The Self-Care Institute Presents

 Honoring Your Relationship
with Music:

 A Creative Workshop

For music therapists, music educators, and musicians

with Ami Kunimura, Ph.D., MT-BC


Enrollment Closes on July 25, 2024 at 11:59 pm ET

Reconnect with Music, Reconnect with Yourself

As we go through life, our relationships with music will naturally go through changes.

Sometimes these changes pull us towards music and sometimes these changes pull us away from a personal connection with music.

This workshop is here to help you compassionately reconnect with music, which can also support a compassionate reconnection with yourself.

Honoring Your Relationship with Music: A Creative Workshop is a self-paced online course that focuses on:

Bringing awareness and presence to your relationship with music

Connecting and communicating with music

Compassionately cultivating your relationship with music

Like in any relationship, we can experience drift in our connection with music. And within the digital age, the abundance of niche options can also be as dividing as it is uniting. As a result, music can become a lonely experience rather than a healing one at times. Ami’s course for Honoring Your Relationship with Music is like a gentle couple’s counseling session, reminding you why you fell in love in the first place, and what makes your relationship spark.

Personally, this hit a deep place within me that I thought was buried. As a professional musician, I had approached music only functionally for years. Now, I remember what drew me to music in the first place, and all the meaning it has given to me.”

Angela Asato, MT-BC

What We’ll Cover in This Three-Part Workshop


A Creative Exercise

A Mindfulness Practice


A Discussion

A Reflection

PART ONE: Presence & Awareness (75 Minutes)

  • Creative Exercise – Significant music in your life
  • Mindfulness Practice – Music for your mind, body, and heart
  • Discussion – Why your relationship with music is important
  • Reflection  – The story of you and music

PART TWO: Communication & Connection (60 Minutes)

  • Creative Exercise – Dialoguing and communicating with music
  • Mindfulness Practice – Giving and receiving from music
  • Discussion – 5 factors that impact your relationship with music
  • Reflection  – Your current relationship with music

PART THREE: Compassion & Cultivation (45 Minutes)

  • Creative Exercise – Making creative choices
  • Mindfulness Practice – Compassion for yourself and for music
  • Discussion – Cultivating your relationship with music
  • Reflection  – Defining goals and action for creative growth

You can go through this online workshop at your own pace
You’ll have access for one year

I highly recommend this workshop for music therapists, performing musicians, music educators, and anyone who wishes to explore their personal relationship with music. This workshop helps you to examine your past, present, and future relationship with music, and provides tools to help you heal aspects that need healing, as well as re-establish a healthy ongoing relationship with music. The information and activities are well-balanced – they aid the participant to go as deep as they wish to explore and shift their relationship with music.”

Dorianne Cotter-Lockard, PhD, former professional musician, co-author of The Art of Collaboration: Chamber Music Rehearsal Techniques for Teambuilding.

What You’ll Get When You Enroll

1-Year Access

You’ll have access to the workshop and materials for one year. You can take the workshop at your own pace in a way that works for you.

3 Videos + Workbook

You’ll get access to the three workshop videos along with a workbook to support your experience

4 CMTE Credits

You’ll receive 4 CMTE credits upon completion. This workshop has been approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists.


When and where does this workshop take place?
You can access the workshop online on your computer and on our free mobile app. Upon enrollment, you’ll create a username and password to log into the course to view the workshop videos and participate in the workshop. You can take this course at your own pace.

How long will it take to complete?
It will take about 3.5 hours to complete the entire workshop. You can take this at your own pace and you do not have to do the entire workshop in one sitting. You will have access to the workshop for one year.

Is this a live workshop?
No, this is not a live workshop. Honoring Your Relationship with Music: A Creative Workshop is a self-paced course that contains three pre-recorded videos that you can watch on your own time when it’s convenient for you. This gives you the flexibility to go through the workshop at a time that works best for you and at your own pace.

How long will I have access?
You will have access to the workshop for one year.

Can I earn CMTE (continuing education) credits?
Yes, this course has been approved by CBMT for 4 CMTE credits. For more specific CMTE info click here.

What will we be doing in this workshop?
This 3-part workshop focuses on bringing awareness to your relationship with music, connecting with music, and compassionately cultivating your relationship with music. Each part of the workshop includes a creative exercise, mindfulness practice, reflection exercise, and discussion to help you honor, nurture, and cultivate your relationship with music. This course is an exploration of your past, current, and future relationship with music to help you reflect on changes you may have experienced and help you take action to maintain a healthy relationship with music.

Who is this workshop for?
All are welcome. This workshop is especially meant to support music therapists, music educators, and musicians who are experiencing a disconnection with their personal relationship with music or experiencing changes in their relationship with music due to music being work-oriented or due to occupational burnout.

Who is this workshop not a good fit for?
This workshop is not a good fit for anyone who does not want to engage in self-reflection or mindfulness exercises. This course will also not provide any music education and will not focus on building musical skills.

Will we be covering self-care topics?
Yes. This workshop itself is an act of self-care. Taking the time and energy to honor your relationship with music is an important form of self-care. This workshop will also include creative exercises, mindfulness practices, and reflections that can serve as self-care tools that you can use after the workshop is over.

What is the cost to register?

Are there discounts available?
We have a group enrollment discount available. Email support@selfcareinstitute.com and ask for more info on how to enroll your entire team of 5 or more people.

What’s the refund policy?
A full refund will be given to any participant who purchased the workshop, completed the workshop and assignments, and was not satisfied with the experience. To request a refund, email your purchase receipt, reason for refund, and completed course materials to support@selfcareinstitute.com. Requests must be sent within 90 days of purchase to qualify for a refund. Partial refunds or partial CMTE credit cannot be granted.

Any other questions? Email support@selfcareinstitute.com


I’ve struggled with comparing myself to others, and lately I have been struggling with enjoying music for myself. I tend to not listen to music often on my own, and in my car rides often choose podcasts over music especially during work. I’ve been missing this connection to music for a while and feeling a little stagnant.

This course allowed me to reconnect with my love of music, and recognize that my relationship with music deserves to be tended to just as much as my other relationships in life. I never once found myself bored during this course, and instead found myself walking away feeling energized. If you’re looking for that spark to reignite your love for music I highly recommend you take Ami’s course.

Megan Kellogg, MA, MT-BC

Meet Ami Kunimura, Ph.D., MT-BC


Ami Kunimura is the founder of The Self-Care Institute and has been a board-certified music therapist since 2006. Ami provides therapeutic support for professionals worldwide experiencing burnout and has presented on self-care and professional burnout at international events and conferences.

As a music therapist, Ami specializes in mental health, trauma, and addictions treatment. Ami has also taught as a lecturer at UCLA and as adjunct graduate faculty at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.

She holds a Ph.D. in Mind-Body Medicine, MA in Music Therapy, and BA in Psychology. Ami was born and raised in Hawaii and her favorite band is the Foo Fighters.



+ You’ll get immediate access after purchase and you can take this workshop at your own pace
+ You’ll have access to the workshop for one year

Enrollment Closes on July 25, 2024 at 11:59 pm ET






Guarantee: A full refund will be given to any participant who purchased the workshop, completed the workshop and assignments, and was not satisfied with the experience. Refund requests must include purchase receipt, reason for refund, and completed course materials. Requests must be sent within 90 days of purchase to qualify for a refund. Partial refunds or partial CMTE credit cannot be granted.

Statement of relationship to CBMT: Closure & Clarity is approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) for 4 CMTE credits. The Self-Care Institute #P-160 maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT policies and criteria.

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Having spent more than a year for my own recovery from burnout, I rediscovered the importance of creativity and the role of music in building a fulfilled life. In this workshop, I was able to explore and recognize, through both the body and mind, what music really meant to me, and what kind of relationship I really wanted to have with music. As a result, I was able to take a step forward in rebuilding my connection with music; this was something that I would have had difficulty had I tried doing it alone.  – Asako Kando, MA, MTA, MT-BC

Honoring Your Relationship with Music will enable you to take a creative approach to understanding and appreciating your personal music journey. The online format is especially suited to a personal, self-paced learning experience. It is centered around reflective practices, visioning, imagery, and journaling opportunities that provide insight and action steps to keep your relationship with music healthy throughout your career.
– Carolyn Vierkorn, MM, MT-BC

If you are struggling with your relationship with music or are feeling burnt out on using music in work, I highly recommend this workshop. Through this workshop, I realized that I had an unhealthy relationship with music stemming from before I went to college. This workshop helped me to realize what was happening in my relationship with music and gave me the opportunity to creatively explore what I needed from music.

I will be actively pursuing a healthier relationship with music moving forward and focusing more on why I chose to go into music in the first place.  This means more music for me and less pressure on myself.  This workshop is organized, and you can take it at your own pace (which I love). Give yourself the chance to work on your relationship with music. I promise it is so worth it.  – Leandra Ward, MT-BC, NMT

This workshop helped me to identify my clinification and take steps to begin to heal it. It also helped me to dream out loud, which is something I don’t do enough (especially as a Pisces.) These two things are what have historically led me to burnout in the past. I appreciated that it did not take too much time to complete, and I was able to follow along at my own pace. I am so grateful to have identified more of what I need and how to move forward.  – Loretta Johnson, MM, MBA, MT-BC

This workshop is wonderful for remembering your roots in music and fostering renewed perspective and optimism with personal relationships with music. I highly recommend if you are feeling overwhelmed, burnt out, or not being kind to yourself. It is enjoyable and broken up into doable bite-sized pieces.
– Brittany Trinité, MT-BC

This workshop helped me examine my evolving relationship with music, through examining my past, current, and future hopes for that connection. I have personally struggled with engagement with music outside of my clinical role since becoming a practicing music therapist.

The mindfulness exercises allowed me to explore my own anxieties and some of the negative experiences I’ve had with music that sometimes hinder me from engaging with music for myself and outside of being a clinician. Through the action steps I outlined in this course, I hope to foster my relationship and identify as both a musician AND a music therapist again in the future.  – Jessica Wellman, MT-BC

This workshop allowed me to process the timeline of my relationship with music (both the beauty and pain), assess my current situation, and create action steps in congruence with my values. The mindfulness exercises and creative activities pushed me outside of my comfort zone, but ultimately gave me the most insight.

This is a valuable course for music therapists who have become disconnected from their relationship with music and are trying to reconnect with the part of themselves that was drawn to music in the first place.
– Jessica Hernandez, MT-BC

When I went into my music therapy program at college my relationship with music began to change from something I enjoyed to something that is required for my career and income. As a now working professional this change in that relationship has continued to affect me personally and emotionally.

This workshop gave me an opportunity to examine what it is I am wanting to gain from my relationship with music and how I can serve music as well. In the program I was able to explore music has been to me in the past, is to me now, and what I want it to be in the future. I am leaving the program with concrete steps that I can take to reach the goals that I set for myself as I move forward.  – Mallory E. Volkmann, MT-BC

Ami’s workshop helped me pinpoint various areas of need in my own creative processing, expression, and outlets. Learning about musical burnout and the various types of fatigue we experience within the scope of burnout helped me understand more specifically where my roadblocks pop up when I am feeling stressed or shameful around my inability to engage with my creative self. The workbook offered multiple ways to look at my relationship with creativity and will be a very useful tool in the future. I also love that this workshop understands the ebbs and flows of creativity and validates the struggles of utilizing creativity in a helping profession. It also taught me how to target issues and create healthy boundaries to keep creativity alive in your spirit. Highly recommend!  – Claire Schad, MT-BC

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