“There is no other activity that we know of in the world that accesses as much of the brain simultaneously as music”

Jennifer Buchanan

Music Therapy Expert | Health & Wellness Speaker | Performance & Productivity

Jennifer Buchanan is an certified Music Therapist (MTA), Past-President of the Canadian Association for Music Therapy and author. She is instrumental in the implementation of hundreds of music therapy programs with her company currently serving over 1800 clients through the efforts of her specialized team – 20 members in total.  Their youngest client is 2 months old and their oldest is 104.

A trail blazer in the field of music therapy, Jennifer Buchanan is a popular keynote and workshop speaker who has spent over two decades inspiring audiences on how music fosters connections, focus, and feeling better.  Bridging the gap between academic research in the area of music medicine and the public, Jennifer has spoken internationally to a wide variety of education, healthcare, government, small business and corporate audiences.

In addition to her extensive healthcare and education experience, Jennifer has completed her MBA to continue growing her 25 year, award winning and social-purpose business that is based in partnerships, connections, and networks.

Jennifer has been a sessional instructor and guest lecturer at universities and is frequently interviewed on radio or television or quoted in health care and popular magazines. She has appeared as a guest on numerous news and current affairs programs including Fox News Health, NBC, CBS, CBC Radio, CBC Television, CTV, Global TV, and has been featured in publications such as the Huffington Post, Chatelaine Magazine and Canadian Living.

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In our age of unyielding distractions and persistent disruptions, often to the detriment of our health, there is a simple yet incredibly powerful tool that we have not fully leveraged – music.


As one of Canada’s leading trailblazers and experts in music therapy, Jennifer Buchanan bridges the gap between the academic research and the public in a humorous, warm and insightful way. She believes that when we experience the right music, in the right way, transformation can happen –  improved productivity, a boost in mood, enhanced performance, reduction in stress and stronger team engagement.


Like music, Jennifer’s TUNE IN message is universal – it reaches people worldwide regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, or location. No matter what kind of organization—a private practice, a small company or a large corporation—managers and employees at all levels will learn to Tune In to a better organization by becoming more collaborative, creative and productive. This “keynote” experience is sure to open or close your meeting on a high note.

This inspirational and trailblazing story reveals how Jennifer built a successful social purpose business that makes money AND makes significant community impact, despite being told it was impossible. 


Based on over 25 years of owning and operating an award-winning company, Jennifer presents her most moving stories to convey the following key strategies to help you build greater impact and meaning into your business, regardless of your company’s age or size:


• Share the dream and lead with legacy in mind


• Foster a spirit of equity  and build on your team’s strengths


• Make incremental steps towards your ‘blisspoint’ 


• Invest in self-care for yourself and your team


Jennifer imparts her front-line experience and infectious energy, speaking directly to every member in the audience. She brings her real-world experience of starting her company with just one client and scaling it to maximize community impact. Her first accountant said the market would never buy in…..over a quarter of a century later (and with a new accountant), Jennifer has built a company that proves good work can still make a difference.

The truth is that we can all feel overwhelmed, inefficient, and not connecting as well as we would like with our team . The solution? Putting tools, strategies, and mindsets in place to turn that experience around. Jennifer Buchanan’s experience as a music therapist has given her the gift of learning how to leverage music to reach such goals.


Many have witnessed the benefits of playing music to enhance performance — for the employer, it may be improving engagement, boosting efficiency, expediting projects, or working with greater enthusiasm. For the staff member it may be sparking creativity, or help for working through a barrier in a project. For others it may be feeling better connected to others or to get motivated for their next half marathon.  Regardless of the goal - music has been proven to help.


In a practical yet inspiring session, Jennifer educates audiences on how to effectively leverage music in their personal and work environments to enhance their creativity, productivity and team collaboration.  The result? More innovative contributors who are also happier and less stressed. The kind of things that make for incredible organizations.

Music Therapy is regularly talked about in mainstream media and considered a conventional treatment, however it is still considered a fringe service for many.  For Jennifer Buchanan, music therapy is not a secondary business… it is where her experience, training, and passions lie.  It is what she does – and has been doing for 25 years.

Learn:


  • the difference between music entertainment and music therapy

  • how the areas of the brain react to music and why this matters

  • how persons with neurologic impairment can still respond to music regardless of where the impairment resides

  • how music can reduce and eliminate stress and anxiety when used with intention

  • how music therapy benefits all ages

The truth is that we can all feel overwhelmed, inefficient, and not connecting as well as we would like with our team . The solution? Putting tools, strategies, and mindsets in place to turn that experience around. Jennifer Buchanan’s experience as a music therapist has given her the gift of learning how to leverage music to reach such goals.


Many have witnessed the benefits of playing music to enhance performance — for the employer, it may be improving engagement, boosting efficiency, expediting projects, or working with greater enthusiasm. For the staff member it may be sparking creativity, or help for working through a barrier in a project. For others it may be feeling better connected to others or to get motivated for their next half marathon.  Regardless of the goal - music has been proven to help.


In a practical yet inspiring session, Jennifer educates audiences on how to effectively leverage music in their personal and work environments to enhance their creativity, productivity and team collaboration.  The result? More innovative contributors who are also happier and less stressed. The kind of things that make for incredible organizations.

Inspiration and music ignite in this transformational presentation, taking people from feeling ‘tuned out’ - to feeling ‘tuned in'.


Jennifer has been fortunate to work with many organizations who serve children and adults facing trauma, depression, grief, addiction and more. Despite feeling lost or broken, music provided many people with the opportunity to express their emotions and to experience the necessary feelings of safety, peace and comfort they crave.


Using stories, science, and strategies Jennifer’s presentation delivers insights into:




  • using music to finding greater meaning in our lives

  • using music to be happier throughout the day

  • boosting mood and reducing stress and;

  • restoring overall health


Jennifer believes we all need help at points in our lives and music, at many times, can be the perfect friend to help us say the words that are often too difficult to say.

There have been many studies on the effects of music and development. The parts of the brain associated with music making results in heightened interest and response, learning and creativity, feelings of acceptance and increased happiness.

Learn:


  • how children perceive music – and why they gravitate to it so much

  • how all children regardless of age or ability can benefit emotionally, socially, intellectually and physically from learning and experiencing music.

  • music activities (that can be fostered by the non-musician) that can be done at home, and in the classroom to strengthen learning and growth.

Explore the science, interventions, and perspectives of using music throughout our later life. Music memory is deep seated in the brain and is protected from many signs of aging, including significant neurological changes. Through the use of stories and demonstrations you will gain knowledge and strategies for using music for greater wellness at home, in retirement communities, and long term care. Music is a medium that brings back positive memories. For the older adult music can quite simply be a lifeline into the past – and a connection to the present.

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TUNE IN

A music therapy approach to life: use music intentionally to curb stress, boost mood and restore health. Publication date: 2015 (Revised & Expanded), Hugo House Publishers Tune In from trailblazing Music Therapist Jennifer Buchanan, details how music can be used intentionally by anyone, anywhere, at any time, with enormous benefit. Combining powerful personal stories, cutting-edge clinical research, and straightforward strategies and exercises that have immediate take-home value, Tune In is an accessible and perspective-shifting read unlike any other that’s been written to date on the topic of music therapy. Intended to help readers from all walks of life learn how to use music to reduce stress, boost morale, and restore health, Tune In provides a roadmap to the incredible ways in which music can help us connect and find wellbeing – even (or especially!) in the darkest and most stressful of situations. “Music can and does save healthcare dollars, but its effects go far deeper than its monetary value,” says Buchanan. 

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