Is it important to go to music festivals? Here, I explain briefly some of my experiences and how they have affected my life.
While I was studying my first years in music, my perception of time was based on having to go to school and then vacations. These periods weren’t complementary as I would forget my interests over the summer and spend time with family. In those years, I am sure that I enjoyed and learned something in the time between school years, however I wasn’t following a personal path. I was too young to realize what types of things I wanted and could pursue.
It was later that I discovered that in summer there are music festivals, and then I perceived these as an extension of school to keep learning.
Now, probably as a result of living outside my country (and having to experience the pass of time within seasons), life experiences, and age, I realize that summer brings an amazing number of opportunities to nurture our musical and creative needs. Continue reading Music in Summer
A couple of weeks ago, friends started sharing a video on Facebook about injuries in musicians. In thirteen sentences the minute-long video mentions some of the issues that musicians suffer within the body and the beliefs around this.
It’s very important to address musicians’ injuries and talk about them. Then we can understand, avoid, and treat these problems efficiently, and better understand our profession.
My intention in the next five points is to think in a more detailed way about the content of this video. Since this video is in Spanish, I have translated it to English:
1) Video: “To be a musician demands great discipline that may cause injuries.”
Certainly, studying and playing music requires discipline. We need to set and follow our personal schedules to practice, have rehearsal(s), attend different classes or teaching, and do all the things we have to do in our personal lives outside the musical context. We need to become organized with our time and in the ways that we practice.
However, discipline is not the cause of developing an injury. Continue reading Examining Video: Injuries in Musicians