<February 29, March 1, March 2nd 2020> Sound School Level 1

Sound School Level 1

with Katie Down and Jessica Caplan

Saturday February 29th | 10am-6pm

Sunday March 1st | 10am-6pm



Saturday February 29th | 10am-6pm

Sunday March 1st | 10am-6pm

Monday March 2nd | 10 am-6pm (practice lab)



Sound School Level 1 at Maha Rose, is led by licensed creative arts therapist, Katie Down, (LCAT, MT-BC, MMT) and sound practitioner/yoga instructor, Jessica Caplan. 

This training gives participants a thorough introduction with hands-on practicum training in the therapeutic use of sound. Weaving together theory, history, and experiential learning, this course will invite students to explore the voice and different resonant drone instruments for the purpose of healing, connection, and personal transformation.

Students will gain tools and inspiration to create their own personal sound practice while employing ethics guidelines and best practices for using sound in a variety of healing modalities. We will explore the history, science and cultural relevance of sound in healing traditions and expand our capacity for deep listening in meditation and clinical applications. Students will also have the opportunity to use traditional sound healing instruments including but not limited to: Himalayan singing bowls, crystal singing bowls, monochords, hand pans, tuning forks, shruti boxes, and others. The training will focus on the use of melody, rhythm, and timbre as diagnostic tools as well.

Maha Rose Sound School Level 1 is open to clinicians, healing arts practitioners, teachers,musicians, bodyworkers, and anyone curious about the power of sound and deep listening to understand and connect with sound as a tool for healing - not only in the context of clinical practice but for creating a personal sound practice in our daily lives.

Monday Sound Lab
In this optional, additional full day of supervised hands-on clinic, students will have the opportunity to integrate the tools and learning from the weekend. Through demo's, dyad and group practice, feedback, and discussion groups, we'll refine skills, and experience the nuances of one-on-one session work. This day is highly recommended for those who wish to bring sound work into their established therapeutic practices, or are looking to offer individual sound sessions.

Level 2 will be offered in June, 2020 so stay tuned for more info.


"Sound School was a wonderful learning and healing experience. Jessica and Katie are beautifully talented, attentive and insightful. They have a created a truly transformative and welcoming space at Maha Rose. I really enjoyed collaborating with the other students and learning not just about sound practice but also about awareness, presence and connection. Sound School has really helped me to articulate and expand my own practice and experience. Would highly recommend it to anyone who seeks gifted teachers, for experienced practitioners or just curious ones!"

 - Alex Radoaca, herbalist

“I thoroughly enjoyed attending Sound School at Maha Rose, in addition to the retreat offered upstate. This was an excellent opportunity to share space and a profound learning experience with like-minded individuals. I am not musically inclined; however, I was definitely able to grasp concepts and put them into practice. Both Katie and Jessica led an enriching and exciting program. Each session provided an opportunity to receive and facilitate, which is the most helpful learning model for me. I also enjoyed the clinical aspect of practice with feedback from my peers and both instructors. I would highly recommend this program for those who are interested in deepening their personal practice or preparing to facilitate work with others. I am looking forward to continuing the learning experience with these wonderful ladies.”

-Jessica Bonds, LCSW

Jessica Caplan
 is a certified sound practitioner, vocalist and yoga teacher. She is passionate about creating heart-centered experiences that weave together music, movement, self-connection, community and the journey to Spirit. A yoga teacher since 2006, and a singer all her life, Jessica’s love of music and the healing arts merged several years ago when she began to study sound healing. She graduated from the Open Center’s Sound and Music Institute in 2013, and facilitates soundbaths, as well as workshops, retreats and trainings in voice and the art of therapeutic sound. As a vocal guide, Jessica provides students an embodied, loving approach to reawakening the connection to one’s voice, and through that, with oneself. She is a Reiki practitioner and Restorative yoga teacher, and continues her studies of sound healing, yoga, Native traditions, shamanic practices, and classical Indian music. Jessica is also the co-creatrix of SoundMind (www.soundmind.space), an audio meditation series combining meditation with therapeutic sound. She is currently based in the Hudson Valley. 

Katie Down, (LCAT, MT-BC, MMT, MM) is a licensed creative arts therapist, Reiki practitioner, multi-instrumentalist, composer and performer. Katie's breadth of experience in sound and music in therapeutic modalities is encompassed over 10 years of clinical work as a music psychotherapist and sound practitioner. She is the Department Chair of Music Therapy ay The Brooklyn Music School and on staff at NYU where she facilitates a program for survivors of sexual assault called The Angel Band. Katie regularly leads sound bath meditations at Maha Rose Center for Healing, The Bhakti Center, Wainwright House, MINKA and Bhagavat Life and is invited to teach and facilitate sound meditations and deep listening experiences at venues throughout the country and abroad. Katie’s on-line course, “Music and Mindfulness in Clinical Applications” is available as part of the Spiegel Academy’s DBT certification program and she is the music producer for City Test Prep’s audio series. Katie received masters degrees from NYU in Music Psychotherapy and at New England  Conservatory in composition. Her post graduate trauma training and EMDR certification was completed at the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy and she is certified in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. Katie’s psychotherapy practice, Sound Well Creative Arts Therapy, PLLC is based in Manhattan, offering a holistic, nurturing and grounded environment for expression, release and wellbeing. Katie has been a guest lecturer in listening and mindfulness at NYU, The School of Visual Arts, Cal State Fullerton, Hofstra University, The Jewish Theological Seminary, The Expressive Arts Therapy Summit, The International Conference on Deep Listening, and at many grand rounds presentations for area hospitals. Katie spends her tine between the Hudson Valley and Brooklyn. http://www.soundwellcenter.com