Who Should Apply?

The Certificate program is designed for anyone who has a strong interest in learning about the transformative power of music and sound, including health care professionals, psychologists, clinicians, educators, musicians, singers, sound healers, music therapists, yoga practitioners, body workers, and spiritual seekers. No previous experience in music, sound healing or in any of the aforementioned fields is required in order to apply.

CIIS' Sound, Voice, and Music in the Healing Arts Certificate program offers a combination of weekday evening and weekend intensives throughout the academic year, making it especially appealing to working professionals and adult learners. Students must be willing to commit to the Certificate's time requirement, which includes 225 class hours and special projects over the course of ten months.

See the class schedule here.

This certificate program is open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents and international persons who are in the U.S. in a valid nonimmigrant visa status who are eligible to take courses at CIIS under that status.

*CIIS Public Programs Certificate Programs do not qualify for the F-1 student visa.

Application Deadline

The deadline to turn in your application form, admission essay, and deposit payment is Friday, September 16, 2016.

No previous experience in sound healing is required in order to apply to this program. However, we do require an admissions essay to determine acceptance into the program. In a short essay, briefly describe your background, why you are interested in the Sound, Voice, and Music Healing certificate program, and what you hope to gain through your participation. Essays should be one to two pages typed, double-spaced, and submitted with your Application Form online here. Applications will not be considered without deposit. Please contact us at publicprograms@ciis.edu if you have any quesitons about applying.

Download the Certificate Program Application form (Word/PDF).
Submit Your Application Materials
Submit Your Deposit


Registration Deposit: $500
Total Cost: $3,750

Payment and Cancelation Policies

A deposit of $500 is due at the time of application. If you are not accepted, this fee will be refunded minus a $50 processing fee. Should you wish to cancel after the payment of the initial deposit, an amount of $250 will be deducted from your refund. After payment of the initial deposit of $500, payment of the remaining balance of $3,250 must be received by Monday, September 19, 2016, to secure your space in the program. An installment payment schedule is available on a limited basis for those who can show financial need. Please contact our office at 415.575.6175 for details.

If a student withdraws before Monday, September 26, 2016, twenty-five percent of the full fee ($937.50) will be due. If a student withdraws before Monday, October 24, 2016, fifty percent of the full fee ($1,875) will be due. The full fee of $3,750 is due if a student withdraws after Monday, October 24, 2016.

Refunds Granted after Refund Deadlines-Financial Petition Process

Students who believe they have extenuating circumstances warranting a credit, refund, or adjustment of the program cost may present a petition to the Program Manager of Public Programs & Performances. The petition must include an explanation of this circumstance along with supporting documentation-this documentation becomes the property of CIIS and will not be returned. The petition must be submitted within 90 calendar days of the last day of the program.

Guidelines for Nakkach & Wang Scholarship

A limited number of $500 scholarship awards are available. To apply, please send a 1-2 page statement indicating what your financial situation is and why you need assistance. The statement is due by Wednesday, August 17, 2016. Recipients will be notified by Thursday, September 1, 2016. You may submit your statement along with your Application Form.

Certificate Requirements
Students must complete 200 hours of required coursework over a period of one academic year (September through May). Upon completion of the coursework, students are required to submit a final project in order to obtain certification.

CEs Available
Some of the Sound, Voice, and Music in the Healing Arts Certificate classes can be used to fulfill the CE needs of MFTs, RNs and LCSWs.

Policy for Missed Classes and Students from Out of Town
Please note that students must complete the entire curriculum, which meets at predetermined times throughout the year, in order to receive the certificate of completion. Should a participant miss one or two classes, he or she will have the option of either attending another class offered by CIIS Public Programs & Performances or completing a special project at an additional cost.

If a student misses a class, he or she must make up the class by taking another class that is equivalent of the content in the missed class. The student may take a non-certificate class through Public Programs & Performances at a 15-25 percent discount. In certain cases, the student may find a class elsewhere to fulfill the requirement. All make-up classes must be approved by Silvia Nakkach and the director of Public Programs & Performances. We do everything we can to create solutions for unavoidable schedule conflics, but out of town students must attend most classes locally. It is not possible to complete the program online or remotely.

If you live outside of the Bay Area, please contact the Public Programs & Performances office at (415) 575-6175 to address the details of your particular situation.
Students can accrue 20 hours for an individual project at an extra cost (to cover advisor and other administrative fees).

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