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Tune In: A Music Therapy Approach to Life

Use music intentionally to curb stress, boost mood and restore health.

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 by a music therapist. Intended to help readers from all walks of life learn how to use music to reduce stress, boost morale, and restore health – and when to access a music therapist for optimum benefit. Tune In provides a roadmap to the incredible ways in which music can help us feel better connected and find wellbeing – even (or especially!) in the darkest and most stressful of times.

“Music can and does save healthcare dollars, but its effects go far deeper than its monetary value,” says Buchanan. 

View VIDEOS from Jennifer’s Tune In Tour with Fox, NBC and CBS

Tune In is about people and the music-based practices that have worked for them, and gives actual strategies to use at home and at the office. The goal is simple: I want you to feel better, empowered, and uplifted through music!”

A useful, enlightening and ear-opening read, Tune In explores:

  • The “triggering” power of music – to emotional states both good and bad – and how to use this information to your advantage;
  • Intentional listening: how to find the right tunes, and employ them at the right time in the right way;
  • What music therapy is, and how working with a music therapist can change your perspective, wellbeing, and life;
  • Simple, personalized strategies and exercises to get the most out of music.


Amazon Reviews

Room 217 Book Review

Art Therapy Association Book Review

About the Author:

Jennifer Buchanan, MBA, MTA is a Certified Music Therapist, founder of Calgary-based JB Music Therapy, and author of the book, Tune In. A highly regarded expert and trailblazer in her field, Jennifer is Past-President of the Canadian Association for Music Therapy, and an in-demand keynote speaker at national conferences spanning areas including healthcare, education, leadership, and business development. She has received many honours, including the Professional Caregivers Award from the Canadian Mental Health Association, and her company, JB Music Therapy, has been most recently nominated for the Community Impact Award by the Calgary Chamber of Commerce in 2015, 2016, and 2017.

The Rebecca Review


Jennifer is a great story teller who effectively captures moments, making them fresh to the imagination.

Jennifer Talks About Her Book on ‘Lit Happens’ with Wes Funk