How Brainwaves Affect Musical Performance

Written for AFM Local 802 (NYC) Allegro magazine (February 2020). There are five different types of brainwave patterns that affect a musician’s level of performance. They are called Delta, Alpha-Theta, Alpha, Beta, and Gamma. Each frequency can be measured on an...

The Secret Weapon for Winning Auditions

For Auditioncafe.com Do you ever find yourself peaking for your audition too early or too late? Do you feel yourself drained of energy before you even get to the audition? Or are you feeling so mentally and physically fatigued that you aren’t even motivated to...

Preparing for Big Concerts vs. Important Auditions

Written for Overture magazine (January 2020), official journal of AFM Local 47 Los Angeles.Concerts and auditions should be approached very differently. They require their own unique preparation, mindset, strategy, focus, and commitment. A few weeks before an...

Dealing Effectively with Performance Stress

Written for the International Musician (April 2019), official journal of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada.During my thirty-five year career as a peak performance psychologist, I have helped countless performing artists learn how to...

Multitasking Is a Myth — Here’s What You Should Do Instead

Why you should focus on one thing at a time, according to a psychologist. Guest blog written for ThriveGlobal.com. In today’s technical and media saturated environments, many people take pride in their ability to juggle several things at once. They believe that they...

How to Make Effective Decisions Every Day

We all face an endless series of decisions throughout the day that need to be made. Guest blog written for ThriveGlobal.com. We all face an endless series of decisions throughout the day that need to be made. Most of those are easy since they involve relatively...

3 Common Misconceptions About Public Speaking You Need To Unlearn

Presenting to a group can be highly stressful, especially if you hold some common misconceptions about public speaking. Guest blog written for ThriveGlobal.com. Making a speech can be one of the most stressful events in an adult’s life. It doesn’t matter whether it is...

How to Recover from Mistakes

After you learn and practice this recovery strategy, you will be able to rebound from mistakes so quickly and effectively that you may stop being afraid of making them. Guest blog written for ThriveGlobal.com Although I’m an eternal optimist, I know that mistakes are...

Use More of Your Brain Everyday

Using a few tricks to organize that brain processing power, you will become more efficient at work and at home.Guest blog written for ThriveGlobal.com Have you ever heard the old saying that we only use 10% of our brains? The good news is that brain scans now prove...

Performing in Flow

Flow is the mental state of a highly motivated individual when fully engaged in a chosen activity. The person is immersed in a feeling of energized focus and a sense of total involvement. Flow is completely focused attention; it is a single–minded absorption into an...

Adrenaline Junkie

Photo Credit: Matt Bowden Are you an adrenaline junkie? Do you enjoy the rush? I hope your answer is yes, especially if you are a performing artist. Everyone, in audiences as well as audition panels, wants to feel the excitement of an energetic, emotionally charged,...