Being a business owner is not easy, especially when your profession is more unconventional than most. Luckily, I live in a community that supports music therapy, and has always been willing to show its support in a variety of ways. Over the years, my work has been featured in numerous newspaper articles and television news segments, as well as promoted by other professionals, schools, and local organizations.
When I first started practicing here in Springfield, music therapy was a novelty. Not many people were aware of what it was all about, and there was a lot of curiosity around my work. That served me well, because I was invited to speak at quite a few workshops and meetings around town so that people could learn more about it.
I’m grateful for those early opportunities, because they led to additional clients as I built my private practice. As time went on and my community began to see the positive effects of music therapy, I had even more opportunities to collaborate with associations and grow my presence in Springfield.
Invitations to participate in local resource fairs and community events have allowed me to connect with other professionals in my area. I recently met with a chiropractor who had seen me in action at an event, and is now actively promoting our services at her office.
I was prepared to face resistance early in my career, and I will admit that some people were skeptical. But as a whole, my community has been amazingly supportive. Music Therapy Connections would not have grown into the business it is today without that support, which has allowed us to serve a countless number of groups and individuals through music.
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