Bill Protzmann’s mission is to raise awareness of the power of music as self-care. He is one of the world’s leading expert on the power of music for physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health holds magna cum laude degrees in piano performance and creative writing, and has led a successful IT consulting practice for more than 30 years. In 2011, Bill launched Music Care Inc, a for-purpose corporation to teach and advocate for practical ways music can be used for your self-care. He was recognized by the National Council for Behavioral Health with an Award of Excellence in 2014 – the industry equivalent of winning an Oscar.
Bill’s volunteer work has included Board positions with Guitars for Vets and the San Diego Veterans Coalition. He has been instrumental in connecting thousands of military service members and Veterans with honor tickets to the largest healing music organization in his town: the San Diego Symphony.
Organizations like Consumer Action, The Society for Financial Education and Professional Development, 2-1-1 San Diego, and The American Music therapy Association have all been delighted with his keynote presentations. Online you can read his articles at Fox News, Your Tango, The Good Men Project, Psychology Today, and PracticalHeartSkills.com For his foundational work establishing music as self-care he received an Inspiring Hope Award of Excellence from the National Council for Behavioral Health. You can find his books at Amazon.com: “More Than Human – The Value of Cultivating the Human Spirit in Your Organization.” and “In Our Eyes In Our Words – Portraits from the Edge of Society which received an Independent Publisher of the Year Award in 2019 in the Fine Art Category.
Bill’s recording of Amazing Grace reached the top of the MP3.com charts as an EP in the mid-1990s and was subsequently selected for inclusion in the permanent archive of the Library of Congress. His first full-length solo album, consisting of improvised-in-the-moment single-take original piano solos, was released in 1999 and was followed in the late 2000s by a collaborative, improvised album of music for piano, Tibetan bowls, and wooden flutes. His “Performed for You” series on YouTube continues this tradition of innovative recordings.
Bill’s experiences playing for audiences in non-traditional settings combined with an insatiable curiosity about the effects of sound and rhythm on human beings culminated in the launch of a groundbreaking initiative he calls Music Care. The mission of Music Care is to remind people of their built-in ability to use emotions for good and offer proven, practical tools for our access to music as a behavioral, emotional, physical, and spiritual self-care modality. He supports this mission with individual or group education, coaching, and advising, extensive online content including a fully-mentored, gamified online course and public speaking as an advocate for evidence-based, holistic self-care.
As a sideline, Bill collaborates with the San Diego Symphony to provide Veterans, Military, Guard, Reserves and their friends and families with more than 5000 no cost “honor tickets” to Symphony concerts.
Bill is a living example of how music can be life-saving and life-affirming. He has run a Meetup group for people who, like himself, often think about suicide, and has taught the principles of music as self-care to people ranging from at-risk Veterans to corporate executives.
Music as self-care is an idea whose time has come. Please tune into a wonderful and much needed show with Bill Protzmann.
Find out more about Bill at: www.billprotzmann.com, www.musiccare.net, www.practicalheartskills.com and www.quest.musiccare.net