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:
Featured Podcasts and Interviews
Music is the reason Bill Protzman is alive today, and his mission is to raise awareness for how to intelligently access and use the science of rhythm and sound in everyday life. He does this by teaching people how to leverage the music they love for health, success, and a more peaceful life. Over the last nine years, he has shared this knowledge freely with:
- Veterans dealing with post-traumatic stress
- Homeless people who want to come indoors
- Business leaders dealing with distress, depression, and anxiety
- People who think about suicide
In this interview Marcus Hart has a great conversation with Bill over the “power” of music – sound and rhythm – and how it works on human beings physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually in both individual or organizational settings and much much more.
By Sam IV
For some it is monetary, for others it is joy. it is a feeling of presence within the beauty of what is. How often do we find ourselves off rhythm? I mean the moments our harmony is complete shit! It happens, don’t judge yourself or blame anybody else. Especially if you’ve recently gone through hardship or maybe just something as simple as not following the diet or workout plan. Whatever it is throw that anger and frustration into something else. I know it’s hard because all you want to do is be mad and blame the world, but that isn’t healthy. I know because I used to do just that and all it did was further my feelings of negativity. It was like pouring gasoline onto and already raging fire because I didn’t care if the whole town burned down. Then after the smoke clears what do you have left? Just hopelessness and wilderness without a safe haven to really feel at ease. That was literally me! The cells within you are vibrating at a much lower rate than that of what you’re trying to attract. I’ve seen pictures of our cells forming into these beautiful shapes as their vibration becomes higher and higher. That’s ultimately why you see people with high energy being so upbeat and happy. In turn, the cells in their body mimic the things they are wanting to attract. So inherently they attract it. My guest this week Mr. Bill Protzmann does just that. He studies these forms of healing and explores them further.
Today we interview the best-selling author of “More Than Human – The Value of Cultivating the Human Spirit in Your Organization.” In this digital world, we often miss the body language, facial expressions, and showing appreciation and empathy when communicating by text or social media. Cultivating the “spirituality”, humanness, compassion, and foundational communication blocks are essential in today’s world. Find the book here .
Is this practical? Doable? Do we let our busyness reduce our human connection and engagement? Communication will always be a two-way street, but this show may remind you of some of the deeper levels of communication you once knew, or that you wish them to be. Join in! Click here here to listen.
The Curiosity Chamber Podcast with host Jay Barone 5/17/2019: music psychology, history, music and drugs, famous bands, music and health, drum line, music education, and the future of music