This week I am with my wife Michelle at the American Music Therapy Association national conference. This is the week where the Married to a New Urbanist tables turn. I become a fish out of water bouncing between the rhythms and melodies of one of the most interesting and broad professions: Music Therapy.
Yes, I put up the measuring wheel and turn it in for quack sticks. However, I have already been called out for creating an improv to walking tour of downtown Jacksonville. This just comes naturally to me, and the therapists are just nice enough to walk the extra block to take a look at another traditional building.
Michelle has invited me to all of her conferences since we have been married. This is the annual chance I get to walk in her shoes. I also have the opportunity to meet all of her Music Therapy friends. I enjoy seeing first hand the latest adaptation of instruments for sessions, and I get to meet some of the most talented musicians making a difference in their community.
The conference is also a showcase of savvy entrepreneurial professionals. One of my responsibilities is to man the Music Therapy Pro booth in the exhibit hall. This gives me the opportunity to get to learn the stories of the various talented Music Therapists exhibiting. As Restless Urbanists, we can learn a lot from this group.
This year, the exhibit hall is full of young professionals with self published books, subscription websites, educational videos, and new products. Each of these were developed because these professionals saw a need, and decided to share the resulting idea with their friends. They are all fearless in their work. Each has found a niche that needs to be filled, and they are willing to share their knowledge in innovative packaging.
At the Congress for the New Urbanism, we are willing to share our ideas, but very few of us have taken the next step to organize and package these ideas into a distributed medium. Like our plans, these therapists are opening themselves to their peers and sharing their craft. The exhibit hall is a real convergence of the practice.
This will be a great conference, so if you see me tweeting with #AMTA13 then know I am out there learning more about my wife’s passion of Music Therapy.