Jason Armstrong Baker is a local music therapist whose many ventures reflect his love of music and rhythm.
Baker did his undergraduate work at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA where he obtained a B.A. in professional music, and he later obtained a graduate certificate in music therapy from Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va.
His resume includes development of a game designed to teach geography based on music called Sounds Around The World, and he has also worked at Sheppard Pratt Hospital. He continues to work as a local music therapist in several locations as well as serving as the Music Coordinator and Accompanist for the Department of Dance at Towson University.
What inspired you to enter music therapy and to start Revolution Rhythm, your own music business designed around music therapy?
“I have always been interested in music and helping others. My music therapy work has been a great way to combine both interests. Since everyone has some kind of relationship with music, it can be used as a tool to engage people, have fun, and learn all at the same time.”
How does your educational background relate to your current role?
“I went to Berklee College of Music to get a comprehensive understanding of music and the business of pursuing music as a full-time career. My graduate certificate helped to focus that interest toward helping people develop life skills with music.”
How has your education helped to further your career and contributed to your success?
“Because of the training and skills I acquired, I have been able to successfully contribute to the programs at several local hospitals. As a performing musician and educator, I work as the music coordinator for Towson University’s Department of Dance, and I also teach music concepts for dancers’ class.”
What is some advice you can offer others thinking of going into music therapy?
“Being a professional musician is not easy, but there are many ways it can be approached: One does need to be both an artist and an entrepreneur; Someone with a deep interest and skill in music can combine their passions with other fields. e.g. music and neuroscience, music and law, music and education, because music is much more than entertainment, as we are only beginning to understand. If you have a vision, go for it. Build it!”
Susan Brown originally spent many years in banking/finance before confronting her addictions. She has now been in recovery for 20 years.
Primary interests include metaphysics and energy healing in which she has several certifications. She has written for Examiner.com since 2009 and also writes for Om Times. Sue lives in Baltimore.