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Musicians in Transition

Musicians In Transition

As a former professional violinist, I understand what it takes to master an instrument. I also understand what it means to suffer unexpected injuries and to have your ability to play that instrument taken away. Injuries and other events can be obstacles to us getting to be involved with our instruments in the ways that we want to be. This can be frustrating, confusing and even frightening, and we have to find ways to face those circumstances, to make sense out of them, and to cope with them. I’ve found that often as we work through these situations we develop a greater sense of what our connection to our instrument is, what we want to get out of our relationship with our instrument, and what being able to play means to us.

  • Temporary Injuries from Which You Expect to Make a Full Recovery, or Injuries from Which You Anticipate Partial Recovery with the Possibility of Resuming Playing at Some Level
  • Permanent or Career-Ending Injuries

Finding and Maintaining Balance:

  • You love music and you love your instrument. You also know that finding and maintaining balance within yourself and with your instrument leads to your greatest health, happiness, and long-term fulfillment. Developing and sustaining this kind of balance is a practice enhanced by attention over time. It also fits well within and has a positive impact on your musical training and performance.

Retirement and Transition Planning:

  • Making Changes in the Direction You've Been Going (Such As From Primarily Playing to Primarily Teaching or Managing Orchestra Personnel)
  • Changing Careers Altogether
  • Retiring from a Music Career