A new refuge for musicians

A new refuge for musicians


[Graham unpacks his flute]
While music is a part of the human experience, [Graham warms up backstage]
in a professional setting, it can sometimes be [Graham speaks in a concert hall]
competitive and intense. [Graham plays the flute in a concert hall]
Text: Musicians’ Wellness Centre, University of Ottawa We focus a lot of our energy towards our craft [Graham speaks in a concert hall]
and we sometimes can lose sight of what it is we are striving for. Text: Up to 70% of orchestral musicians experience performance anxiety. Text: Up to 90% feel pain when practicing their instruments. [Gilles Comeau speaks in the piano lab]
We are more aware than ever about what musicians go through throughout their training. There is obviously a lot of suffering, a
lot of pain, a lot of tension in the body that has been going on for years. [Students play their instruments] and it makes the whole process of being a musician a very difficult one. [Gilles Comeau speaks in the piano lab]
For over 15 years, we’ve been doing research on various topics that related to a
musician’s wellness. [Students undergo treatment in the wellness room]
It was then very natural that, after so many years, it led us to opening a centre that would be specifically dedicated to musicians wellness. Music students have very much been at the heart of this project [Gilles Comeau speaks in the piano lab] and it has evolved and it has grown quite rapidly because of the strong input and
the strong desire of music students to be able to set up such a Centre and make that available for all fellow musicians. [Graham plays the flute in a concert hall] The Wellness Centre helps us to find an
avenue that we maybe have never thought of before. [Graham speaks in a concert hall]
It helps us to look beyond the prescriptive strains that we can fall into as musicians, [Graham plays the flute]
whether that be pain, injury [Graham speaks in a concert hall] or, often, the difficult conversation of mental strain. [Graham plays the flute]
Having resources and support around you can be very helpful to overcome those challenges. Finding first within yourself why I am performing, [Graham speaks in concert hall]
why do I pick up my instrument every day, it’s sort of the first step towards overcoming any anxiety. uOttawa logo

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