Google Chrome Music Lab

Yesterday, Google’s Doodle celebrated Clara Rockmore’s 105th birthday. In her childhood, Clara was trained to play the violin, which she finally gave up due to physical strain. But then, Clara discovered what could be considered the coolest adaptive instrument… the theremin! The Theremin allows the performer to manipulate pitch with the free movement of one hand, and control volume with smooth gestures of the other. Google developed this Doodle, which lets you play music similar to the way you would perform on the theremin.

Alright, so this Doodle is a lot of fun, but if you read the description, you will also discover Chrome Music Lab. In recognition of Music In Our Schools Month, Google developed some really bright and engaging programs that allows users of all ages to “create, analyze, and visualize music right in the browser.” Experience and experiment with rhythm, harmony, melody, arpeggios, sound waves, spectrograms, harmonics, and more. Plus, “Check out each experiment to find open-source code you can use to build your own.”


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!

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Google Search: “Music Therapy Private Practice” 18-35

  1. MusicMind – MusicMind is a private practice offering Neurologic Music Therapy for Body, Mind, & Spirt.

  2. Job Profile: Music Therapist – This “Master’s in Special Education Program Guide” describes the salary, responsibilities, skills, training requirements, pros/cons, and outlook for a standard career in the music therapy profession.

  3. Career Overview of a Music Therapist – Similar to the the previous job profile but additionally features input from Kalani, section on personality and lifestyle, and some “gem questions.”

  4. Rachel Rambach’s “Making CONNECTIONS Every Day” – Offering services beyond music therapy not only diversifies income stream, but can be a huge word-of-mouth marketing opportunity. The more people are exposed to music therapy observations, conversations, elevator speeches, cards or brochures, etc., the better chances they will connect you with a friend or loved one who will benefit from our compassionate, evidence-based therapy!

  5. Kathy Lindberg’s “Prelude to Coda: The Secret to Starting your Own Successful Creative Arts Therapy Practice” – This experienced music therapy business owner published over 87 pages to guide you in your own start up. It is available as an ebook for $37.00 and paperback for $49.95.

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