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The Integrative Sound & Music Institute (SMI) Online Certificate Program

What You’ll Learn

The Integrative Sound and Music Institute (SMI) 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 mind, body and spirit. Now in its thirteenth year, this training offers students a direct, first-hand experience into sound healing practices and applications with the intent of developing and maintaining a sound practice of their own. A certificate of completion is offered to those who meet the program requirements. No previous experience in music and sound work is required.

Program Details

Sound Clinics and webinars are offered throughout the program to enable students the practical applications necessary to practice professionally. Sessions are offered in methods and strategies to integrate the use of the healing systems taught in the training into a healing practice as well as for professional enrichment.

Each month there are several home study assignments. Assignments include, written assignments, personal projects and group collaborations. Assignments are designed to support the online workshops and take individual learning to a deeper level of understanding of course work.

These assignments are an opportunity to expand and personalize the learning experience of Sound and Music. Students are expected to stay current with all assignments to ensure a shared learning environment for all class members.

“This program was pivotal— it completely shifted my perspective and relationship to sound. I gained new insights and a strong foundation rooted in sound therapy and also learned how to become a better listener.” – Nate Martinez (2013, SMI Alumni)

Topic Highlights Include:

  • The therapeutic and esoteric properties of sound from Western scientific, Eastern philosophical and shamanic belief systems
  • Sound, Voice, Rhythm and Music Healing Modalities: Fundamentals, Wellness Practices and Creative Inquiry
  • The Principles of Modern Sound Healing Artistry
  • Sound’s ability to make profound positive changes to the body
  • Psychoacoustic Science: Sound Tools and Therapies: Tuning Forks, Singing Bowls and Gongs
  • Auditory Stimulation Practices
  • Sacred Sound and Cross-Cultural Music Healing Practices and Vocal Cultures
  • Professional Applications: Sound Healing Practicum and Practitioner Tool Kit

Note: Online learning is inherently a different experience than in-person study. It requires a greater degree of independence and self-initiative. Nevertheless, our online learning sessions are designed to provide a rich, interactive, and participatory experience aimed at supporting a strong and healthy sense of community. The SMI virtual program is a comprehensive, self-paced, mastery-based instructional model that empowers students to foster interactions and creative collaborations. One hallmark of this well-designed online course is that it uses voice, music and sound-centered practices to build a variety of modalities for students to work together and interact with teachers to advance their practice and to form their own virtual community.




* Note: the program is subject to change


  • Program Facilitator: Silvia Nakkach, MA
  • Program Coordinator: Eileen Moran
  • Program Mentor : Christopher Cherney
  • Thomas Amelio
  • Ysaye Barnwell, PhD
  • John Beaulieu, ND, PhD
  • Pat Moffitt Cook, PhD
  • Loire Cotler
  • Petr Janata, Ph.D
  • E. H. Rick Jarow, PhD
  • Silvia Nakkach, MA, MTT
  • Alan Turry, DA, MT-BC
  • Glen Velez
  • Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche


  • Prerequisites: None
  • Zoom Software Requirements: This is an online course which requires Zoom webinar software. Zoom is easy to use. Click HERE to make sure your computer is set-up correctly.

*Payment plans are available for all Open Center Courses. If you are interested in a tiered pricing plan, please contact us at nyocsmialumni@gmail.com.

Registration and Fees

A 9-Month, 130-Hour Online Certification Training
October 2020–June 2021

Option 1: Full Payment – $2,695

Option 2: Payment Plan – $3,195
Non-refundable payment due upon registration: $840
3 additional payments of $785 due: 12/4; 2/5; and 4/9

*Call for payment plan option: 212.219.2527 x 2


“The Integrative Sound and Music Institute Certificate Program is a dynamic program that offers an experience with sound that is innovative and engaging. I entered the program wanting to learn more about how different sounds, particularly in music, can be used to heal, and left with so much more.

The presenters were all knowledgeable and led sessions that were interactive and thought-provoking. Group activities encouraged student interaction and practice of skills. From voice exploration, to drumming, to tuning forks and more, each class helped to foster a new relationship with sound and music.

The Integrative Sound and Music Institute Certificate Program ultimately inspired me to reconnect with my creative talents with a new perspective. With continued playful exploration with what I learned in this program, the possibilities are endless in what is next to come!”
– Ava Moses (2019-2020)

“What first led me to join the Integrative Sound and Music Institute’s Sound Practitioner certificate program at the NY Open Center was the list of incredible teachers leading the curriculum and how the vision of the program focused on building community. The program not only provided a strong foundation to become a sound therapy practitioner, but allowed the space for experimentation and collaboration with current students and alumni of the program. During the training, I discovered the power of using my own voice and how to use it with confidence which has shifted so much within my own practice and how I share these healing techniques with others.

Since graduating from the program in 2018, I have started to lead many community based and corporate in person and online group sound bath meditations, offered private sessions and workshops focusing on using sound healing techniques for creative expression, and am constantly continuing to evolve in my own practice and offerings. The possibilities are endless I feel and it has been inspiring to go through this program with so many other students with different backgrounds and intentions using sound as a way to heal and help others”
  – Brenda Hung, SMI alum 2018

Since participating in The Integrative Sound and Music Institute (SMI) certificate program, Alice Dow has been busy leading sound meditations for children and adults. With themes dedicated to overcoming and transmuting fear, resilience, joy and thankfulness her sound baths help students heal with sound.

The Integrative Sound & Music Institute (SMI) Online Certificate Program

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Silvia Nakkach, MA, MMT is a Grammy® nominated composer and a pioneer in the field of sound and consciousness transformation.

Thomas Amelio intensely studied yogic disciplines and philosophy in India, where he edited Rajarshi Muni’s classic, Yoga–The Ultimate Spiritual Path.

Ysaye Barnwell, PhD, was a member of Sweet Honey in the Rock from 1979 to 2013. She is a prolific composer and conducts workshops around the world.

John Beaulieu, ND, PhD, is one of the foremost philosophers and major innovators in the area of sound healing therapies. A world-renowned speaker, composer, pianist and naturopathic doctor, Dr. Beaulieu has pioneered a technique called BioSonic Repatterning™, a natural method of healing and consciousness development.

Pat Moffitt Cook, PhD, is a distinguished pioneer in the field of sound and cross-cultural musical healing applications in healthcare and education.

Loire Cotler is a critically acclaimed Rhythm Vocalist whose life is defined by the healing power of music and a mission to show the world the rhythmic power of the voice.

Petr Janata, PhD, a Professor at UC Davis, received his B.A. from Reed College and his PhD from the University of Oregon.

E.H. Rick Jarow, PhD, has transformed the way the world thinks about their work, purpose and vocation.

Alan Turry, DA, MT-BC, is managing director of the Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy at NYU’s Steinhart School.

Glen Velez is a four-time Grammy winning master drummer, founding father of the modern frame drum movement, and Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame Inductee.

Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche is a teacher of the Bön Tibetan religious tradition.



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