Studio Accompanists: Stop Hating Your Work Without Becoming More Assertive or Waiting for Them to Change

I'll show you 5 Tricks to Gamify Studio Accompanying so you can stop complaining about respect and start knowing your place.

Accompanists and Collaborative Pianists
(or whatever label helps your self-esteem):

You're not getting paid much, but at least you have creative control, right?

Haha, nice one. Try again.

At least your job isn't...flipping burgers? 🙄

Come on, people, raise your standards. Half of you have master's or doctoral degrees. Nearly all of you have been training since you were kids.

"I don't need money or control, I just need a basic level of respect. It is a collaboration, after all."

This isn't about money or respect. I don't get paid to play video games, nor do I get respect. I do it because it makes me feel powerful and competent at a hard task.

If you were a "coach", you'd have more power. But that's a different job and you don't have the qualifications or connections needed.

So, you resign yourself to being Dilbert, bossed around by people who aren't as smart as you.

Whining about "respect" is a distraction from your feelings and needs.

You fantasize about how it could be better, how much more fun you'd have if only you were allowed to make your own decisions. You know more about music than they do. Why aren't you the one calling the shots?

It starts with "I wouldn't let them lower the lid, because goddamnit a real artist is capable of listening." Then, it turns into a fractal as your immense knowledge of repertoire, style, diction, etc. is brought to mind.

But, you're easily replaceable, so you don't feel comfortable speaking up. Instead, you take your place as the piano typist and try not to rock the boat.


What if you could exercise that playful creativity without them even knowing?

Now for the hard truth

You'd shudder if you knew how much power and influence you have over the other people in the room.

5 Tricks to Gamify Studio Accompanying