When they tell you “you’re LESS THAN,” here’s what to do…

I had a BLAST at #AMTA14! Thank you for the memories and good times. AND, exciting news about my company’s little experiment called “Music Therapy Ed” – We have now surpassed 3,000 music therapists getting the Tuesday Shout-Out. (That’s only half the field, so we still have work to do.) If you haven’t jumped on that yet, then I highly recommend it – All your friends are doing it =)

Here’s a video of me facilitating LAST year’s #AMTA13 drum circle! How fun!

I’ve never revealed this before, but here goes: One of my mentors in school – to remain nameless – told me that I would never amount to anything as a music therapist. This person said that they had no idea how I ever got involved in this degree and the best thing might be to quit now. Find something else. The entire semester was a DRAG, and I dreaded having to meet up with this mentor. Not to mention… receive a GRADE! Oy. Keep reading—

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TAKE THE QUIZ: What kind of therapist business-owner are YOU?

Hey from #AMTA14!We are LIVE from #AMTA14! Julie Palmieri and I are teaching a CMTE course on refining your online marketing. We’ve got 12 brilliant music therapists in the room with us =) Refining your message online is what we are PASSIONATE about and so happy to share.

And! Today I’m releasing a free QUIZ: What kind of therapy business-owner are YOU? I’ve been so excited to get this out there into the world. Take it, and let me know how you do!

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What Might Be Missing From Your Heart-Based Business

Here’s a common concern: If we put too much of our heads in, then we lose the heart, soul, and magic of it all. So, we lose our heads instead. ;)


I’m determined to debunk that idea.

The TRUTH is that the more magic appears, the more impactful science becomes. The more intelligence mixed in, the more powerful the mystical becomes.

Have you ever noticed that the more knowledge we acquire about the universe, the more UNANSWERED QUESTIONS reveal themselves?

That is, the more information becomes KNOWN, the more UNKNOWN comes into our awareness. And of course, we don’t know what we don’t know, and that’s often when the impossible becomes possible. You with me?

If you are a heart-based business owner, I implore you to add more science to your magic. Add more intellect to your emotion. =) The more you can mix them up, and have them dancing together – even UNIFY them, the more fun you’ll have.

Tweet this: When you add more science, you spark more passion. Don’t be afraid to mix in metrics with your heart-based endeavors.

2 quick tips to add more science to your business magic:

You gotta keep reading…

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How To Take A Hit Like A Drum

“The most passionate people take hits the hardest…” If you’re in the world of music, healthcare, healing, then most likely you are extremely “passionate” =)

Barbara Corcoran talks about being passionate, caring, and taking hits in this video:

I love a good drum. I can strike it and slap it and knock on it, and it bounces right back.

The drum is resilient.

It doesn’t fight back. It puts up no resistance. In fact, the drum takes my hit and *amplifies* it.

The strikes that I cast upon the drum are not meant to be negative or hurtful. In that way, they are certainly different than the “hits” we often feel as business owners.

The hits we take as passionate business owners hurt.

I sent out 1,300 postcards the other day. I’m learning how to measure every single piece of marketing that we do for Music Therapy Ed, because I’d like the company to thrive after I die, retire, or put it up for sale. And I’ve got a master plan to make that happen.

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How to facilitate a 125-kids Jewish drum circle for Shabbat!

In the upcoming weeks, I’ll be writing more on business topics, because I LOVE running a heart-based company. It is an incredibly rich, fulfilling, liberating journey in personal development. And, I get so many business questions, that I feel it’s part of my life purpose to answer them!

As a fellow creative visionary, I feel as though I can help YOU make your creative vision for the world happen IRL (in real life), because I’ve done it for myself. So, tune in for more soon. Meanwhile…

Speaking opportunities, conference keynotes, presentations, and GROUP DRUMMING are rewarding AND effective. These are a couple of the smartest ways to leverage your time and reach more people as a creative business owner.

There are the day-to-day sessions that we provide as a private practice, and then there are those less-often higher paying opportunities that not only feed the soul, but also pay well. It fits well into our business model.

One of the best opportunities for facilitating drum circles is within Jewish communities…. especially for kids! Did you know that just about every Hebrew prayer has a MELODY? And, although melodies may change from congregation to congregation, at least you’ve got a rhythmic start.

Because of all the singing these kids do regularly, it was no wonder that they could keep a beat at the first go-around.

Here are my tips for doing it right:

1. Stay in close contact with the event coordinator and service leader.
I was assigned a service leader, a high schooler. He led the kids in chanting while queuing the drums to support the service. From our conversations, I learned a bit about Jewish mysticism… For this service we welcomed in the bride of Shabbat and the union between people and God.

2. Ask tons of questions, such as:
— What do you hope the group walks away with?
— How do you see the drum circle supporting our goals?
— Why did you choose a drum circle?
— What songs or melodies would you like for us to incorporate?
— What is the meaning for this religious service?
— Is this part of a weekend event?
— Will other congregants be present?
— How long is the service?
— Can the prayers be interrupted with drum calls?

From the answers to these questions, I was able to work with the service leaders in creating a plan. The plan included some powerful information that was important to the overarching flow, such as: Call & response was a symbol of our communication and connection with God. The theme of this service was Survivor, so bringing drums into the mix allowed for a tribal feel. They also gave me recordings of 9 of the chants that they used, so I could get a feel for the rhythm and learn the beginnings.

3. Take a stand for the way that the drum circle will support the goals.

For instance: In the beginning I told the organizers that I would not bring 125 drums. We would use tons of small percussions to fill in the rhythm and make the music more interesting. The way I described it was “We don’t want a WALL of sound, instead we want an ebb and flow of music.” And it totally made sense, especially after I explained that everyone would get a chance to play. WIN!

Another for instance: The organizers wanted all the kids on ONE side of the temple, all facing the same direction. I suggested that we take up half the temple with half the kids facing north and half the kids facing south so that they could see each other. WIN!

Another for instance: We devised a solid plan for passing out and packing up utilizing 20 volunteers. We also had these guys serve as monitors through the service to model the rhythms and chants. WIN!

4. Study Dave Holland’s work and DVDs like crazy. Arthur Hull is great for foundational drum circle work, then get into Dave’s world for all things KIDS!

5. Follow up, stay afterwards, and make friends. Just because I stayed afterwards, I will be drumming with a sister congregation in the future =)

Shabbat Shalom! What are YOUR tips for drumming with kids?

Mark your calendar for my FREE concurrent session at #AMTA14!
The 3 Must-Haves For A Successful Heart-Based Business
Saturday, November 8th at 10:45AM

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Enhancing and Refining Your Online Marketing
Thursday, November 6th at 7:30AM

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