Programs


Keynote Topics

Keynotes are ALWAYS tailored to the audience for maximum resonance. Using music reinforces recall for listeners, essentially storing the content in two areas of the brain. This ensures that your audience is more likely to remember the key take-a-ways anchored in the talk!

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Overcoming Adversity

In this moving, 60-minute interactive musical story, participants will learn a simple 4-step formula for overcoming ANY challenge by hearing how my wife and I not only survived but thrived through the life and death of our special needs daughter. Examples from our journey will be used, but also examples and metaphors will be included that speak directly to YOUR audience:

1. Interactive Introduction
Participants will engage in a group rhythm making exercise to demonstrate the innate sense of rhythm all people are born and live with.

2. Adversity: an Annoying Pest or a Welcome Guest?
Blessing or curse? We begin with a frank conversation about the nature of nature.

3. Step 1: The Pros and Cons of Vision
We all hear platitudes to the virtues of vision, but what is its cost? What happens when you miss the target?

4. Step 2: When “Life” Happens, What is it Really Trying to Tell You?
In here, I systematically destroy “The Myth of Hard,” and “The Myth of Easy.”

5. Step 3: Who Gets the Last Word? You!
How to cultivate powerful responses in the face of any obstacle.

6. Step 4: Bringing Life Full Circle
Little did you know, your actions influence you and the world around you far more powerfully than you ever imagined. This is by far the most empowering segment of the keynote.

Change Management

In this moving, 60-minute interactive musical story, participants will learn the same, simple, 4-step formula for managing change that I teach in Overcoming Adversity. Examples from my life journey will be used, but also examples and metaphors will be included that speak directly to YOUR audience:

1. Interactive Introduction
Participants will engage in a group rhythm making exercise to demonstrate the innate sense of rhythm all people are born and live with.

2. “Change Lag”: Blessing or curse?
We begin with a frank conversation about the nature of nature.

3. Step 1: The Pros and Cons of Vision
We all hear platitudes to the virtues of vision, but what is its cost? What happens when you miss the target?

4. Step 2: When “Life” Happens, What is it Really Trying to Tell You?
In here, I systematically destroy “The Myth of Hard,” and “The Myth of Easy.”

5. Step 3: Who Gets the Last Word? You!
How to cultivate powerful responses in the face of change.

6. Step 4: Bringing Life Full Circle
Little did you know, your actions influence you and the world around you far more powerfully than you ever imagined. This is by far the most empowering segment of the keynote.

Team Empowerment

This is a fun, small group workshop ideal for 6-24 participants in the round that goes beyond mere team building. Using the HealthRHYTHMS protocol designed by Remo, Inc., your team will literally make beautiful music together! Your team will be guided through a series of fun, unforgettable rhythm-based group music making experiences, all of which are designed based on evidence-based research. Benefits include:

1. Decreased Burnout
Research shows that participants using this protocol report decreased levels of stress, mood disturbance, emotional exhaustion, and depersonalization; all factors that inhibit productivity and creativity at work.

2. Group Cohesion
Spontaneously making music in a group setting requires the individual to place the needs of group first. Otherwise, the music falls apart. The musicality of the group acts as a barometer of how well it gets along, so by the end of the session, the group wants to sound good!

3. Empowerment
In a recent study, only 6% of the adult population reported playing a musical instrument in the past 12 months. By making music together, the group experiences success in a completely new skill set, reigniting their drive to learn.

4. Leadership
During the experience, people take turns musically leading the group, and experiencing what it’s like to lead in a completely safe atmosphere. The group also practices following different leaders and adjusting to their different styles.

5. Improvisation
Your team develops comfort and facility in its ability to improvise on the fly, which specifically strengthens their problem solving muscles.

6. Satisfaction
We don’t work music, we play music. This shift in the context of activity promotes heightened levels of enjoyment, camaraderie, and relaxation among your team members.

Music for Pain Management

In this 60-minute interactive lecture, participants will
experience the following Learning Points:
1. Interactive Introduction
Participants will engage in a group rhythm making exercise to demonstrate the innate sense of rhythm all people are born and live with.
2. The Myth of the Non-Musician
Participants will learn about the culturally-invented distinction between “musician” and “non-musician”
and why it prevents all people from accessing wellness through music making.
3. Music: Better than Chocolate?
Participants will be taught how we processes music, and the physiological effects of music on the brain and body; specifically related to pain perception.
4. Listening: Foreground and Background
Participants will understand the difference between the two ways in which we listen to music, and the therapeutic effects of each.
5. Mozart or Metallica? What’s the right type of
music for lowering pain?

Participants will learn the startling truth about choosing music for relaxation versus pain management.
6. Entrainment: The Rhythm of Relaxation
Participants will learn how to use rhythm and tempo to modulate their physical, emotional, and cognitive
state.
7. Active Music Making and the Relaxation Vacation:
How to access the present moment, or escape it! Participants will go through two musical experiences that will teach them how to use music in two different ways to manage pain.
8. Q&A

Music for Stress Management

In this 60-minute interactive lecture, participants will experience the following Learning Points: This keynote is built on the same principles as for Pain Management, but tailored specifically to stress and anxiety.

1. Interactive Introduction
Participants will engage in a group rhythm making exercise to demonstrate the innate sense of rhythm all people are born and live with.

2. The Myth of the Non-Musician
Participants will learn about the culturally-invented distinction between “musician” and “non-musician” and why it prevents all people from accessing wellness through music making.

3. Music: Better than Chocolate?
Participants will be taught how we processes music, and the physiological effects of music on the brain and body; specifically related to anxiety and stress response.

4. Listening: Foreground and Background
Participants will understand the difference between the two ways in which we listen to music, and the therapeutic effects of each.

5. Mozart or Metallica? What’s the right type of music for managing stress?
Participants will learn the startling truth about choosing music for relaxation versus stress management.

6. Entrainment: The Rhythm of Relaxation
Participants will learn how to use rhythm and tempo to modulate their physical, emotional, and cognitive state.

7. Active Music Making and the Relaxation Vacation: How to access the present moment, or escape it!
Participants will go through two musical experiences that will teach them how to use music in two different ways to manage stress and anxiety.

8. Q&A