About Brave Musician™

How did this start?

"Have you noticed how so many musicians want to talk about struggles with confidence, but don’t have a place to do it?"

"Yes! There is so much more to music than just playing."

"Let's explore this and see if others have the same problem."

Spoiler alert: they do.

That simple conversation was the beginning of Brave Musician. 

So who is Brave Musician? 

First and foremost - we are all Brave Musicians. 

Brave Musician™ - the company - is led by music and education industry veterans Monica Shriver and Marina Terteryan. We don't like writing stuffy bios of ourselves. So, instead, we wrote each other's bios as a list of fun facts about us as professionals, humans, and Brave Musicians. 


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Monica Shriver

Educator, bandleader, multi-instrumentalist, visual artist, cat parent

  1. Plays 14 Instruments and gets paid to perform 10 of them (piccolo, flute, alto flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, contra alto clarinet, soprano sax, alto sax, tenor sax, bari sax, bass, piano, oboe, bassoon)

  2. Teaching music and creative confidence for 22 + years

  3. Playing music professionally (paid gigs) for nearly 30 years

  4. Played her first gig with pro musicians at age 14

  5. Is a die-hard hockey fan (Go, Coyotes!)

  6. Played in 50+ musicals such as In the Heights, Beauty and the Beast, Dreamgirls

  7. Played with dozens of artists including nationally touring acts, jazz bands, and other fancy people

  8. Has taught more than 4,000 students and more than 700 workshops around the country

  9. Is also an abstract painter, exhibiting and painting commissions in Phoenix

  10. Is a Fantasy Football commissioner

  11. Published a coloring book of own sketches

  12. Lives with two fantastic cats

  13. Master of Music in Music Education with emphasis Jazz Pedagogy from Capitol University

  14. Bachelor of Art in Music at Arizona State University

  15. Is a Brave Musician


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Marina Terteryan

Entrepreneur, Innovation Strategist, Service & experience designer, jazz violinist, standing desk aficionado

  1. Runs a global innovation agency, The Why Lab

  2. Travels the world helping organizations – from Fortune 500 companies to social enterprises to small businesses – innovate and create better services/products

  3. Worked in the music industry for 10+ years

  4. Plays violin and Dhol (traditional Armenian hand drum)

  5. Pets every single dog she meets

  6. Started first company at 15 years old and has run 6 profitable businesses since then

  7. Executive produces open innovation events around the world

  8. Founded a full-service marketing and businesses design agency that helped musicians and artists engage their communities and create multiple revenue streams

  9. Hosts the world’s first service innovation podcast, streamed in 120+ countries

  10. Is an ergonomics geek and does research on work-health balance

  11. Performed improv comedy at The Comedy Store in LA

  12. Ran the marketing department for the Jazz Education Network for 6 years

  13. Master of Science in Global Strategic Design Management from The New School’s Parsons Paris School of Design

  14. Bachelor of Science in Finance, Business Law, and Real Estate with a minor in Public Relations from California State University, Northridge

  15. Is a Brave Musician