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How to Destroy Creativity in Music Students: The Need for Emotional and Psychological Support Services in Music Schools

Julie Jaffee Nagel
From: Medical Problems of Performing Artists: Volume 24 Number 1: Page 15 (March 2009)

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Abstract: A decision to pursue a career in the performing arts is a lifelong and complex undertaking. Musicians begin instrument lessons in early childhood, when the ego and talent are developing simultaneously. In these vulnerable years and at any age, music teachers and schools can inhibit the creativity, musical and personal growth, and careers of their students by various common attitudes: e.g., overemphasis on improving technique and winning competitions; stress on prestigious performance careers; denial of the psychological implications of playing-related injury; or failure to promote other professional outlets in music as well as other professions. Sometimes, a musician¿s career plans are altered or aborted altogether. The author advocates the establishment of psychological and physical interdisciplinary programs and courses in the curriculum as important aspects of healthy music programs as well as career services programs to assist students with both performance and non-performance careers.

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