Home                       About                       Training                       Advisory Group                        Webinars                       Contact

Certificate in Song Therapy Skills

Song Therapy training is an established, independent, alternative approach to community music leadership. It has been available in the UK since 2018 through the Song Therapy Network. We currently have some seventy students on our study programme, from the UK, Ireland, USA, Singapore and the EU. Our students are sponsored by the NHS, local government, charities and education authorities. Many students are self funded too. Our March and September 2024 intakes are now enrolling.

Responsible Sensitive Leadership

We believe that the positive impact of our music making is ultimately linked to the human skills of the leaders of our groups. Our one year distance learning course offers a unique opportunity to look at community music making through the lens of modern philosophy, developmental psychology, emotional intelligence and the person centred therapy tradition.

Why study Song Therapy ?

If you wish to improve your career prospects our register of Song Therapy practitioners will confirm to your employer and those commissioning your music programmes that you take a responsible professional approach to your recreational music making in community, education and social care. Music programmes which nowadays attract so many facing sobering health challenges in their lives.


"Knowledge without wisdom is a cup without water"

An opportunity for personal growth. The development of soft leadership skills. Transferable skills. Empathy. Positive Regard. Emotional intelligence. Authenticity. Acceptance. Awareness. Self Awareness. Humility. To the benefit of yourself and indeed the participants of your music programmes.

mandela quoteSupport and encouragement. Connection with like minded community music leaders with shared values and interest in well being and music making. Beyond this the reassurance that comes from a fascinating study programme that confirms the truth of music as tincture in life. Celebrated by the great philosophers and thinkers of our time and further reinforced by contemporary research, the evidence of rigorous scientific scrutiny.

Music and Well Being

We celebrate the power of popular music in all its cultural forms to bring people together, offering safe familiar musical spaces for those often facing sobering health challenges in their lives.


Further, the potential of songwriting and new music to offer opportunities for learning and self expression. Building confidence and understanding and promoting social cohesion and feelings of self worth.

Contact us now for a course information pack and a link to the first module of the course without obligation

Song Therapy is not Music Therapy which is a clinical healthcare profession. Song Therapy draws upon long established and widely celebrated academic research to provide solid foundations for professional sensitive leadership in recreational, informal music making settings.

Our March 2024 intake is now enrolling and we accept applications up until the end of February 2024.


We welcome self funded students from the UK, Ireland and from around the world. Many students are funded by their employers including NHS Trusts, The Department of Health, Local Government, Education Authorities, Charities and other NGOs.


We have built informal alliances with other organisations interested in music and well being and can offer their employees and volunteers discounted training and support.


Our one year distance learning programme costs £850 including an enrolment fee of just £50. Students are allocated a personal tutor who is always there for you to offer ongoing support and guidance. Fees can be paid in advance or in instalments. If you withdraw from the course instalment payments cease with no further costs incurred.

The course is delivered online over ten months but students can take longer if required. Our learning programme is extremely flexible to fit your personal work and family commitments.



Song Therapy Network

The Song Therapy Network Facebook Group is open to all. A place where students and the general public can share ideas and offer encouragement to others interested in music and well being. Do join us by clicking the link above and requesting membership.


Get in Touch

If you have any queries at all about our learning programme and whether it is right for you please get in touch and we can arrange to talk by email, phone or ZOOM.

Contact us now for a course information pack and a link to the first module of the course without obligation

In the first instance just click the link above to get the course information pack and we shall get back to you within forty eight hours. Thank you for your interest.

Nigel Neill

Cert ST Course Co-Ordinator




What our students say about our course

Send me more information

Application Form

Entry Qualifications

Organisations funding Song Therapy training for their staff

Self funded students - more details here

How do I get my employer to fund my training?

Help for employers funding their staff's training

Our Academic Advisory Team

Certificate Course Structure