So, in honor of new beginnings and building things from the ground up, I present to you: My mini piano.
I want to be THAT person.
What I have learned through the years as I transitioned from a music student --> performer --> teacher --> physical therapist, is that the human body is truly amazing. It has the capability to do incredible things things, such as leap off tall buildings, lift burning cars off of trapped people.
It can also do this:
I commonly work with patients who are elite or professional musicians. The thing that always surprises me is how much they DON'T know about their bodies. As musicians, we are always less concerned about WHAT we are doing than HOW it comes across to our audience. But here's something else for you to think about:
When I was in college, this is what a typical week as a piano performance major consisted of
- Class = 25 hours
- Individual Practice: 3-4 hours/day
- Accompanying vocalists: 4 hours/week
- Orchestra practice: 4 hours/week
- Chamber music practice: 4 hours/week
- Private Lessons: 2 hours/week
- Homework/Chatting with my friends on my computer: 4 hours/day
That comes to about 42 hours of actual instrumental playing time.
What about the time spent sitting in class or typing on the computer doing homework and chatting with my friends?
IN. A. WEEK.
And it is this point that I emphasize to the musicians who come in to see me at my clinic, and I want to emphasize this to you (whoever you are), now.
Trust me. Your body will thank you, and your audience will too.