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The Unclassical Musician

May 11, 2021

Welcome back to mental health awareness month here on The Unclassical Musician!

This one is a must-listen!

This week, I sat down with my good friend and master of social work Amanda Deligiannis to talk about some mental health issues pertaining to musicians, and the music school experience. 

Amanda started at DePaul as a music ed major, with french horn as her instrument. Over the course of our four years there she waffled between continuing with music ed and considering switching to regular education. She eventually finished her music ed degree. During her teaching career she became passionate about education inequity as well as childhood trauma, which inspired her to complete a Master of Social Work from Loyola University. Throughout this time, she gained clinical experience interning for the Cook County Public Defender as well as in addiction treatment. Amanda also completed an internship as a medical social worker at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, supporting families while they experienced chronic illness, celebrations, and loss in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Amanda now works for a children’s therapy group in Chicago.

Even though Amanda has been out of music school for a while now, she is still very much in this community. I think she has a very unique and interesting view on the struggles of classical musicians from a clinical perspective.

In this episode:

  • Some fundamental aspects of music school that are detrimental to students' mental health 
  • Music school as a traumatic experience 
  • Self-care tips for musicians (we're not talking bubble baths and manicures!) 

We are continuing Mental Health Awareness month next week with Rusty Holmes! Another french horn player, based in Austin TX.  One of his many passions is mental fitness for musicians!

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