Bill started piano lessons at three years old. He grew up playing and performing and realized very early on that the discipline of playing the piano was also a behavioral healthcare practice. When he began seeking non-traditional audiences — Alzheimer’s patients and people struggling with physical or emotional injuries, stressed-out businesspeople, parents, caregivers — he began to understand the true power of music as a tool.
He has been a witness to the power of music throughout his life, and speaks openly about how he has used music as self-intervention in his own behavioral health care, including confronting suicidal tendencies. His volunteer work in the field brings him into constant contact with people who are or have been homeless, abused substances, are combat-injured or are caregivers.
This led Bill to the idea that guides him every day:
Between “music as entertainment” and “music therapy”
is the powerful opportunity to
use music as a tool.
Bill calls that opportunity “music care.”
Bill’s fascination with the near-medicinal effects of music has caused him to study the topic widely and stay constantly engaged with the most recent research. You can trust his 20+ years’ experience teaching people just like you and your team how to use music functionally in everyday situations:
- Improve performance at work
- Strengthen communication and relationship skills
- Take better care of ourselves mentally, emotionally and physically.
Bill’s work was recognized by the National Council for Behavioral Healthcare with an “Oscar” for Artistic Expression in 2014:
On the Gutted Stories podcast, hosted by Allie Stark Wellness, Bill shares how music has served as a tool for him to vibrantly express his feelings from a young age. Allie and Bill discuss thinking versus feeling and how to help bridge the gap and integrate the two as a way of reclaiming our humanness. Bill vulnerably shares many roadblocks he has come across in his life and how the only way forward is by the path of the heart. Listen to the episode here .
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