Music-Centered Wellness in Integrative Medicine Settings


MusicWorx Toolbox: Music-Centered Wellness in Integrative Medicine Settings discusses the prescribed clinical use of music in order to stimulate positive changes through informational approaches of intentional listening, active music making, relaxation, song writing, and much more. These materials were field-tested with clients as part of an integrative medicine program to learn about the therapeutic use of music for health and well being. The course includes an extensive array of downloadable session plans and handouts. Lists of necessary supplies and resources provide a template for therapists to create their own music-centered wellness groups.

All MusicWorx Toolbox Self-Study Courses are approved by the CBMT for 15 Continuing Music Therapy Education ( CMTE ) credits. MusicWorx Inc., #P-097, maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT policies and criteria.

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SKU CMTE-007 Category

What’s Inside This Toolbox

  • 77 double-sided pages
  • 30+ handout examples
  • 12 detailed session plans
  • 9 additional session plans in Appendix
  • music CD by Chelsea Davis
  • digital form download (included with CMTEs)

Session Topics

  • Session 1: Active Music Making: Introduction to Drumming Community and Team Building
  • Session 2: Mandala: The Sacred Wheel
  • Session 3: Songwriting: How to Take Control of the Music in Your Life
  • Session 4: Using Your Voice as a Tool for Relaxation, Part One
  • Session 5: Music-Making: Improvisation
  • Session 6: Using Your Voice for Relaxation, Part Two
  • Session 7: Music Exercising Emotions: Music to Manage Your Mind, Body and Mood, Part One
  • Session 8: Music Exercising Emotions: Music to Manage Your Mind, Body and Mood, Part Two
  • Session 9: Drum Circle: Herding Cats, Pulling Donkeys, and Pushing Elephants
  • Session 10: Introduction to Technology: The Power of Your Playlist, iPad-ology, and Samsung-ology
  • Session 11: The Sound of Healing: Resources
  • Session 12: Gratitude and Wellness: Finding Art in Thankfulness, Gratitude in Sound and Words

Additional Sessions

  • Active Music Making
  • By Way of Sorrow: Lyric Analysis / Creative Arts
  • Hope and Managing Anxiety
  • Introduction to Music Therapy: Music to Manage Your Mind, Body, and Mood
  • Music-Assisted Movement: Alexander Technique
  • Music-Assisted Movement: Self-Massage Techniques
  • Music Making Improvisation: I Can Play What…Marimbas, Slit Drums, and Bells?
  • Relaxation and Guided Imagery: Conscious Listening – Mind, Body and Spirit
  • The Voice of Healing

Learning Objectives

References to items on the Board Certification Domains are based on the Practice Analysis Study of 2019. Those registered for MusicWorx Toolbox: Music-Centered Wellness in Integrative Medicine Settings will develop or improve their abilities to use music therapeutically in a variety of medical settings, including inpatient facilities, outpatient facilities, and at the bedside.

Music-Centered Wellness in Integrative Medicine Settings addresses these specific competencies in the current Board Certification Domains:

Learning Objective 1
2020 Domains:
II. B. 4 | II. B. 6 | III. A. 2 | III. A. 5 (s, t, gg)

Create an original imagery script to be used during music-centered relaxation exercise.
II. Referral, Assessment, Interpretation of Assessment and Treatment Planning
III. Treatment Implementation and Documentation

Learning Objective 2
2020 Domains:
III. A. 2 (ggg) | III. A. 5 (s, t, gg)

Understand how creative arts with music are effective for expression with patients and as self-care.
III. Treatment Implementation and Documentation

Learning Objective 3
2020 Domains:
III. A. 5 (f, g, s, t, dd)

Explain at least three benefits of humming and toning vocal techniques.
III. Treatment Implementation and Documentation

Learning Objective 4
2020 Domains:
III. A. 2 (b, p, ss) | III. A. 5 (s, t, gg) | IV. B. 5

Describe three ways to use music for relaxation within an individual / at-home setting.
III. Treatment Implementation and Documentation
IV. Evaluation and Termination of Treatment

Barbara Reuer, Phd, LPMT, MT-BC

Career Highlights
  • Music Therapist–Board Certified
  • Neurologic Music Therapist
  • Founder and CEO of MusicWorx Inc., San Diego, CA
  • Founder and CEO of Resounding Joy Inc., San Diego, CA
  • 2008 Recipient of AMTA Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Pain Management Award
  • 2008 Recipient of The Southern California Cancer Pain Initiative Pain Management Award


Music Interventions Proven by 40 Years’ Clinical Practice

Dr. Reuer is the founder and CEO of MusicWorx Inc., an international clinical training program for music therapy interns as well as provider of workshops and seminars covering wellness, community-building, and stress management, for healthcare professionals, educators, and corporate clients. Dr. Reuer’s vast experience includes more than 40 years of clinical practice in public schools, older-adult facilities, hospices, medical and psychiatric hospitals, corrections facilities, substance abuse and eating disorders programs, and health spas and course instruction at the community college and university level.

Dr. Reuer has served as President of the National Association for Music Therapy (NAMT). She was the year 2000 recipient of the Professional Practice Award from the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) for significant contribution to the practice of music therapy. And in 2008, Dr. Reuer received a Lifetime Achievement Award from AMTA.

Dr. Reuer has authored and co-authored several books and articles. Print media feature articles and numerous prestigious publications frequently quote her. She has appeared in several televised interview formats at local, national, and international levels, including the Lifetime Network television series New Attitudes.

Dr. Reuer also is the CEO of Resounding Joy, Inc., a California 501(c)(3) corporation that uses therapeutic and recreational music programs to improve the social, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being of individuals and communities.  Resounding Joy has provided music therapy and recreational music services to more than 85,000 children and adults in the greater San Diego region since 2004. Resounding Joy board-certified staff music therapists and volunteers deliver services through four major programs that target four distinct underserved populations:

  • This course was very well organized and laid out. I enjoyed reading about all the fantastic session ideas for incorporating wellness into music therapy sessions. I am already doing many of them. Your CMTE classes are excellent. Thank you again for all the work you do to create these opportunities!

    Kelly Loesch, MT-BC - June 2024
  • Thank you for the certificate and for the kind words about the mandalas. I enjoyed that portion immensely, and it really caused me to think deeply into some things, which was such a cool bonus of learning the material!

    Lindsey Fila, MT-BC - November 2021
  • Great course! Informative, helpful and organized presentation of material.The information related to how to integrate humming, toning/toning bowls and chanting activities into my session was most useful.

    Michael Timmons, MT-BC - October 2019
  • Books are very helpful to reference in different situations. I love the format that is easy to read and comprehend, Different activities solidified what I learned in the book.

    Trina Pope, MT-BC - September 2019
  • Excellent course and with very helpful and relevant content.

    Diane Coll, EdD, LPC, MT-BC - December 2017
  • I don't have any suggestions for improvement. The material and learning experiences in the course were rich and have given me many fresh ideas.

    Molly Hicks, MT-BC - July 2017
  • The Integrative Medicine Settings Music-Centered Wellness course gave ample ideas and variations of sessions to utilize with my patients. I really like the material / information on drumming, toning, and improvisation, as these are areas where I am not as confident. Thank you for creating these Toolbox CMTEs! This is my first one, and I look forward to ordering more. My soul, spirit, and well-being have been touched and restored. I feel motivated and rejuvenated as a music therapist!

    Lindsey Griffith, MA MT–BC - May 2013
  • I enjoyed being introduced to interventions that I have not used before. The sessions were clearly formatted. I was able to complete course on my own pace. The course boosted my confidence with wellness/relaxation practices in music therapy sessions.

    Anonymous - December 2012
  • Thanks very much for getting the certificates back to me so quickly! I appreciate it. Now I'm ready to re-certify—what a relief! I'm sure you know how expensive almost all of the other courses are out there—whether home study or not. The affordability of your courses are a huge blessing to people like me! Yours are fun to take. So hopefully you will make a few more before I begin thinking about re-certification again. Thank you so much!

    Roxanne Simmons, MT–BC - June 2011
  • Barbara . . . the Toolbox is here . . . yay and thanks. It's perfect (of course). The intro to music therapy section literally follows what I had in mind to do. I will create my Power Point presentation and a few alternative or extra tools in terms of handouts / worksheets (stuff I've used over the years and am comfy with in structure). When it's all done, I'll send it to you as an attachment for a look-see. Among all the CDs gathering dust in my collection was the Tune-the-Brain one . . . go figure. Thanks again for this wonderful and practical resource . . . stuff we do but never have time to write out and fix in some manner that doesn't destroy the in-the-moment creative process with the people we are presenting to. Yay!

    Celeste - October 2007