Tuning In is a mindfulness-based music therapy program developed and facilitated by Augusta Symphony’s Community Chords Music Therapy. Its goal is to increase participants’ stress management skills through education, experiential self-care, and discussion/reflection. Use the link below to sign up for a free session of Tuning In for Self.

Reflect for a moment.

Do these statements resonate with you… with your staff… with your clients?

  • I feel stressed pretty consistently.
  • My mind seems to be multi-tasking and going all the time.
  • I have difficulty focusing on tasks because of distracting thoughts.
  • I seem to be reacting emotionally rather than responding thoughtfully in stressful situations.
  • I feel like I am on auto-pilot when doing things.
  • I am quick to judge or criticize my thoughts and feelings.
  • I feel like I miss moments because I am caught up in yesterday’s happenings or tomorrow’s to-do list.
  • I am working hard but am under a lot of stress and pressure.
  • I am good at helping and taking care of others, but not great at doing that for myself.
  • I find that thoughts about work interrupt my home life and visa versa.
  • I am coping with a chronic illness and/or have on-going issues with pain.

If you identify with any of these statements, you are not alone.

According to the American Psychological Association’s Stress In America 2020 report, Americans are on the verge of a national mental health crisis as people experience increased stress from work, home and family, finances and economy, societal pressures and conflicts, and the current public health crisis. To manage stress, we need strategies to help us quiet the noise in our minds and treat ourselves with kindness so that we can be resilient and healthy people.

Tuning In is a free program that combines guided mindfulness practices with live music experiences to help participants be in the moment and be in the music. Join the Augusta Symphony’s music therapist and select musicians for five 90-minute sessions that focus on tuning in to self-care and managing stress.

Research has shown that mindfulness training helps promote employee well-being, engagement, and productivity1. Lead your organization towards increased balance and focus and decreased stress by including Tuning In as professional development for your staff. Non-profits, community groups, as well as organizations that employ frontline, essential, and healthcare workers are eligible to participate in this free program. Sessions can be scheduled for your staff at a mutually convenient time.

To get your organization and team involved in Tuning In, complete this interest form.

The Centers for Disease Control report that currently about one third of Americans are experiencing symptoms of anxiety and depression. According to neuroscientists, we can work to rewire our brains to be happier and more present through consistent mindfulness practices2. Enhance your overall wellness and get on a path to be happier by learning and practicing mindfulness supported by the beauty of music.

Share this flyer about Tuning In with your community organization, employer, or health care provider to be referred as a participant.

Research has shown that mindfulness practices have been effective in addressing psychological stressors and coping as well as quality of life measures, sleep, and working memory for those with chronic illnesses2. Whether you are coping with a physical or a mental illness, adding mindfulness practice with music to your day can help you cope with symptoms and stress.

If you are a health care provider and are interested in referring patients to Tuning In, complete this interest form.

If you are a person coping with chronic illness, share this flyer with your provider to be referred as a participant.

Each 90-minute session includes:


  • Basics of mindfulness — history, concepts, research findings, use in self-care.
  • Research on stress and how the body and mind respond to stress.
  • Strategies for being mindful through formal practice and in daily life.


  • Guided mindfulness practices to help focus on the here and now.
  • Live music experiences that support and expand the mindfulness practice.


  • Opportunity for participants to give feedback and ask questions.
  • Time to respond and reflect verbally or through art.
  • Facilitator and peer support for establishing a regular personal practice using mindfulness and music for stress management.

After completing the five sessions of Tuning In, participants will have…

  • More informed understandings of stress and mindfulness and the importance of self-care.
  • Resources like guided scripts and playlists to make mindfulness and music a sustainable self-care practice.
  • Strategies for finding mindful moments in daily life.
  • Personal plans for stress management using preferred mindfulness practices and music.

No musical or mindfulness experience needed.

For more information, contact Community Chords Program Director and Music Therapist, Veronica Andreassen-Barker.

Tuning In is made possible by a grant from the American Orchestras’ Futures Fund, a program of the League of American Orchestras made possible by the generous support of the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation.


1 Slutsky, J., Chin, B., Raye, J., & Creswell, J. D. (2018, October 18). Mindfulness Training Improves Employee Well-Being: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology. Online publication.

2 Wolf, C., Serpa, J. G., Kornfield, J., Goodman, T., Shoup, A., & Solís, M. (2015). A clinician’s guide to teaching mindfulness: The comprehensive session-by-session program for mental health professionals and health care providers. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications.

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