Graduation requirements listed below are more or less in order of required completion.  A condensed version of this list is handed out in Module 1 to be used as a checklist to help you track completion toward graduation requirements.  The Handbook for Students and Graduates gives additional details, and each of these requirements is discussed in depth during classes.

Completion of All Required MODULes

All modules must be satisfactorily completed before beginning your Independent Practicum.  Modules 1, 2, and 3 must be completed before you can attend Module 4, which must be completed before taking Module 5.  At least seven months must elapse between your taking Module 1 and the beginning of Module 5.  MHTP will not allow any exceptions to this ordering of classes or this time frame.

Required Reading/Book REVIEWS

Two books must be chosen from the selections listed in the current Handbook for Students and Graduates for each of the five modules.   To enhance your learning experience, both books must be read before each module, with the exception of your first module.  A brief, 300-word review of each book must be sent, before each module, to your Advisor.  In this review, you might discuss, for example, what was learned from the book. Was it exciting, enlightening, inspiring?  What was useful (or not)? Would you recommend it to others?

All ten book reviews must be completed before beginning your Independent Practicum.


This required written exam covers information from all five modules.  You take the exam as soon as possible after completion of all modules and before beginning your Independent Practicum.  The exam is "open book"; you may use any notes, handouts, readings, etc. from all modules.  However, you may not consult with another person before submitting the completed exam.

When you have completed all modules, you inform your Advisor.  The Advisor reviews your module evaluations to ensure you have satisfactorily completed all module requirements.  The Advisor then contacts the Advisor Administrator, who requests that the Exam Administrator send the exam to you.  You then have  30 days after receipt of the exam to complete and return it to the Exam Administrator.

After reviewing the exam, the Exam Administrator sends it to your Advisor and the Advisor Administrator.  You must make any needed corrections before receiving approval from your Advisor to begin your Independent Practicum.  If there are so many errors that you have failed the exam (35% of the answers wrong), further student will be required (to be determined on a case-by-case basis) before beginning your Independent Practicum.

Repertoire List

A written list of therapeutic music you play/sing must be completed before beginning your Independent Practicum.

This list must be organized according to the patient conditions and therapeutic music types taught in the MHTP modules.  At least 90 minutes of playing/singing must be learned (but not memorized) and practiced regularly, covering all patient conditions.

Pre-Independent Practicum Interview with Advisor

A mandatory phone interview must be held with your Advisor, before beginning your Independent Practicum.  You will be asked to play/sing for all patient conditions and to answer some questions to determine readiness for your Independent Practicum.

Independent Practicum

This is a partial list of healthcare facilities that have welcomed MHTP students while completing their Independent Practicums:

  • Alabama (Birmingham) – Cooper Green Hospital
  • Arizona(Flagstaff) – Flagstaff Medical Center
  • California (San Jose) – O'Connor Hospital
  • Colorado (Aurora) – Children's Hospital
  • Colorado (Denver) – North Suburban Hospital
  • Colorado (Denver) – St. Anthony’s Central – Denver
  • Connecticut (Danbury) – Danbury Hospital
  • Florida (St. Petersburg) – Bon Secours Maria Manor
  • Florida (St. Petersburg) – St. Anthony’s Hospital
  • Florida (Tampa) – Moffitt Cancer Center
  • Florida (Tampa) – Tampa General Hospital
  • Georgia (Atlanta) – Northside Hospital
  • Indiana (Evansville) – St. Mary's Medical Center
  • Indiana (Indianapolis) – Methodist Hospital Clarian Health
  • Indiana (Indianapolis) – St. Vincent's Hospital
  • Maryland (Anne Arundel) – Anne Arundel General Hospital
  • Maryland (Baltimore) – Mercy Hospital
  • Maryland (Baltimore) – University of Maryland Medical Center
  • Michigan (Ann Arbor) – University of Michigan Medical Center
  • New Hampshire (Concord) – Concord Hospital
  • New Jersey (Livingston) - St. Barnabas Medical Center
  • New York (Hudson) – Columbia-Memorial Hospital
  • New York (Peekskill) – Phelps Hospice
  • Pennsylvania (Lancaster) – Hospice of Lancaster County
  • Virginia (Charlottesville) – University of Virginia Medical Center
  • Washington (Federal Way) – St. Francis Hospital
  • Washington (Seattle) – Highline Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Washington (Seattle) – Providence Medical Center

For graduation, 45 hours of clinical experience in approved medical facilities/settings are required.  A typical therapeutic music session lasts 20 to 30 minutes; therefore, an MHTP student typically plays for 100 to 120 patients during the Practicum.  MHTP requires that all 45 hours be done one-on-one with individual patients.  If this is not possible, at least 30 Practicum hours must be one-on-one, and up to 15 hours, with Advisor's pre-approval, may be for small groups of no more than three patients as long as each patient can be separately observed and documented.  At least 20 hours of the Practicum must be completed in a hospital.  (Independent Practicum is covered in detail in Module 4.)

A student is required to complete all five modules, sign the Code of Ethics & Conduct and Scope of Practice, submit all ten book reviews, submit the Repertoire List, successfully complete the Module Exam, and have a Pre-Independent Practicum interview with the Advisor before beginning the Independent Practicum.  The Advisor and Module 5 teacher determine if your musical skills are adequate for you to proceed to Practicum. 

The Handbook for Students and Graduates gives further details about Independent Practicum requirements.

Patient Logs during Independent Practicum

Documentation of all Practicum hours must be done by completing one MHTP Patient Log for each patient.  (Covered in detail in Module 4.)

Patient Logs are sent to your Advisor, who reviews each one and gives you feedback on any needed changes.  If you have not satisfactorily completed Logs, you may have to re-write and re-submit to the Advisor.  Only after the Advisor has approved a Log can the time on it be applied to the 45 hours required for your Practicum.

On-site Liaison Form

This form is to be completed by a liaison (usually your supervisor) at each facility where you do your Practicum.  (Covered in detail in Module 4.)

Graduation Recording

This is a CD or other easily accessible format (agreed upon with your Advisor), no longer than 30 minutes, with sufficient sound quality so that the music is clearly discernible.  The recording is to demonstrate your ability in and understanding of therapeutic music as taught in MHTP modules and equally demonstrate music of all patient conditions.  It must include and demonstrate proficiency in all instruments/voice in which you wish to be certified.  Improvisation may be used. 

The recording is sent to your Advisor for review after completion of your Independent Practicum.

Final Summary

This one-page report summarizes your experiences with MHTP, including what was learned, a description of your own self-nurturing practices, and especially any constructive criticism or feedback for improving the Program.


Self-Nurturing.  Students are required to practice daily some form of self-nurturing, such as meditation, guided imagery, journaling, exercise (e.g., walking, running, Tai Chi, yoga, aerobics), or whatever best suits each individual.  This is for stress management, self-discovery, and the well-being that is essential in doing effective healing work.  If necessary, your Advisor may be able to recommend optional self-nurturing programs to help fill this requirement.

Music Lessons. If you are not yet musically ready to play for patients, lessons with a teacher of your choice are required.  This decision will be made by MHTP teachers and staff during your course of study.  If you are uncertain whether or not  lessons are needed, the MHTP staff (Advisor, teachers) will help determine this.  You are responsible for arranging and paying for your own lessons.

Extensions for Program Completion

MHTP prefers that a student complete the Program in two years and requires that it be completed within three years from the date of the first module attended.  If you are approaching the three-year completion deadline and are unable to complete the Program, you must request an extension from your Advisor at least two weeks prior to the deadline and also complete a Six-Month Extension Form, which will be reviewed by the Advisor Administrator.  You must pay $100 for each extension directly to your Advisor once the extension is approved.  A maximum of two six-month extensions may be requested.  If you still have not completed the Program after two extensions (i.e., one year), you are required to re-apply to the Program and meet any new requirements, which may include repeating modules.

Final Approval and Certification

When you have satisfactorily completed all modules; submitted all book reviews, MHTP Exam, Repertoire List, Independent Practicum hours and all Patient Logs, On-site Liaison Forms, Graduation Recording, and Final Summary; and have received a favorable evaluation interview report from your Advisor, the Graduation Administrator advises Directors to approve and issue your Certified Music Practitioner (CMP) certificate.

This certificate indicates to healthcare professionals that you have the clinical and musical knowledge necessary to effectively and competently do CMP work.  MHTP certification is restricted to only the instrument(s)/voice used during your module training and Independent Practicum.

Upon graduation, you will receive from the Graduate Administrator a CMP pin, certificate, and a packet of information.

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