Group Sound Arts Therapy Training
Distance Learning Option

Professional Diploma

Group Sound Arts Therapy Training (Professional Diploma) – Distance Learning

The sound-arts therapy course offers a range of different activities that use sound as a therapeutic and transformative art-form. These activities are participative, dynamic and creative. Group members may work on a beautiful piece of sonic art for a project, workshop or performance, or to understand and work through a difficult time in their life.

A sound-arts therapist facilitates the session with a particular set of therapeutic and/or educational outcomes in mind. These include developing communication skills, improving mood state or memory, working on motor co-ordination and reducing anxiety or promoting relaxation to name a few.

You can also take this course via a blended learning option with a face to face module if you prefer, please request a prospectus for more information.

This course is particularly beneficial for people working in (or wanting to work in) the following areas:

  • Education

  • The arts/drama

  • Mental health

  • Health Humanities

  • Complementary and mainstream healthcare

  • Personal development and self help

  • Spiritual health and development

  • Occupational Therapy

  • Sonic art/art installations

  • Community Arts or Health Projects

  • Work With

    Groups Only

  • Where?

    Study from home via virtual classroom

  • When?

    Course starts 29th March 2022

  • Course Fees

    £993 – Earlybird Course Fee Ends 31st Dec 21
    £1,092 – Full Course Fee
    Instalment Plan Available

  • Qualification

    Dip.GSAT (BAST)

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Course Contents

  • Exploring the current research in the ‘arts for health’ field
  • The neuroscience and psychology of therapeutic sound-work, community music making and improvisation
  • Your Sonic Colour Pallet – Discover the ‘sonic colours’ you will be using as you go through this course
  • Himalayan singing bowls, gongs, chimes, percussion, crystal bowls and drum and the psychology of sound will be discussed
  • Group dynamics – ‘the hats we wear’ and how to hold and facilitate a transformative and therapeutic space
  • Reflective practice – the 5Rs method of experiential processing – a way to understand ourselves more deeply
  • Soundscapes and sonic-art – explore different types of soundscape and the psychology of soundscaping
  • The therapeutic benefits of improvisation
  • How to choose the soundscape for an intended therapeutic outcome
  • Drum circle facilitation, body percussion, rhythm games and more will be explored
  • Graphic scores – transforming sound into art and vice-versa
  • Community research project – taking your work into the community to further the body of research

Course Modules & Timeline
Distance Learning Option

Equipment Webinar – From January 2022

  • Videos and presentations introduce the instruments to you
  • Good quality professional standard instruments can be hand selected for you and sent to your home via our trusted suppliers

    Foundation Module – From February 2022

    • An online course to take before the virtual classroom
    • Quizzes and interactive exercises help you check your understanding and deepen your knowledge

    Virtual Classroom 1 – 29th March – 1st April 2022

    • We will unpack the BAST Method of Sound Relaxation Arts Therapy in more depth in the comfort of your home
    • Take part in experiential exercises
    • Understand how different instruments affect mind, body and emotions in different ways
    • Discuss the application of the instruments and techniques in more depth
    • Put a soundscape together virtually
    • Explore current research in the arts for health field, sound and music psychology and neuroscience to support how and why sound can be so effective at improving health and wellbeing

    Coursework & Home Study – 2nd April for 16-18 weeks

    • Embark on a wonderful journey with your instruments
    • Articles, quizzes, coursework exercises and training videos deepen your learning
    • Coursework is estimated to take between 2 – 3 hours a week
    • Practise the sessions you have chosen to qualify in – videos and tutorials aim to support you with this process

    Virtual Classroom 2 – Tutorial – 13th May 2022

    • During this session we will check all is well with your coursework and answer any questions you may have
    • Have a valuable Q&A session with your tutors

    Practical Session – July – August 2022

    • Book a 1-2-1 or small group session with a tutor to go through the techniques in more depth.
    • Your tutor will give you feedback, support and guidance

    Virtual Classroom 3 – 7th July 2022

    • Exploring the practical sessions in more depth
    • Hypothetical case studies are explored and discussed in smaller group sessions
    • Prepare for your practical session
    • Explore your research project and case studies

    Case Studies & Research Project

    • Take 6 – 9 months to complete your case studies
    • Gain valuable experience whilst being supported by BAST
    • 2 of your 9 sessions will contribute to a research project which aims to further the field and provide work/business opportunities

    Virtual Classroom 4 – Tutorial – 18th November 2022

    • Check in with your peers and tutors
    • Discuss case studies in more depth
    • Discuss research and ongoing business/professional development


    On successful completion of this course you will be awarded a Professional Diploma in Group Sound Arts Therapy

    You can achieve a ‘pass’, ‘merit’ or ‘distinction’


    Earlybird Course Fee: £993 – you must enrol before 31st December 2021 to qualify for this discount

    Full Course Fee: £1092

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