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The Mind Over Finger Podcast

Dec 14, 2018

In this episode, I’m very excited to be talking to someone who’s had a tremendous impact on my performance abilities: none other than Dr. Don Greene.  If you don’t know who Dr. Greene is (or you do but you’ve never checked out his work), this episode might just change everything about the way you prepare for concerts and auditions!   He is THE authority on performance success for musicians! This is a value packed episode from the best of the best, and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it! 

In this episode, we discuss about:

  • The performance preparation process
  • Why it’s important to mentally center before a performance
  • Recovery strategies in performance



Dr. Greene’s website: Winning on Stage

The MUST HAVE book by Dr. Don Greene (my personal favorite book EVER about audition and performance preparation!): Performance Success: Performing Your Best Under Pressure

Other books by Dr. Greene:

His viral TED Ed talk: How to practice effectively...for just about anything - Annie Bosler and Dr.  Don Greene

Contrabass Conversations #340: Dr. Don Greene on peak performance

Sarah’s Horn Hangouts : Mastering Performance Skills with Dr. Greene


About Dr. Greene.

Dr. Don Greene, a peak performance psychologist, has taught his comprehensive approach to peak performance mastery at The Juilliard School, Colburn School, New World Symphony, Los Angeles Opera Young Artists Program, Vail Ski School, Perlman Music Program, and US Olympic Training Center. During his thirty-two year career, he has coached more than 1,000 performers to win professional auditions and has guided countless solo performers to successful careers.

Some of the performing artists with whom Dr. Greene has worked have won jobs with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, San Francisco Opera, Montreal Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, National Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and the Dance Theatre of Harlem, to name just a few. Of the Olympic track and field athletes he worked with up until and through the 2016 Games in Rio, 14 won medals, including 5 gold.

Dr. Greene has authored eight books including Audition Success, Fight Your Fear & Win, and Performance Success. In 2017, Dr. Greene was named a TED Educator and collaborated with musician Dr. Annie Bosler to produce the TED-Ed  How to practice effectively…for just about anything. The video went viral receiving over 25 million views across Facebook and YouTube.

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Most sincere thank you to composer Jim Stephenson who graciously provided the show’s musical theme!  Concerto #1 for Trumpet and Chamber Orchestra – Movement 2: Allegro con Brio, performed by Jeffrey Work, trumpet, and the Lake Forest Symphony, conducted by Jim Stephenson.

Also a huge thank you to my producer, Bella Kelly!




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