Bill Protzmann started piano lessons at three years old and grew up playing and performing. He realised very early on that the discipline of playing the piano was also a behavioural healthcare practice and it was when he began seeking non-traditional audiences – Alzheimer’s patients and people struggling with physical or emotional injuries, stressed-out businesspeople, parents, caregivers – that he began to understand the true power of music as a tool.
Bill has used music as self-intervention in his own behavioral health care, including confronting suicidal tendencies whilst 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. His 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. He has 20+ years’ experience teaching people how to use music functionally in everyday situations such as improving performance at work, strengthening communication and relationship skills and taking 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.
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