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 - Brave Musician is each of us.
Brave Musician - the company - is led by music and education industry veterans Monica Shriver and Marina Terteryan. We don't like writing stuffy bios so instead, we wrote each other's bios as a list of fun facts about us as professionals, humans, and Brave Musicians.
Educator, bandleader, multi-instrumentalist, visual artist, cat parent
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)
Teaching music and creative confidence for 22 + years
Playing music professionally (paid gigs) for nearly 30 years
Played her first gig with pro musicians at age 14
Is a die-hard hockey fan (Go, Coyotes!)
Played in 50+ musicals such as In the Heights, Beauty and the Beast, Dreamgirls
Played with dozens of artists including nationally touring acts, jazz bands, and other fancy people
Has taught more than 4,000 students and more than 700 workshops around the country
Is also an abstract painter, exhibiting and painting commissions in Phoenix
Is a Fantasy Football commissioner
Published a coloring book of own sketches
Lives with two fantastic cats
Bachelor of Art in Music at Arizona State University
Master of Music in Music Education with emphasis Jazz Pedagogy from Capitol University
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Entrepreneur, Innovation Strategist, Service & experience designer, jazz violinist, standing desk aficionado
Runs a global innovation agency, The Why Lab
Travels the world helping organizations – from Fortune 500 companies to nonprofits to small businesses – innovate and create better services/products
Worked in the music industry for 15 years
Plays violin and Dhol (traditional Armenian hand drum)
Pets every single dog she meets
Started first company at 15 years old and has successfully run 6 profitable businesses since then
Designs and produces open innovation events around the world
Founded a full-service marketing and businesses design agency that helped musicians and artists promote themselves and create alternate revenue streams
Hosts the world’s first service innovation podcast, streamed in 120+ countries
Is an ergonomics geek and standing desk aficionado
Performed improv comedy at The Comedy Store in LA
Ran the marketing department for the Jazz Education Network for 6 years
Bachelor of Science in Finance, Business Law, and Real Estate with a minor in PR from California State University, Northridge
Master of Science in Strategic Design Management from The New School’s Parsons Paris School of Design
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