hr2hr2What Is Harp Therapy? 

For centuries, the beneficial relationship between music and healing has been well established. We now have substantial documentation of the responsiveness to and appreciation of music by peoples of all ages and cultures. Music played on the harp has several unique healing properties. The resonance from the strings, including the range of pitch and tonal color, set up an important relationship between the sound and the recipient. Historically, the harp has been a symbol of relief and comfort


3harpskeyverpicPractitioner graduates of the International Harp Therapy Program use all sizes of harps with the intention of supporting the recipient’s goal of healing. This goal may be emotional, physical, mental or spiritual in nature. The soothing sounds of the harp not only can enhance the quality of life, but create the possibility of interactive work in which the recipient might play the harp. Working with the therapeutic harp is as varied as our clients.


JOIN US in Cedar Falls, IOWA August 11-13, 2017 for our Bi-Annual CONFERENCE!

Everyone is invited to our bi-annual IHTP Conference. Those interested in learning more about Therapeutic Music and those wishing to gain harp skills.  Graduates of the program will automatically receive the 20 required Continuing Education Credits.  Current Students will meet classmates and enjoy an abundance of interesting workshops and those thinking about a career in therapeutic harp/voice work are invited to come and see what it is all about.

Prior to the conference, we will hold a Skills workshop in Albert Lea, MN – a 2 hour drive away from August 8-11.  Then we will parade on down to the conference where Gaylord Stauffer puts on an incredible show!

We have exciting offerings at the conference!
Rodney Schwan and Christina will be rolling out a new program: Color My World with Sensory Wellness through Aroma and Sound for Holistic Health Practitioners, Nurses and Healthcare Providers.   You are not going to want to miss this exciting new venture.  It is the next step in bring more attention to IHTP work and integrating it with modalities that bring wellness to many people!

Here are more exciting offerings at the conference:
Jeanne Martin – Music, Mythology, and Medicine,  the Ancient Roots of Therapeutic Harp
Tami Briggs – offering two workshops: HEALING Vibrations  Harp/Hands, and Using Intentionality for the Harp.
Dayle Olson will be presenting tools to work with Special Needs and he and Christina will show the newly developed Rainbow Bubble Program.
Gaylord Stauffer –  Sound Vibrations – How they Work and how they affect objects. [animate and inanimate]
Marianne Lounsbury –  The Power of Art and Music.   This is a program that she is using in the Parker Adventist Hospital. For those of you who have heard her harp music, you will think you have gone to heaven!

Prior to the conference, we will hold a Skills workshop in Albert Lea, MN for interested people (or anyone) with Rachel Christensen – a 2 hour drive away from August 8-11.  Then we will parade on down to the conference where Gaylord Stauffer puts on an incredible conference!

Following the conference, we will be holding the Level 2 (ESM Experiential Specialty Module) on finding Resonant Tone and how to implement it. This is where all the magic happens!

There will also be an opportunity after the conference for you to do your internship with Rachel Christensen in Albert Lea. You will be able to get 25 hours of your required 80 hours by working with her in her facilities.

The cost of the Conference is $185 before June 15, 2017 and $200. after June 15, 2017.  Please click on this link below to register for any or all of the wonderful activities taking place.  And bring the family – there are wonderful things for the family to do!  Gaylord will send you a Welcome packet when you register!




 International Harp Therapy Program
COMPLETE STUDY-AT-HOME with no travel!



The newly revised IHTP consists of five Units.  Units 1-3 provide the foundational courses.  Unit 4 is the introduction to resonance study and Unit 5 is the Interactive component and clinical rotation. The student may work at their own pace, but each Unit must be completed in 6 months. In addition to the Units, the student will need to complete their internship in order to graduate the program and receive their certification.

NOTE to all potential applications to the International Harp Therapy Program: We are requiring that all applicants have studied the first 3 Creative Harping DVD lessons: #1 –  How To Find The Mode and submit the QUIZ; #2 – DORIAN and #3 – AEOLIAN Modes and will submit a 3-4 min. recording with a segue into the improvisation with their application form.  #1 Lesson is FREE online. If you are in need of coaching by a skype teacher, please contact our office.  CONTACT.


Our NEW STUDENT HANDBOOK is now available! 
Please download this PDF and study it well.


Download Student Handbook Here


We have 78 students and our 2017 Class! Our next intake is Sept. 1, 2017.  Applications are now being accepted with recordings from the Creative Harping DVD Series –  Dorian and Aeolian Modes. You can get much of your work done by working on the Music Development (Creative Harping required 10 DVD Lessons) and the Required Readings. You will find requirements HERE while working on your preparatory lessons until the new Campus doors open.


 OPTIONS for Study

1. The Complete AT-HOME Study Program
Next Opening is Sept. 1, 2017

2.  One week attendance Programs

ESM – July 7-11, Hong Kong in conjunction with the World Harp Congress
Level 1 – July 22-29, 2017 –  Heythuysen Netherlands
Intro and Skills building – August 8-11, 2017 –  Albert Lea, Minnesota
Level 2 – August 14-19 – Albert Lea, Minnesota
(IHTP Conference August 12-13, 2017 – Cedar Falls, Iowa)
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Why is the International Harp Therapy Program Unique?

 The International Harp Therapy Program trains its practitioners in the following areas:

  • To learn an “enabling language” to help bring out the best in all people (through studies in Psychology and Counseling)
  • To understand the scientific and concrete aspects of sound vibrations
  • To develop intuition and be open to asking “What is willing to meet me” from a patient.
  • To develop a collection of musical tools in which to draw upon for appropriate occasions
  • To hold the spiritual realm of every being

2. The International Harp Therapy Program endorses a balance between music, medicine and spirituality.

3. Certified Practitioners offer both bedside music (repertoire from many genres) and interactive work with patients.

4. At the core of the program, the practitioner recognizes that each individual has their own Resonant tone, style of musical preference, mood, and their own rhythm. Combining these elements, the practitioner offers the client or patient their own personal musical journey or “their own cradle of sound” to help them in emotional, mental, physical and spiritual healing.

Harp playing relaxes, energizes, soothes, and heals the youngest of children and oldest of adults.

    • Releases emotional pain
    • Improves short-term memory and attention span
    • Increases social interaction
    • Builds self-esteem
    • Relieves stress


About Christina Tourin and her work

Christina is a music therapist having studied under the tutelage of Barbara Crowe at Arizona State University. Her main focus is CONVERGENCE – bringing together all those who use music, sound and the arts for enrichment and well-being.

Author of the respected and comprehensive book A Cradle of Sound, is a second generation harpist, who began playing harp at the age of four. She received her Music Therapy degree from Arizona State University. She is the founder and director of the International Harp Therapy Program. She has 15 recordings distributed internationally and has performed extensively worldwide. 



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