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 24th March 2021

  • Course Fees

    £946 – Earlybird Course Fee
    £1,084 – 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 – 12th February 2021

  • Videos and presentations introduce the instruments to you
  • Choose the best equipment to suit your needs – help will be provided
  • Playing technique tutorials will get you started and practising at home
  • The instruments can be shipped to your home

    Foundation Module – 19th February 2021

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

    Virtual Classroom – 24th – 26th March

    • We will unpack the BAST Method of Sound Relaxation Therapy in more depth in the comfort of your home
    • Take part in experiential exercises and small group sessions
    • Practise playing techniques and experience sound-bath sessions
    • 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

    9.30am – 2pm plus 1-2 hours in the afternoon/evening in your own time

    Distance Learning with your chosen instruments – 29th March – 3rd September

    • 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 – 9th – 10th September

    • Exploring the practical sessions in more depth
    • Hypothetical case studies are explored and discussed in smaller group sessions
    • Prepare for the practical assessment

    9.30am – 2pm plus 1-2 hours in the afternoon/evening in your own time

    Practical Assessment

    • Send in a video of you giving your session(s)
    • Your own personal tutor will give you feedback and guidance

    Case Studies & Research Project

    • Take 6 – 9 months to complete your case studies
    • Gain valuable experience whilst being supported by BAST
    • Webinars help you through this rewarding part of your learning journey
    • Join your peers and mentor for the research webinar


    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: £946 – you must enrol before 31st January 2021 to qualify for this discount

    Full Course Fee: £1,084

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