Canadian Musician - March / April 2018 - Page 43

the music you create is integral to your sense of self. Remember how inseparable music is to your emotions? Defining yourself through the communication of your music is inevitable. Not only do you find yourself reflective and self-critical, the music community is firing constant feedback, often critical. Several different gigs at a time can have music feeling like hard work, non-stop, 24/7, and who has time to take a break? Or maybe it’s several different jobs in addition to a music career, and the conflicting hours make sleep an elusive pastime. And how about that carpal tunnel in your right wrist that always flares up right before you head into the studio? Or the crippling fear and anxiety that seems to grab you by the throat when the lights come up and all eyes are on you? You haven’t been able to find your creative voice in months and that deadline is looming. This career is amazing, but at what cost? What if you decide to start searching for a counsellor, a professional to talk to, but they just don’t seem to understand or get you? Let’s examine four areas where a music therapist can provide treatment that could be beneficial for you: mental health, music re- lated issues/your relationship with music, injury/pain management, and addiction/substance abuse. How do we do make it all happen? We map out an optimal journey for you, and assist with directions along the way. A musical guide. Imagine a road trip from Town A, a place that is undesirable, uncomfortable, and harmful to your health, to Town B, which has the same layout as Town A, but is desirable, comfortable, and an environment for optimal health. It all works like this: • Your body is the vehicle travelling from Town A to Town B • The anatomical and physiological parts of your body are the car engine • New neural pathways or potential spaces waiting to be activated are the road we’re driving on • And the driver is music. How does a music therapist know what directions to take? We scrutinize: • How your emotional health impacts your physical well-being and vice versa • How music can effectively fit into your body’s functioning to allow for entrainment, accommodation, and adaptation • How music can best serve you in a therapeutic way, i.e. which music intervention, in the correct dose-response relationship, will most efficiently “drive that car” to its destination THE MUSICIAN’S LIFE You choose a life as a musician – or maybe it chooses you – and when it’s good, it’s so very good. But throughout this journey, you are acutely aware of what others think of you and your music because, well, achieving success depends heavily on whether the general public likes you and W"W62"BW"&VF6FTDTDFRVBF66FW"FW6RWBVW7F3rFW2BPRfVVvVRV"FBW662FV2"W"vƖfSbFR7V'6WVVBWw2F666W2FBBv2&VFVBFVЧFVF77VRFRfBW'6Vb&VFs#bFRVFrFWVFVBW626&GFRRFWrv&rRVW662TTgFW"BWRЧ&V6VB#"W"6VB7&V6R&WVW7G2f"VF2VBFFPv&N( 2&vW7Bv7GVGbW66>( VFVF6r( 6W62RR66( ФbFRfW""W662BW62&fW762vF'BsW"6VB6BFWBWW&V6VB2GF62B vWfV2b熖WGcRW"6VB&W'FVBFWBWW&V6V@FW&W76BSRW"6VBfVBFW&RvW&Rv2FR&f6`6W'f6W2f"W6626VG2g&7W'fW&W7FVG26VFVC( ĒFFRfЧF7VVG2F&RFVvg&FR66VB&6B&ƖfRЧ7GRbfW2W662BBVVG2F&RW6VBf"vBB2VRVVBFrFRG'WFF&R7V66W76gVW62RfPF&R6Fw266ǒVFǒVFǒ76vЦ6ǒRVVBF&RV6FFF7W'ff^( n( ФFW"W66v2VFVB26s( ĒfVVW662&R'&VVBbFV"vgFV֗7VFW'7FB'F7F'2B&fW76Ц2FW&RVVG2F&R&R6W'f6W2ffW&VB'VRvVFW"Ч7FBFRv&vRF2BVFr&ƖfR'7FF&G2( ФgFW"6W7FW"&VwF( 2FVFTV6VBWr#BpVFVF6W'f6R4W64֖G4GFW"v6ffW'2Gf6R6v7FrVF7W'B6Ɩ6Fv2B&fW76FW&WWF26W'f6W26V6VƖrB6vFfR&VfW&FW&4%BFW662BVRvFFRW62GW7G'7VffW&pg&VFVF77VW2ख#rFRFW626VG&R6v'7FVBgVFb&w&֖rf"&V( 2WN( 2FƲFv6fVGW&VBW66<:46f&W&ǒbw&VB&r6Vv2FVBvF&F2BR22( "C0