Group Sound Arts Therapy Training

Professional Diploma

Group Sound Arts Therapy Training (Professional Diploma)

This course is perfect for anyone wanting to work with sound-arts for health and wellbeing. During the course we will be learning how to create a range of different sessions using the sound as a therapeutic and creative art-form. We will explore improvisation, sonic-art, soundscapes, drum circles and community music making. We will also look at how to create a wealth of different sessions from simple music making to notation, story-telling and spectacular performances! This course is particularly beneficial for people working in (or wanting to work in) the following areas:

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    The arts/drama

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    Mental health

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    Health Humanities

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    Complementary and mainstream healthcare

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    Personal development and self help

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    Spiritual health and development

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    Occupational Therapy

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    Sonic art/art installations

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    Community Arts or Health Projects

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    University of Chichester Bognor Regis Campus, Upper Bognor Rd, Bognor Regis, PO21 1HR

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    7th May – 10th May 2020

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    Earlybird Fee £860
    Earlybird Deadline 31st January 2020

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    Dip.GSAT (BAST)

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    For Groups

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Full Course Details In Depth

The intensive module will run 7th May – 10th May 2020.

‘Fundamental’ – A module delivered though the online Learning Zone

  • The key concepts and research underpinning sound-arts therapy.
  • Introducing the BAST Method of Group Sound Arts Therapy
  • Exploring the neuroscience and psychology of therapeutic sound-work, community music making and improvisation
  • Complete the online module at home in your own time before the module

Day 1 – The Sonic Colour Pallet

Discover the ‘sonic colours’ we will be using as we go through this course. Himalayan singing bowls, gongs, chimes, percussion, crystal bowls and drum will be explored and the psychology of sound discussed.

Day 2 – Soundscapes and Sonic-art

We will explore different types of soundscape, the psychology of soundscaping and improvisation and how to ‘sculpt’ sound for different therapeutic outcome

Day 3 – Rhythm, Percussion and Movement

We will discover how rhythm and movement can be beneficial for a wide range of conditions due to the way the human brain has evolved. Drum circle facilitation, body percussion, rhythm games and more will all be explored.

Day 4 – Creating Therapeutic Performances

We will look at graphic scores and how to transform art into sound and vice-versa. Together we will create a performance of sound, art and movement. We will discuss and experience the far-reaching application of this work as well as the community project we will be doing together.

Coursework and Home-study
11th May – 3rd August

During a three month period you will immerse yourself in therapeutic sound through interactive exercises on the Learning Zone as well as practical exercises with your instruments. There is also further information including articles, videos and quizzes. Coursework is estimated to take 2 – 3 hours a week.

Case Studies and Webinars
1st September for 6 – 9 months

Put everything you have learned into practice during a 6 – 9 month case study period. You will receive lesson plans, support and webinars to help you through this rewarding part of your learning journey.

Community Project

This course requires you to take part in a community project. Together we will work on our chosen project coordinated and supported by Nicola Kelly, a BAST graduate Mentor with 20 years experience in Community Work specialising in the Arts for Health and Wellbeing. There will be webinars, meetings and templates to support you on the Learning Zone. BAST will collate the final audio files, visuals and data that you’ve gathered individually and create a final project presentation to benefit all.


Earlybird Fee: £860

Full Course Fee: £985

To Qualify For The Earlybird Price, Enrol Before 31st January 2020. After this, full fees apply.

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