Certificate in Song Therapy

Online study


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Thank 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.

Social prescribing is becoming common too. More and more gps and healthcare professionals turning to community based music, art and exercise programmes to complement prescribed medications and talking therapies.

For those of us responsible for coordinating and delivering communal music groups there is a rich tradition of learning. There is community music at under graduate and post graduate level. The health care profession of music therapy at post graduate level too, a clinical intervention which in recent years has drifted into community music as well.

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.


We currently have fifty one enrolled students of whom thirty seven are actively studying. Our students are from all walks of life, with a very wide range of musical experience and qualifications. All have a passion for helping others through their music making.


This year we are offering three intakes in January, April and September. We currently have two places available for the April 2019 intake and eight places for the September 2019 intake. You are also welcome to register your interest for the January 2020 intake and this will ensure you get sent updates throughout the year. We currently accept a maximum of thirty six students onto the course in any single academic year.








Moorvale Creative CIC

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 throughout the uk.

Equality and Diversity

Moorvale Creative CIC values diversity and we recognise that different people bring different perspectives, ideas, knowledge and culture, and that this difference brings great strength.

We believe that discrimination or exclusion based on individual characteristics and circumstances, such as age; disability; caring or dependency responsibilities; gender or gender identity; marriage and civil partnership status; political opinion; pregnancy and maternity; race, colour, caste, nationality, ethnic or national origin; religion or belief; sexual orientation; social and economic background; trade union membership status or other distinctions, represents a waste of talent and a denial of opportunity for self-fulfilment.

We recognise that patterns of under-representation and differences can be challenged through positive action programmes.

We respect the rights of individuals, including the right to hold different views and beliefs. We will not allow these differences to be manifested in a way that is hostile or degrading to others.

We expect commitment and involvement from all our staff, students, partners and providers of goods and services in working towards the achievement of these goals.

Vulnerable Adults Safeguarding Policy

Moorvale Creative CIC’s Vulnerable Adults Safeguarding Policy seeks to manage effectively the risks associated with activities and events involving vulnerable adults that students may be involved in.

Completing a risk assessment process which involves identifying risks and means of reducing or eliminating these

Implementing the required actions identified by the risk assessment process and reviewing the effectiveness of these on a regular basis.

Ensuring that the appropriate DBS or basic disclosure checks are conducted, depending on eligibility, for any individuals starting or moving into work which involves working with vulnerable adults.

Requiring students working with vulnerable adults to familiarise themselves with the content of this policy.

About the course facilitator

Nigel Neill is a professional community musician based in the south west running four community choirs in Taunton, Exeter, Minehead and Tiverton. He has worked extensively with learning disability groups and in life limiting care settings as well as providing on going music programmes for the brain injury charity Headway throughout Somerset, working with Parkinsons UK in North and West Somerset and providing music for those with dementia in residential home settings. He has worked closely with the mental health charity Rethink.

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.