Welcome to the NEW Erfurt Music Resource Newsletter!
I’m Michelle Erfurt, music therapist and creator of the Erfurt Music Resource. I’ve been practicing music therapy since graduating from Slippery Rock University in 2003. In the years that followed I’ve had the opportunity to work in many different environments... in residential care, for a major hospital, as a traveling music therapist in Hospice, building a private practice, and a mix of all of these. I also started venturing into the world of investing/project management, blogging and podcasting. It has been challenging, exciting, scary, overwhelming and rewarding... and I wouldn’t have it any other way!
But, I’m also a fun loving woman, wife, daughter, and mother (to my dog) who enjoys cooking, crafting, beaching, technology, a nice glass of wine, architecture, and films from the Coen Brothers and Simon Pegg.
I’ve learned a lot along the way in order to work easier, be profitable and maintain my sanity by continuing to do the things I enjoy doing. Much of this has been taught to me from others in and out of the music therapy community. Now, I’d like to share all of this information with you! This month I'll give you 5 simple tips on how to break the ice and start talking to someone. After all, that IS the first step, isn't it?
So what is this newsletter about?
The Erfurt Music Resource Newsletter will connect YOU with business tips and resources to help save you time, keep you motivated, and connect you with others.
5 Tips: How to Break the Ice
By Michelle Erfurt
Music Therapists are geographically spread out all over the country... and the world! Thankfully, we live in the 21st century so we are all just a keystroke away from a connection. These connections are important for many reasons: for camaraderie, feedback, resources, referrals, etc. The only challenge is taking that first step and breaking the ice.
Here are some tips on how to connect with others, whether they are music therapists or not:
Give a compliment. Whenever you connect with something (an article, event idea, etc.) tell the person responsible. It’s as easy as sending an email. Everyone always has time for a compliment. Plus, you never know what will come out of it. NEVER be dishonest, or give a compliment for compliment’s sake. Just be nice, since it’s nice to be nice.
Point out similarities. If you know of someone in an area that you also have an interest in (say, maybe you both work with the same population) send them a quick note to introduce yourself and identify what you have in common. Let them know that you would like to stay in touch to exchange information.
Join a group. There are a lot of different groups where music therapists congregate, both formal and informal. A small list: AMTA, TweepML (a list of MTs on Twitter), and the Music Therapy Source. A lot of different music minded individuals also have newsletters like this one. Many of the merchants listed on the EMR offer newsletters.
Greet visitors. If you know of an individual you’d like to meet coming to your area, introduce yourself and make yourself available. This is how I got to meet the famous, Deforia Lane when she came to my town for a conference presentation. (Read the whole story here).
Ask for a meeting. This is the reverse of #4. If you are traveling to an area where there is someone who you would like to meet, ask if you can get together. This is how I met Dr. de l’Etoile and Prof. Teresa Lesiuk from the University of Miami. (Read about that one here).
Sneek Peek for Newsletter Subscribers!
Rachel Rambach's fantastic songbook: Listen and Learn; Educational Songs for School, Home and Play is now an E-book! It's the same great book in digital format and can be downloaded and printed from your computer or other mobile device. I've held off on making this special announcement so that I can share it with you first!
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- Music For Special Kids added new downloads.
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