A solid musical education focuses on technique, musicality and quality of performance in addition to auditions and competitions. One’s personal development and a true sense of self can get lost along the way.
“It’s Not (JUST) About the Gig” dissolves the myths surrounding success in music and helps readers to not only define what success means to them, but also to create a solid action plan to be successful in all areas of their lives.
Dana Fonteneau is rapidly establishing herself on the world stage as a thought leader for musicians on such topics as success, health and wellness, innovation and empowerment for sustainable careers in music. A former concert cellist, Fonteneau’s chamber music career was formed by studying directly with founding members of the Amadeus, Juilliard and Borodin string quartets. Now a licensed somatic psychotherapist in the state of California and founder of “The WholeHearted Musician,” Fonteneau devotes her time to empowering musicians to have successful, fulfilling and financially sustainable lives in the arts. Her writing can be found in Strings Magazine, Chamber Music Magazine, San Francisco Classical Voice as well as her own blog.
Fonteneau’s book was the April selection for our Connect: 21CM Book Club. Now, host Sylvia Yang presents questions posed to Fonteneau by our readers.