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Bill delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 21+

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I am a recognized* expert in music care -- the ability human beings have to influence their health based on the sounds or music we choose to hear. This ability is innate to all of us and can be used for mental, emotional and physical health care. Using sound and music as tools is not new; licensed and certified music therapists do so with great effect. So can YOU. If learning to give yourself a healthful, supportive experience of the music you hear is important to you, or learning how the music you use could make a difference to you professionally or personally, we need to talk.

The basic course in music care is six (6) hours long. In these six sessions you will learn:

• How Music Works on Us
• What do I Need Most? How do Needs and Feelings Relate?
• Music and Primary Emotions – your top 4 songs
• How to Find the Feeling in Music – your top 5 songs
• How to Use Your Music for Support
• How to Use Your Music for Transformation

Additional music care lessons sessions can take your abilities further. For example:

➢ Breath, Drumming and Song
➢ Trauma, Music and EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing)
➢ Suicide and Music

*National Council for Behavioral Health 2014 Inspiring Hope Award

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Founder/Chief Inspiration Officer
Jan 2010 - Present
Music Care Inc

Distress hurts your ability to earn a living and all parts of your performance, enthusiasm and joy. If you are one of the 162 million Americans stressed out on the job, that’s an insight that you aren’t reaching your holistic full potential.

If you could release destructive stress and pump up every aspect of your performance, from physical endurance to mental and emotional readiness, could you be more satisfied, more productive, happier?

I'm an expert on how the music you love impacts and supports you, and working together you can learn how to sound track your life to support every aspect of your wellbeing — at work, at home, with friends — physically, mentally and emotionally.

Whether you are a business of one, a team player, a human resources manager of employee assistance programs, or sit in the C suite, you can unlock the potential you have…using music. You, your employer and your family will thank you.

Connect with me.

I promise you a life-changing soundscape.

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Sep 2009 - Jan 2015
Guitars for Vets

I help this amazing national non-profit provide Veterans with skills to self-intervene for post-traumatic stress using music


BA Music/Piano Performance
Jun 1997 - Jun 1999
University of California Irvine
BA English (writing)
Sep 1979 - Jun 1982
Principia College


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency


Inspiring Hope Award
Jun 2014
National Council for Behavioral Healthcare


American Music Therapy Association
Jan 2010

AMTA's purpose is the progressive development of the therapeutic use of music in rehabilitation, special education, and community settings. Predecessors, unified in 1998, included the National Association for Music Therapy founded in 1950 and the American Association for Music Therapy founded in 1971. AMTA is committed to the advancement of education, training, professional standards, credentials, and research in support of the music therapy profession.

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Photos & Videos

Bill interviewed on Military Mondays, AM 1170 San Diego, 1/16/2017
Do YOU know the magical and evidence-based tools the exist between music for entertainment and music therapy? Do you know how to use them?
Do YOU know the magical and evidence-based tools the exist between music for entertainment and music therapy? Do you know how to use them?
Western Region American Music Therapy Association keynote speech March 2016

A short introduction to music care
Photo by Bill P.
Acceptance speech
The power of music to manage distress
Photo by Bill P.
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3 Reviews

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Anders L. Jul 14, 2015
Music Care · In studio

Bill is not only an excellent musician and teacher, but also expert at relating music to self-care, community involvement, and more. Patient, diverse, open-minded, and great at working with people.

Doug Jul 13, 2015
Music Therapy · In studio

Bill Protzmann, “the music man” inspires hope here at Friend to Friend (F2F Homeless w/SMI). I have seen a change since Bill began volunteering at F2F. Bill and I are both advocates for recovery from mental illness and addiction. As a former working musician and performer myself, I consider Bill to not only be an accomplished musician, but an articulate, compassionate man committed to spreading the multifaceted universal language of music to heal. Bill was instrumental in facilitating one of our client’s dreams to heal through music by inspiring him to provide guitar lessons for homeless veterans (Guitars for Vets).
Bill has been teaching the transformative power of rhythm and sound to our clients for the past three years. Our clients are often fearful of participating in classes but, Bill’s unique abilities exemplify this famous quote “Music has charms to soothe the savage breast to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak”. William Congreve, The Mourning Bride, Act 1 Scene 1
English dramatist (1670 – 1729)
Recently, a member of F2F said to me “You know Doug, I did not want to go to music class this morning because I was not feeling well, but I attended anyway, and I am so glad I did.” I asked another client what she thought of the music class and she said “I give it a 10! It was cool to learn about different kinds of music. I enjoyed learning how to calm myself down using music.” Another person said “When Bill brought out the drums for the class. I started playing one, and had so much fun. I smiled for the first time in a long time.”
Most striking are those who are reluctant initially to attend class, but as Bill works his music magic they are transformed. Today in class, Bill traced the blues way back to Field Hollers’, Chain Gangs, and Prison Farms. Speaking the universal language of music, Bill educated our folks on music history, while helping their moods transform from grim to cheerful.
Bill helps open our minds to the power of transformation and recovery through the transcendent medium of music.
We are so blessed to have Bill Protzmann, the music teacher and the “friend” of the Friend to Friend Program.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Doug Blackwood
ECS Friend to Friend
Peer Specialist

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Daniel Jul 12, 2015

Awesome person patient caring and the ultimate talent. I would recommend him to anyone and to parents with kids that need instruction.

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