Student Review on Practitioner Level Diploma in Sound Therapy Course

Written by Joanna Bates My PLD journey began at the worst time imaginable – maybe… Within days of committing to the Practitioner Level Diploma Course in Sound Therapy for 2020 (monetarily and psychologically) along with a good many other students in several countries around the globe – the world seemed to stop in its tracks. February 2020 was exactly the …

Alzheimer’s Awareness Month – BAST Alumni Gary’s journey with a client

September is Alzheimer’s Awareness month and aims to raise awareness and challenge the stigma surrounding the disease. Lots of research has been undertaken about how sound and music can help to relieve behavioural and emotional symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease. British neurologist Oliver Sacks states that music is processed more widely in the brain than any other activity that we do. …

The Crossing Places – an Exploration of Transitions

The borders between land and water, mountain and sky and forest and plain have long been considered to hold special meaning and have been honoured with offerings, shrines and temples for millennia.  As we emerge from lock-down we find ourselves at another significant crossing place and many of us are feeling anxious as we move into this new phase.  In …

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Boost Your Immune System By Singing – Insight Timer Course

After our very successful sleep and anxiety courses in 2020, we are truly delighted to bring to you our brand new course on Insight Timer, How singing can boost your immune system.  With the Covid-19 pandemic taking its toll on many of us over the past year, it’s more important than ever right now to keep our immune system at …

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Happy Solstice

Today is the winter solstice – the shortest day. Roughly translated solstice means ‘sun standing still’. It is a time when the sun appears to pause before reversing the direction of its seasonal path across the sky.  The winter solstice is the perfect time for reflection, it is the darkest time before the days start to lengthen – a time to …

Sleep Soundly in 5 Days for Insight Timer

We are delighted to present a new course developed for Insight Timer – Sleep Soundly In 5 Days. Insomnia is a growing problem that many associate with. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), ‘insufficient sleep is a public health epidemic linked to motor vehicle crashes, industrial disasters, and medical or other occupational errors’. There are also links between …

What’s New At BAST for 2021

Introducing the 2021 prospectus, a new course and our big announcement…online courses!Those of you on our mailing list will already have received our 2021 prospectus and we’re excited to be sharing it to the public! New Distance Learning Courses The COVID-19 pandemic presented us with a massive learning curve this year – how could we continue to deliver high quality …

Overcoming Anxiety Using Sound Programme on Insight Timer

Our research over the last 25 years has showed that our music and sound therapy techniques really help people with wide range of stress related conditions including chronic pain, insomnia and anxiety. With this in mind, we were thrilled when the world’s number one meditation app, Insight Timer approached Lyz recently to create a programme for their users which aimed …

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Reflection on 20 years of teaching Sound Therapists

The British Academy of Sound Therapy is celebrating it’s 20th birthday this year, we aren’t sure where the time has gone! We were hoping to celebrate with a sonic boom, however Covid-19 has put a rain-check on any celebrations for now. Over the past 20 years, our teaching methods, research and position in the holistic industry has grown enormously, and …

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Face The Music – Singing For Younger Looking Skin With FOREO

We were asked by technology experts at FOREO to understand whether singing can be good for your skin and if so, how? We’ve known about the benefits of singing for health and wellbeing for decades – this is something we teach our students during our Voice Therapy courses. FOREO asked us to conduct a research project to investigate whether the …

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Our Sonic Sound Art Challenge

Due to the COVID-19 situation the theoretical parts of our professional diploma courses were held in virtual classrooms.  The Professional Diploma in Group Sound Art Therapy students were asked to create a soundscape piece and were given a piece of art as inspiration (see below). The aim of the soundscape was ‘to paint what you see using sound’.  We divided …

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Sonic Art and Therapeutic Soundscapes

At The British Academy of Sound Therapy (BAST), we use different kinds of soundscape for a range of different therapeutic outcomes. But what is a Soundscape and what is the therapeutic benefits of performing or interacting with one?What is a soundscape?There are different types of soundscape. Bernie Krauss, the grandfather of soundscape recorders, began archiving natural soundscapes from around the …

5 top tips for using sound and music to thrive during lockdown

Feeling anxious, on edge or low is common right now. Coronavirus lockdown isn’t easy and everyone is coping differently. It’s an unprecedented time and keeping safe and well has never been so important. Uplifting your mood state can boost your immune system so we have got some tips to keep you cheerful and relaxed during this outbreak 1) Listen to …

Project Global Sound team up with Peace One Day

And we need you. Project Global Sound is back! Having been established in 2011 in order to promote health, wellbeing and unity across the globe through sound, the resounding success has meant we are doing it all over again. This year has seen us couple with Peace One Day to not only promote peace but also to unite people in …

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When You’re Feeling Down, Get Down! Sound & Music to Boost Your Mood

“…music occupies more areas of our brain than language does – humans are a musical species” Oliver Sacks  Sound is such a powerful vehicle for eliciting and communicating human emotion. In this post I will talk about how, as a sound therapist and therapeutic music composer, I use sound and music to boost your mood, enhance mood state and help improve …

Great Expectations – Using musical expectancy in sound therapy

Lyz Cooper MA, MSc, FICNM Introduction This article intends to provide some insight into musical expectancy and how we, at The British Academy of Sound Therapy (BAST), use it to help improve health and well-being. I will also give some tips as to how to bring sound and music into your life to help improve your mood-state.  Despite our upbringing, …