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HEALTH AND HARMONY AT WORK: Improve Creativity and Productivity in the Workplace

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.

SOMETIMES WORDS ARE NOT ENOUGH – Music for Mental Health

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.

STAND BY ME: Introduction to Music Therapy for All Ages and Abilities

Music Therapy is regularly discussed in mainstream media and considered a conventional treatment, however it is still considered a fringe service to 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 over 25 years. 

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:

  • 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 and abilities

A SOUND CONNECTION: Creativity for Aging Well

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 has the capacity to overcome physical and cognitive limitations and encourage engagement and interaction, offering a new form of communication to those who, either gradually or suddenly, are overcome by an unwelcome and disruptive challenges.

Music Therapy is proven to be effective even for people who have not responded or are resistant to other treatment approaches. Music calms and soothes the mind and enhances cognitive processes. Overall, Music Therapy can give everyone an opportunity to maintain or improve their physical, mental, cognitive and psychological functions.

SOUNDS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT: Helping Teens Tune In

For teenagers, music frequently provides a means to identify and to label emotions. In music with lyrics, teenagers express happiness and sadness, frustrations and relief. Music helps to express issues arising from relationships with family or friends. When teenagers use music as a mood-modifier, it can be used to reinforce and perpetuate negative emotions as well as positive emotions. 

In this seminar learn how to:

  • use songs with lyrics to explore current topics, trends and experiences.
  • use music to help an anxious teen relax.
  • discuss the benefits and harmful attributes of some music – yes, music can harm.
  • incorporate music in the classroom to set the tone of an assignment, or time of day.
  • write new lyrics to an existing song to explore creative writing and to uncover the educational experiences within it.