Psychological and Musical Challenges in the 21st Century

I bring my unique background and education in mental health and music to my work as well as my passion and experience in coping with performance anxiety, career choice, the psychological impact of COVID-19 on self-esteem and careers, and the value of music in mental life and in promoting social justice.

I have worked with countless individuals over many years and helped them discover barriers to feeling competent so that they can pursue and fulfill their professional and personal dreams.

How I Help

Clinical Support

Confidential sessions where we explore your concerns, what causes your psychological distress, and come to understand how your past experiences influence your present life.


I offer presentations to organizations on topics ranging from Performance Anxiety, Career Choice, #MeToo Movement, and The Value of Music in Mental Life and Society.


Mentoring for musicians and people in the arts at various stages of their careers. Pursuing a career in the arts, auditioning, fees and finances, higher education, and interaction with audiences as Cultural Ambassadors.

New Book


Career Choices in Music Beyond the Pandemic: Musical and Psychological Perspectives

Choosing a career is one of the most important decisions we make in our lifetime. Career choice is more than just working to earn a living but also an important window into how we feel about ourselves. In this groundbreaking and provocative book, musician and psychologist Julie Jaffee Nagel explores how musicians’ work beyond the COVID-19 pandemic casts a light upon the necessity of rethinking, rebuilding, and possibly redesigning our concept of careers and music education in the arts.


Grant from American Psychoanalytic Association to develop a program on music and psychoanalysis 2023

Gertrude and Ernst Ticho Foundation grant to Michigan Psychoanalytic Society for Julie Jaffee Nagel to develop a program combining music and mind.

The Gertrude and Ernst Ticho Award and Lecture, The American Psychoanalytic Association, Washington, D.C.

Karl A. Menninger Memorial Award for “Psychoanalytic and Musical Perspectives on Shame in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor” awarded by American Psychoanalytic Association

Nathan Segel Award for “Psychoanalytic and Musical Perspectives on Shame in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor” Awarded by Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute

Nathan P. Segel Outstanding Essay Award: “Mozart in 1778: Music as Psychoanalytic Data”, Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute

Continuing Education for Women Scholarship, The University of Michigan

Irving S. Gilmore International Piano Competition, Grant for organizing and presenting Music and Mental Health Symposium

Outstanding Service Recognition Award 

Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy