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The Musician's Guide To Being Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise
44 minutes | Oct 13, 2021
Episode 150: Non-Musician Perspective Conflict in Chamber Music Groups
In this episode, Karen and Jen dive into the various complex relationships and interpersonal conflict that can exist in a chamber music group.
24 minutes | Oct 6, 2021
Episode 149: Instagram Down?
In this episode Karen discusses the bizarre IG blackout that happened this past week.
40 minutes | Sep 29, 2021
Episode 148: Non-Musician Perspective- An Open Conversation on Struggling
In this episode, Karen and Jen dive deep into what it means to struggle and how to cope with a season in your life that might feel unmanageable.
17 minutes | Sep 22, 2021
Episode 147: Guided Meditation
In this episode, Karen leads us through a relaxing guided meditation.
41 minutes | Sep 15, 2021
Episode 146: Demystifying Entrepreneur v. Business Owner
In this episode, Karen begins her first deep dive. Karen sets the tone by talking about finances for musicians as well as delineating the difference between an entrepreneur and a business owner.
40 minutes | Sep 8, 2021
Episode 145: Myths about Entrepreneurship Feat. Jen Cubides
In this episode, Karen debunks the top myths regarding entrepreneurship as she celebrates her 8th year in buisness. Follow along as Jen interviews Karen in a spicy, no holding back type of episode.
43 minutes | Sep 1, 2021
Episode 144: Same year, New you?
"New year, new me" doesn't always acknowledge the changes we are constantly undertaking as we grow. In this episode, Karen discusses the renaissance that's occurring as she navigates and pivots her process.
30 minutes | Aug 25, 2021
Episode 143: Non-Musician Perspectives- What I Wish I Knew in My 20's
In this episode, Karen and Jen dive into the top things they wish they knew in their 20's. Together they discuss both the musician and non-musican perspective of what it's like to navigate your 20s. They recount their experience with worthiness, health, changing jobs, and making major spicy life changes. Follow along as they drop major truth bombs and share their choices, regrets, and the lessons they learned.
49 minutes | Aug 18, 2021
Episode 142: Meet the Mcllwain’s
Ben and Jackie McIlwain join us in this couples interview to talk all about their relationship as two musicians, having kids and fostering, as well as navigating their musical careers in higher education. Both having doctorates and now teaching at the same university, Ben and Jackie’s path to getting where they are today involved a lot of communication and supportive attitudes. In having similar careers, they understand the challenges and necessities of the craft.Join us in this episode to hear about Ben and Jackie’s relationship through undergrad to tenure track, having kids, fostering, and more.
21 minutes | Aug 11, 2021
Episode 141: Non-Musician Perspectives - Normalizing Social Media
“It will never hurt your career to be more adventurous and multifaceted” Authenticity and vulnerability are the keys to human connection. Why, then, do we hesitate to be authentic and vulnerable on social media? In this episode with KCA project manager and non-musician perspective Jen Cubides, we talk about normalizing social media to capture the everyday. Being authentic on social media is a lot easier said than done. To help you take your first steps toward an authentic platform, Karen and Jen give some examples of content you can post to get started: Videos in the practice room, being gentle and honest with the imperfect parts of your playing Real day-in-the-life, what you’re up to and where you are Behind the scenes, sharing bad days and how you overcome them Remember, we are all humans, imperfection is natural! We need to show up consistently and authentically to form connections with our audience. To do so, we can strategize our content to an extent in order to put ourselves in a position to share our lives regularly. Discipline equals freedom, and this discipline of strategy will leave room for us to be more spontaneous in what we share when those spontaneous times come: with the discipline of strategy, we don’t have to worry about rushing through a post or racking our brains to come up with content for the day. We’ve planned for consistency and sustainability in our strategies! Lastly, social media is your portfolio. It will evolve and change just like we do. People will get to know who you were, who you are, and who you become, just as you’re able to see the documentation of your own life in each season that you share.
36 minutes | Aug 4, 2021
Episode 140: Interview with Jackie McIlwain
“Teach the whole person.” In music performance, we need to take care of our bodies in order to ensure sustainability in our careers. This episode, we talk all things wellness, intention, and body mapping with Associate Professor of Clarinet at the University of Southern Mississippi and President-elect of the Association of Body Mapping Educators, Dr. Jackie McIlwain. For those unfamiliar with body mapping, here’s a little overview! Body mapping is a technique that was made directly for musicians, making sure that we have a very clear understanding of how the body is designed to move. If we have this understanding of the body map, then we can use it to move more effortlessly, with more fluidity, more ease, and less tension. Jackie discovered body mapping in her undergraduate career, where she began to experience pain that greatly interfered with her performance. She was then introduced to Alexander Technique and body mapping, and became so passionate about these areas of study that she began to focus on pedagogy and wellness in her academic career. Now, she’s co-writing two books with friend Shawn Copland: Body Mapping for Clarinetists all about healthy ways to approach the instrument, and the Breathing Book for Clarinetists, a step by step practice companion.
35 minutes | Jul 28, 2021
Episode 139: Interview with Jen Oliverio
“Instead of playing that game of comparison, use that as an opportunity to be inspired rather than to be jealous of something you don’t necessarily have yet.” This episode, Karen is joined by Jen Oliverio, Oakland University Assistant Professor of Trumpet and Principal Cornetist of the Fountain City Brass Band. In this interview, you’ll hear about Jen’s journey to teaching higher education, moving, starting a family, and getting a new job during the pandemic, as well as the reality of being a musician mom and being married to someone who plays the same instrument. “You can always find something in your bad days. I try to, even on my worst playing days, find something beautiful in my music.”
39 minutes | Jul 21, 2021
Episode 138: Interview with Ben McIlwain
For Dr. Ben McIlwain, being a professor is about much more than just teaching trombone. It’s about cultivating enjoyment in music and in life. In this episode, Ben talks about his teaching philosophy, passions for expanding the trombone repertoire through over 50 commissions, behind the scenes of his debut solo album releasing in fall 2021, and the importance of enjoyment in all aspects of career and life. “If you work hard and you dream big, things will come.” “You only have one life. You enjoy it, and you take one day at a time.”
45 minutes | Jul 14, 2021
Episode 137: Interview with Marianne Ploger
“I believe we need to reform the way that we think about musical training, and it’s a revolution. It is a paradigm shift.”
23 minutes | Jul 7, 2021
Episode 136: Non-Musician Perspectives - Negotiations with Jennifer Cubides
“Your time is not free. Your time is you and your time is your skillset.” This episode, we’re joined by Non-Musician Perspective and KCA project manager Jennifer Cubides to talk about negotiations and knowing your worth. Besides being KCA project manager, Jen also just got a new job as Head of Academics at TPH Nashville! In addition to navigating new opportunities in the education industry, Jen’s role keeping up with KCA contracts, projects, and clients has made her quite well-versed in negotiations. Karen and Jen pinpoint 3 main principles to keep in mind when making negotiations: “Clear is kind. Unclear is unkind.” -Brene Brown Do your own research: be knowledgeable Know your worth: ask for what you want and deserve The premise of negotiating is capitalizing on your skills and your environment. In navigating negotiations, though, be sure to keep in mind that there’s a fine line between confidence and entitlement: have humility! Advocate for what you deserve, not just what you desire.
58 minutes | Jun 30, 2021
Episode 135: Interview with Dr. Kate Umble Smucker
35 minutes | Jun 23, 2021
Episode 134: Interview with Jen and Patrick Oliverio
“I haven’t always lived the most balanced life in terms of professional and personal life. I go wholeheartedly into the things I’m interested in and sometimes it’s really beneficial to take a step back and think about how that’s benefitting or not benefitting our family.” Trumpet couple Jen and Patrick Oliverio are experiencing lots of newness in this season of life from pandemic to both starting new jobs, having their son Ben, and moving. Through these experiences, they’ve learned quite a few things about themselves and their relationship; they’ve learned patience, advocating for their own needs, communicating sooner, and the importance of connection rather than comparison. “Don’t let your career be an excuse to not do something. If you’re driven in your career and love what you do, you’ll always be able to balance it.”
44 minutes | Jun 16, 2021
Episode 133: Interview with Kathleen Costello
“Flow state is not elusive. We can design for it.” The flow state is often known as being “in the zone”, and this phenomenon can actually be created if we dedicate thought and intention into our process. In this interview with clarinetist and artist Kathleen Costello, we focus on the idea of flow state, mental practice and visualization, and creating a business from passion projects. When diving into flow state research, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is a great foundational book where Kathleen started her own learning. Through this research, Kathleen found the 8 main components and indicators of the flow state, which can help us recognize when flow occurs as well as create an environment conducive to flow state. Listen through for more on Kathleen’s research on flow and to learn the 8 main components and indicators of the flow state in order to design your practice sessions and work for optimal focus and engagement.
41 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
Episode 132: Interview with Kevin Fitzgerald, Part 2
16 minutes | Jun 2, 2021
Episode 131: Interview with Kevin Fitzgerald, Part 1
“Through your own work and discipline and seeking out help, you can conduct any piece you want.” Understanding yourself and your past not only aids the present and future you, but also your career. In this interview with Assistant Conductor of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of ÆPEX Contemporary Performance, Kevin Fitzgerald, we talk about how the pandemic has shifted his mindset and career, as well as putting his ego in a box to better serve others. In episode 60, we got a little bit of backstory into Kevin’s life and past. This episode, we talk about the present and future growth on the horizon for Kevin and his projects.
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