Listening to music intentionally can go a long way to making you feel good. Sure, an algorithm can suggest a music playlist, but your streaming service isn’t intentionally curating lists to help you shake it up or seek out a peaceful, easy feeling.
At the heart of her new book, Wellness, Wellplayed: The Power of a Playlist, takes readers through the process of curating “purposeful playlists” to bring out certain emotions or to act as musical backdrops for performing various tasks or conjuring various memories.
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This desire to order our music, especially during trying times, comes from a fundamental place. “COVID brought forth a way for us to curate what’s important to us and what we value,” she says. “The act of building a playlist can bring forth some new elements of what music means to you that you haven’t even considered yet. We all know music is very personal and we also know music can do things for us. It can give us that hug when we need it the most and the more personalized we can make the more meaningful it becomes.” – Jennifer Buchanan
“When we use the right music at the right time in the right way, it can help us feel better, it can strengthen us, and it can make us able to feel improvement in the areas of mood, memory, and motivations.” In this Mental Health Minute video on Psychiatric Times, Jennifer Buchanan discusses the healing power of music and how music can help us start seeing our lives in technicolor.
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People are looking to be more focused and more creative, and at the C-suite level they are looking to increase productivity. Stress needs to decrease if productivity is to rise. If the workplace is going to be a place where we try to alleviate stress and help people better focus on their tasks (and their lives), we have to offer as many tools as possible to provide that help. Music absolutely needs to be a part of the workplace toolkit!
Jennifer Buchanan, a bright light in the ecosystem of innovative entrepreneurs in Alberta, served her first client in September of 1991. “Alberta seemed ready for something different to reach the needs of the people, with some luck on my side because music therapy was new, it really started taking off…I quickly transitioned from a private practice, to somebody that wanted to create more jobs for other music therapists. Today we are a team of 23”
While optimistic about iPods and other devices that allow music to be so portable, Buchanan is a big believer in the quality of sound, acting as a spokesperson for Marantz, the high-end speaker systems that “feel live, exactly the way the music and artist intended,” as well as Future Shop, where they’re sold. She emphasizes the importance of taking the time to sit and really listen to music, instead of just using it as background noise.
Finding your voice again after a stroke or a spinal cord injury can be a difficult journey, but Jennifer Buchanan’s company, JB Music Therapy, is helping patients even during COVID restrictions.
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Accompanying Lynn Lewis is music therapist Jennifer Buchanan on the guitar. The singing brings back joyful memories of singing and dancing with her mum. It’s what she needs to relax and lift her spirits in the dreary routine of her hospital stay.
Jennifer Buchanan, a Canadian music therapist and the author of “Tune In: A Music Therapy Approach to Life” said that music can stimulate many parts of the brain and intentional music learning is a key to psychological rehabilitation.
Calgary music therapist Jennifer Buchanan says if there is a typical time in your day you feel stressed, try listening to calming music that puts you in a better place, just before that time. “But what can be really beneficial for our health is to have a playlist that is defined that is actually labeled by the emotional state you hope to achieve.”
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Internationally known cellist Johanne Perron’s personal story rings true to Jennifer Buchanan, a leading expert on music therapy, “I’ve witnessed that when you find the right music at the right time in the right way, a client starts feeling the desired state they want to feel, less anxious, less stressed, and more creative.
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“Music quickly taps into our rewards centers in our brain,” says Buchanan. “What happens is for most of us in seconds, we will release hormones into our system, like dopamine, which will help us feel good, oxytocin, which will help us trust people and serotonin, which can help us sleep. It all depends on the tune.” – Jennifer Buchanan
Calgary-based music therapist Jennifer Buchanan agrees that holiday music can irritate, but it can also do exactly what retailers hope it will: inspire us.