Music is the experience of something outside of yourself. This experience is not a choice, but a gift given. You simply choose what to do with it.
As a musician, you experience your music on a deeply personal level. No one can be inside that music with you. Your love is to help your audience come as close as possible, to experience your music personally, individually, and yet intimately with you.
Today’s performing arts scene is competitive and stressful, to say the least. Those who are most passionate about their art, and the most gifted, experience their art on a deeply personal and spiritual level. This is the case for the youngest music student, all the way to adult musicians in the later stages of life.
How difficult it can be when things interfere!
- Identity Crisis
- Taxing competition
- Fear of failure
Is There Help?
Therapy and coaching are often a process that not only brings some relief to the feelings mentioned previously, but in a very short period of time can turn a career around. For the music teacher and student, these can bring clarity about the present and future place performance preparation plays in that person’s life.
Whether you are a performing member of a major orchestra, a soloist on tour, an adult managing two careers, or the youngest of music students – I can help.
Why I Am Your Best Choice to Work with You
I know the enumerated struggles first hand. I am a pianist by training, and at the core. I am also a social worker, passionate about my belief that each person has strength within themselves. I grew up facing grueling competition, choosing hours of piano practice over time with friends. Although I studied at New England Conservatory of Music, I came to Minnesota to graduate from Saint Olaf College as a music major.
In the end, I chose not to pursue performance as a primary career. It was more than painful. I am still a gifted pianist–still a performing artist. While becoming a therapist/coach, I have performed concertos and given solo recitals at a high caliber. I also have an active piano studio, teaching two evenings weekly. Music is an integral part of who I am and will always be. I truly understand many of the struggles performing artists face everyday,
There is not a separation between who I am as a therapist and who I am as a musician. They both require empathy, an ability to experience something outside of ourselves, and an ability to understand something that cannot be put into words.
How I Can Help
I truly understand many of the struggles performing artists face every day. Additionally, I have the clinical knowledge and skills to offer support, provide insight, help you find clarity in decisions, and simply be present with you in what can be a powerfully rewarding, and yet equally difficult life.
Some areas on which we can focus are:
- Individual assessment
- Support with career planning and discernment
- Performance-anxiety coaching
- Mindfulness and anxiety management—in an office or on a stage
Let me bring my particular dual set of skills to your platform—and help you grow emotionally as a performing artist.