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Music for Health and Wellbeing

The Compassionate Voice

Listening & Responding in Clinical Health Care

How to utilize music, sound & voice for enhanced self-care, mindful self-compassion & improved communication


(Level One)


Dr. Jeffrey W. Cupchik,


Medical Ethnomusicologist

Live Virtual Online


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Workshop Director:


Jeffrey W. Cupchik PhD, BMus, 

Medical Ethnomusicologist, Composer, Educator, Author



During Covid19, Dr. Cupchik 

designed an online virtual curriculum "Music for Health and Wellness" for advanced undergraduates.

This course offering attracted students from across the university to explore and test the efficacy of music/sound in micro-interventions for Mindful Self-Compassion and Self-Care. 

This weekend workshop curates from over 50 efficacious music/sound 

micro-interventions to offer participants important techniques on human flourishing.


With the directed effort of music/sound, self-efficacy, self-care, and caring for others are shown to become increased at a significant level, according to our recent research findings.


Having spent over 25 years training with Tibetan Buddhist elder masters, Dr. Cupchik's book on the Tibetan Buddhist Chöd ritual is forthcoming in 2022 with SUNY Press' Series for Studies in Religion: 

The Sound of Vultures' Wings:

The Tibetan Buddhist Chöd Ritual of the Female Buddha Machik Labdrön

His published writings include peer-reviewed articles in the Yale Journal of Music & Religion, Journal of the Society for Asian Music, Popular Music History, the UCLA-based 

ECHO: A Music-Centered Journal, and the Bloomsbury Handbook of Religion and Popular Music, among others.

His research centers on themes in music & health, Buddhist ritual music, popular music and religion, and a recently published chapter explores Nelson Mandela's use of megaconcerts to launch a global HIV/AIDS public health education campaign.

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Arts & Medicine

Music for Health and Wellbeing

The Compassionate Voice

Listening & Responding in Clinical Health Care

How to utilize music, sound & voice

for enhanced self-care, mindful self-compassion & improved communication


(Level One)

for Health Care Providers 

Dr. Jeffrey W. Cupchik,

Medical Ethnomusicologist

Integrating Personal and Professional Tools


Music is understood to be an important psychophysical and psychosocial determinant of health. Yet, despite its ubiquity, music remains an under-tapped resource for augmenting wellbeing.


Music/sound micro-interventions (periods of defined listening to specific tracks) can lead to enhanced productivity and sustain flow states in a study or work environment, and even create a sense of community. Music Listening Experiences (MLEs) can also enhance a sense of wellbeing on an individual basis.


By genuinely engaging in this live virtual workshop, participants will learn ways to utilize music/sound to benefit their workflow and relaxation during the day, and to improve sleep efficacy at night.


Several techniques will be introduced and practiced in the safe space of this virtual workshop. Participants will gain not only knowledge but also tools for how to use music for enhanced self-care and increased self-efficacy in everyday performance.

Research-based practices utilizing compassionate listening and compassionate tone of voice will be taught. Deep listening originates as a powerful aural/oral practice forwarded by Thich Nhat Hanh.


Patient-physician encounters can be gently improved with increased meta-awareness of the placement of voice in the body as an enunciating mechanism; thus a compassionate voice can alleviate what has been referred to as "compassion fatigue" in health care. More likely "communication fatigue," is at work.


Learn to allow yourself the ease of conveyance with an intentional vocal practice grounded in compassionate mindfulness.


In this workshop, you will learn:

  • How to utilize music, sound, and voice to enhance your workflow and relaxation during the day, and improve your sleep at night.

  • Empirically-tested strategies utilizing music/sound micro-interventions in powerful, easily applied methods.

  • Why your "Compassion Fatigue" is likely "Communication" Fatigue; learn how to use your spoken voice (head, chest, and diaphragm) to ease muscular tension.

  • How music can help you articulate your emotions, modulate moods, and set the tempo of your day.

  • A guided practice into responding compassionately to life's daily challenges by listening to your inner voice.

  • How you can apply music/sound meditatively to experience mindful self-compassion.

  • Preventive sound interventions that can become your mid-day mood “reset.” 

  • How to utilize binary beats to help induce a flow state.

  • A compassionate method of sharing and receiving music through a new Creative Music Therapy role modeling exercise.

  • 6 ways music performances bring social healing and community wellbeing

  • How sharing music can increase feelings of social connectedness.

  • Insights from cross-cultural medicine for improved patient-physician communication.

  • Strategies utilizing music, sound, and voice in 4 key areas for transforming state: increased focus, enhanced energy, sustained flow, and improved relaxation.




During Covid-19, a new online course curriculum “Music for Health and Wellness” was designed and run by medical ethnomusicologist Dr. Jeffrey W. Cupchik for hundreds of senior-level undergraduates.


Joining this course, which draws upon decades of research on music and health, advanced students from diverse academic disciplines and departments across the university came together to systematically explore and empirically test the efficacy of music/sound in micro-interventions for self-care, and present data in live virtual class workshops. 


Participants discovered how to use music/sound for increasing self-efficacy at statistically significant levels.


This workshop is curated from over 50 micro-interventions for self-care, bringing together the most statistically significant empirical findings in techniques using music/sound that can lead to human flourishing.


Dates & Times:
Now receiving workshop booking requests for February 2022.


Location:  Live Virtual Online (during Covid19)

Course Fee: $ 2997, Group Rate* 


*Early Bird $ 2397, Group Rate* (save 20%) with advanced registration

Discounts are available for residents, nurses, and frontline health care workers, upon request.

Deadline to Register24 hours prior to workshop offering

Free Workbook offered to registrants. Contains supplementary research resources, guided exercises, narrative of exercises covered, and video and audio links. 

Maximum Number of Participants:  6 - 18

Who is this workshop intended to benefit? 

  • Through this course, health care professionals have discovered strategies for utilizing music and sound for self-care and for serving their patients.

  • Whether you are a health care professional, student, educator, arts therapist, or an experienced meditator, this course provides opportunities to augment the wellbeing of yourself and others.

Do you need a Music Background?

  • A music background in performance is not necessary.  An appreciation of music and sound is an advantage. 

Experiential education model

  • Interactive exercises from empirically tested methods.

  • Discover which sounds/musics assist your shifting states.

  • Explore vocal placement to rediscover your authentic tone of voice.

  • Practice-based approaches that inform health outcomes.



  • Genuine engagement and a commitment to critical inquiry. 


Workshop Schedule & Info   

  • Offered upon Request.

Personal and Professional Tools


If you’re an individual professional or you're part of a team running a business,  a surgical team or nursing team in a medical center, you can learn ways to utilize music/sound to benefit you and your team's workflow and relaxation during the day, and to increase your sleep efficacy at night.


My own core values, and commitment to health and well-being of mind, body, and healthy conscious approaches, have guided me throughout my life to listen closely to master teachers who know how to live well, to not harm others, and to bring subtle and profound benefit to people. It's many of those practical wisdom teachings that I impart in a workshop setting so that others can learn and benefit from my life-long search. 

Music/sound micro-interventions can increase productivity and sustain flow states in a work environment, and even create a sense of community, among numerous other benefits.


Several techniques will be taught and practiced in the safe space of this workshop. Participants will gain knowledge and tools for Self-Compassion and increased efficacy that can be utilized every day.

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