Angela McCuiston is a NASM-CPT, CES, SFS and CETI-CES (Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist, Senior Fitness Specialist and Cancer Exercise Specialist) and owner of Music Strong, a business that specializes in personal fitness training for musicians. Winner of the 2007 NFA Piccolo Master class, Angela received her Master of Music in Flute Performance from Florida State University and her Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance from Tennessee Technological University. An avid performer, Angela is Assistant Principal/Piccolo of Sinfonia Gulf Coast of Destin, Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra, Columbus Symphony Orchestra and Nashville Flute Choir. She is also member of the 313th Army Reserve Band at Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, AL, most recently completing a 16year tenure with the 129th Army Band in Nashville, TN. In addition to her solo performances, she has performed with such celebrities as Kristen Chenowith, Jamie Bernstein, Pink Martini, Chris Mann, Morgan James, Katherine Jolley, Nancy Griffith and Mary Wilson of the Supremes.

As a trainer, Angela maintains a studio in Nashville, TN and also travels to give her workshops and presentations, most notably presenting at the National Flute Association Conventions in Las Vegas, NV, Washington, D.C., Salt Lake City, UT and Orlando, FL. Among her recent workshops, she has traveled to present at Arizona State University, Florida State University, Stephen F. Austin University, Ft. Lewis University and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga among others.

Recently she was sought out by the Old Guard, Army Fife and Drum Corps as a special consultant to prevent playing related injuries. She has since taken up residence on the faculty of the Stetson University flute camp and has been sought out for numerous other positions including her recent appointment Fall of 2018 as Chair of the National Flute Association Performance Health Committee.   

Angela is constantly on the search for new research and her studies include The Alexander Technique, Barbara Conable’s “What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body” Body Mapping Class, Eva Amsler’s classes in Dynamic Integration in addition to live workshops with NASM, and in May 2019 will complete her level 1 certification in Neurokinetic Therapy. 

When she is not performing or training, Angela can be found teaching private flute lessons in the middle Tennessee area or riding her Trek road bike as many hours as there are sunshine.  She recently completed her 3rd century ride and has a goal to ride between 5-12 centuries in 2019 and log 5,000 miles.

What Our Clients Say About Us

“What sets you apart is your customized and holistic perspective, and your flexibility in helping clients meet their goals. Clients are not a number for you and you are not fitting them into a cookie cutter plan. I know that you start by listening to what clients want to be different in their lives beyond vanity/weight loss/superficial goals. You also give practical ideas on how to implement small changes in their daily lives that don’t necessarily require them to go to the gym (i.e. using the walls in your home, etc.)”

“First off, you are personable and you really embody that. Anyone that comes to train with you will quickly understand that they are getting something tailored specifically to them.  Second, I appreciate the fact that you are a musician and you really understand the lifestyle and what all we go through, because you do it too.  Third, you have the right balance of nurture as a female but also push as a personal trainer.  Not once have I felt like you didn’t understand what I needed and you wouldn’t let me back off of what I was capable of. Finally, and I try to really hammer home this point to all my fellow musicians: you have such clarity of mind when you get done working out AND you know that if you have to push an amp up second avenue, it’s not even a problem, you’re not worried about throwing your back out.  I’m strong, my creativity is off the charts, I think better, feel better, my playing endurance is such that I can now play an 8 hour set and feel like it’s an hour“.

Music Strong was founded in 2009 as an answer to the problem that there were too few solutions to musician’s health and fitness (especially when it came to the subject of injury prevention ) other than “stop playing”. Through completely personalized personal training, we offer fitness solutions to musician’s wellness problems. Our training encompasses everything from strength training to injury prevention and correction, to body awareness mobility and overall health. Looking better and more stage worthy is just part of our service as our clients experience increased creativity and confidence, better stage presence, decreased anxiety, better sleep and decreased rates of injury due to overuse.

Do you only work with musicians?

No!  We work with all types of people: from IT workers to fencers, to desk workers to pre/post operative clients.  We specialize in musicians, but you should also contact us if this is you:

  • pre-surgery, wanting to get strong to have a shorter recovery time
  • post-physical therapy, not sure what to do next, but wanting to continue progress and strength
  • Senior citizen
  • Cancer patient – going through chemo or post-treatment we can help
  • Desk worker
  • PCOS, any kind of -itis, post plastic surgery, etc.
  • a female – if you’re looking for a non-intimidating personal training session with another female, I”ve got you covered!

What is Musician Personal Training?

Do you experience?

  • muscle spasms
  • pain when playing
  • limited or decreased endurance
  • numbness or tingling in arms, wrists or legs
  • low back pain
  • neck pain
  • shoulder pain
  • carpal tunnel, tendonitis or tendonosis

Don’t trust your body to just any personal trainer, trust it to one who understands musicians because she IS one.

What we offer:

  • pain relief
  • injury prevention
  • injury correction from overuse
  • strength training
  • mobility traning
  • flexibility training
  • cardiovascular training

You can find out more about what we do here:

About Angela:

M.M. Music Performance in flute from The Florida State University
B.M. Music Performance in flute from Tennessee Technological University

NASM-CPT National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer
CES – Corrective Exercise Specialist
SFS – Senior Fitness Exercise Specialist
CETI-CES – Cancer Exercise Training Institute Cancer Exercise Specialist”
NKT1 – Neurokinetic Therapy Level 1 (training)

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