Jim Donovan M.Ed. is a professional musician, Assistant Professor at Saint Francis University and TEDx speaker.

His TEDx Talk “How to Trick Your Brain Into Falling Asleep” has been viewed over 3.8 million times.

His mission is to share the healing power of music through education and performance. He specializes in placing music and wellness programs in organizations who focus on improving mental health and people recovering from addiction. Donovan performs with his band Sun King Warriors and was a founding member of the 3-time platinum band Rusted Root. There he co-wrote the song “Send Me on My Way” featured in the movie Ice Age and became the first song on Mars where it “woke up” NASA’s Mars Rover.




Music and Wellness: Self Care Strategies for Everyone!

Jim Donovan’s interactive  experience explores the practical healing power of music. The goal of this hands-on program is to give participants evidence-based strategies to help them relieve anxiety, improve mood, deepen sleep, and increase mental focus –all by using beginner friendly music-based techniques.

Program includes:

Interactive Live/Virtual Workshop, Q&A, Video Tutorials, Printable Exercises, and Bonus Downloadable Guided Audio Exercises.


Participants in this training will understand how to . . .

● comfortably and effectively use music and mindfulness strategies

● adapt existing music and mindfulness strategies to their own specific needs.

● design a daily plan to preemptively address self care.

● non ­musicians can effectively use music and mindfulness strategies

● prior musical experience and the ability to read music is not a requirement.

Questions to be addressed:

● Why are music and mindfulness strategies an effective way to elicit anxiety reduction, mood improvement, better sleep and increased focus in teens and young adults?

● What must one learn to maximize effectiveness when music and mindfulness strategies?

● What must one learn to develop a daily personal self-care plan?

By the end of this program you will know. . .

● methodology for assessing emotional “temperature”.

● methodologies for four music and mindfulness strategies.

● the research behind the techniques.

By the end of this program you will be able to. . .

● perform four music and mindfulness strategies.

● adapt music and mindfulness strategies for your own needs.

● design your own daily plan to preemptively address self care.

What is a Music and Wellness strategy? Music and mindfulness strategies are evidence-based techniques that use easy-to-learn rhythm, sound and breathing methods, as a way to elicit a desired physiological state, such as lowering stress, boosting mood, maintaining attention­ to task, or learning how to entrain brain waves for improved sleep.

I used Boomwackers for 10 minutes in class today to help reinforce the rhythm and pronunciation of vocabulary words. It went well in all of my classes, but the most notable difference was in my class with 14 IEP students (which also includes three emotional support students and one autistic student).
A few notable changes: No one asked to repeat directions, fewer incidents of side conversations during class discussion, fewer incidents of redirection, & students were attentive during whole class discussion. In this class, one student is followed by a TSS. The TSS noted that the change lasted into the next class as well. She could tell the difference in the attention-to-task of the students who had my class versus the ones that didn’t. Thanks for affording me this great experience!

Kimberly McElhattenNBCT

"Jim Donovan far exceeded our expectations. He was able to connect with staff on many levels and all of the responses have been overwhelmingly positive. We would give Jim 5 stars plus."

Jacqueline C. Miller Lycoming - Clinton County HealthChoices Director