We had the good fortune of connecting with Bonnie Houpt and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bonnie, what role has risk played in your life or career?
When I entered 2020, one of my words for the year was “bold.” I was ready to take on risk unaware of what lied ahead. Risk is innovation. When the pandemic hit, I needed to reduce the very real risk of the safety of my family and clients while taking the business risk of moving completely online until it was safe to return to in-person. This was a huge risk, and not all of my clients were able to come along for the journey. Because of this business risk though, I created several new services throughout last year that I never would have imagined before. I took the risk and started a podcast, learning as I go. I took a risk and started offering virtual resource fairs and bucket drumming groups, not sure if attendance and sign-ups would come. They did come though, and I am grateful for being able to serve families in the safest way I can as we all navigate this difficult season. I learned in 2020 to embrace risk, knowing I can learn from “failures” and that the greatest risk of all may be never trying.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Rhythmic Roots Music Services, LLC is my business where I provide music experiences to anyone who wants to learn music or use music to improve their lives. This includes music therapy and adapted music lessons for individuals with disabilities. I went full time with my business in 2019 and was moving full steam ahead into 2020. Then we all know what happened. In March 2020, I lost about half of my caseload and had to figure out how to move my services online. I am so thankful to the music therapy community which really stepped up online, and I was able to learn from my colleagues, from trial and error, and online courses on how to provide the best services possible online. It is community that has helped me overcome my challenges. Other professionals in the Denver area have also been an anchor to bounce ideas off of and support each other. I have learned that as long as my business lines up with my values of excellence, kindness, and connection that it can make it through any storm, and more importantly that my business can be used to help others in difficult times. I want the world to know that Rhythmic Roots Music Services, LLC is a business that supports cultivating joy through music making, that it is never too late to start learning music, and that here, music is for everyone.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
There are so many places, but I would definitely make sure downtown Golden and Boulder were on the list. My favorite restaurant is Moe’s Original BBQ in Boulder. In the city, I have really enjoyed the Denver Art Music and the Denver Botanic Gardens. Another great place for food and a museum is the Lowry Beer Garden and the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum. Finally, if you are planning on a trip, come in the Fall. The trees in the mountains are gorgeous in that time of year! Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would be remiss to not mention my friend and business collaborator, Christine Devereaux of Spectrum Yoga. Christine and I connect frequently, and we collaborated on the virtual resource fair we were able to provide for families last year. Christine has shared an immense amount of business knowledge with me, and her philosophy in her work inspires and resonates with me. We also collaborated a lot last year on a Music and Mudras course we hope to share in the future. Thank you, Christine!
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