates its curriculum annually to maintain currency with changes in healthcare, new research on music’s effects for healing, best business practices for this profession, and more.

A unique organizational structure among therapeutic music programs

MHTP is the only 501(c)(3) not-for-profit therapeutic musician training program, supported solely through tuition and donations.

Unlike other therapeutic music programs, MHTP has a working, volunteer Board of Directors who govern the organization, an Executive Director who runs day-to-day activities, a variety of other staff and contractors (e.g., MHTP’s faculty of highly-skilled and experienced teachers), Area Coordinators, and an Advisor assigned to support each student through that student’s training.   MHTP is deeply invested in helping each and every student succeed in their studies and after graduation.

Post-graduate assistance

There are many ways to keep in touch with MHTP graduates and for graduates to share with one another. These deep listening opportunities help MHTP Directors determine how they govern the program to continually improve it.

MHTP continues to develop many avenues for graduates to earn appropriate CEUs in cost-effective ways after graduation.

The bi-annual conference is offered in different locations, to present to MHTP students, CMPs, other therapeutic musicians, and anyone interested in therapeutic music, the latest findings in therapeutic uses of music; presentations by leaders in the field, both from a musical and a medical perspective; the opportunity to network, share, and make music with like-minded persons; and much more.

Are you ready to start your journey?

There are other excellent programs accredited by the National Standards Board for Therapeutic Music from which to choose when embarking upon the study of therapeutic music.  There are many differences to consider.  For example, some programs are on-line/distance learning only, some are classroom only, some are a hybrid.  Some programs train for only certain instruments (e.g., harp), others (including MHTP) train for a variety of instruments and voice.  Some are held in a single location, some (including MHTP) offer training at multiple sites.

If MHTP is the program for you, then apply to be a student with MHTP. If you are still not sure, we are happy to answer any questions you might have. Please contact us.