I am an existential-phenomenological psychologist, composer, pianist, and trombonist based in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. I was classically trained in orchestral trombone performance at The Mannes College of Music and at The Royal Conservatory of Brussels in Belgium. I enjoy composing contemporary solo piano music and playing improvisational trombone.
My primary music teachers were Paul Schocker (piano & composition), Peter Bellino (piano), Rudolph Palmer (conducting), and Per Brevig & Ivan Meylemans (trombone). Carl Schacter and Leo Edwards were my teachers in music theory and Schenkerian analysis.
In my twenties I served as a trombonist with the Orquesta Filarmonica de Lima, in Peru, under Maestro Miguel Harth-Bedoya. In my younger years I enjoyed being principal trombonist of Carnegie Hall’s New York Youth Symphony. That was an exciting time in my life as I was able to perform with Gary Graffman, Joshua Bell, and Kurt Masur. Throughout my twenties I toured with symphony orchestras in China, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Singapore, India, and throughout Europe.
In 1998 I discoverer an interest in psychology and philosophy. I went on to do graduate work in both areas and have worked as a psychotherapist and as a college professor for the past twenty years. Since 2013 I have devoted myself to the study of Buddhist psychology, existential-phenomenology, as well as performing/creative artist’s issues.
I am an independent scholar who holds a master’s degree in psychodynamic psychology and a doctorate in interdisciplinary studies from The New School for Social Research and the EGS in Switzerland. I have lectured in the Department of Psychology at Rutgers University at Newark since 2006. I regularly teach undergraduate courses in the history and philosophy of psychology, media psychology, abnormal & advanced abnormal psychology, clinical psychology, social psychology, human development, critical psychology, and the psychology of religion.
I have written five books on psychology, philosophy, and music. I am fortunate to have studied creative process with Helene Cixous, Judith Butler, Antony Gormley, Bracha Ettinger, Peter Greenaway, Claire Denis, and Wolfgang Schirmacher.
Muse & Psyche, LLC is the combination of two worlds: music and psychology. Muse & Psyche is a company providing musical services, books, recordings, videos, articles, and a podcast to foster creativity & well-being through creative music-making. Muse is the Ancient Greek to think, to inspire and refers to the inspiration of music. Psyche (pronounced psy-key) is the animating spirit or the soul. Services include individual instruction, artist’s counseling/ coaching, & workshops to cultivate self-actualization through creative music-making and psychological principles.
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