Date & Time
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Integrative Sound and Music Institute certificate program is a comprehensive, multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary, and highly experiential approach to the study of sound, music, and voice and their powerful effect on the human organism. Students engage in in-depth study of the therapeutic power of sound and music to transform consciousness and improve well-being. Workshops in this training offer methods and strategies to integrate the sound healing systems taught into a healing practice, including practical applications for professional settings, or for professional enrichment.
In this training, you will learn about:
- The therapeutic and esoteric properties of sound from Western scientific, Eastern philosophical, and shamanic belief systems.
- How sound has been used to affect human consciousness.
- The intersection of art, science, spirituality, and sound.
- How sound can make subtle but profound positive changes to the body.
- How instruments and recordings can introduce you to higher states of consciousness.
- The inherent mystical phenomenon of sound.
- The latest applications of sound in the field of medicine.
- That we are all vibrational beings: The universe itself is vibrating, and through the careful and conscious use of sound we can tune ourselves to be in greater harmony with that vibration.
- How to develop a plan to build a healing practice.
Note: A certificate of completion is offered to those who meet the program requirements. No previous experience in music and sound work is required.
Silvia Nakkach, MA, MMT, is a Grammy® nominated composer, and a pioneer in the field of sound and consciousness transformation. She is a sought-after educator, vocal artist, author, and music psychotherapist. Silvia founded one of the nation’s premier certificate programs, Sound, Voice and Music in the Healing Arts at California Institute of Integral Studies. She is the author of Free Your Voice as well as 15 albums. Silvia will work closely with the SMI students both in person and virtually throughout the course of the program.
- Thomas Amelio
- Nacho Arimany
- M’Bemba Banguora
- Ysaye Barnwell, PhD
- John Beaulieu, ND, PhD
- E. H. Rick Jarow, PhD
- Joshua Leeds
- Michael Markus
- David Perez-Martinez, MD
- Alan Turry, DA, MMT
Friday, October 20, 2017, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Introduction to The Integrative Sound and Music Institute Certificate Program
Silvia Nakkach MA, MTT
Saturday, October 21, 2017, 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
How Sound Heals: Listening from Shamans, Scientist, and Sound Bathers
Silvia Nakkach MA, MTT
This workshop examines the impact of sound to redress imbalances on every level of psychophysical functioning, and how it can play a positive role in the treatment of nearly all medical disorder.
Sunday, October 22, 2017, 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
The Art of Improvisation: How Music and Chanting Creates Community
Silvia Nakkach, MA, MTT, and Friends
By way of a musical journey, we will share sacred chants and music from the Afro-Brazilian Orixá tradition, shamanic icaros from the Amazon, and the contemplative and ecstatic experience of the Indian ragas.
Thursday, November 2, 2017, 7:00 – 9:00 pm (Webinar)
Tone, Tempo, and Pattern
An introduction to the physiology and psychology of listening and the basic principles of resonance, entrainment, and pattern identification.
Thursday, November 9, 2017, 7:00 – 9:00 pm (Webinar)
Psycho- & Bio-acoustic Music
This webinar will focus on the practical application of resonance (tone), entrainment (tempo), and pattern identification in music performance, and introduce psychoacoustically oriented recording processes.
Saturday & Sunday, November 11 & 12, 2017, 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Elemental Sounds & Rhythms
Explore the rhythmic and elemental patterns of nature and learn to entrain with them using our own movement and sound.
Friday, December 8, 2017, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Human TuneIn™ Sound Healing Event
John Beaulieu, ND, Ph.D., and friends
A Sound Healing event performed with precisely tuned BioSonic tuning forks to create sounds for healing, expansion of consciousness, and exploration of sonic realities.
Saturday & Sunday, December 9 & 10, 2017, 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Biosonics Sound Healing
John Beaulieu ND, PhD
Students learn practical methods of using tuning forks to tune the nervous system, stimulate trigger points, and align posture to visual harmonics. Special emphasis is given to mindful listening and developing systematic evaluation methods based on structural analysis and the five elements.
Monday, December 11, 2017, 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
John Beaulieu ND, PhD
Individual sessions to learn how to assess a client’s needs, drawing upon various sound healing systems (tuning forks, toning, five-element theory, etc.), grounded in science.
Saturday, January 20, 2018, 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Sound Meditation incorporates sounds from many traditions and languages as well as from one’s own revelation. This workshop will place special emphasis on using powerful one-syllable bija (seed) mantras of the yoga tradition.
Sunday, January 21, 2018, 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Integrating Sound Healing Practices With Mindfulness Meditation and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
David Perez-Martinez, MD
The integration of cognitive behavioral therapy with mindfulness meditation or listening techniques and sound healing practices addresses the psychological and emotional issues or pathologies that may interfere with optimal wellness.
Saturday, February 10, 2018, 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
African Drumming and Percussion
M’Bemba Bangoura and Michael Markus
In this exploration of African drumming, you will learn to play traditional rhythms from Guinea West Africa on the djembe and dundun. Emphasis will be placed on how drumming can benefit us in a multitude of ways, from stress reduction, improved focus, mindfulness, hand-eye coordination, and creating unity within a group. Drums are provided.
Sunday, February 11, 2018, 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Alan Turry, DA
Practical musical resources will be introduced through experiential music-making. Participants learn to improvise compositionally, creating melodic phrases, rhythmic patterns, and songs, which they can develop and use in their therapeutic practice or for personal development.
Friday-Sunday, March 9-11, 2018
Friday, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Saturday 9:30 am – 5:30 pm, Sunday 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Building a Vocal Community: The Power of Song in Community
Ysaye Barnwell, PhD
There is an awesome power in the human voice and, when voices are blended for the common good, they become a vocal community. Singers and non-singers alike will share the experience of learning in the oral tradition and singing rhythms, chants and traditional songs from African-American culture, including spirituals, ring shouts, hymns, gospel songs, and songs from the civil rights movement.
Saturday & Sunday, April 14 & 15, 2018, 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Creating the Work You Love
H. Rick Jarow, PhD
Learn a step-by-step process for building a self-sustaining career in sound and music healing that resonates with your deepest levels of integrity, passion, and purpose.
Saturday & Sunday, May 19 & 20, 2018, 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Free Your Voice Through Shamanic Vocal Cultures & Medicine Melodies
Silvia Nakkach, MA, MMT
Explore the use of shamanic chants and ancient vibrational formulas to clear energetic channels and as a gateway for therapeutic processes, detachment, and community peacemaking. Learn how to implement sound and music to transform consciousness, overcome psychosomatic impediments, and pacify a community.
Monday, May 21, 2018, 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Integration Day-Long Clinic: Facilitating Sessions & Practitioner’s Toolkit
Silvia Nakkach MA, MMT
Individual sessions in methods and strategies to integrate the use of all of the healing systems taught in this training into a healing practice, as well as for personal enrichment.
Saturday & Sunday, June 2 & 3, 2018, 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Capstone Student Projects & Graduation Weekend
This weekend will be the culminating and integrating experience and graduation weekend of the Sound & Music Institute program. Student final projects will be presented, and the student community will help to evaluate each project.
REGISTRATION AND FEES
A 9-MONTH, 160-HOUR CERTIFICATION TRAINING
October 2017–June 2018
$2,995 full payment • 17FHH55SA
$2,595 Early Bird rate by October 6 • 17FHH55SB
$3,495 payment plan
Call for payment plan info: 212.219.2527 x2.
Notes: A certificate of completion is offered to those who meet the program requirements.
No previous experience in music and sound work is required for this training.
CEUs: Some of the classes can be used to fulfill the CEU needs of MFTs, RNs, LCSWs and others.
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Silvia Nakkach, MA, MMT, is a Grammy-nominated musician and a vocal artist that has cultivated a voice that transports the listeners into the heart of devotion. A former psychotherapist and a leading authority in the field of sound in consciousness transformation, Silvia holds a vision of music as a vehicle for healing and social change. An accredited specialist in cross-cultural music therapies, Silvia is the creator of CIIS Sound, Voice, and Music in the Healing Arts Certificate program, and the founder and artistic director of the International Vox Mundi School of the Voice. She released many CDs, she is the author of Free Your Voice.
Thomas Amelio intensely studied yogic disciplines and philosophy in India, where he edited Rajarshi Muni’s classic, Yoga–The Ultimate Spiritual Path. He is a founding member of, and has been a senior teacher at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health for over 35 years, and is President Emeritus of the NY Open Center in New York City. His latest CD is Mantra Darshan–Vedic and Tantric invocations for meditative absorption.
M’bemba Bangoura is revered worldwide for this high level of mastery of the djembe drum. He has choreographed and developed repertoire for dozens of dance companies internationally. As a recording artist, his three albums, WAli, Fandji and Wofabe present a marriage of the traditional and modern sounds of Guinea. M’Bemba teaches and performs regularly in North and South America, Europe and Asia.
John Beaulieu is a composer / musician, psychologist, and naturopathic physician exploring multiple mediums of creative expression as part of his exploration of consciousness for healing and greater spiritual understandings. His work ranges from the development of tuning forks as musical instruments tuned to precise mathematical formulas to intuitive divination sonic systems. John is always experimenting with newer and newer systems for creatively generating sound and music possibilities as part of his quest to incubate neural pathways for healing that empower an ever expanding and changing reality.
E.H. Rick Jarow, Ph.D. has transformed the way the world thinks about their work, purpose and vocation. As the pioneer of the anti-career movement and author of Creating the Work You Love, he has helped thousands open to their intuition, transform their values into action, and answer their true calling. In the last few years, Rick’s work has centered around the art and science of manifestation (as offered in his book and workshop, The Alchemy of Abundance). Similar to his work in career and vocation, these teachings transcend overly simplistic approaches. They dive deeper – into the alchemical possibilities of loving what is, recognizing your greater purpose and moving towards your own healed vision, on both an individual and a cultural level.
Joshua Leeds is a sound researcher, educator, composer, and music producer. He specializes in music and sound therapies for humans and animals. His books include The Power of Sound and Through a Dog’s Ear. Joshua’s 50+ psychoacoustically designed soundtracks are used in homes, clinics, classrooms, and animal care facilities worldwide.