Certificate in Song Therapy
you for your interest in song therapy.
Not a day goes by without
more news highlighting the power of music to brighten our lives. More and
more of us are turning to recreational singing and music groups; not only
to share the social pleasure of song, melody and rhythm with others around
us, but for some to address very specific health challenges in their lives.
For those of us responsible
for coordinating and delivering these music groups there is a rich tradition
of learning. Community music at under graduate and post graduate level and
the health care profession of music therapy at post graduate level too.
However, there is in the
uk, a very established tradition of informal music making in the community
and social care settings, often delivered by talented singers and musicians
who might not be in a position to study at university for many different reasons.
It is with these people in mind that we have developed our song therapy course.
Beyond this there are
music and arts teachers, therapists, activity coordinators and others
who might be looking for opportunities to broaden their own understanding
of how music can be used most effectively to promote the well being of
their students and clients.
Why study certificate
in song therapy ?
Song therapy training
offers a rich and very broad learning opportunity to music group leaders who
might like to widen their skills beyond their natural musical making abilities.
Beyond this our qualification
confirms that you have completed a comprehensive programme of study; exploring
the many ways that music might be used therapeutically to promote well
being, relaxation and good health. Finally it is confirms that the quality
of your music making and human skills have been verified independently.
It is very important to
say that our song therapy course is rooted in the holistic education tradition.
This means that we embed our study of music as medicine within a whole of
life exploration. We acknowledge and celebrate the contribution of our mind,
our body and our soul to the quality of our social and professional interactions
with others in our lives, including those with whom we share our music.
Ultimately it is this
holistic framework to our study that supports the growth of our therapeutic
skills beyond our natural music making abilities. Particularly so in the area
of human relationships.
So, this approach allows
us to explore, without apology, the scientific and objective evidence
that lies behind our interest, but beyond this, to place this exploration
within the context of our own lifes journey, what matters to us
individually and how we make sense of the world around us and important
people and events in our lives.
This is a flexible
e-learning course, delivered online over ten to twelve months. One module
per month but you can take up to two and a half years to complete the
course if required. You can start the course in January, April or September
and study at your own pace to fit in with other commitments in your life.
Our training celebrates
a profound truth perhaps, that the impact of any therapeutic intervention
is ultimately determined by the way we perceive and consider the needs of
others and indeed the needs of ourselves. It is the quality of these relationships,
with ourselves and with others, that lies at the very heart of our exploration.
A hundred years of invaluable research has established clear links between music, relaxation, good health and well being. As a result many people nowadays are turning to informal singing and music groups to help them face up to particular health challenges in their lives; social isolation, anxiety, depression, learning disability, neurological conditions including multiple sclerosis, dementia, parkinsons disease, autism, stroke and brain injury, these are all examples but there are many more.
Informal singing and music
groups offer very specific therapeutic benefits to their participants by;
encouraging positive mood, social inclusion, acceptance and self worth; bringing
people together in inclusive singing and music making groups; using music
as medicine to aid verbal and physical rehabilitation (stroke and brain injury)
or to relieve and delay some symptoms of life limiting neurological challenges
such as dementia, parkinsons disease or multiple sclerosis; using music
as a language, helping communication for those unable to indicate preference
and encouraging self expression through song writing and music improvisation;
promoting physical exercise through movement and dance; coordination and motor
skills; stimulating cognition; reminiscence; concentration and learning; music
as a diversion to rest the mind of dark thoughts or physical pain; music as
recreation to fill leisure time with enjoyable, fulfilling and creative activity
encouraging relaxation, social interaction and communication.
Our course looks at self
awareness in depth, a subject that is at the heart of leadership training
in all walks of life including the arts. How we think about ourselves and
the world around us profoundly affects the quality of our relationships with
others, including those with whom we share our music.
On the same theme we introduce
developmental psychology; theories of childhood development and the influence
of survival theory; shining a light upon the profound effect that the experience
of lifes journey has on the way we think and react to others; group
dynamics too and why we might act differently when working in groups.
We promote the importance
of self care and the responsibility we have to look after ourselves properly
if we are ever to maximize the potential impact of our music on others.
We look at the physics
of sound, harmonics and resonance and use this as a key to understanding why
certain types of music are so suited to sharing with others depending on the
health challenges they might be facing.
We drift into the world
of neuroscience and the chemistry of the brain and how some of our behaviours,
feelings, and thoughts are rooted in the mystery of our minds and the tapestry
of our lifes journey. We take a brief look at emotion theory and consider
the importance of emotions as a factor in the way we think and behave and
as a possible measure of our well being.
We enjoy regular gentle
diversions into philosophy and suggest that there are certain philosophical
traditions that we might adopt as an ethical foundation to our work, providing
us with principles that we can depend on when times get hard.
We explore person centred
thinking through the prism of the person centred counselling tradition and
suggest that we can learn from their values of empathy, positive regard and
honesty, rooted in the philosophical traditions of humanism and the tao.
Finally, given that music
is such a powerful force in peoples lives we flag some of the potential
dangers too, and make a very clear distinction between song therapy and music
therapy, an important line that we draw at the very beginning of our study.
Indeed the whole area
of professional practice and the responsibilities we have to those with whom
we share our music is one of the corner stones of our study programme.
Please note that for those
who wish to register as certified song therapists, we offer an enhanced
certificate option that requires the submission of video evidence of your
practical work in the community. Further information on this is provided
in the introduction to the first module.
Part One : Human Relationships
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
Module Five : Practice : Music and survival
Module Six : Practice : Music and language
Module Seven : Practice : Music and medicine
Module Eight : Theory : Music and self worth
Module Nine : Professional practice
Module Ten : Conclusion
Song therapy is a complementary
therapy and definitions vary as to exactly what it is that defines a complementary
therapy. This does cause understandable confusion and so we quote from a few
organisations here to give some range of opinions as to what a complementary
therapy might offer.
Perhaps it is reassuring to know that there is a wealth of scientific evidence to support the positive therapeutic impact of music and it is this research that forms the backbone of our song therapy training.
Song therapy training
is a new, innovative approach to recognising and exploring the therapeutic
impact of music in informal, non-clinical settings.
The course is designed
and delivered by Moorvale Creative CIC, a not for profit community interest
company based in the south west. As of July 2018 our song therapy course now
offers professional industry accreditation through CHP (Complementary Health
CHP accredits and promotes
a wide range of well being and complementary health courses and training
organisations. It is allied to the CNHC the government funded standards
council that promotes safe and responsible complementary health care practice.
Industry accreditation through CHP ensures your qualification is of real
value in the workplace as we promote song therapy throughout the uk over
the coming months and years. It also offers a range of practical benefits
including discounted insurance, an annual general meeting to attend, workshops,
discounted training, a quarterly therapist magazine. Most importantly
it offers a sense of professional connection to other responsibly minded
professionals offering complementary therapies of many different kinds
to promote well being and good health.
Tuition fees for the
certificate in song therapy course are £400 and are paid monthly
in arrears (£40 per month over ten months). The costs are currently
the same for both the certificate qualification and the enhanced certificate
are welcome to read through the first module without obligation before
deciding to commit. Once enrolled we ask for stage payments of £40
per month over the first ten months of your study. If you decide to withdraw
from the course at any stage any tuition fees paid up to that point are
non refundable. Please remember that whilst we ask you to pay for the
course over the first ten months of your study, you are welcome to take
up to thirty six months to complete the course if you wish to.
Our own lives
Certainly this is an opportunity to learn about the wonder of music as medicine. However it is also a chance to step back and give yourself a little time to explore your own needs and what is important to you in your own life. As we will discover this is a very interesting part of the journey.
If you would like to look through the first module, without obligation, and free of charge, please email us now.
Thank you for your interest.
Nigel Neill - Course Facilitator
Song Therapy is a training programme offered by Moorvale Creative CIC. This is a not for profit community interest company that promotes music and other creative projects in the south west and further afield.
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Nigel has developed this course in partnership with Moorvale Creative CIC, a not for profit community interest company promoting music and creative programmes that encourage social inclusion and well being. His qualifications include a combined science honours degree; post graduate certificate in music and health (UWE) and certificate (level four) in counselling skills (UWE).
Nigel spent four years running a school of sound engineering in the noughties and has taught sound engineering and music and song composition at Peterborough Regional College in the nineties. He recently studied music therapy for two years in Bristol, before switching to counselling skills for a third year. His professional background is music performance, recording, composition and song writing; composing original instrumental music for bbc television and recording many established artists.
Nigel is married with no children and is 58 years old.
He lives in West Somerset.