Fabiana Claure
Pianist - Business Coach for Musicians
by Fabiana Claure on March 26th, 2020

It is my pleasure to announce the first in a series of Facebook live video interviews featuring musician mothers who homeschool.

I'm hoping these conversations will help all of us musician mothers who, because of this pandemic, are of the sudden needing to learn how to juggle working from home while also homeschool our kids.

Tomorrow's kick-off interview will feature soprano and homeschooling mom, Maria Antunez.

Among the topics we'll be covering include:
  • Tips and strategies to be able to get things done at home while also helping our kid's learn and grow.
  • Lessons learned from being a musician mother
  • What we can all learn from the current challenges we face as a society
In addition to being a professional soprano, Maria has been a homeschooling mom to her 5-year-old daughter, Amelia. She and her husband, tenor Martin Nusspaumer, are originally from Uruguay and have been living in Miami, FL for the past several years. You can learn more about Maria by visiting her website.

More details can be seen in the flyer below.
I look forward to having you join us tomorrow in my FB Group "Entrepreneurial Musician Mothers." Be sure to post your questions and comments during the livestream so Maria and I can answer them live.

'll be going live using StreamYard. Once logged into Facebook, before leaving a comment on the livestream, please grant StreamYard permission to see your name at streamyard.com/facebook

I'll "see" you tomorrow!

Sending you much love,

P.S. Our next interviewee will be concert pianist and homeschooling mother, Rosa Scott, and she'll be interviewed on Monday, March 30th at 11am (CDT). More details coming soon!

by Fabiana Claure on March 21st, 2020

Its funny how much we can learn from our kids if we listen carefully enough. 

The other night my husband, son and I, sat down to spend some quality time that we call “special time” where we devote a specific timeframe to focus exclusively on playing whatever our son wants to do. 

It really is fascinating to see the places he can go in his imagination and be immersed in his 5-year old world. 

As we sat down to play, I asked him what he wanted for me to do, as in, which toy he wanted for me to play with along him, or which character he’d like for me to impersonate, or anything else. To this, he responded, “pretend to be the audience.” I was quite confused so I asked him to clarify what he meant. He said, “Yes, mommy, just be there and watch Daddy and me play.” 

At first, I was a bit disappointed that he just wanted for me to sit there and instead do all the fun playing only with his Dad. Especially seeing my kitchen sink full of dirty dishes, I felt that I could be taking care of the house or anything else, versus just sitting there for 20 minutes. 

Nevertheless, I stayed and watch silently as my son and husband carried on with all the games and role-playing of children’s fictional characters. As I sat there, I began to enter a state of reflection that brought a new awareness of my present reality. 

My day had been a constant go-go-go, as I was trying to juggle working from home, taking care of the kids, and juggling house chores all at the same time. I hadn’t really taken a moment to catch my breath and think. 

So, my son’s request gave me exactly what I needed: some time to just BE.

As I reflected, I realized that in addition to pretending to be an audience for my son’s “special time”, I could also pretend to be an audience for our current reality, with all its challenges. 

At that moment, my whole day passed through my mind as if I was watching a movie in fast motion. I realized how busy and overwhelmed I had felt for most of the day, and how better it could have been if I would have taken a step back and been the observer of our reality.

With everything we have going on right now, and especially as each day the media seems to deliver more and more bad news, it will be so helpful for all of us to pretend to be the audience of this story and not see our current reality only from an insider’s perspective. 

Taking this approach can help us become more aware of our thoughts and actions, as well as those of our family.

So, next time you feel overwhelmed or stressed, ask yourself: “what if I pretended to be the audience right now?”, and see if anything changes.

I recently shared more insight into this and more upcoming topics inside my new FB group “Entrepreneurial Musician Mothers”. Be sure to join if you haven’t yet done so yet.

Coming soon I'll be doing FB lives in my group interviewing musician mothers who homeschool. We'll discuss how to manage being a musician mother and getting things done with kids in the house 24/7. More on that next week!

by Fabiana Claure on March 17th, 2020

I’m thrilled to announce…

>> The Entrepreneurial Musician Mothers: Thrive in Music, Motherhood and Business (a private FB group)⁣ <<

When I think about an Entrepreneurial Musician Mother, I envision someone who can turn obstacles into opportunities.⁣

→ Someone who is willing to redefine her priorities and set a new course of action to help create a new reality. ⁣

→ Someone who embraces the notion of creating the space for artistic fulfillment, amid all her other professional pursuits and family obligations.⁣

→ Someone who not only becomes a role model for her children but also pursues a career path that inspires and positively impacts those around her. ⁣

This is the entrepreneurial approach from which I’ve designed my life, and from which I help my clients design theirs. ⁣

As musician mothers, being able to include artistic projects in our lives that allow us to stay active on our instrument, and have a continued sense of creative and emotional fulfillment, can be very challenging - especially now.⁣

With the pandemic we face today, having our kids at home with us full time has made the struggle to balance being a musician and a mother even more difficult.⁣

That’s why I’m inviting you to join me in a community of like-minded Entrepreneurial Musician Mothers, striving to create a new space for their own artistic fulfillment – in challenging times.⁣

Although the thought of redesigning your life and taking action towards new goals can feel untimely, a moment of crisis can become an opportunity for you to pause and take a step back in order to reflect and re-evaluate your current reality. ⁣

It can be so helpful to explore the lessons you can learn from this moment.⁣

If you ask yourself how this challenging reality can help you make decisions that can make you stronger in the long run, you might be surprised at what you discover.⁣

Especially if this global crisis has affected your income streams and has placed you in a vulnerable position financially, it is a critical moment like this that can prompt you to ignite a sense of entrepreneurial action and innovation.⁣

Think about how you could create change in your life if you use this challenging moment to reframe your current reality in an entrepreneurial way.⁣

You could…⁣

>> Design a professional life that gives you the space for artistic fulfillment while also helping increase your opportunities to become more financially secure⁣

>> Work towards creating a daily routine in which you feel inspired and challenged on a regular basis, impacting your overall sense of fulfillment⁣

>> Restructure your professional projects and normal schedule to be able to spend more time with your family⁣

This does not mean all musician mothers need to be entrepreneurs.⁣

But being entrepreneurial? That can be life-changing.⁣

So no matter how challenging your current reality may seem, I encourage you to ask yourself these questions: ⁣

“What would my dream life look like where I’d be able to balance my current professional and artistic projects in a financially sustainable way, while still being able to support and be there for my family?”⁣

“How could I transform this vision into my new reality?”⁣

These are some of the questions that have helped the musicians I’ve coached create personal breakthroughs and redesign their lives.⁣

So why create the Entrepreneurial Musician Mothers community?⁣

To provide an avenue for musician mothers to come together and support each other in the quest for artistic, financial, and personal fulfillment. ⁣

To help women musicians realize their full potential in a way that positively impacts them, their families, and the communities they serve. ⁣

Musician mothers shouldn't have to…⁣

>> choose between motherhood and having an artistically fulfilling career⁣

>> live in a constant state of overwhelm⁣

>> struggle to give themselves the space or professional reason to nurture their artistic side ⁣

>> settle for a status quo that does not serve them!⁣

I believe in a new reality where through all the challenges we are living as a society today, entrepreneurial musician mothers will emerge taking inspired action that creates artistic and financial opportunities for themselves and their families. ⁣

In turn, this will allow them to become empowered and fulfilled, while also becoming role models for their children and impacting their communities.⁣

This is what the Entrepreneurial Musician Mothers community will build.⁣

If you’d like to join me, click on the link below.

by Fabiana Claure on March 8th, 2020

Happy International Women's Day! I thought today would be a great occasion to share a recent video I made on Facebook live where I described some of the findings of my research preparing my multimedia lecture recital entitled "Women as Musician Entrepreneurs: An Exploration of the Works and Career Ventures of Fanny Mendelssohn, Clara Schumann, and Teresa Carreño."

It has been such a great opportunity to create this program thanks to the support of the University of North Texas Institute for Advancement of the Arts. Because of receiving an IAA fellowship from UNT, I was able to take an entire semester off from teaching last year in order to immerse myself in this research and dig deep into the lives of these remarkable women, mothers, musicians, and entrepreneurs.

One of the best aspects of pursuing this research was the opportunity to connect with so many remarkable scholars who have created an incredible amount of works dedicated to exploring the lives of these women musicians. Special thanks to Anna Kijas, Andreina Gomez, Jesus Eloy Gutierrez, Juan Francisco Sans, and Angela Mace Christian. You can learn more about the fellowship I received by clicking here.

As part of this artistic musical program, I incorporated films describing the entrepreneurial lives of Fanny, Clara, and Teresa, in collaboration with the award-winning documentary filmmaker, Tania Khalaf.

I hope you enjoy watching this video and hope to see you in my upcoming performances and presentations in Denton, Dallas, and Washington DC. More details about the location of these presentations can be seen here.

If you'd like to bring this program near you, feel free to reach out via my contact page.

by Fabiana Claure on March 3rd, 2020

We often struggle to juggle all the things in our life. Thinking about adding an extra project can seem impossible and even unnecessary. Why should we want more?

Many times the behaviors that have allowed us to be successful, created internal frameworks and patterns of action that became too intense or self-sacrificing. These experiences can cause us to believe that the only way to get back to that level of creative work is by incorporating the same intensive habits as before. It can also make us struggle to reconcile being in gratitude with our current life while also wanting more.

We live in an era of constant distractions. This causes us to put our attention on short term projects and things that seem important but may not really be a priority for us. In turn, our constant changing of activities causes our attention spans to become shorter and shorter.

The good news is that our brains can be flexible and adaptable. True breakthroughs happen when we are discover ways to incorporate new thoughts and behaviors that can help us get to the next level in pursuing our goals. Becoming in tune with your artistic side can be a great way to incorporate these new behaviors in your life. 

Why should you want to create artistic projects? What does this do for you?
  1. Becoming in touch with your artistic side can give you an opportunity to experience a state of flow and consciousness that you really can’t achieve in your daily activities and often times hectic schedules. It can increase your attention span and your overall sense of being in the moment, versus being in a constant state of rush, worrying about what lies ahead or what happened in the past.

  2. The principles that lead you to be successful in your artistic craft can permeate into your life philosophy. Some of these principles include focus, discipline, commitment, assertiveness, and empowerment. Just like you use these in order to successfully execute a musical performance, the same attitudes can be transferred into life approaches. Empowerment in music can be empowerment in life. The same intention of deliberate effect and proactive action that we apply in order to perform a piece at the highest degree of excellence, can become a regular reminder to instill this philosophy in everything else you do in your life.
  1. Consistency vs Intensity. There is so much value in having consistency in what you do, versus needing a long segment of time in order to allow yourself to activate your artistic work. By practicing and doing something on a regular basis, rather than waiting for sporadic bursts of inspiration in order to get into this state, you experience a constant reminder for daily action. 
Why create artistic projects versus just practice? 

Doing it as a real project allows you to justify your time and effort in a way that becomes tangible and with a purpose. Working on creating a specific artistic venture gives you deadlines, needed pressure, and therefore makes you pursue it with a higher degree of excellence and commitment.

What you can do? 

A great way to start this process is by realizing that unless you decide that it is a priority in your life, it won't even happen. We have so many competing things in our lives, with our families, our jobs, etc. I encourage you to commit to creating the space for it in your life, whatever that looks like.

As musicians, we tend to be very perfectionists and want to over analyze and perfect things before bringing them to the public eye. I encourage you to not wait for all your “ducks to be in a row” before starting your next artistic venture. Be willing to be flexible in the process and adapt as you go.

I expand on all of this in my FB video below. I'd love to hear your thoughts on any of this so feel free to post a comment below or send me a message through my contact page.

If you'd like to have an opportunity to dig deeper into what this could like for you, then I invite you to schedule a discovery call with me where we can further explore how you could incorporate an artistic project as part of your day-to-day life.