"Among the many forms in which human spirit has tried to express its
innermost yearnings and perceptions, music is perhaps the most
universal. It symbolizes the yearning for harmony, with oneself and
others, with nature and the spiritual and the sacred within us and
around us. There is something in music that transcends and unites. This
is evident in the sacred music of every community ? music that
expresses the universal yearning that is shared by people all over the globe. "

His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama
(From Song of the Spirit: The World of Sacred Music)

About The Program
CIIS Public Program & Performances is proud to host the Certificate in Sound, Voice, and Music in the Healing Arts. The Certificate in Sound, Voice, and Music in the Healing Arts is the first certificate program of its kind offered at an accredited university.

The program is unique in the way that it integrates theory and practice in a comprehensive curriculum built upon both scientific research and spiritual wisdom traditions. Students not only gain a solid academic foundation in sound and music healing—one that can enhance intellectual growth and their careers—but experience firsthand sound's tremendous power to transform and heal.

This groundbreaking course of study addresses the ever-growing need for the healing modalities of sound and music. Science is proving what ancient cultures fully embraced: sound and music can become the most powerful agents of transformation in every facet of our life. Now more than ever the complexity of health care demands this powerful merging of healing philosophies from around the world.

The program is the brainchild of Silvia Nakkach, a pioneer in the field of sound and transformation of consciousness, and brings together leading teachers and musicians of the highest caliber in the field.

Find out more about how to apply here, and plan to attend a free info session.


Unique Integral Approach to Learning

Join a vibrant community of sound practitioners in an inspiring learning environment.

The certificate program is based on a multicultural, multidisciplinary, and integral approach to the study of voice, music, and sound-and explores their effect on the human mind, body, and spiritual development. In order to create and support a community of growth and learning, the program's curriculum is structured around an innovative "cohort model" whereby a group of students attend the same classes together throughout the year. Several academic programs at CIIS follow this model, and it has proven to enrich students' learning experience, to create a vibrant learning community, and to inspire original ideas. See the class schedule here.

Specifically, our groundbreaking curriculum:

  • Synthesizes scientific discoveries from the West with the ancient sound wisdom of the East, as well as with traditional South and North American indigenous music and shamanic sound healing.
  • Offers a mind-body-spirit perspective in working with sound tools and musical instruments in therapeutic facilities.
  • Encourages students to work with various music, voice, and sound modalities in developing therapeutic insight. Students both enhance their intuitive skills and learn scientific and state-of-the-art technical information.
  • Approaches sound and music healing as a coming together of art and science, creative expression and new paradigms of auditory stimulation, and integrating deep listening with the contemporary science of vibration.

Why Study Sound, Voice, and Music in the Healing Arts?

"Like a primordial sound, the voice connects us with our true energetic and emotional nature. It becomes a link with our spiritual life by revealing deeper aspects of the self and the spirit world." -Silvia Nakkach

Since time immemorial, every spiritual tradition of the world has used sound for healing. Sound is an integral part of the healing power of shamanic practices, and is used extensively today in scientific research, as well as in integrative medicine and as a tool in pain management.

Sound supports the process of transforming energy patterns, reveals measurable effects in the physical body, and facilitates the connection between mind-body-spirit. The singing voice, for example, as a fabric of breath, vibration, and emotion, can affect the body and mind more efficiently than any other form of sound. Vocal sounds are a primary source of energy, balancing and stimulating the brain. Indeed, certain sounds are considered a tonic for the brain, and they are used frequently in the treatment of chronic depression and pain.

Today, the field of sound and music healing is rapidly gaining recognition as an essential component of health care in our society. Many physicians, acupuncturists, naturopaths, chiropractors, massage therapists, and psychotherapists, to name just a few, have integrated sound and music into their practice. In view of the fast-emerging fields of sound and music in healing, as well as contemporary shamanism, it is increasingly important to understand how sound, music, and chant can support therapeutic and growth processes. 

What Can I Do with This Certificate?

With a certificate from CIIS Public Programs' Sound, Voice, and Music in the Healing Arts program, students are better equipped to serve as practitioners, specialists, volunteers, interns, or even as members of a multidisciplinary treatment team within a health center or a community agency, as well as in a private healing or counseling practice, and in creative performance

Among the many clinical and wellness settings where there is a growing need for people with a background in sound and music healing are:

  • Psychiatric Hospitals
  • Rehabilitation Facilities
  • Mental Health Clinics
  • Outpatient Facilities
  • Substance Abuse Programs
  • Correctional Institutions
  • Hospice Programs
  • Geriatric Centers
  • Children’s Health Centers
  • Facilities for People with Developmental Disabilities
  • Bodywork Clinics
  • Yoga Studios
  • Acupuncture and Alternative Medicine Centers
  • Ecology Centers/Organizations for Sustainability

Benefits of the CIIS Certificate in Sound

By enrolling in CIIS’s Certificate in Sound, Voice, and Music in the Healing Arts you will have the rare opportunity to:

  • Receive ample individual attention as you study intensively in small groups led by experts and pioneers in the field of sound.
  • Build professional collaborations and networks with those who share your passion for sound and healing.
  • Begin preparation for an advanced degree or further specialization.
  • Receive professional advice and tools to build a solid private practice
  • Receive Continuing Education Units (CEs)
  • Receive ongoing discounts on select Public Programs

Recent articles by Silvia Nakkach, M.A., MMT
When the Music Changes, You Change!

Rasa, Into the Core of Music Healing Ancient and New Perspectives in Musical Perception
Introducing the Theory of Rasa: The Nine Aesthetic Emotions of Hindu Art and Music

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