Certificate in Song Therapy
The course offers
three specific study areas split between ten modules. Each module is designed
to be studied over three to four weeks, two hours per week. The course
can be completed in ten months however students are welcome to take up
to thirty six months to finish the course depending upon other life commitments.
Part One : Building human relationships
Part one explores building good human relationships as a practical transferable skill ; the importance of the way we think about ourselves and others in our lives; the impact that this has upon the quality of our working relationships including its effect upon our music group participants.
Module One : Introduction
: First steps
Module Two : Human
skills : Awareness of the outside
Module Three : Human
skills : Awareness of the inside
Module Four : Human
skills : Acceptance
Part two explores our practical music making and we identify the specific therapeutic outcomes that we can responsibly explore as song therapists.
Module Five : Music
as a friend
Module Six : Music
as a medicine
Module Seven : Music
as a language
Part Three : Health and professional practice
Part three offers an introduction to the health challenges some are facing in their lives and explores the professional responsibilities that we have to our music group participants.
Module Eight : Music
Module Nine : Professional
Module Ten : Conclusion
Our course celebrates the contribution that modern philosophers, psychologists and music therapy research have made towards the understanding of ourselves and the way that music affects our lives.
We particularly applaud those writers who are able to communicate complex academic ideas and theory in a way that we can all enjoy and understand.
This is so important on a course like our own.
To this end we introduce a number of established and highly celebrated authors including Oliver Sacks, Erich Fromm, Paul Tillich, Rollo May, Irvin Yalom, Carl Rogers, David Howe, Anthony Storr, Leslie Bunt; the insightful and easy reading style of Donald Winnicott; the attachment theories of John Bowlby; the practical research of Mary Ainsworth and others. Finally, and not for the feint hearted, the more challenging thoughts of authors such as Gabor Maté, Carl Jung and Ernest Becker. Allen Ginsberg and others also provide brief poetic reflections for us to embrace; helping us to develop an understanding of the common challenges in life that connect us all.
These deeper and sometimes profound reflections on life, love and music offer gentle, philosophical and theoretical frameworks for our music making;
music that is ultimately, and so beautifully, rooted in the natural, instinctive musical soul that lies inside us all, irrespective of our cultural influences and the extent of our formal music academic training or natural performance abilities.
Song Therapy Course Notes and Assignments Copyright Nigel Neill 2019