Re-Ignite Your Love of Music I Easy Exercises

Easy exercise to find joy in music again: How to avoid burnout as a musician

Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about my students and the musicians I coach. Many of them are touring, working hard towards goals, and basically putting their energy into a lot of the backend parts of being a professional musician. And they’re not the only ones. I know so many singers who are on a track just moving and doing the work – and less about the actual music… and it’s tiring. It’s exhausting and often burns out some of the best musicians.

When it comes down to it, the life of a professional musician always begins with a love of music. As you get into all of the other parts of making a living from music, it’s easy to slip into a place of burnout and deflation because you aren’t connected with WHY you chose this career path anymore. We chatted a few weeks ago about WHY we became singers¬† The purpose of this was to connect to what truly motivates us. Today, I want to explore WHAT began our love of music in the first place. Being able to break this down and tap into it on a regular basis will not only help you to avoid, or recover, from burnout as a musician. It will help you to enjoy what you’re doing so much more!

Easy Exercise to Find Joy in Music

These easy to follow exercises are meant to help you reconnect with your love of music. It’s safe to assume that at some point in your life, this joy of music was sparked. Think right now about that first experience. When did you first realize you loved music? What was that experience? For me, my love of music began with a trumpet I was gifted. It was a family heirloom and it’s so special to me. I wanted to touch and play it – it felt so beautiful to me and from there, my love of music grew. Obviously I began to realize I could use my voice as an instrument and many years later, here I am. What was that moment for you? Grab my free worksheet HERE and then we’ll walk through different types of music you can use to reflect and reconnect with your love of music.

Music and Memories

For many of us, music is tied strongly to memories. Maybe it’s your first crush, or the song you heard and cried for the first time. Maybe it’s something you sang in a rehearsal when you first started or the first concert you saw. Whatever it is, I recommend writing down the memory or the moment and the song that you associate it with. These pieces of music should have an emotional connection with you. Love, anger, sadness… everyone’s will be different, but find those 10-15 songs that are part of your soul. Write them down.

Music You Loved to Sing and Listen To

The second type of music to consider is music that you loved to sing. Not right now – but something from your past. Maybe you don’t love to sing it anymore, but at some point, it sparked joy for you. Consider the moments that mattered most to you as a musician and write those 5-10 songs down as your second category.

The last category is songs that you love to listen to. This doesn’t mean you have to sing them – maybe you do, maybe you hum ¬†– but you just like to listen to it. This may be music that doesn’t have words but it makes you feel something. These pieces should make you feel something. Assemble those pieces as the last category. Again, choose 5-10 pieces.

What Do I Do with the Songs?

Once you’ve got all of these songs listed out, it’s time to make a playlist. I love the idea of a playlist because you now have something tangible you can refer to when you need to reconnect with music. Pick your favorite platform and build that now. When you need a little boost, grab your headphones and tune in. Think about turning these on when you’re out and about. Music is more than just our job. But it’s easy to forget that when we’re in it 24/7 as our career.

Being able to reconnect with the pieces of music that helped us find joy the first time makes SUCH a difference in our emotional health. Burnout comes when we focus on things we may not enjoy fully for too long. We can cope with and avoid burnout by keeping ourselves connected with the musical world we live in, in a positive way.

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