The Song Therapy Network . . .
is an informal international association of musicians and activity co-ordinators. We offer training, encouragement and support to those developing and delivering recreational singing and music programmes in community social care and education. NHS Trusts, The Department of Health, Local Government, Education Authorities, Charities and NGOs are now regularly funding Song Therapy training for their staff.
Our training programme also attracts self funded students from the UK, Ireland and around the world. Our January 2023 intake is now enrolling and we accept late applications up until the end of December 2022.
Certificate in Song Therapy
Our popular one year distance learning programme offers a modern gentle approach to maximising the therapeutic potential of informal music making programmes.
The course costs £850 including an enrolment fee of £100 and students are allocated a personal tutor to offer support and guidance as you go along. Fees can be paid for in instalments over ten, fifteen or twenty months. The course is delivered online over ten months but students can take longer if required due to other commitments. The learning programme is extremely flexible to fit your personal work and family commitments.
We have informal alliances with other organisations interested in music and well being and can offer their employees and volunteers discounted training and support.
Our certificate course is first and foremost a creative leadership course. Transferable human skills. Soft skills. Empathy. Positive Regard. Emotional Intelligence. Observation. Active Listening. Critical Thinking. Mindfulness. Person Centred.
We explore the concepts of humility and self awareness as cornerstones of positive contemporary leadership and explicitly reject the historical corrosive effect of elitism in the workplace, whether implied or otherwise.
"Knowledge without wisdom is a cup without water"
We celebrate popular music in all its historical and cultural forms as a powerful catalyst for social inclusion and well being. New music, world music and songwriting too, as we build confidence and self worth through learning and self expression.
Gentle considerate leadership leaving the door open for others to shine and express themselves without fear of rejection or judgement. Our training draws from established theories of attachment, person centred therapeutic practice and modern philosophy to offer reliable theoretical frameworks for leaders of recreational music making groups.
It is important to say that Song Therapy is not Music Therapy which is a clinical healthcare profession in the UK.
Song Therapy draws upon long established and celebrated academic research
to provide solid foundations for professional sensitive leadership of
music groups in recreational informal settings.
is a powerful force for social connection and well being particularly
so for those facing health challenges in their lives. The growth in popularity
of Dementia Choirs is just one example of the increasing awareness of
the contribution of popular song and community singing to individual and
collective well being and health.
The NHS Recovery College and the growth of Social Prescribing also suggests a bright future for Song Therapy which places such importance upon sensitive responsible creative leadership in informal non-clinical music making settings.
Many students are self funded whilst others are funded by their employers. So, if you wish to develop your creative leadership skills or perhaps if you fund creative and leadership training in community, health or social care then please get in touch.
can provide more information about our independent one year Certificate
course and the particular NHS Trusts and Local Government departments
that now fund training for some of their staff. Or click on the links
below for more information. Self funded students welcome.