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13

Jun

2019

THINKING ABOUT THINKING

What do you think about when you think about performing? Take a few minutes before reading further and write down your thoughts. I am listing below some frequent responses about performance that I have heard from teachers, students, and non musicians as well (performance anxiety is universal!!): *I am afraid I will make mistakes. *I […]

29

Apr

2019

SPRING CLEANING YOUR MUSICAL MENTAL CLOSET

I have been intending to do my spring cleaning – for many years! I have stashed possessions in boxes and bags and put them in closets out of sight. It is so much easier to talk about cleaning out closets and getting rid of clutter than actually doing it. Practicing is also like that! Just […]

  • April 29 2019
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13

Apr

2019

MANAGING MEMORY SLIPS: DEVELOP A MENTAL TOOL BOX

“Ohhhh Nooooo!!! he thought. Here comes that difficult passage. Daniel was in the middle of his concert. “I know I can play it at home. But it has never gone well in public. “So far so good, but I am afraid my technique will collapse with all that technique that’s necessary for the rapid scales. […]

  • April 13 2019
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06

Mar

2019

#Me Too: The Lure of Celebrity

Joan Acocella has brought jaw-dropping secrets from backstage to center stage in her graphic New Yorker article regarding the scandals and unethical behaviors at the New York City Ballet (Feb. 18 and 25th edition). I am left thinking about what can be done to change the attitudes, behaviors, silences, accusations, and, to date, non-resolutions of […]

22

Jan

2019

KEEP YOUR OPTIONS OPEN!

The above program was offered on February 3, 2007 at The University of Michigan School of Music. At that time, Louis Nagel was Director of Outreach and I was Chair of the Ann Arbor Committee of the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute. The contents of the program, which was interdisciplinary and co-sponsored, are as relevant today as […]

  • January 22 2019
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28

Dec

2018

NUMBER, PLEASE…………

“You have reached — — —-. I am unable to come to the phone right now. Please leave your name, number, and a message, and I will return your call as soon as possible. Thank you for calling.” If you phoned me at my office and I could not answer, you should have received this […]

  • December 28 2018
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02

Oct

2018

Rethinking the Master Class (not for pianists only!)

Let’s rethink about a new model for the Master Class, traditionally a format for educational, and sometimes intimidating, sessions where a student performs before an audience of peers and teachers. An esteemed guest teacher, by reputation a “Master”, makes comments about technique, musicianship, and other musical issues. In the new format that I will describe, […]

  • October 2 2018
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12

Sep

2018

I GOT LOCKED IN THE BATHROOM

I got locked in the bathroom last night. I bet I also just got your attention. Why am I writing about this experience on a blog about stage fright? Here are some details of my misadventure. I think you will understand. Last night, we were about to sit down for a family dinner at our […]

  • September 12 2018
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15

Aug

2018

ATTITUDE: TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT YOURSELF!

I lost my dear friend and colleague, Roy Schafer, on August 5. He was a few months short of turning 96 years old. Roy Schafer, psychoanalyst/psychologist extraordinaire and recipient of numerous prestigious awards, is known for his original work that helped people find their inner voice by telling their personal life story (or narrative). All […]

  • August 15 2018
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09

Jul

2018

YOU COULD NOT MAKE THIS UP…………….

While this blog is about a recent experience of mine, it feels somewhat self-serving in light of the trauma that is being lived currently by the parents and children who are separated at the US border as well as the soccer team in Thailand waiting for rescue. My heart goes out to these brave people. […]