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The Integrative Sound & Music Institute (SMI)  Certificate Program

About This Program

A 9-Month, 130-Hour Online Certificate Training
Saturday, October 16, 2021 – Sunday, June 13, 2022

The Integrative Sound and Music Institute (SMI) certificate program is a comprehensive multicultural, multi-disciplinary and highly experiential approach to the study of sound, music and voice and their powerful effect on the mind, body and spirit. Our program, now in its fourteenth year offers students an in-depth study of the therapeutic power of sound and music to transform consciousness and improve well-being. A certificate is offered to those who meet the program requirements. No previous experience in music and sound work is required.

This broad-based inquiry into Sound and its impact on healing focuses on giving 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.

Program Details

Sound Clinics and Integration sessions 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. Additionally, students work with a mentor who is fully experienced in Sound and Music therapies. Our mentors are among the most professionally trained graduates of either the SMI program or the California of Integral Studies sound certificate program.

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.

Click HERE for answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the SMI training program.

“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.

As we get ready to kick off the 14th year of the The Integrative Sound and Music Institute (SMI) Certificate Program, we’ve put together a playlist featuring the music of some of our esteemed SMI faculty. You can listen HERE.


*Facilitated by Silvia Nakkach, MA, MMT

The SMI Facilitator will offer student support and counsel as well as community building ideas and creative collaborations. She will develop assignments and practices throughout the program including mid-term and final assignments. The facilitator will also be available for online/telephone advice and mentorship as well as creating opportunities for group meetings and creative collaborations outside the class—including music gatherings and study groups.




* Note: the program is subject to change. 

“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, (2018, SMI Alumni)


Registration and Fees

A 9-Month, 130-Hour Online Certificate Training
Saturday, October 16, 2021 – Sunday, June 13, 2022

Option 1: Full Payment – $2,995 (Members & Nonmembers)

Option 2: Payment Plan – $3,495 (Members & Nonmembers)
Deposit of $960 due upon registration. 3 additional payments of $845 are due on 12/6/21, 2/7/22, 4/11/22.

Call to register with the payment plan option: 212.219.2527.


  • Prerequisites: No previous experience in music and sound work is required for this training.
  • Supplies list for the class: A supplies list will be emailed to participants prior to the course start-date.
  • 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.


“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 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) Certificate Program

  • 19 Session(s)
  • Oct 16 2021 1:00 PM ET





PROGRAM FACILITATOR: Silvia Nakkach, MA, MMT, is a Grammy® nominated composer and a pioneer in the field of sound and consciousness transformation. A sought-after educator, vocal artist, author and a former music psychotherapist, Silvia has served on the faculty of the California Institute of Integral Studies where she created the premier certificate program on Sound, Voice and Music in the Healing Arts offered by a major academic institution.

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

Since time immemorial, every spiritual tradition 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 as a tool to treat a variety of health issues.

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 field of sound and music in healing, it is increasingly important to understand how sound and music can support therapeutic and growth processes.

What can one do with the certificate in Sound and Music healing?

With a certificate from the Sound and Music Institute program, students are better equipped to serve as practitioners, specialists, 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
  • Alternative Medicine Centers


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