Sound Therapy

Practitioner Level Diploma

Practitioner Level Diploma in Sound Therapy

The Practitioner Level Sound Therapy Diploma will teach you the skills to become a professional sound therapist. Our method of sound therapy (known as The BAST Method) uses specific playing techniques to affect the brain and nervous system, producing a therapeutic effect for the mind, body and emotions. We also use a method of self-reflection and self-enquiry known as ‘The 5Rs’ which helps us to understand the impact that our symptoms and/or life situation is having on us and empowers us to move forward in a life-affirming and positive way.

We draw on the latest developments in sound cognition, music psychology and medical ethno-musicology to inform our work as well as our own research and development spanning 22 years. Although this is a 1-2-1 therapy course you are able to apply the techniques learned to groups as well. The combination of specific techniques and reflective enquiry (see what is sound therapy for more information on our method) enables you to work in a deep and potentially transformative way with a wide range health conditions.

Sound therapy diploma training



Fundamental Module

Before the first 5 day intensive starts your learning will begin as we introduce some of the key concepts we will be working with on the course through the BAST Learning Zone, our easy to use interactive online platform.


Module 1 – 5 Day Intensive

This module is highly experiential with many soundbaths and sessions given to enable you feel the therapeutic benefits of sound first-hand. Drill down into the concepts of therapeutic sound and explore the principles and theories behind working with sound in a therapeutic context and have fun practicing techniques. Himalayan and crystal singing bowls, voice (toning, overtoning, mantra) drum, gong and therapeutic percussion will all be explored and the therapeutic application of these tools will be discussed to enable you to make a decision regarding which instruments to study.


Instrument Choices

After the first 5 day module you should have all of the information needed to be able to choose which instruments you would like to study in more depth (if you don’t already know before-hand). Between modules you will have coursework to enable you to study these instruments in more depth.

You will be required to select a minimum of 3 and maximum of 4 instruments to complete your qualification. Once chosen, the instrument ‘Pods’ will then be added to your individually created pathway in the BAST Learning Zone and comprise videos, articles, information, sound recordings and related research.

Your instrument options:

Introduction to using the Voice & Passive Voice Therapy
To receive a voice therapy session is a very personal experience. Voice-work can also be very beneficial for managing stress and pain if the client uses their own voice. We will explore the anatomy & physiology of the vocal mechanism, postural awareness and its relationship with the voice, breath-work, vocal care and voice-work for therapeutic use. How to give a treatment using vowel sounds (toning), pitch, vocal techniques and overtone (harmonic) singing.

Himalayan Bowl Therapy – on and off body
The Himalayan singing bowls are gentle and nurturing and are therefore very beneficial for people with stress related symptoms as well as those needing deep relaxation. We will explore the playing techniques and application of Himalayan singing bowls in depth. There is also an on-the-body Himalayan bowl massage which can help relieve muscle tension and pain.

Gong Therapy
The gong has a wide dynamic range and can be both gentle and nurturing as well as powerful and physical. We will explore the gong in a therapeutic context, stance, breath-work the use of more than one gong in a treatment. We will also look at different playing techniques including flumi work and how to create a ‘gong score’ for maximum therapeutic effect.

Crystal bowls
Crystal bowls create have a unique sound which encourages deep relaxation and release. This module will explore the psychology of musical intervals, different playing techniques and the practical application of this unique and beautiful instrument.

Drum Therapy
The drum is one of the most physical instruments we use in our method. We will look at the use of different rhythms in a therapeutic context, a technique called the ‘rhythm of life’, brainwave entrainment and drum massage.

Mantra Therapy
A beautiful methodology using the ancient practice of mantra. Using the Vedic model of chakras and nadis (the subtle energy system) as well as using mantra to induce an altered state of consciousness, Mantra therapists have a menu of many mantras to choose from. This module includes Bija mantra, the 1000 petal lotus and many others.

Tuning Fork Therapy*
This method involves basic Kinesiology (muscle testing) as a tool for selecting the forks as well as where to play them over the body. With this method you can work with fears, phobias, traumatic events and limiting beliefs and unhelpful thought patterns.


Module 2 – 5 Day Intensive

We meet again for a sound extravaganza! Practical skills learned through your Instrument Pods will be practised and developed over the next five days and therapeutic application discussed in depth. We will also practise transitioning from one instrument to the other to enhance musical emotion.  We will also explore music psychology, in-depth self-enquiry, diagnosis methods and the application of certain techniques in specific cases and with particular client groups.


Case Study Sessions

The case study sessions are a way to develop your playing and treatment techniques. A very large percentage of the clients being treated by our students give wonderful feedback and the case study period also serves to build your business whilst still training.

If you choose 3 instruments to study you will be required to see 5 people once a week for 4 weeks per instrument. If you choose 4 instruments you will be required to see 4 people once a week for 4 weeks per instrument. You can take 6 – 12 months to complete this process.


Webinar Programme

During the case study process you can get support through recorded webinars and podcasts as well as information and articles on the Learning Zone to support you through your case study period as well as give you tips to help you to build a successful healthy sound business. Lyz Cooper will also hold one or two live webinar sessions during your training where you can ask questions directly, and you are also welcome to email the office at any time.



A theory exam will be held online and at the end of the case study period you will be required to submit a video showing a practical session for assessment.

*The Tuning Fork Therapy module is a Continuing Professional Development Module because the approach is very different to the usual BAST method of sound therapy. It can be taken as an additional module to the 3 or 4 of the modules required in order to complete the Practitioner Level Diploma in Sound Therapy qualification.  This module is delivered as a weekend face-to-face course held at the University of Chichester.

Starting 2018


Earlybird Core Curriculum Fee – £1089

Full Core Curriculum Fee – £1197

Plus £218 (Earlybird) or £242 (full fee) per instrument pod

To enrol now or make an enquiry – click here or call 01243 544454

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