Group Sound Arts Therapy Training

Professional Diploma

Group Sound Arts Therapy Training (Professional Diploma)

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 distance learning option, 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?

    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. A distance learning option is also available.

  • When?

    Dates for 2022 Coming Soon

  • Course Fees

    TBC – Earlybird Course Fee
    TBC – 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
Blended Learning Option

Equipment Webinar

  • 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

Foundation Module

  • 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

  • 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

Coursework and Home Study with your chosen instruments

  • 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 different types of session and explore the therapeutic potential of the techniques

In-class Intensive

  • Put together what you’ve learned with your peers
  • Get in-class support from the tutor team
  • Gain confidence and hands-on experience with your instruments

Day 1: 9.30am – 6.30pm

Day 2: 9.30am – 6pm

Case Studies & Research Project

  • Take 6 – 9 months to complete your case studies
  • Gain valuable experience whilst being supported by BAST
  • Choose a subject to research in more depth with your peer group. Past research groups have explored chronic pain, anxiety and mood state for example. Use your findings to further your work/business and create opportunities


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: TBC

Full Course Fee: £TBC

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