Educator

Joshua Leeds is an educator who likes to bring fun!

Known for dynamic and passionate presentations, he teaches psychoacoustic applications of music and sound. Core audiences include healthcare and education professionals and creators of music and sound.

 

In addition to conference presentations, Joshua conducts multi-day seminars and trainings. Each event is designed to meet the specific needs of the sponsoring organization.

PRESENTATIONS

Known for dynamic presentations, Joshua teaches internationally. His research into music and sound for both people and animals is singular. Core audiences include musicians, educators, and therapeutic professionals.

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SOUND CAMPS

Sound Sanghas are 3-5 day trainings exploring the therapeutic applications of music and sound. We gather in relaxed, beautiful retreat settings. Think of a Sangha as an immersive sound school – Sound Camp! 

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PREVIOUS EVENTS

Joshua Leeds has been facilitating global Soundwork presentations since 1999.

 

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PRESENTATIONS

Known for dynamic and passionate presentations, Joshua Leeds teaches psychoacoustic applications of music and sound. Core audiences include therapeutic professionals, educators, and musicians.

In addition to conference presentations, Joshua conducts multi-day seminars and trainings. Each event is designed to meet the specific needs of the sponsoring organization.

Joshua presents internationally. If your organization would like to sponsor a lecture, seminar, or conference presentation, contact us.

LECTURE & WORKSHOP TOPICS
  • Sound as frequency medicine

  • The vital importance of auditory health

  • The core principles of Dr. Alfred Tomatis (1920-2001)

  • The function of the auditory system from a Tomatis vantage point

  • The interconnection of tonal processing and neurodevelopmental issues

  • How stress- or noise-induced auditory dysfunction may result in learning, communication, and social difficulties

  • Current sound stimulation techniques that retrain middle ear function

  • Binaural beat frequencies

  • Resonance (tone) and entrainment (rhythm) for brainwave modification

  • The effects of auditory pattern identification

  • The impact of sound space upon environment

  • Frontiers of soundwork

  • Psychoacoustic music production techniques

  • How to create soundtracks and sound space conducive to office ambience, treatment application, and classroom environments

 
SOUND CAMPS (Sound Sangha)

Sound Sanghas are 3-5 day trainings exploring the therapeutic applications of music and sound. We gather in relaxed, beautiful retreat settings. Think of a Sound Sangha as an immersive sound school – Sound Camp! The mornings are for academic sessions. The afternoon, experiential.

WHAT DOES A SOUND SANGHA LOOK LIKE?

Here’s a fun peak at a Body Percussion module from a Sound Sangha held in Pondicherry, India, January 2017.

SANGHA SESSIONS INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING TOPICS:

Sound as frequency medicine

Core principles of Dr. Alfred Tomatis (1920-2001)

Psycho- & bio-acoustic principles

Resonance (tone), entrainment (tempo) and pattern identification

Frontiers of sound work (history and employment)

Research overview

Neuroscience

Sound and animals

Vibroacoustics

Soundwork community

EXAMPLE SANGHA SCHEDULE:

Thursday

  • Afternoon            Arrival

  • 5.00–6.00           Dinner

  • 6.00–7.00           Welcoming ceremony 

  • 7.00-10.00           Introduction to TT&P

  • 10:00-11.00         Sound Meditation

Friday

  • 7.00–8.00           Yoga  

  • 8.00–9.00           Breakfast

  • 9.00–11:45          Tone, Tempo & Pattern 

  • 12.00–1:00          Breath and Voice

  • 1.00–2.30            Lunch

  • 2.30–5.00            Core/Dr. Alfred Tomatis 

  • 5.15–6.15            Body Percussion

  • 6.15–8.00            Dinner

  • 8.00–11.00          Community perf

Saturday

  • 7.00–8.00           Yoga 

  • 8.00–9.00           Breakfast

  • 9.00–11.00          Therapeutic Sound 

  • 11.15-12.30          TT&P Groups 

  • 12.30–1.00           Bijas as a chakra path

  • 1.00–2.30             Lunch

  • 2.30–4.30             Musical instruments

  • 4.45–5.45             Body Percussion 

  • 5.00–7.00            Dinner

  • 7.00-9.00             TT&P Groups 

  • 9.00-11.00           Sound Bath Meditation                                                                                   

Sunday

  • 7.00–8.00          Yoga 

  • 8.00–9.00          Breakfast

  • 9.00–12.00        TT&P Groups 

  • 12.00–1.00         Experimental Breath

  • 1.00–2.30           Lunch

  • 2.30–4.45           TT&P Group demos

  • 5.00-6.00           Body Percussion 

  • 6.00–8.00          Dinner

  • 8.00–9.00          Sound movies

  • 9.00-11.00          Ecstatic dance

Monday

  • 7.00–8.00          Yoga 

  • 8.00–9.00          Breakfast

  • 9.00–12.00         Soundwork Employment 

  • 12.00–1:00         Chanting

  • 1.00–2.30           Lunch

  • 2.30–4.45           Neuroscience of Music

  • 5.00–6.00          Body Percussion 

  • 6.00–8.00          Dinner

  • 8.00–11.00         Closing Event TBA

WHAT IS A SOUND SANGHA?

Sangha – a Buddhist term – refers to community for practice and support. The concept of community for support really appeals to me. It’s smart! After three decades in the field of Soundwork, I look forward to facilitating Sound Sanghas.  My goal is to empower networks of 21st century soundworkers, who will integrate intentional music and sound as a positive force into their mainstream cultures.

A question that arises for me in the sound sangha concept is how can we engage in conversation about vibration and frequency without acknowledging the spiritual through line of voice, rhythm, and the desire for harmony and unity?

Therefore, a Sangha is not only about the head, but also the heart and spirit – with intentional music and sound constellating throughout.

Designed for people interested in the role of sound in their lives and culture, SOUND SANGHA is a gathering of the tribe – those who remember music and sound as a sacred and healing community currency.

Everyone with a body is already a sound professional. We have all the gear we need! Our bodies are made up of atomic material, water, and bone – all resonant conductors. Our cells are hard-wired for entrainment. Mostly, what we are missing is the understanding of how to consciously use sound and music for health, learning, and productivity.

As with any remedy, it is best to start with ourselves, in the discovery of impact and reward. Sound is ubiquitous; how do we use it wisely? How does our relationship to sound change as we age? How can we use music and sound to great personal and professional benefit?

With sound as the over-arching theme, we dive into cognition, emotion, and psyche.

Your take-away: A newfound sense of the power of music and sound in your life, a sound community for support, plus sonic tools and practices to be used in homes, groups, and professional settings.

 
PREVIOUS EVENTS
Joshua Leeds has been teaching Soundwork since 1999

  • November 8, 2020. Soundwork 21 Zoom Gathering, facilitator:
    Our Culture is the Patient–Expanding the Role of Music in the Age of Covid & Climate.

  • October 10, 2020. International Harp Therapy Program webinar: 
    Soundwork on a Hot Rock.

  • August 8, 2020. Online video interview with The Shift Network:
    The Continuing Relevance of Soundwork in a Post-Covid World.

  • September 13, 2019. Online audio interview with The Shift Network: 
    Soundwork 2020 – Leading Edges on the Horizon.

  • November 11-12, 2017. Philadelphia, PA. Yoga Research Society Annual Conference. Presentations: Body Rhythm workshop and Soundwork.

  • January 18-23, 2017. Pondicherry, India.  
    The inaugural Svaram Integral Sound Healing Training Program. Co-presented by Aurelio Hammer and Joshua Leeds. The India Sound Sangha was incorporated into this 5-day retreat.

  • November 30, December 7, 2016. New York, NY.
    New York Open Center’s Integrative Sound & Music Program. Two Webinars: Tone, Tempo, and Pattern; Psycho- and BioAcoustic Music Techniques.

  • October 26-27, 2016. Minneapolis, MN. 
    University of Minnesota Speak! Conference.

  • January 6, January 13, 2016. New York, NY.
    New York Open Center’s Integrative Sound & Music Program. Two Webinars: Tone, Tempo, and Pattern; Psycho- and BioAcoustic Music Techniques.

  • October 16-18, 2015. Portland, OR.
    Still Meadows Retreat Center. Music Thanatology Association International Conference.

  • January 22, January 29, 2015. New York, NY.
    New York Open Center’s Integrative Sound & Music Program. Two Webinars: Tone, Tempo, and Pattern; Psycho- and BioAcoustic Music Techniques.

  • November 3, November 13, 2014. New York, NY.
    New York Open Center’s Integrative Sound & Music Program. Two Webinars: Tone, Tempo, and Pattern; Psycho- and BioAcoustic Music Techniques.

  • October 11-13, 2013. Ashland, OR.
    Hidden Springs Wellness Center. Soundwork for Musicians, Educators, and Therapeutic Professionals.

  • Sept. 20, 2013. Loveland, CO. 
    Colorado Veterinary Medical Association. (BioAcoustics)

  • Sept. 12, 2013. Ashland, OR.
    Hidden Springs Wellness Center. Introduction to Soundwork. 

  • April 9, 2013. San Jose, CA. 
    Foothill Community College. Introduction to Soundwork.
    FoothillSoundwork.com

  • December 2011. New York, NY.
    New York Open Center. Psychoacoustics: Tone, Tempo, and Pattern.

  • October 2011. San Diego, CA.
    Association of Pet Dog Trainers. Through a Dog’s Ear: Sound Therapy for Improved Canine Behavior.

  • September 2011. Reno, NV.
    Conference on the Spiritual State of the World: Frequencies, Resonance & Vibrational Healing. JL Presentation: Internet and Innernet: A Call for Leadership. Sponsored by Cosolargy International.

  • December 2010. New York, NY.
    New York Open Center. Psychoacoustics: Tone, Tempo, and Pattern.

  • November 2009. San Diego, CA.
    American Music Therapy Association Conference.

  • November 2009. New York, NY.
    New York Open Center. Psychoacoustics: Tone, Tempo, and Pattern.

  • October 2009. Oakland, CA.
    Association of Pet Dog Trainers Annual Education Conference. Through a Dog’s Ear: The Effect of Human Soundscape on Animals… and Their People!

  • May 2009. Rhinebeck, NY.
    Omega Institute. The Science and Spirit of Sound Conference.

  • February 2009. New York, NY.
    New York Open Center. Soundwork 2.0.

  • October 2008. Austin, TX.
    Advances in Neuroacoustic Dynamics (American Association of Neuro Science Nurses)

  • September 2008. Seattle, WA.
    Through a Dog’s Ear seminar.

  • June 2008. New York, NY.
    New York Open Center. Psychoacoustics for Health Care.

  • June 2008. New York, NY.
    New York Open Center. Through a Dog’s Ear seminar.

  • May 2008. Los Angeles, CA.
    Booksellers Expo America. Book signing.

  • May 2008. Los Angeles, CA.
    Global Sound Conference. Through a Dog’s Ear: Bioacoustics in the Age of Sustainability.

  • April 2008. Half Moon Bay, CA.
    Through a Dog’s Ear – Canine Classical Concert

  • April 2008. Mt. View, CA. 
    Through a Dog’s Ear – Canine Classical Concert

  • November 2007. Santa Fe, NM. 
    The Second International Sound Healing Conference. Soundwork Essentials for Musicians, Advanced Psychoacoustics for Musicians and Therapeutic Professionals – How to Produce and Apply Therapeutic Soundtracks.

  • September 2007. Mountain View, CA.
    East/West Books. Music, Sex & Chocolate: Finding Balance in an Over-Stimulated World.

  • September 2007. San Francisco, CA.
    California Institute of Integral Studies. Music, Medicine, and Sound Therapy.

  • September 2007. San Francisco, CA.
    California Institute for Psychoacoustics. Psychoacoustic Overview.

  • July 2007. San Francisco, CA.
    California Institute for Psychoacoustics. Sound & Therapy.

  • June 2007. Boulder, CO.
    Sounds True. Through A Dog’s Ear.

  • June 2007. San Francisco, CA.
    California Institute for Psychoacoustics. Introduction to Psychoacoustics.

  • May 2007.
    World Sound Healing Conference. Keynote: Together with Sound.

  • March 2007. San Francisco, CA.
    California Institute for Psychoacoustics. Sound & Therapy.

  • February 2007. San Francisco, CA.
    California Institute of Integral Studies. Music, Medicine, and Sound Therapy.

  • January 2007. San Francisco, CA.
    California Institute for Psychoacoustics. Introduction to Psychoacoustics.

  • November 2006. Santa Fe, NM.
    The International Sound Healing Conference.

  • October 2006. San Francisco, CA.
    California Institute for Psychoacoustics. Sound & Therapy.

  • September-October 2006. San Francisco, CA.
    California Institute of Integral Studies. Music, Medicine, and Sound Therapy.

  • September 2006. San Francisco, CA.
    California Institute for Psychoacoustics. Introduction to Psychoacoustics.

  • June 2006. San Francisco, CA.
    California Institute for Psychoacoustics. Introduction to Psychoacoustics.

  • April 2006. San Francisco, CA.
    California Institute for Psychoacoustics. Sound & Therapy.

  • March 2006. San Diego, CA.
    International Harp Therapy Conference. Psychoacoustics for Musicians, Healthcare & Education Professionals.

  • January 2006. San Francisco, CA.
    California Institute for Psychoacoustics. Introduction to Psychoacoustics.

  • November 2005. San Francisco, CA.
    California Institute for Psychoacoustics. Sound & Therapy.

  • October 2005. Bucharest, Romania.
    World Congress of Posturology.

  • September 2005. San Francisco, CA.
    California Institute for Psychoacoustics. Introduction to Psychoacoustics.

  • July 2005. San Francisco, CA.
    California Institute for Psychoacoustics. Sound & Therapy.

  • July 2005. San Francisco, CA.
    California Institute for Psychoacoustics. Introduction to Psychoacoustics.

  • April 2005. San Francisco, CA.
    California Institute for Psychoacoustics. Sound & Therapy.

  • April 2005. Montreal, Canada.
    Association des Professionnels en Audio. Psychoacoustics for Recording Engineers.

  • March 2005. Edinburgh, Scotland.
    Institute of Neuro-Physiological Psychology. 17th European Conference of Neuro Developmental Delay in Children with Specific Learning Difficulties.

  • March 2005. Edinburgh, Scotland.
    Donaldson’s College. Applied Psychoacoustics.

  • January 2005. San Francisco, CA.
    California Institute for Psychoacoustics. Introduction to Psychoacoustics.

  • October 2004. Tokyo, Japan.
    Sound Meditations.

  • October 2004. Seoul, Korea.
    Music and Sound Healing Conference.

  • September 2004. San Francisco, CA.
    California Institute for Psychoacoustics. Introduction to Psychoacoustics.

  • May 2004. San Francisco, CA.
    California Institute for Psychoacoustics. Introduction to Psychoacoustics.

  • February 2004. San Francisco, CA.
    California Institute for Psychoacoustics. Introduction to Psychoacoustics.

  • September 2003. Mountain View, CA.
    Healthcare and Education Professionals.

  • September 2003. Seattle, WA.
    Healthcare and Education Professionals.

  • June 2003. Litchfield, CT.
    MHTP Conference. Healthcare and Education Professionals.

  • May 2003. Half Moon Bay, CA.
    Lecture, The Power of Sound.

  • March 2003. Boston, MA.
    Healthcare and Education Professionals.

  • March 2003. San Francisco, CA.
    Healthcare and Education Professionals.

  • February 2003. San Francisco, CA.
    Psychoacoustics for Musicians.

  • September 2002. Mountain View, CA.
    Psychoacoustics for Musicians.

  • September 2002. Mountain View, CA.
    Healthcare and Education Professionals.

  • July 2002. Seattle, WA.
    Music & Healing Transitions Conference. Keynote.

  • June 2002. Denver, CO.
    INATS Conference.

  • April 2002. Mountain View, CA.
    Healthcare and Education Professionals.

  • March 2002. San Jose, CA.
    International Sound Symposium.

  • November 2001. San Francisco, CA.
    California Recording Institute.

  • June 2001. Santa Monica, CA.
    Bio-Zynergistics Conference.

  • June 2001. West Hollywood, CA.
    Bodhi Tree Bookstore.

  • March 2001. San Francisco, CA.
    California Recording Institute.

  • February 2001. Totnes, UK.
    Acoustic Ecology/Sound Practice Conference.

  • December 2000. San Diego, CA.
    The Listening Program.

  • September 2000. Chicago, IL.
    The Listening Program.

  • August 2000. San Diego, CA.
    The Listening Program.

  • August 2000. Minneapolis, MN.
    The Listening Program.

  • July 2000. Atlanta, GA.
    The Listening Program.

  • June 2000. Philadelphia, PA.
    The Listening Program.

  • June 2000. Dallas, TX.
    The Listening Program.

  • May 2000. Newark, NJ.
    The Listening Program.

  • April 2000. Cambridge, UK.
    The Listening Program.

  • March 2000. Denver, CO.
    The Listening Program.

  • February 2000. San Francisco, CA.
    The Listening Program)

  • November 1999. Denver, CO.
    The Listening Program.

  • October 1999. Newark, NJ.
    The Listening Program.

  • September 1999. Cologne, Germany.
    The Listening Program.

  • September 1999. Cambridge, UK.
    The Listening Program.

 

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