Sound Healing with the Drum Practitioner Diploma Course


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The Sound Healing with the Drum Practitioner Diploma Course is a training course held over five modules within the period of one year. Completion of this training will give participants the information, knowledge and tools required to become a specialist Drumming Practitioner. The course is certified by the College of Sound Healing and is evaluated and approved by the CMA (Complimentary Medical Association) and the TSA (Therapeutic Sound Association).

The power of the drum and its use for healing is universal, wide ranging and all embracing.

This training course aims to give you the confidence to use your drum, rattle and other medicine tools for self-healing, healing the Earth and others. Information and wisdom from other cultures is imparted to reinforce up-to-date scientific studies on the use of drum in sound healing. Adding a richness and depth to your experience and understanding.

In many cultures the shamanic drum continues to be used to help heal individuals and hold the social fabric of communities together. This course reawakens you to this healing potential for the benefit of all. You are encouraged to develop through dedicated practice and autonomous study, a deep and personal understanding of yourself as an effective practitioner. Seeing your place in the world and offering your service.

The course is based on the frame drum and rattle. You may use a drum and rattle you currently work with, subject to approval of suitability by your course Tutor, or you may wish to join one of the regular drum birthing and rattle making workshops offered by the Tutors throughout the year.

The training is offered around the UK, based on in-person experiential training with support between modules from highly experienced Tutors.

Diploma Requirements: Homework will be given after each module to support and extend your knowledge and experience. Case studies are spread throughout the course to aid completion and support your learning. Clear guidance and support will be given. There is also a practical assessment in Module 5 where you will be required to give a group sound healing with the drum session. All assignments and case studies need to be completed for the final certification.

As well as completing the core curriculum, students will need to complete two additional Sound Healing Workshops to fulfil College membership requirements. Details of these workshops can be found on the Sound Healing Workshops page.

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Core Curriculum

Module One: The Journey Begins

Day 1
Topic Introduction to the Medicine Wheel, creating ceremony, cleanse clear our tools, our energy field, body and mind.
Bringing cohesiveness to the group.
Creating ceremony for the group and a learning environment.
Learning Objectives
  • To learn how to cleanse and clear themselves.
  • To gain an understanding of a medicine wheel and how that relates to practicing sound healing.
  • To learn how to open a medicine wheel and create sacred space.
  • To learn how to cleanse, clear and open their medicine tools.
  • Understand the importance of honouring and working with the energies involved with their medicine tools.
Day 2


Dowsing with the drum, healing self.
Learning Objectives
  • To gain knowledge and understanding of the Medicine Wheel.
  • To learn dowsing techniques.
  • To learn self-healing techniques with the drum and rattle.

Module Two: Extending Practise, Drum Journeys and Power Animals.

Day 1
Topic Introduction to drum journeys.
Drumming in nature.
Learning Objectives
  • To gain knowledge and understanding of drum journeying, principles and practice.
  • To experience a middle world drum journey.
  • To learn about drumming in nature and offering healing.
Day 2


Power animals, upper and lower world journeys.
Learning Objectives
  • To learn about the concept of power animals and drum journey to meet their power animal.
  • To learn how to build connections with their power animal through trance dance and sound.
  • To gain knowledge and experience of upper and lower world journeying.
  • To learn about the assignments and criteria for working in a professional capacity.

Module Three: Feather and Sound Healing With The Drum.
Power and Medicine Songs, Journey To The Ancestors.

Day 1
Topic Feather healing tool and sound healing with the drum protocol.
Learning Objectives To gain knowledge and understanding of feather healing tools and techniques.
Day 2


Power and medicine songs, ancestors and sound healing with the drum practise.
Learning Objectives
  • To learn and create their power song.
  • To gain knowledge and understanding of ancestors.
  • To extend knowledge and practice of drum journeying and drum healing.

Module Four: Sound Healing With The Drum Practise.
Distance Sound Healing with The Drum.

Day 1
Topic Developing wider knowledge and practising protocol.
Learning Objectives To develop deeper knowledge and experience of sound healing with the drum.
Day 2


Distance sound healing with the drum protocol.
Sound healing with the drum practise.
Learning Objectives To learn about distance sound healing with the drum.

Module Five: Group Drumming.
Practical Assessment.

Day 1
Topic Facilitating sound healing with the drum in groups and practical assessment.
Learning Objectives To learn how to bring knowledge gained to facilitate drum circles.
Day 2


Group sound healing with the drum.
Continuing the journey and extending practise.
Learning Objectives To learn how to facilitate sound healing with the drum in groups.
To learn how to extend knowledge, move forward and deepen practise.

Course Details

Course Requirements
Students will need to join the College as a Student Member (costs £40.00 for the course) and have insurance cover by the start of Module Two while they are training.

The College has a Block Insurance Scheme. The premiums are £35.50 for Student Members and £56.50 for Graduates in the UK. Students need to have insurance cover while they are undergoing the Practitioner Training. Practitioners who already have insurance cover may be able to add sound healing to their existing policy at no extra charge.

Participants are required to source a hand held frame drum, rattle and feather of their choosing. The drum and rattle will be assessed by the Tutor prior to the first module to ensure suitability. Both natural skin and vegan fibre skin drums are accepted as well as natural skin or vegan rattles. Workshops are available within the College of Sound Healing for participants to make their own drum and/or rattle if they so wish. It is helpful, but not a requirement, if participants have had some experience of healing or sound work and a good understanding of English before attending the course. To complete the case studies from Module 3, a basic knowledge and understanding of anatomy and physiology, current first aid certificate, insurance and Student Membership of the College of Sound Healing is required. Full details and guidance will be provided.

To fulfil the course certification requirements to become a practitioner of drum healing, the following assignments must be completed:

  • There will be a practical evaluation in module 5 in which participants give a drum healing.
  • 18 client case studies and 18 drum journey case studies will need to be carried out and written up.
  • 1 assignment (2,000 words or equivalent).
  • Plus completion of 2 additional sound healing related workshops.

Diploma Requirements
To graduate, participants must attend each module, and complete the assignments and case studies that accompany each module. Students need to join the College of Sound Healing as a Student Member, have insurance cover and a current first aid certificate. Students must also complete the additional Sound Healing Workshops.

At the end of the course, if participants have satisfactorily completed the practice treatments, written work and the evaluation, they will be presented with their Practitioner Diploma by the College. A fee of £20.00 will be charged by the College for the Diploma.

Sound Healing Workshops
As well as completing the core curriculum students will need to complete one or two additional Sound Healing Workshops. These workshops can be taken before or during attending the core curriculum.

Students can choose from one of these options:

  • Two one day workshops (minimum 6 hours per day)
  • One weekend workshop (minimum 12 hours)
  • The College of Sound Healing Conference

Students need to do their additional Sound Healing Workshops with College Tutors or attend the College Conference. Any day or weekend workshop shown on the College web site counts as an additional Sound Healing Workshop.

Exceptions are made for students coming to do the Practitioner Training from Overseas. They can attend equivalent workshops in their own country.

College Membership
At Part Two of the Practitioner Training Course you will need to become a Student Member of the College. Student Membership is £40.00 and has a duration of two years, giving you plenty of time to complete your Practitioner Training.

To become a Student Member please go to the Student Membership page.

Once you have completed the Practitioner Training you can become a Member of the College of Sound Healing (MCSH) and the Therapeutic Sound Association (TSA). The cost of College Membership is £50.00 per annum (if paid before February 28th) or £60.00 if paid after February 28th.

Anatomy And Physiology
Students are expected to have a basic knowledge of anatomy and physiology and hold a current first aid certificate.

After qualification, College members are expected to do a minimum of 16 hours a year Continuing Professional Development. Please check the College website for available courses and options.

The Sound Healing With The Drum Practitioner Training Course consists of five modules, ten workshops, over a 12 month period.

  • UK - £1100.00
  • London Area - £1375.00
  • Or the cost for each module will be £220 in the UK / £275 in the London Area.

Early bird discounts may be available, please see individual Tutor pages for more details. Accommodation and meals are not included in the price.


Aoife B: "I am still buzzing from the weekend and very excited about what's to come!"

Brian J: "It was a revelation to find that the drum is the main source of my learning; in listening to it and working with it, I find that my senses are heightened and that tuning into my clients is so much more powerful and natural. I would certainly recommend this course."

Emiliye A: "I should like to express my very deep gratitude for the wonderful course you are offering and sharing with us. It is such a privilege to have met you both and to be a part of something so special."

Gabriella K: "Without this course, without this work, without the depth of prayer of the medicine wheel, and the healing from the drum and from Spirit I would not have made it through the challenges of these last months."

Giusi M: "Thank you very much for the wonderful weekend; you are two beautiful souls and I'm very grateful to have crossed your path."

Julia C: "Thank you for a beautiful weekend with the medicine wheel, it touched my heart and life has felt so different afterwards. Everything has felt like it makes a bit more sense and I drum to the wheel daily."

Tam-Wahra-Tam K: "We all seemed so tuned in and tuned up, and even the trees took to prancing and dancing all about - unforgettable! The healing sessions were powerful, energising and explained so much about what we are all eventually aiming for."

Steve W: "Thank you both for a wonderful weekend full of love and spirit and for the gift of the song!"

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