How do you maintain balance between being a full-time musician/student and living life? We can never be “done” preparing music, and there is literally always something more to be done, to learn, to study, or to listen to. That being said, how do you keep your life balanced? Accountants, Engineers, laborers, and other professions clock out, finish projects, and simply go home. But, as musicians, nothing is ever finished. I think that makes it one of the toughest professions to balance, especially those musicians who have families too. I highly respect those who maintain life balance and still excel in the arts, and would love to hear how they manage their time and their lives.

How do you handle this struggle? Do you have any “tricks” or regular practices that help? Share your thoughts, struggles, and questions in the comments.

Originally posted on on January 23, 2011 by Shane Griffin.

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Dave Gerhart

Dr. Dave Gerhart, Product Manager, Percussion for Yamaha Corporation of America and Lecturer of Percussion at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSU, Long Beach, is a nationally recognized performer, composer, and educator. Dr. Gerhart, originally from Fairfield, California, holds a D.M.A. from the University of Southern California, M.M. in Percussion Performance and Instrumental Conducting and a B.M. in Music Education from California State University, Long Beach.
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