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The British Academy of Sound Therapy

Dedicated to improving health and well-being using therapeutic sound and music.

The British Academy of Sound Therapy provide award winning courses that teach people how to use sound in their community to improve health and well-being. BAST have also been conducting ongoing research and development since 1994 which gives our courses a scientific, well documented foundation. Our aim is to give our students the knowledge and skills to be able to develop professional and safe businesses using tried and tested techniques. Our vision is to continue to raise awareness of this important field with training courses, projects, events and a growing range of products.

Whether it is the sound of the dawn chorus, a breeze through the trees on a summer’s day or your favourite music track that always brings you to tears, the ability that sound and music has to move us is well recognised. Sound Therapy can be used to encourage mindfulness, self awareness and calming which in turn can encourage healing through stress relief. There is increasing interest in the transformative power of sound and music, Daniel Levitin and Oliver Sacks have helped popularise this field with their best-selling publications.

At some point in our lives we have all been moved by sound or music. Our Sound Therapy research helps us understand why sound has such a profound effect on the mind and body. This is something we teach our students in every course they take.

Our Sound Therapy Courses

Group Sound Arts Therapy (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. >>>

Group Sound Therapy (Professional Diploma)

This course is packed full of techniques to enable you to build an exciting and diverse portfolio of group sound work sessions. This course enables you deliver a diverse range of therapeutic sound interventions, rhythm sessions and cutting edge sonic artistry! >>>

Group Sound Relaxation Therapy (Professional Diploma)

This course is perfect for anyone wanting to give soundbaths and/or gongbaths to groups. During the course we will be working with Himalayan singing bowls, crystal bowls and gong as well as the 5Rs process to help with deeper self reflection and mindfulness.

Sound Therapy (Practitioner Level Diploma)

This higher level qualification focuses on 1-2-1 therapy. Based on research our methods have been shown to help improve health and well-being. Choose 3 of the following instruments to study – Himalayan singing bowls, crystal singing bowls, gong, voice, drum or mantra. 2 x 5 day modules followed by online learning and personal study. >>>

Our Voice Therapy Courses

Group Voice Arts Therapy (Professional Diploma)

By supplementing medicine and care, the voice-arts can improve the health of people who experience mental or physical health challenges. >>>

Group Voice Therapy (Professional Diploma)

Learn how to use a range of vocal techniques to improve health and wellbeing. This course enables you to run professional and potentially transformative voice therapy groups. >>>

Holistic Voice Therapy (Practitioner Level Diploma)

This higher level qualification focuses on 1-2-1 therapy although the techniques can also be applied to group work. Learn how to give 1-2-1 treatments using the voice, breath, movement, visualisation and 22 different ‘Vocal Processing Techniques’. >>>


Who Are The British Academy Of Sound Therapy?

The British Academy of Sound Therapy (also known as BAST) was the first training establishment to offer formal qualifications in sound and voice therapy. BAST was founded by Lyz Cooper in 2000 to meet the growing need for high quality training and ongoing professional development. The BAST Method of Sound Therapy is a specific method that combines therapeutic sound and voicework with self-reflection , mindfulness and self-awareness. This method is supported by research conducted by Lyz Cooper as well as research in related fields such as cognitive neuroscience, music psychology, sound cognition and medical ethno-musicology. BAST is dedicated to integrating the BAST Method into mainstream healthcare and education as well as for everyday use. We are working with various organisations to achieve this aim.

Our courses are held at the University of Chichester, West Sussex and we also run sound therapy courses internationally.

The Most Relaxing Music Track Ever – Our Collaboration With Marconi Union

In 2011, Lyz Cooper teamed up with Marconi Union to write a track for the Radox Spa campaign. This was a turning point – confirming that the mainstream was ready for consciously designed therapeutic music. The piece created by Marconi Union in consultation with Lyz was voted the ‘Most Relaxing Music Ever’ and came 11th out of 50 in Time Magazine’s Top 50 Best Inventions Awards and is still getting media attention today.

Lyz still regularly collaborates and writes new tracks in this genre. These are published on Lyz’s spotify playlist for those who would like to listen.



The healing benefits BAST sound-bath method – Lyz Cooper has just released the latest research showing that a regular sound bath can have far-reaching health benefits. Read more or why not treat yourself to a sound-bath now by plugging in your headphones and listening here.