Group Sound Arts Therapy Training

Professional Diploma

Group Sound Arts Therapy Training (Professional Diploma)

On our Sound-arts course you will learn how to create and facilitate group sessions which use sound as a therapeutic art-form.

We will explore how to create and facilitate drum circles, improvisation, sonic-art, soundscapes, community music making, notation, story-telling and spectacular performances!

There is increasing recognition that engaging in creative activities can help to significantly improve health and wellbeing. This course combines participant creativity with the therapeutic benefits of sound, movement and group participation resulting in sessions which are fun, engaging and therapeutic for all ages.

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?

    A blend of home study & 1 class-room based module held at University of Chichester Bognor Regis Campus, Upper Bognor Rd, Bognor Regis, PO21 1HR

  • When?

    7th May – 10th May 2020

  • Course Fees

    £985 – Full Course Fee
    Instalment Plan Available

  • Qualification

    Dip.GSAT (BAST)

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Full Course Details In Depth

‘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

The class-room based intensive module at the University of Chichester, Bognor Regis campus will run 7th May – 10th May 2020

Day 1 – The Sonic Colour Palette

Learn how to create a “sonic colour palette” using a range of different instruments from the tiniest little chime to a large gong. The psychology of sound will also be 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 outcomes

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

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

Put everything you have learned into practice during a 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.


The beauty of working with sound arts therapy is you do not need a large amount of equipment and you can buy instruments that are appropriate to the groups you are working with.

A few hundred pounds will buy you all you need to start working as a successful sound arts therapist. To make getting started easier we offer an optional pack that comprises chimes, bells, shakers of different kinds, a drum, a Himalayan bowl and a throw to put everything on – that’s everything you would need to create a huge range of different sound-art therapy sessions.


Full Course Fee: £985

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