About Austin

Austin Pancner is the founder and CEO of The Functional Musician, an online coaching company helping musicians live and perform without pain.


During his graduate studies, after switching to bass trombone, he struggled through a three-year injury cycle that led him down a path to create a health and wellness system that can help musicians overcome tension, pain, or injury and sustainably support their lifestyle and career path.


As a coach, he has worked with a wide range of instrumentalists and professions from freelancers, orchestral musicians, college students, jazz musicians, weekend warriors, and rock stars. As a health and wellness professional, Austin believes everyone is different and a holistic approach is necessary. He also believes musicians should be able to openly talk about their experiences in a safe and supporting environment.

Austin also holds several accredited certifications including: 




The year is 2016. There I was, doing everything I could to set myself up for success as a musician. I just started a new graduate degree, switched from tenor to bass trombone, and was ready to make the most out of my last 2 years at Indiana University. Not going to lie, life was great! I was

practicing 3-4 hours a day, participating in three different ensembles, two different audition prep classes, and I was gearing up for a major dream audition and a recital. 


But shortly into my preparation and education, something started happening. I started experiencing muscle tightness, a little burning, some tingling, a few occurrences of sharp pain, and some dull pain. It wasn’t out of the ordinary, but something didn’t feel right. Fast forward a

few weeks and I am sitting in jazz band, tooting on some low notes as we sight read pieces for an upcoming season of performances, and as I bring my horn up after a short few measures of rest…

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“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”

- Aristotle -






"I can 100% say my life has changed! Now that I'm injury free after having worked through the program, I feel empowered to tackle auditions, new business ventures, and more! During the program I became equipped to change my life one habit at a time and was supported the whole way... couldn't have asked for a better investment and have not looked back with anything but complete astonishment and thankfulness! 

Don't wait a second longer to join and change your life***not just your pain, but LIFE!!!"

Haley, Bassoon


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