Situational Depression

Written for Allegro magazine, official journal of AFM Local 802 NYC. Now that we are many weeks into the pandemic, hopefully we are moving beyond theinitial stage of shock and denial of the grieving process. Denial provided temporary relieffrom the harsh reality that...

Covid-19: A Strategic Plan for Musicians

Written for Allegro magazine, official journal of AFM Local 802 NYC. The current disaster can be really tough on professional musicians in New York who play in symphonies, operas, and Broadway, but are not trained to deal with such a tragic event. It can...

Covid-19: Dealing with the Chaos

Written for Allegro magazine, official journal of AFM Local 802 NYC. Although I currently reside in Los Angeles, I am a real New Yorker at heart. I lived in Queens when I was young, went to high school in Brooklyn, practiced diving in the Bronx, and lived in Manhattan...

Own Your Power During Performances

Even though I’m an eternal optimist, I know that mistakes are inevitable. Live musical events often happen in less than ideal conditions. There are many factors involved that can result in random accidents and unforced musical errors.Accidents are unwelcome events...

Performing Music in a Good Mood

As we all know, it can be stressful to live in or around a big city. Musicians working in that environment are subjected to even more pressure than most people. As you’re well aware, there are auditions, live performances, competitions with colleagues for the same job...

How Brainwaves Affect Musical Performance

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

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

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

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

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...