A personal self-reflection pertaining to who I am, what I like, as well as conveying a
current snapshot of what my daily life and future plans look like as of now.
Who Am I?
My name is Adie and I am a 26-year-old musician here in Tucson, Arizona. I work most mornings at a local music store and then teach Music Lessons in the afternoons and evenings. I am also currently pursuing my Master's of Music degree from the University of Arizona with an emphasis in Viola Performance.
As a result of my mixed experiences striving for psychological balance, I aim to prioritize mental and emotional health throughout all areas of my work. I have come to understand that, no matter what challenges we may be facing at any moment, the people around us are also dealing with their own struggles under the surface. I believe that positivity is always possible through maintaining hope for the future.
I have played the viola for around 16 years and have enjoyed many powerful and inspiring experiences as a performer within orchestras, chamber groups, and a couple solo recitals.
I have also experimented off-and-on with composing original works but have yet to establish any consistent habits or tangible representation of my personal style.
My other interests include learning about contemporary visual art, post-tonal and microtonal performance music, and reading compelling literature. My aim is to some day participate in multi-disciplinary performances combining these all together.
Regarding A Lapse in My Performance Career
Now, I have been unable to practice viola for the past several months as the result of an left-hand overuse injury. I'd had tendon overuse problems in the past which put me out of commission for a shorter (but still unbearably long) period of time. As a result of my recent hand-weakness, and ensuing inability to practice, I am not currently participating in any performance-dependent endeavors, including orchestra and viola lessons; so, my Master's degree date has been pushed back a semester later than initially expected.
My prior injury taught me that taking long breaks degrades muscle through their lack of use, and results in the body's inability to manage what it had previously been able to do.
My current injury taught me that recovering from the muscle decay after a long break is more involved and time-consuming than I'd initially thought. I am pursuing Physical Therapy for the next 8 weeks in an attempt to regain my muscles to the basic level needed to play my instrument at all.
I hate not being able to play, I'm embarrassed for not taking well enough care of my own body, and I've learned that I quickly resort to unproductive and unhealthy behavior when I'm not able to work on my favorite pursuit.
Fortunately, physical barriers have not stopped me from pursuing my teaching career! I have been working very hard for the past several months on completing my completely original technique books, including unique performance pieces for my students! My first two volumes are employed regularly as the primary lesson materials for current students whose level lies between introductory and beginner. Edits and adaptations are constantly being made as I find new ways to improve in the volumes' effectiveness at conveying the skills I find most important.
My current priority is to recover physically to be able to play viola again.
During the amount of time this will take, I am also trying new things in teaching and experimenting with new mediums including my blog, videos, and pursuing more contents for my unique lesson books. I aim to gain skills to reach out and help anyone who may be able to benefit from my experiences; and, I'm looking forward to learning a lot of new things and overcoming my own challenges along the way!