Playing the piano is a physical activity. Overuse syndrome is real and not uncommon problem. According to a CBC article it is the number one cause of young students dropping out of music programs in university.
For adult music students burnout among the driven and enthusiastic is not uncommon. The middle aged golfer Dan, invented the Dan plan. His plan? He would practice golf for 10,000 hours and go pro.
His body let him down in the end.
So, what you do you do if you recognise yourself in these stories?
"Find an environment that supports your goals"
A great privilege is to be born in an environment that supports our dreams and aspirations. An environment that presents us with role models worthy of emulation. And a situation rich in love, time, and resources both financial and educational.
When parents ask me, "how can I inspire my child to practice?". Or, an adult says, "I'm losing enthusiasm". I say let's think about these things first.
You've got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail.
I'm a professional pianist and music educator in West Toronto Ontario. I'm also a devoted student and teacher of the drums.