Sound Therapy Training

Practitioner Level Diploma

Sound Therapy Training (Practitioner Level Diploma)

Working at practitioner level means that you are able to help your client to discover how their current life/health situation impacts their wellbeing in a deeper and focused way. On this course you will learn how to choose the best instruments and techniques to support your client and how to apply those techniques to suit a client’s individual needs. As well as having specific techniques, there is room for professional judgment and creativity – it is rare that any two treatments are exactly the same.

The 5 day modules enable a deep level of learning and valuable hands- on practical work which is unpacked following the module during the online and case study parts of the course.

This course primarily teaches you how to provide 1:1 treatments however you can also apply many of these methods in a group environment.

The core curriculum comprises the ‘Fundamental’ online training pod, two non-residential 5 day modules, administration, webinars and ongoing support from your tutor and the BAST office. You will need to choose a pathway depending on how many instruments you’d like to learn. Your individual training pathway will be created online where you will find quizzes, videos, PDF’s and audio files on the instruments of your choice.

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    A blend of home study & 2 class-room based modules held at University of Chichester Bognor Regis Campus, Upper Bognor Rd, Bognor Regis, PO21 1HR

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    Module 1: 1st – 5th April 2020
    Module 2: 1st – 5th July 2020

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    Full Course Fee: from £2189
    Earlybird Discount Price: from £1994
    Earlybird Ends 31st Dec 2019

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    PL.Dip.ST (BAST)

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    Techniques can also be applied to groups

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Full Course Details In Depth

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

  • The key concepts and research underpinning working with therapeutic sound the BAST Method of Sound Therapy and the 5Rs framework
  • Exploring the neuroscience, psychology and our growing body of research on the benefits of therapeutic sound
  • Quizzes and interactive exercises to check your understanding of our key concepts and deepen your knowledge
  • Complete the online module at home in your own time before the deadline.

The first class-room based intensive module at the University of Chichester, Bognor Regis campus will run 1st April – 5th April 2020

Day 1 – Sonic Immersion and Exploration

Bringing the threads through from the ‘Fundamental’ module and our research on sound induced Altered States of Consciousness (ASC). This experiential and fun day is full of sound-bath sessions, exploring how each instrument affects mind, body and emotions in different ways. The therapeutic application of each instrument is also discussed.

Day 2 – ‘The Metals’ – Himalayan Bowls and Gongs

We will experience different playing techniques of the Himalayan singing bowls and gongs. If Himalayan singing bowls is one of your module choices you will be able to choose from a wonderful selection of bowls if you wish.

Day 3 – Crystal Bowls and Monochord

We will learn that there is nothing sonically quite like the crystal bowls. We will explore the use and application of music intervals and discover that, according to research, each interval affects mind, body and emotions in different ways. We will also explore the monochord. Dating from the time of Pythagoras, this wonderful instrument is a new addition to our family and adds the rich harmonic warmth of strings to our therapeutic tool-kit.

Day 4 – Rhythm and Voice

Today we will look at how and why the drum is such an effective therapeutic instrument and feel how different rhythms affect us in different ways. We will also explore the power of the human voice with toning and overtone singing.

Day 5 – Sonic Experience Sessions

Today we put into practice what we have learned by putting together different types of practical therapeutic sound sessions based on the instruments we will be qualifying in. We will also discuss the next steps on the course.

Coursework & Home-study with your instruments
6th April – 3rd August

Once you’ve chosen your instruments your bespoke learning pathway will be created for you. This comprises articles, quizzes, coursework exercises and training videos. Coursework is estimated to take between 2 – 3 hours a week.

The second class-room based intensive module at the University of Chichester, Bognor Regis campus will run 1st July – 5th July 2020

This module is full of in-depth practical exploration – practise and develop your techniques through 1-2-1 sessions with your peers. Learn a range of different exercises to support your clients between sessions and the reflective element of the treatment deepens.

Theory Assessment
5th September 2020

The online theory assessment helps you to consolidate what you’ve learned so far. A fee of £75 is due just before the exam to enable you to spread the cost of your fees.

Case Studies, Webinars and Research Project
18th September for 6 – 12 months

Put everything you have learned into practice during this 6-12 month case study period. You will receive webinars to help you through this rewarding part of your learning journey.

Join your peers and mentor for a research project. Submit a copy of your finished portfolio and a video of 1 session on a USB stick for final assessment by the deadline. We ask for the assessment fee of £95 only on submission of your portfolio to spread the cost of your training.


To Qualify For The Earlybird Price, Enrol Before 31st December 2019. After this, full fees apply.

If you’d like to study 2 instruments at Deeper Exploration level please contact us for a price.

Whichever pathway you choose you can always add different modules on at a later date so there is no right or wrong choice. Contact us and we can explain more and help you to make the right decision.
This pathway means that you have more instruments and treatment combinations to offer your clients. There are times when the therapeutic process calls for a different instrument to be used (such as when you need to move from Himalayan bowl therapy to gong therapy for example). Having more to offer your client can be a good way to expand your business.
If you are really interested in working with only 1 or 2 instruments then this option is perfect for you. Also if you are on a tight budget it may be better to choose this pathway for the time-being.
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