Up to 87% of professional and 90% of student musicians will become injured during their careers (Guptill and Golem, 2008). Musicians like athletes require healthcare professionals to understand their unique challenges they encounter. The healthcare provider needs to have a medical background as well as a performing arts background to provide the best care. Susan, an occupational therapist, had researched musicians’ injuries for her Master’s thesis and has been playing the piano since she was 7 years old.
“… music was seen as the study of relationships between invisible, internal, hidden objects. Music has a way of finding the big, invisible moving pieces inside our hearts and souls and helping us figure out the position of things inside us.
Music is a basic need of human survival. Music is one of the ways we make sense of our lives, one of the ways in which we express feelings when we have no words, a way for us to understand things with our hearts when we can’t with our minds.
You’re here to become a sort of therapist for the human soul, … someone who works with our insides to see if they get things to line up, to see if we can come into harmony with ourselves and be healthy and happy and well.”
Susan has focused her practice to help performing artists be at their best so they can help us be our best.