Google Search: “Music Therapy Private Practice” 1-17

When you type “Music Therapy Private Practice” into Google (as a probable first step many MT-BCs have taken to explore the idea of going into business), what will you discover? This post summarizes and include hyperlinks to the search results (as of January 11th, 2016 – will change rapidly).

  1. Kimberly Sena Moore’s “Private Practice 101” – Kimberly presents an 8 week guide to starting a practice, including links to 9 previous posts on the topic plus new information on professional support, finances, paperwork, and marketing.

  2. Sena Moore’s “How To Start Your Private Practice: The Bare Necessities” –  In Kimberly’s earlier singular post on the topic, she presents six basic steps: selecting a business legal structure, securing your unique business name, planning an accounting system, possibly opening a business bank account, connecting with legal professionals, and managing valuable time.
  3. AMTA’s “How to Find a Music Therapist” – AMTA invites you to e-mail or search their online directory of MT-BCs. The page also answers the “What, Who, Where, How and Why” of hiring a credential music therapist. It is briefly mentioned that some clinicians work in private practice.

  4. Jennifer M. Korff’s “Music Therapy Self-Employment Resource Binder” – Korff’s 2006 Seniors Honors Thesis form Eastern Michigan University is a very helpful read. The thesis begins with some hard questions you should examine long before starting a business, then continues with finding clients, marketing, sources for reimbursement, guide to determining rates, deductible expenses (I had not known about pro bono sessions or half of the SE tax paid, I’ll need to verify those two for my own state/business!), internet resources, general tips, and a brief glossary.

  5. Music Therapy Ed’s “4 Tips To Start Your Private Practice” video – Kat Fulton shares four tips: 1) Network with other MT-BCs in the area to identify which clinical areas are not currently being served; 2) identify those populations your most and least want to work with; 3) research providers serving your target populations; and 4) go to shake hands with people in the community – make calls, send e-mails, present at luncheons, and attend meetings!

  6. There’s a lot more! Click here to

  7. PBMTI’s “Starting & Marketing Your Music Therapy Practice” powerpoint – The Palm Beach Music Therapy Institute’s provides bullet points (to have been elaborated in person) about “setting the foundation” and starting your business. The next slide bullets clinical and professional documents you may need to develop. The presentation then continues with marketing tools, client outreach, and a guided workshop (brainstorming action steps included in document).

  8. Rachel See’s “5 Helpful Private Practice Resources” – After studying how to open a practice, Rachel shared some helpful resources: 1) SCORE, a business mentor networking tool; 2) Kimberly Sena Moore’s ebook “The Therapy Business Blueprint: A 7-Step Approach to Starting Your Own Private Practice”; 3) the expansive “Private Practice from the Inside Out” (PPIO) blog; 4) Twitter; and 5) The SBA website.

  9. “How To Create An Open House For Your Music Therapy Practice In 3 Easy Steps” – The next Google search result was Rachel’s guest post with the PPIO blog, which describes how to organize, advertise, educate, and follow-up through an open house. Her final note, “And don’t forget that your open houses/demo sessions are TAX DEDUCTIBLE!”

  10. Metro Music Therapy website – This company advertises, “Metro Music Therapy is a private practice serving the metro Atlanta and Orlando areas.” Cheers for making the top ten!

  11. Julie M. Guy’s “A Survey of Music Therapy Business Owners” – This Western Michigan University Master’s thesis is a thorough look at the details and bigger picture of self-employed and private practice music therapists, centered on extensive review of literature, resources, and responses to a survey covering topics such as business operations, finances, employees/subcontractors, clientele, and owner background.

  12. Silverman and Hairston’s “A descriptive study of private practice in music therapy.” – This 2005 survey (N = 118) reports on the activity of MT-BC private practitioners, motivations for self-employment (e.g. “flexible schedule, increased salary, and the lack of previously established job opportunities”), and educational backgrounds. The authors furnish additional suggestions to guide the budding entrepreneur.

  13. Kat Fulton’s “6 Key Questions To Ask Your Clients” – Kat sets up this article by asking, “You know your business is already awesome. How can you sustain it and keep your clients uber happy?” Her six questions will help you understand the client’s perception of music therapy to better serve their needs and to improve your total business!

  14. Kyle Wilhelm’s “Music Therapy and Private Practice: Recommendations on Financial Viability and Marketing” – This Music Therapy Perspectives article consulted extant literature and a survey (N = 288). As of 2004, guitar, tambourines, maracas, a CD/tape player and CDs/tapes were considered the most essential equipment; the majority of private practitioners recommend more start-up capital then they themselves had to start with; 72% used two or more reimbursement methods (41% use three or more); and word-of-mouth plus making service concrete and easily understood were the most successful marketing strategies.

  15. The Music Therapy Round Table podcast – Michelle Erfurt, Matt Logan, Kimberly Sena Moore, and Rachel Rambach have published soooooo many great podcasts on everything music therapy. Though the Google search brought up their home page featuring the most recently released episodes, I will direct you to the “Private Practice” category.

  16. LinkedIn page for “Music Therapist in Private Private Practice” – It is what it is.

  17. Rachel See’s “Music Therapy Private Practice” Pinterest board – With over 200 pins and growing, this board is a wealth of resources for everything from ebooks to tax tips, advocacy to Etsy, postcards to podcasts, and SEO to DIY.

  18. Rachel’s “Music Therapist in Private Practice” podcast – Rachel has rocked this Google search! Thank you for everything you’ve shared! This podcast explores networking, invoicing, website design, revenue streams, and more.


One thought on “Google Search: “Music Therapy Private Practice” 1-17

  1. Thank you, James, for this list post and for including two guest posts from my own blog Private Practice from the Inside Out.

    I have recently moved it to my new website with a redirect from the old site.

    I am happy to find your blog and will be pointing my colleagues to it!

    Blessings to you on your journey!

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