Career Prospects For Sound & Voice Therapy
What can I do with a qualification in Sound Therapy?
Choosing the right path can be a challenge. There are so many different courses out there and with well-being on the rise, it can be really hard to find the right course to help you achieve your vision without spending a lot of unnecessary time and money to find you are at a dead-end.
I (Lyz) did exactly that myself so I know how it hurts! I was made redundant and chose to spend every penny of my redundancy on training only to find out that my qualification wouldn’t actually take me where I wanted to go to make a full-time career in therapy.
When I set up The British Academy of Sound Therapy, I made a promise that the qualifications we offered would be valuable and I always make sure I help people choose the best pathway to help them achieve their goals.
We are often asked what the career prospects are for those who choose to study Sound Therapy or Voice Therapy. Since 2000, we’ve supported many students through our programmes and we know that our courses can change people’s lives and careers for the better. We asked some of our past students how training with us has made a difference to their lives and they’d like to share their stories with you.
Massage and Holistic Voice Therapist
Courses Taken At BAST: Holistic Voice Therapy, Group Voice Therapy
All my previous work with sound had been very empirical and the course provided me with a method. That allowed me to structure all my work better. The voice is a magical, primal, deeply emotional and intuitive force.
I’ve mainly been working in groups and but am also qualified to do 1-2-1 sessions. I’ve used it to enrich my practice with pregnant couples as a pain management tool and to enhance breathing; I’ve also used it in my menstrual health workshops and women’s circles.
It’s given me the framework to start focusing on what I actually want to achieve at my practice. Additionally I love that there’s opportunities to grow within BAST. I’m now working closely with Lyz to develop a new program so the best is actually yet to come!
Michele Chong Siew Mei
Vocal teacher/Musician/Sound Therapist
Courses Taken At BAST: Practitioner Level Diploma In Sound Therapy
I have been a vocal teacher for more than 10 years. I started my therapeutic sound work slightly more than a year ago. However, all along I have been guiding and healing my students through the vocal lessons.
I am currently working as a vocal teacher in a professional music school and a sound therapist in a holistic and wellness Center. I have been using the methods for my students and clients. The methods work very well for people who have lost their sense of purpose in their life. So far 99% of people managed to gain greater clarity after the session, their emotions also changed to become more positive as well. I have helped many people who experience body problems or pain for example skin issues, thyroid problems, female health problems, lower back pain, nerve pain, insomnia, migraine, heart issues, chest pain etc. My clients experience very good results from the sessions, the average improvement rate of each client is 80% after 3 sessions.
While treating my clients, I experience benefits to my personal well-being as well. The method has helped me to observe things from different angles, including observing my own issues. On top of that, I am also better able to explain issues to my clients whenever they have any questions. They found my explanation and knowledge very professional.
Yoga Teacher Reiki Practitioner & Sound Facilitator
Courses Taken At BAST: Practitioner Level Diploma In Sound Therapy
The course has helped raise of awareness and discovered my deep connection with sound as a tool for healing. I use what I have learned with middle aged women mainly, as relief from stress and focusing on bringing more balance into their lives. I work mainly in health centres and yoga studios.
Training with BAST changed my life beyond my expectations, I found my vocation and deep love for sound therapy. Connected with yoga teaching and Reiki, like the missing piece of the puzzle has been found.
BAST Courses Taken: Professional diploma in sound therapy & group sound therapy.
Since qualifying I have been working with 1-2-1 clients & I run monthly group sound baths. I have worked in mainstream & special needs schools running sound baths & workshops. I have worked with autistic groups & elderly people with dementia & also in hospices. I have run sound baths at a number of festivals and yoga centres, often combined with yoga. This year I will also be running a weekend retreat which will be a combination of yoga & sound work.
I feel sound & the training has helped me on all levels of being & enables me to not only process things more effectively but to also have a form of work that nourishes me rather than adds stress to my life.
Andrea Lowry Offner
Courses Studying at BAST: Group Sound Therapy & Holistic Voice Therapy Diploma
As Music Therapist and Psychodramatist, I worked clinically for 15 years until I ‘retired’ and focused on my family. In 2018, whilst still a Music Therapist, my path was firmly directed more towards Sound Therapy, and specifically the BAST techniques as a part of my own personal, evolutionary process as an older therapist.
I was personally, and positively impacted by the level of acceptance and professionalism of those in the BAST administration. Having previously had some negative experiences in other training programs which were not prepared to actually teach and graduate students, I was both impacted and healed by participating in this program. I found that my questions were answered sensitively and with acceptance.The encouraging support from BAST tutors and staff was exactly what I needed to move beyond some very old blocks and to re-claim my place once more in the ranks of Therapist. I firmly believe in the harmonious and healing potential within sound – instrumental or vocal and I am committed to learning all I can about how to help myself and others maintain a place of balance and harmony.
I work primarily with older women in transition and subsequently with their children and husbands when needed. But my past experiences as Music Therapist include a broad range of populations – Geriatric Alzheimer’s units, Teens, children and Adults, Alcohol and drug units, Pain management clinic, in retirement homes and psychiatric hospitals.
Training with BAST has opened a door – that until I saw the BAST promotional materials – I thought would stay closed. I am called to begin again – and re-open my private practice. I feel called to follow this course of study and ‘up the vibration’ of my work. Now I fully embrace my role in this evolving and fulfilling field.
Sound Therapy Practitioner (Student)
Courses Studying At BAST: Practitioner Level Diploma
I quit my job in retail that I have been in for 7 years. The course provided me with a clearer idea of what it is that I wanted to do in life. I now work as a Music Practitioner and Group Leader with Disabled People, giving disabled adults and children the opportunity to be who they want to be as visible and valuable members of the community. I am now providing calming or stimulating sessions and social opportunities for disabled adults and children. I work in Dementia Centres, Special schools for children and young people aged 3-19 years, who have severe learning disabilities and I have a private practice. The course taught me to start allowing time for mindfulness for myself and others.
Courses Taken At BAST: Holistic Voice Therapy
Training with BAST has improved my listening skills, my patience and compassion with people.
I am now working in many areas including Private Practice, adult group therapy sessions, children and babies with severe health issues such as Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy and Brain trauma as well as muscle tension and Colic. I’ve worked with mild to moderate mental health issues in teenagers and adults and have had positive results with a range of conditions including kidney problems, Limes disease, Lupus and Tinnitus.
When you qualify with the British Academy of Sound Therapy, we’ll make sure you have all the tools you need to be a successful sound or voice practitioner. You can take your skills into many professional environments, these are just a few!
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