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Crushing Classical

Crushing Classical is a series of interviews with classical musicians who are forging unique paths with their talent, creating their own artistic fulfillment and financial comfort, and finding ways to thrive. I celebrate these brave people who are taking routes outside of traditional orchestral or academic employment! As always, I invite you to listen for your own sparks and breadcrumbs, and use these interviews to find the possibilities that exist in your own life.
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The Happiest Musician: Creating A Career You Love With All The Things You Love Doing

Jul 18, 2024

I had an AHA during a FLOW class I was leading last week. You can choose what you pay attention to! 

This had such a wide resonance for me that I couldn't wait to share it with you. 

What do you want to pay attention to? What focus might help you to move forward? 

I'd love to hear from you. You can DM me on instagram or email me with your thoughts on this episode or a question I could answer on a future one! 

 

Thanks for joining me on Crushing Classical! 

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You can join my email list HERE, so you never miss an episode!

I help people to lean into their creative careers and start or grow their income streams. You can read more or hop onto a short discovery call from my website.

I'm your host, Jennet Ingle. I love you all. Stay safe out there!

 

Jul 11, 2024

I just loved this conversation with Dr. Jonathan Gregoire. From the first moment we met I could tell we were aligned in how we saw the world, how we saw our musical careers, and how we sought to help others.  His journey from full-time, salaried performing work to the entrepreneurial world of coaching is an inspiration! 

Dr. Gregoire is a multi-talented creative coach and performing artist. With extensive professional music training and diverse coaching certifications, Gregoire helps creatives find structure and balance around their artistry to overcome burnout and self-doubt, empower their confident creative, and lead lives of direction, meaning, and profitability. Praised for his "top-notch technique and musicianship" his performances are further enhanced by his skills as a Master Reiki practitioner, promoting healing through music.

Find Jonathan at his website, Instagram, or YouTube!

Thanks for joining me on Crushing Classical! 

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You can join my email list HERE, so you never miss an episode!

I help people to lean into their creative careers and start or grow their income streams.  You can read more or hop onto a short discovery call from my website.

I'm your host, Jennet Ingle. I love you all. Stay safe out there!

 

 

 

Jul 4, 2024

I'm releasing a new pre-recorded course this week for oboists! And I'm pulling back the curtains of my business to talk about how I created it. 

If you've been curious about bolstering your own online presence with educational offerings, and if you've been stymied by the tech, or the marketing, or by the fear of putting yourself out there, you might find this interesting and helpful! 

If you would like to look at my online offerings for oboists, including my new Sightread Like a Pro course, you can find those HERE

If you would like to chat with me about your own plans, goals, or ideas, you can book a short call HERE

Thanks for joining me on Crushing Classical! 

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I'm your host, Jennet Ingle. I love you all. Stay safe out there!

 

Jun 27, 2024

Michael Cooke is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist and composer, seamlessly blending the worlds of jazz and classical music. A two Emmy Awards and the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award, Cooke’s versatility shines through in his mastery of soprano, alto, and tenor saxophones, flute, soprano and bass clarinets, bassoon, and percussion. A cum laude graduate in composition from the University of North Texas, his academic pursuits encompassed jazz, ethnomusicology, music history, theory, and composition.

Beginning his professional orchestral career in 1991, Michael performed with numerous symphonies across North Texas. His talent has taken him to stages in Europe, Mexico, and all over the United States. Since 1994, Cimarron Music Press has been publishing many of his compositions, reflecting his diverse musical influences and skills.

After moving to the San Francisco Bay Area, Michael continued to forge new paths in both improvised and composed music. His work is a reflection of a rich multicultural experience, blending various styles and techniques. In 1999, he founded Black Hat Records, a jazz label that further showcases his commitment to musical exploration. Currently serving on the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Composers Chamber Orchestra, Cooke continues to influence the music scene with his innovative contributions.

Described by the San Francisco Beacon as an artist who flows “out color and tone with a feeling I haven’t heard in quite a while,” Michael’s unique sound sets him apart in the music world. The All Music Guide praises his work as “uncompromising, fiery, complex, passionate, and cathartic,” particularly noting his performances on Searching by Cooke Quartet, Statements by Michael Cooke, and The Is by CKW Trio.

His latest release, An Indefinite Suspension of The Possible, showcases an unusual yet compelling mix of woodwinds, trombone, cello, koto, and percussion. This album captures the essence of his innovative spirit, creating a synergy in improvised music that taps into previously unexplored realms. Michael Cooke stands out as a significant figure in contemporary music, constantly pushing the boundaries of jazz and classical genres through his inventive compositions and exhilarating performances.

 

Follow Michael Cooke at his website, Threads, Facebook, check out his new YouTube channel, or read about the San Francisco Composers Chamber Orchestra.

 

Thanks for joining me on Crushing Classical! 

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You can join my email list HERE, so you never miss an episode!

I help people to lean into their creative careers and start or grow their income streams.  You can read more or hop onto a short discovery call from my website.

I'm your host, Jennet Ingle. I love you all. Stay safe out there!

 

 

 

Jun 20, 2024

What I learned on my summer vacation... about hiking up a mountain, playing the oboe, and crafting my career! Perhaps you too will enjoy this minisode about choosing your own path. 

 

Make sure you SUBSCRIBE to Crushing Classical, and maybe even leave a nice review! 

Thanks for joining me on Crushing Classical! 

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You can join my email list HERE, so you never miss an episode!

I help people to lean into their creative careers and start or grow their income streams. You can read more or hop onto a short discovery call from my website.

I'm your host, Jennet Ingle. I love you all. Stay safe out there!

 

Jun 13, 2024

Stepping into today’s conversation with Chad Lawson, I had a loose idea of what we’d be talking about, but the actual conversation was surprising - genuine, soulful, and simultaneously grounded in the practicality of making money as a performer and recording artist.  We explored the tension between what you COULD do, and what you maybe WANT to do, and what your audience loves you for.  Where is the line, for an artist, between being of service, creating works for a specific audience, and being an innovator seeking  artistically fulfillment?  It’s such a important  question, one I’ve wrestled with as well, one that Seth Godin writes on over and over - and this conversation was a joy the whole way through.

World-renowned pianist Chad Lawson is known for exploring the intersection between music and wellness with chart-topping contemporary classical releases (over 1B streams to date), and his iHeart Radio Award-nominated podcast Calm It Down (over 5M downloads to date), which explores mental health topics and meditation techniques soundtracked by Chad’s music. He is also a certified breathing expert.

New album, 'Where We Are', out on July 19 via Decca Records US, a collection of original solo piano works inspired by messages from his fans about how his music has affected their lives. Chad has become one of the most streamed classical artists today (700M streams on his last two albums alone), not just on the merit of his music, but by intersecting his music with his wellness and breathwork expertise, with the overall goal of healing people and helping them through difficult and stressful times.

You can find and follow Chad at his website, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

The book he references:  Make Art, Make Money, by Elizabeth Hyde Stevens

Thanks for joining me on Crushing Classical! 

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You can join my email list HERE, so you never miss an episode!

I help people to lean into their creative careers and start or grow their income streams. You can read more or hop onto a short discovery call from my website.

I'm your host, Jennet Ingle. I love you all. Stay safe out there!

 

 

 

Jun 6, 2024

In today's minisode I discuss my FLOW program. This might be interesting:

  • For private music teachers who wonder what might be possible
  • For online program creators who want to improve retention
  • For oboists who wish it could be EASIER and more fun

 

Thanks for joining me on Crushing Classical! 

I would love to talk with you! This month, my calendar is especially open for adult oboists seeking support and community. (I have at this moment exactly one slot left in FLOW.)

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I'm your host, Jennet Ingle. I love you all. Stay safe out there!

May 30, 2024

I had always assumed that piano keyboards were standardized and unchangeable. That it was our job as musicians to adapt to the instrument, rather than making it adapt to us. I'm delighted to find that I was mistaken! 

Pianist, vocalist, composer, singer-songwriter, actor, and entrepreneur, Hannah Reimann began her career as a concert pianist with a pedagogical lineage that traces back through generations to Beethoven via her teachers, German Diez, Arminda Canteros, Kenneth Cooper etc. and a touring history with violist Paul Coletti with whom she performed together with internationally in the 1990s and early 2000s. She is currently completing both a solo piano album of new music and a pop EP of original songs. Her show, Both Sides Now, The Music of Joni Mitchell, has been heard in four states for the past 12 years. She has led a multi-genre life since she was a teen, singing in bands, playing Beethoven Sonatas and Mozart Concertos, and competing in a piano competition.

In 1997, Hannah independently rebuilt her Steinway piano to better accommodate her hand size. Her success with the instrument has made her the face of the stretto piano as a producer of concerts. Ms. Reimann was featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal as a “musician on a mission to make the world safe for small pianists.”

For more than 30 years, her goal has been to influence piano manufacturers worldwide to offer narrow-key pianos (which we now generically call “stretto”) and to produce concerts with them everywhere. She created the nonprofit Stretto Piano Events in 2024 after founding the festival and concert series in 2021.

 

Read more at the website, instagram, Facebook, or see the concert schedule online. You can donate to Hannah's initiative HERE

 

Thanks for joining me on Crushing Classical! 

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You can join my email list HERE, so you never miss an episode!

I help people to lean into their creative careers and start or grow their income streams.  You can read more or hop onto a short discovery call from my website.

I'm your host, Jennet Ingle. I love you all. Stay safe out there!

 

 

May 23, 2024

Ask Me Anything!

This live zoom event with two musical entrepreneurs took place on May 9, 2024. 

We discussed:

  • Creating online content, including video and podcasts, with tips on basic equipment needed
  • Preparing students for performances and educating parents
  • Finding a niche audience through visibility and outreach
  • Time management and prioritization for musicians preparing for auditions
  • Teaching piano, group lessons, and rental spaces
  • Authenticity for musicians and small business owners

 

Ashley Danyew is at Musician & Co.  Check out her book club offer!

I'm your host, Jennet Ingle.   I help people to lean into their creative careers and start or grow their income streams. You can read more or hop onto a short discovery call from my website.

 

Thanks for joining me on Crushing Classical! 

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May 16, 2024

Intrigued? 

This is a topic that's come up recently with my clients and in our live zoom event - and while I'm not offering productivity hacks this week, this idea might be something even better!

The book I reference is Essentialism, by Greg McKeown

 

Make sure you SUBSCRIBE to Crushing Classical, and maybe even leave a nice review! 

Thanks for joining me on Crushing Classical! 

Theme music by DreamVance.

You can join my email list HERE, so you never miss an episode!

I help people to lean into their creative careers and start or grow their income streams. You can read more or hop onto a short discovery call from my website.

I'm your host, Jennet Ingle. I love you all. Stay safe out there!

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