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:

An application packet requires two documents (both are found at www.mhtp.orgor are available from the MHTP Administrative Office), submitted at the same time:

  • MHTP Student Application Form

  • Statement of Agreement (final page of Application Form)

The $195 Application Fee ($25 of which is non-refundable) must be included with your completed application packet.  

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 (not by you) to the Application Administrative Office:

MHTP Administrative Office
712 H Street NE Suite 1420
Washington, DC 20002

And Then What Happens?

After the Administrative Office receives your 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 email with instructions for setting up tuition payments, and you will be assigned an Advisor. 

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 six weeks  prior to the date of the first module that you wish to attend. However, exceptions can be made. To apply when a module is less than six weeks from your application date, email the MHTP Administrative Office ( to discuss the timing.

On-site modules may be taken at any site convenient for you.  Some students choose to attend multiple sites to complete the modules.  MHTP modules generally are limited to 15 students so that our Teachers can best serve our students. 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.