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Michigan Music Therapists' spring workshop focuses on self-employment

With the troubled Michigan economy, many individuals are turning to entrepreneurship as a means of creating jobs and generating income. The Michigan Music Therapists (MMT) will highlight this business decision in their spring workshop, Perspectives on Self-Employment in Music Therapy. The workshop will be held this Saturday, April 17, 2010 from 8:30am-4:00pm at the Calhoun County Medical Care Facility in Battle Creek, Michigan.

Workshop presenters will be three self-employed music therapists currently living and working in Michigan: Kellee Coviak, MT-BC of CODA Music Therapy Services, LLC; Jaime Merritt, MT-BC of Harmony Garden Music Therapy Services; and Jody Conradi Stark, M.A., MT-BC of Creative Arts Therapies, Inc. and the MSU Community Music School – Detroit. Each presenter will be discussing her business and topics that have played roles in developing each business. Ms. Coviak will be covering business structures, discussing the difference between the role of an independent contractor and that of an employee, and highlighting various internet-based marketing strategies. Ms. Merritt will be talking about the issues involved in opening and operating her own clinic as well as how to pursue collaboration with other healthcare providers. Ms. Stark will be addressing the similarities and differences between operating a private corporation and a non-profit setting. Finally, all three presenters will be available for a question and answer panel at the conclusion of the workshop.

Workshop registration includes a continental breakfast, lunch and workshop handouts. The fee for a MMT Professional Member is $25, a non-MMT Professional is $25. Music therapy students may register for $10. Also, board certified music therapists wishing to earn Continuing Music Therapy Education (CMTE) credits may do so for an additional $5. Contact workshop coordinator, Julie Palmieri,  if you plan to register on-site, so that adequate materials will be available.

For additional workshop information, including presenter bios, visit the Michigan Music Therapists website,



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