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EP. 59: Changing the Narrative: Working Through Injury, Anxiety, and Shifting Career Paths

Changing the Narrative: Working Through Injury, Anxiety, and Shifting Career Paths


Changing the Narrative: Working Through Injury, Anxiety, and Shifting Career Paths


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A lot of musicians feel constant pressure to always be practicing. When the COVID-19 pandemic first hit and we all suddenly had a lot of free time on our hands, many musicians  continued pushing full speed ahead in preparation for virtual competitions, and some of it was because we didn't know what else to do, and sitting with our emotions can often feel uncomfortable or even unsafe at times.

"When I was first experiencing my injury, there were no resources available to me. The majority of my recovery process has been a series of finding out what worked for me and what didn't, and I found the best results when I combined my work with somatic education professionals with the strength training and exercise routines I was doing with my physical therapist - Francesca"

If you're experiencing feelings of overwhelm, or feeling like you aren't able to stay on top of everything in recovery for your injury and in maintaining other responsibilities, the most important thing is to know that you're not alone. Consistency and celebrating 'small wins' is the goal, and knowing that the path will not always be linear. Find your support system and rely on them when things become difficult, and know that you are always making progress.

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Do you ever wish composers know the struggles we experienced while playing their pieces?

You know there are just some of those musical pieces that take a toll on your body? We love them but as in the case of our latest podcast guest, harpist Danielle Kuntz, the piece by Prokofiev she referenced just automatically is understood that you will develop tendonitis by the end of playing it.

Isn't it insane? Don't you wish composers knew how to better write for your instrument?

That's why she created THE TOOLBOX SESSIONS ( And if you hurry you can still register HERE ). It is a 3-day virtual summit designed to give you the tools you need to write for instruments & voices! From May 19-21, you'll get to join 12+ presentations on writing for specific instruments/voices (oboe, voice, harp, percussion, & more), taught by performer-educators who are passionate about collaborating with composers and arrangers. To have a $10 discount type the code TUNEDANDSTRONG22 on registration.


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