Austin Pancner on Recovering from Injury

This week, Tori speaks with Austin Pancner of The Functional Musician about the importance of exercise, nutrition, and meditation when recovering from a performance-related injury. Austin is a bass trombonist, personal trainer, and nutritionist finishing his DMA at Indiana University. He is also the founder of The Functional Musician, who’s Holistic Transformation Program boasts taking …

Chelsea Tanner on Mindset

Join us this week for our first conversation episode! Dr. Chelsea Tanner is a flutist and mindset coach. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Chelsea started two online Flute Bootcamp courses, launched her self-image coaching business, AND her very own podcast called Align Your Mind. If you enjoy our conversation today, you’ll definitely want to …

Pivoting online and virtual networking for musicians

Yes, we are (hopefully) halfway through this pandemic thing. No, it is never too late to start amplifying your artistic voice online! Your online presence is meant to showcase your work. It is your platform to advertise your goods, services, and skills. If you are a non-salaried musician, how do you expect to get new …

PPP Loans for Musicians

If you are a musician with a gig-based income, you will likely qualify for some covid relief money from the federal government soon! Congress passed “The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021” on December 20. This act provides additional funds to the Paycheck Protection Program— the pandemic relief program administered by the US Small Business Administration (SBA). …

New Year’s Resolutions and SMART Goals

Are you a new year’s resolution person, or not really? This week we’ll talk about why resolutions don’t work, and how to create resolutions that motivate you to achieve your goals!  Things to listen for:  Arguments for and against resolutions Why resolutions fail SMART goals  Taking an OK resolution and making it SMART  S: Specific …

Imposter Syndrome

“Imposter!” Who, me?? This week, we discuss this syndrome that affects 70% of adults and develops as a side effect of going through the music school system.  Listen all the way to the end of the episode for exciting Unclassical news and fun things to come in 2021!  Things to listen for: What is Imposter …

Coping with Anxiety

This week, Tori shares when she first realized she had performance anxiety as a teenager. We’ll also talk about the difference between nervousness, performance anxiety, and social anxiety. Are performance and social anxieties directly related in individuals? Are musicians prone to social anxiety? We’ll talk about it.  Links: Blog post “Being a Musicians Made Me …

Dealing with a Performance Injury

This week, Tori shares her personal struggles with TMJ as a flutist. The narrative for this episode comes from two blog posts, linked below.  Things to listen for: – Stressors of music school – Anxiety  – TMJ disorder and treatment  – Stigma around performance-related injuries – How injuries can impact regular daily life Blog posts: …

The Ethics of Music During a Pandemic

Its another loaded topic! Keeping it under 30 minutes, here’s what we’ll talk about: – Loss of income – Taking care of “The Four Walls” – The effect of the killing of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement on the classical music industry – The effects of a wave of free art online …

Mindset for Musicians

“Mindset is everything.” Is it really? This week we unearth some mindset and self-talk habits that sabotage musicians–especially recent music grads.  In this episode: Pessimism, realism, optimism Self-talk Judgement Compassion and empathy Reacting versus responding Abundance versus scarcity Gratitude  “Mindset is everything” poster  Jen Sincero’s self-help book “You Are a Badass”  Follow Tori on Instagram …