Army of Harmony: A Different Type of Music Therapy

I ran into Mike Schwartz–or, more correctly, he ran into me–at Canadian Music Week. A drummer at heart, his aim is to become a physical therapist for musicians.

Here’s how he describes his mission, which he calls Army of Harmony: “I know what it’s like to have carpal tunnel, a bad back and other issues because of incorrect playing styles. My job is to help with body mechanics–corrective measures with how they use their bodies–to help them overcome or even avoid issues of strain and pain.”

Here’s an example of what he has posted on his YouTube channel:

Then here’s Mike’s blog. Check out some of these topics:

Listen, if you’re a promoter of a festival and want to offer a special backstage service–or a road manager with a van full of musicians hellbent on crippling themselves–think about dropping Mike a line at [email protected]

Mike Schwartz

Army of Harmony

Ba. P.Sci & MGSO University of Calgary

CHEK HLC | CFP-PTS | Keiser Spin | PN

Mike Schwartz is a CHEK Certified Holistic Lifestyle Coach and Certified Personal Trainer based out of Calgary, Alberta. Known as the Canadian Music Industry Health & Performance Specialist, Schwartz blends over 15 years of combined experience as a professional drummer with expertise in coaching corrective exercise, post-rehabilitation, nutrition, sport performance, weight loss and stress management. Reach out to Mike for guidance in prolonging your playing career, correcting old injuries, curbing poor lifestyle habits and maximizing your health and performance as a musician. 

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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