Class schedule for the 2016-2017 cohort coming soon. Please check back for details.

See full course descriptions here.




Tuesdays (6:15pm - 9:15pm)
September 15 & 29
October 13, 20, 27
November 10 & 17
December 1

Sound Voice and Music Technique: Core Classes

Silvia Nakkach and Guest Teachers

Saturday & Sunday
September 19-20
(10:00am - 5:30pm)

The Art of Improvisation

Vernon Bush, Christine Steven, and Silvia Nakkach


Saturday & Sunday
October 3-4

Medicine Melodies: The Use of Music in Shamanic and Psychotherapy Practice

Silvia Nakkach

Tuesdays (6:15pm - 9:15pm)
October 13 & 20
*Guest teacher

The Therapeutic Power of the Harp

*Portia Diwa

Saturday & Sunday
October 24-25
(10am - 5:30pm)

The Science of Sound and the Use of Tuning Forks

John Beaulieu


Tuesday (6:15pm - 9:15pm)
TBD from scheduled dates
*Guest teacher


*Swami Sitaramananda

Saturday & Sunday
November 7-8
(10am - 5:30pm)

Sound Healing Clinic and Practicum

John Beaulieu


December 2
(6pm - 8:30pm)

Natural Singing: Find Yourself Through Your Voice

Claude Stein

Saturday & Sunday
December 5-6
(10am - 5:00pm)

Nature, ritual, and Community Healing

Malidoma Some

Saturday & Sunday
December 12-13
(10am - 5:30pm)

Mid Term Integration and Counseling Clinic

Silvia Nakkach & Jorge Alfano



Tuesdays (6:15pm - 9:15pm)
February 9 & 16
March 1, 8, & 29
April 12, 19 & 26

Sound, Voice, and Music Techniques and Expression:
Core Classes Part II

Silvia Nakkach and Guest Teachers

February 7

CIIS House Concert:Higher Calling: The Pulsing Wings of Migration with Glen Velez and Loire Cotler

Glen Velez

Saturday & Sunday
February 6 & 7
(10am - 5pm)

Drumming, Overtone Singing, and Mind-body Synchronization

Glen Velez

Saturday & Sunday
February 20-21
(10am - 5pm)

The Tomatis Method, Auditory Stimulation Programs, and Cross-cultural Healing Music

Pat Moffit Cook

Saturday & Sunday
February 27-28

Creative Music Therapy and Clinical Improvisation

Alan Turry


Saturday & Sunday
March 12-13
(10am - 5:30pm)

Our Higher Voice and Harmonic Singing

Baird Hersey


April 16
(10am - 6pm)

The Art of DJ: Sound and Movement into Stillness

Alex Rara King-Harris

Friday & Saturday,
April 22-23
(Fri 7pm - 9pm, Sat 10am - 5:30pm)

Building A Vocal Community

Ysaye Barnwell

April 22

SVMH 10 Year Celebration: Musical Celebration

Ysaye Barnwell & Silvia Nakkach


Saturday & Sunday
April 30 & May 1
(10am - 5:30pm)

The Use of Music in the Context of Grof Breathwork and Non-Ordinary States of Consciousness

Diane Haug & Silvia Nakkach

Saturday & Sunday
May 21-22
(10am - 6:30pm)

Final Students Presentations and Graduation Celebration

Silvia Nakkach

Please note that the schedule above is subject to change.

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.

Policy for Missed Classes and Students from Out of Town
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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