How much commitment does it take to be a performing musician?

What does talent really mean?

How can I deal with challenges to remaining committed to music-making?

How much commitment does it take to be a performing musician? Music director Dan Warren and principal saxophone player Danielle Beck talk about their commitment to the Wellington Wind Symphony, and to music in their lives.

What does talent really mean? Members of the Wellington Wind Symphony have a conversation about how they have worked to diversify their musical talents.

How can a musician with physical challenges thrive in the fast-paced world of performance? Dan Warren speaks with flute and piccolo player Greg Stroh.

 Questions to Drive Further Inquiry

  • What factors besides musical talent are necessary to be successful as a professional musician in Canada?
  • Can you develop your own plan for developing as a musician?
  • Does learning about other Canadian composers make you think that you could be one too?
  • Does sexual stereotyping influence people’s thinking about instrument choice, careers in music, etc?

Resources about Commitment to Music

The Bullet-Proof Musician: Advice on everything, from stage fright to practising. Check out the blog.

10 Easy Ways to Optimize Your Music Practice: The Deceptive Cadence blog from NPR Classical.

Essential Music Practice: A site to help you with your music practising techniques.

Careers in Music: Find out about the diverse careers that your life in music prepares you for.

What Can You Do with a Music Degree?: 70+ Careers & Salaries Revealed.

Music Schools in Canada: Explore your choices for studying music beyond high school.

Beck Music: The studio of Danielle Beck, principal saxophone player with the Winds.

Music School Hitting All the Right Notes: Article about Beck Music from the KW Record.

Living with Vision Loss: Resources from the Canadian National Institute for the Blind.

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