Jennifer Buchanan

Health and Wellness, Stress Management and Music Therapy Expert

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 of musical therapists. Her nationally industry leading company has been thrice nominated for the Community Impact Award by the Calgary Chamber of Commerce. Combining powerful personal stories, cutting-edge clinical research, and straightforward strategies Jennifer’s presentations provide a treasury of proven ways – including boosting morale and decreasing stress – to improve your organization’s well-being, even during the most difficult times

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 Buchanan has completed her MBA to continue growing her 25 year, award winning and social-purpose business that is based in partnerships, connections, and networks. She is a leading expert on using music to boost mood, increase productivity, and decrease stress. Jennifer brings in her experience, research and best practices for how to incorporate music and take advantage of its motivating and healing nature.

Jennifer Buchanan 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. Jennifer Buchanan’s signature keynotes educate and inspire while enhancing a very memorable conference or event for all in attendance.

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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.

Features of this presentation:

  1. Learn how music can improve mood, memory and motivation.

  2. Hear inspirational case studies that amplify the amazing work happening at the intersection of music, health, and neuroscience.

  3. Leave with a better understanding of how music affects your actions and improves relationships.

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:

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.

Features of this presentation:

  • Strengthen your mindset towards your mission, mastery and money.

  • Explore practical strategies on how to grow your business while still helping others.

  • Identify your ‘blisspoint’ and how to use it to guide your next, best, decision.

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.

For many, being good at their job can give them a sense of achievement or satisfaction. But what happens when you are no longer satisfied and feel burned out?  This presentation will help you find the perfect blisspoint, the values-junction that will help you fulfill your purpose and support your desired outcomes in work and life.

Features of this presentation: 

  • Get inspired to fight for the health of you and your organization.

  • Learn the values – based ingredients required to find your blisspoint.  

  • Gain practical strategies to strengthen these core values and give ease to your decision making.

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A music therapy approach to life: use music intentionally to curb stress, boost mood and restore health. 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. 


The essential guide for every entrepreneur in the health and wellness field—whether for-profit or non-profit, public or private. Health and wellness businesses have unique challenges, opportunities, and metrics—until now there has never been a business resource specifically for health entrepreneurs. Renowned music therapist Jennifer Buchanan shows you how to measure your success and deliver your service in a way that blends health, heart, and mastery. It is possible to build a business that endures, without compromising your own health and values. Like many health entrepreneurs, Buchanan started with a huge mission. She wanted to help people in their pursuit of optimum health. But after running her business for twenty years, even with thousands of clients and a loyal staff, she felt burned out and not sure if her business would make it. Rather than quit, Buchanan went on an intense quest to prove her company’s viability and identify the key components of successful healthcare practices—and in Wellness Incorporated she shares these essential elements so your own business can prosper. Wellness Incorporated offers nine simple steps for starting or revitalizing your health business. You’ll learn how to establish your dream, scale your business, share your message with the world, increase equity for all, take care of yourself while you’re doing good work for others, and more. And yes, the good work can continue without you: Buchanan shows you how to create a lasting legacy so your mission can endure without you. Filled with practical tips and inspiring examples, including Buchanan’s own journey, Wellness Incorporated is geared toward those who believe that taking care of your business is the best way to take care of others. Now that’s wellness, well played.

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