There are unique challenges and anxieties faced by established career professionals when they sense obstructions may be present in their own playing. Whether internally or externally generated, the expectations for perfection and consistency, combined with the pressure to maintain an external appearance of being in complete command of artistic faculties at all times, sets the stage for experiencing great unhappiness. The presumption is that obstructions, whatever their source, can be simply denied or powered through will often result in performance injuries of various types, as well as great unhappiness. Limited sources of appropriate coaching compounds this invisible suffering, often made worse by a feeling of being scrutinized by younger artists in highly competitive environments preoccupied by measurement and comparison.
I provide confidential, online performance coaching for established professional musicians who feel they may be experiencing limitations or obstructions with their instruments, interpretive processes, and/or careers. These challenges may be experienced in a variety of ways, but often appear through self-perception or external criticism suggesting the presence of:
- Excessively literal or mechanical interpretation
- Tonal restriction or blandness
- Technical inconsistencies with no apparent reason
- Physical restriction, discomfort or performance injury
- Career frustration/apathy
- Loss of desire/patience to practice
My approach to coaching is grounded in 30 years as a concert musician, 10 years as a bedside palliative care musician, and almost 20 years on the Performance faculty of the University of Toronto, working with a comprehensive range of instrumentalists. My approach is informed by a number of holistic perspectives and heavily emphasizes developing awareness of the physical self, especially regarding interactions between breath and the sensations of balance and gravity.
Coaching takes place synchronously via Zoom or asynchronously through video/audio media sharing. While I do not disclose my client list in the interest of maintaining the privacy of these artists, please reach out if you feel I might be able to help.