Chennai Music Therpay


The Programme  is   foundational, conducted online and designed  to train  the participants on  music therapy basics and principles, methods and procedures  on theoretical level apart from  introducing  Indian music healing systems and the ways it could be integrated into contemporary music therapy practice.

Further, this foundational training programme prepares and motivates  the students to take up  the one year  course on music therapy offered by the School (PGDMT)  to begin clinical practice.

The CPMT course participants can switch over to the PGDMT program after successful completion of the course. The switch over is permissible only  within a maximum period of  one year from the   date of completion of CPMT course in which the participant has enrolled. All CPMT candidates do not automatically get switched over to PGDMT. Only those who are  fulfilling the eligibility criteria fixed for the PGDMT program and clearing the interview and audition will be eligible for transfer.

The modules relating to CPMT 6 months program are
1. Traditional Healing Systems
2. Psychological Foundations
3. Music Therapy Foundations
4. Music Therapy Applications

Duration and Time of the Program

The Program is run completely online.   The duration of the program is six months. The class duration is around 4 to 6 hours per week on designated week days between 7.30  pm to 9.30 pm.  We also offer a week end CPMT course  and the classes are held during the forenoon of the weekend.  Classes are provided on  Saturdays and Sundays between 10 am to 12 noon. The induction program for all the batches  is usually only in the evenings.  Participants have to be present physically online for all the classes. 80 percent attendance is mandatory to get  the certificate. If the attendance criteria is not met with, participants will not get a certificate.

Our next batch of CPMT commences in  June 2024  on 15 6 2024 which is a weekday  evening  batch  and classes to be  held between 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays

However, special lectures by external experts as part of the curriculum  are scheduled and delivered generally during the week ends, for which the students have to be prepared as it is  mandatory to take up these classes.


Who can join?

Musicologists, Musicians, Psychologists, Medical Professionals, Special Educators, Music Educators, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists,  Alternative and Complementary therapists, Sound engineers and/or  any bachelor degree holder/diploma holders after completing higher secondary who has a passion for music and want to integrate music  and medicine in their work to enhance quality of life of the patients/clients with whom they work with in everyday life.

Strong communication skills in English (both written and spoken)  is important for joining the course as  the medium of instruction of the course conducted is  English and requires the students to participate actively during online class room discussions.

However, candidates who wish to transfer  to the one year Post Graduate Diploma in Music Therapy course after completing CPMT necessarily to have a bachelor's degree to meet the eligibility criteria for the PGDMT program

What to expect of classes?

The classes are conducted online via the globally  popular and professional CISCO - WEBEX meeting software. We have a distinguished scholar of international repute as Program Director who will be the core faculty.    The classes are both didactic and also interactive in nature and open to discussions. All the participants have e access to the lectures/powerpoints/notes. 80% attendance is compulsory for obaining the certificate.  Non compliance to attendance requirements is viewed seriously and the participants who do not meet the attendance criteria will not receive certificates.

Students of online certificate course also do all the course works related to the  I semester of PGDMT and have the option of making an exit with the certificate at the end of 6 months or continue with the PGDMT by appearing for the examinations to complete the I semester of PGDMT

Only if the participants continue with the PGDMT, the internship training (750 hours)  is offered at places approved by CSMT


How much does it cost?

The course fee is Rs.48800/- 

Students can make the payment to the course after getting an intimation from the administration that their application is accepted.

Examination fees Rs. 2000/- payable at the time of the examinations.

Rewriting exam fees Rs.3000/- payable before rewriting the exams on failing the exams first time

CPMT examinations are conducted online.

CPMT participants who would like to transfer to PGDMT on completion of their 6 months course would have to pay "switch over fees" of Rs.6000/- in addition to the actual amount of fees payable.

Bank Particulars for effecting NEFT

Account Name: Chennai School of Music Therapy Pvt. Ltd.
Nature of account: Current account
Account number 6013337595
IFSC Code: IDIB000P193
Bank Address: Indian Bank,
Puzhuthivakkam Branch
No.3, Medavakkam Main Road,
Chennai 600091


On successful completion of the course,  CSMT awards a certificate for having been trained on foundational aspects of music therapy.  The students will be evaluated by both formative and summative assessments. They have to take up an online examination at the end of the  6 months course to get the CPMT certificate.

Those who switch over to PGDMT within one year of taking up CPMT have to surrender the CPMT certificate to complete the I semester examination of PGDMT and continue to get into the second semester and level II internship training ( Practicum training) to practice as a  music therapist.

Students who have not cleared the CPMT online examinations for the first time are given two more opportunities to clear the exams to get the certificate. Totally after three attempts, if the students have not been able to clear the exams they are not eligible for a certificate.

Non-graduates who are taking up the CPMT course cannot switch over to the PGDMT program. Afer completion of the bachelor's degree, they have to enroll separately for the PGDMT program.



The Certificate Course will run subject to admissions.
In the event of  the programme cancellation by Chennai School of Music Therapy,  participants will be notified and will be entitled to a full refund.
No refund is allowed if the applicant wants to cancel the participation after payment of fees and the amount  is not transferrable.
Please note that payment of full fees is required for registration and participation in the programme. The fees is accepted by online transfer  only upon admission notice from the school.
Seats  are very limited and  admissions awarded on a ‘first-come first-served’ basis
Please return this form to info@chennaimusictherapy.org. Scanned copies as proof for academic attainments ( Bachelor's degree and address and id proof and soft copy of the photo  have to accompany the filled-in application. The application need not be sent by snail mail/courier
Fees payable in favour of Chennai School of Music Therapy Private Ltd.  by NEFT only. DD/cheque  is not accepted
The School reserves the right to admission  of any student to the course.
Attendance of 80% is required to receive the certificate on completion of the course
Submission of all the 12 assignments is mandatory to take up the CPMT examination and  receive the certificate on completion of the course

Please note:
Candidates who have applied for a course, after admission notification, if they are not taking up the specific course, their subsequent applications for the same course cannot be considered. So candidates only with an intention of taking admission only need to apply.