The Neurodivergent Musician

#1 Spreading Awareness

March 15, 2023 Jon Hart Episode 1
The Neurodivergent Musician
#1 Spreading Awareness
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In this episode, Jon Hart explores what it means to be a neurodivergent musician, spreading awareness, the challenges we face, and how we can work together to create a more inclusive and supportive music industry. Each episode is broken up into a traffic light format;

Red Section = Insights
Amber Section = Improvised Story
Green Section = Recommendation, which is the ADHD Adults Podcast

Like with every new project Jon is learning the ropes with podcasting. Give it a few episodes and he'll be in his stride - or not. The impulsive/convoluted babble is part of Jon being able to unmask and speak freely. Not something he's able to do much in the neurotypical world and music industry.

🎵 December (Transition) from Jon's Annual album, which you can listen on all streaming platforms or jonhartmusic.com

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Hey and welcome to the Neurodivergent Musician Podcast. I'm your host, Jon Hart along with Luna my guitar, and today's episode is all about raising awareness of neurodivergent musicians. Each episode is broken up into a traffic light format where I’ll share insights in the red section, improvised stories in the amber and recommendations you might find handy in the green. As someone who is neurodivergent, I know first-hand how important it is to have a community that understands and supports us. 


In this episode, we'll explore what it means to be a neurodivergent musician, the challenges we face, and how we can work together to create a more inclusive and supportive music industry. So let's crack on with the insights


Before we dive into the specifics of being a neurodivergent musician, let's first define what neurodivergence means. Neurodivergence refers to a range of neurological differences that affect the way people think, learn, and process information. Some examples of neurodivergent conditions include autism, ADHD, dyslexia, and Tourette's syndrome, among others.


Neurodivergent musicians are those who identify as having a neurodivergent condition and who are involved in making music in some capacity. This includes everything from amateur musicians who play for fun to professional musicians who make a living from their music.

Challenges for Neurodivergent Musicians


Being a neurodivergent musician comes with its own unique set of challenges. For example, some neurodivergent individuals may struggle with sensory overload, making it difficult to perform in loud or crowded environments. Others may have difficulty with social interactions, making it hard to network or collaborate with other musicians. Additionally, some neurodivergent individuals may struggle with executive function, making it challenging to manage the business side of their music career.


Despite the challenges, there are many ways we can support neurodivergent musicians. For example, music venues and festivals can create more accessible environments by offering sensory-friendly spaces, providing quiet areas, and offering accommodations for those with mobility issues. Music teachers and educators can also learn more about neurodivergent conditions and adapt their teaching methods to better support neurodivergent students. Additionally, musicians can create online communities and support groups where neurodivergent musicians can connect and share their experiences.


Thank you for tuning in to this episode of the Neurodivergent Musician Podcast. I hope that this episode has raised awareness of the challenges and strengths of neurodivergent musicians and has provided some ideas for how we can work together to create a more inclusive and supportive music industry. If you're a neurodivergent musician or know someone who is, I encourage you to reach out and connect with others in the community. Until next time, keep making music!


Red Section - Insights
Amber Section - Improvised
Green Section - Recommendation