10 04, 2020

Music Medicine Session

By |2020-04-10T17:00:21-04:00April 10th, 2020|

Dear Friends ~ Due to our surprisingly positive response to these sessions and appreciating the times we are in: We are now offering these sessions on a donation basis. We are here to support you and want nothing to be in the way. 
In this time of uncertainly we feel called to offer music medicine sessions.
Music shifts us on a cellular/ soul level and our own voice is a powerful tool for healing and releasing fear.
In these sessions we will have a deep check-in and offer empowering coaching and voice\body\ sound healing\releasing exercises. We will also prescribe a personel empowering song for you to embody,
express, feel and sing.
We have been using music and songs as transformational medicine and vibrational healing for over 25 years around the country in our Breakthrough programs. And have developed a keen\intuitive sense of how to use our tools to empower individuals to live a fearless magnificent life!
Each session will be 60 to 90 minutes on Zoom or by phone.
Email or text us to book a session!! 
Our Love,
Mick & Tess
PHONE: 805-450-1736
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14 11, 2017

Singing as a Gift.

By |2017-11-14T19:17:12-05:00November 14th, 2017|

“We all have our own unique gifts, for some singing is their gift, for others singing helps discover and voice their gifts.
You have a part to play in life’s song. So grab that microphone, be brave and sing your song out on life’s stage”  Prince Eo


29 10, 2017

Breakthrough with a Song by Jacinta Tobin

By |2017-10-29T19:48:17-04:00October 29th, 2017|

Breaking through with song

A New Year

A friend told me about the Breakthrough Experience in January. He said it was a transformational workshop where you overcome your fear of singing and 8 weeks later you go on stage and sing with a live band in a club in San Francisco

Yeah right.

All my life I did not believe I could sing so me singing on stage could only happen after surgery to get a new voice box. But for some reason – maybe it was because it was the beginning of a New Year or my inner cynic was drunk on a few glasses of wine – I became open minded….or better said my inner child went whoopee sounds like fun – let’s do it! After all I needed a new start and what better time than January to initiate that.  So the next day, before I had time to think too much about it I called and signed up for the Breakthrough Experience


Singing – yikes!

I’ve been interested in psychology, personal development and spirituality for 12 years and attended workshops up the wazoo.  I’ve walked on fire in Sydney, jumped off cliffs in Jamaica, presented a national TV program and done loads of acting and public speaking. Do you think I could get up in front of our small group on the Breakthrough Experience and sing the first day without terror? No.

But the team at Breakthrough are used to people like me. They know what magic to use – a custom blend of support, love, enthusiasm, fun, acceptance, relaxation techniques, body movement, breathing exercises, intuition, encouraging me to quell my inner critic, a gentle push and before you know it I was up there singing Summertime. Funny thing was I actually enjoyed myself – for a couple of seconds at least – and I began to hear this voice that was  buried for years that I didn’t even know I had.  If the workshop ended there I would have felt like I had gotten my monies worth – but there was a lot more in store.

The Breakthrough Journey 

The workshop was like an eight week rollercoaster – with all the thrills and spills. It actually wasn’t really about singing – rather singing is used as a tool for transformation. Breakthrough is about breaking through what’s holding you back in life, overcoming fear, releasing repressed emotions, accepting yourself,  stepping into your power and opening to increased happiness and love.


If this is beginning to sound like most personal development workshops that go on in Marin every weekend – well it’s not.  It’s a lot more fun and I believe that’s why it was more effective for me. You see most personal development work is about healing our inner child – a basic principal therefore is that our inner child is engaged in the transformational process otherwise deep transformation doesn’t occur. It was a big dah for me…I realized that all those sunny weekends I had sent inside at these workshops I wasn’t really engaged – my inner child was wistfully looking out the window thinking – it’s the weekend…schools supposed to be out..when does this boring lecture finish so I can get out and have some fun.

On reflection, I really believe that one of the reasons Breakthrough was so transformational is that it was soooo much fun – a lot of laughter, play, creativity and group activity – just like our inner children like it to be. Even the shyest, most repressed, fearful inner children can’t help but go along on the roller coaster ride.

The amazing thing about Singing

The next piece of the magic was the singing itself. Singing is literally like Drano Max for clogged emotions. As I got over my fear of singing- well not totally but at least I was doing it – a lot of repressed emotions came up. There was no forcing, no lectures, no formal processes to go through, no books to read – it all happened naturally and each of the nine of us went on our own journey of getting rid of our baggage.


You see in order to really sing – not just imitate – we need to connect with the song emotionally. So we need to dip into the depth of our emotional reservoir and stuff laying under the surface is stirred up – another way of putting it is that it really is our inner child that sings. So that which lay dormant for years has an opportunity to be expressed and released.   Each of us went through pain, sadness, grief, anger and lo and behold came the passion, love and joy.

The Performance

So after lightening our emotional baggage, quietening our inner critics and each finding a song that suited our voices we started preparing for the performance at the Last Day Saloon in San Francisco. We rehearsed our own numbers, group numbers, musical theatre and dance sets. We had so many – up to 30- helping us with music, costume, make-up, choreography, water bottles, massage, etc.  – it felt like we were putting on a Broadway production. All the support people volunteered – they’ve gone through Breakthrough, know its power and want to help us newbie’s.

The day of the performance my panic started to rise. My inner child started doing a tantrum screaming – “you can’t make me do this!”.  But then the band arrived and started to warm-up and the lights went on and the thrill was irresistible – of course I was going to get on stage and sing.

On Stage

We did a couple of group numbers and each of the nine of us sang a song on our own – we also did dance sets fro each song. It was a blast. It actually felt like a school play for big people. Our families and friends were in the audience were giving us unconditional support, egging us on, smiling fondly when we made mistakes (like when my skirt fell down), crying when they were moved and giving the most heartfelt standing ovations I have ever experienced.

The applause was not just the numbers we performed – although I have to say that we were pretty darn good for a bunch of amateurs. The real gusto behind their applause was because our loved ones could see the personal breakthroughs each of the nine of us had made, could see our joy and could share in the celebration of our transformed selves.

Each of us felt like a rock star afterwards….so we just had to go out and party.



13 10, 2017

Quote by Deanna Dove, a participant in our Breakthrough 8 week

By |2017-10-13T12:53:33-04:00October 13th, 2017|

OK, the cat is out of the bag! *gulp!* What am I doing?? I’ve always been uncomfortable and embarrassed to sing in front of others. I’d run the other way when someone mentioned karaoke. Why?? Because I don’t think I can sing and I never know the words to the songs! But, I love music and I wish I could sing. I attended one of Mick and Tess’ workshops and realized how important it is to discover one’s singing voice and to embrace it because it is part of our soul. Our voice helps us to express ourselves, is healing and helps us to be more in tune with our authentic selves. I signed up for their 8 week Breakthrough course and it has been a fun, inspiring, uncomfortable, at times, and overall impactful learning experience. The culmination of this workshop is THIS once-in-a-lifetime concert! I am not one to seek being the center of attention (nor being publicly embarrassed) BUT I am trusting my coaches that I would benefit most by inviting friends and family to support me on this journey. Sooooo, if you’d like to cheer me on during this concert on Sunday, December 3, I would love to see you there! At the very least, I believe you will have a wonderful and joyful evening because this is an amazing group of positive and supportive people. You will be uplifted by everyone around you!

12 06, 2017

Sharing from Ashley Key after she performed at the Breakthrough Concert in San Diego

By |2017-09-20T08:26:47-04:00June 12th, 2017|

You know that feeling where fireworks could just shoot out every orifice of your body and shoot you straight to the moon? Cuz that’s what I’m feeling! I’m still in shock over how incredibly fun and exciting last night was. What an incredible journey this has been! Ann said it so well, “you want to live a life worth missing!” I will forever be grateful for allowing myself this moment with such sensational people and the raging support we received from family, friends, and strangers… I cannot thank you all enough for coming out. The stars of the show and my support team left to right Ann, Lali, Mike, Ali, and Lori… you inspired me with your love, encouragement, and even your heart wrenching stories. You’re all the most courageous people I’ve met. Thank you to Tess and Mick for holding this circle of comfort and trust. Thank you to every single person that came out to support us, to those that watched the Facebook live video and sent me pictures, and all those in spirit that shined with us. To my family and extended family who i am so hardcore proud to be apart of thank you for encouraging my unique spirit to thrive! We really couldn’t have done it without you.

7 06, 2017

Come out to support us by Ashley Key

By |2017-06-07T14:46:14-04:00June 7th, 2017|

*CALLING ALL awesome friends, family, and supporters of no limitations!


My awesome new friends from Breakthrough Concert and party plus Lali Johnson, and I are obviously hoping to see you at our concert this coming Sunday June 11th (you can click here to purchase tickets still! http://buff.ly/2sLRZRU), but in the event that you can’t make it and just want to support an awesome event where people overcome there fears/anxiety/emotional traumas and some even finally start to pursue their dreams(!)… we give you the opportunity of donation! CLICK BELOW TO DONATE! All proceeds go to paying for the band and venue.

Some might be asking, “What is this all about?” Well that’s a great question. For me it was about overcoming a fear and checking off a bucket list “Must do”. After reading an article about the 37 things people regret on their deathbed, it pointed out performing for an audience was something a lot of people said they felt they missed out on and just like that, I was instantly stoked to be apart of this. It’s also about self care. Singing is a major therapy and can help with all kinds of things… that’s why most of us (I know I do) sing in the car, or in the shower. When we’re sad, when we’re happy, going through heartbreak or just a tough time, singing to the perfect song can make you feel ten times better. This takes it one step further by joining community with song and helping move some of those unhealthy blockages that we so easily ignore.

Even Time Magazine wrote an article on the health benefits of singing with others. Here’s a clip of that:

“When you sing, musical vibrations move through you, altering your physical and emotional landscape. Group singing, for those who have done it, is the most exhilarating and transformative of all. It takes something incredibly intimate, a sound that begins inside you, shares it with a roomful of people and it comes back as something even more thrilling: harmony. So it’s not surprising that group singing is on the rise.

The benefits of singing regularly seem to be cumulative. In one study, singers were found to have lower levels of cortisol, indicating lower stress. A very preliminary investigation suggesting that our heart rates may sync up during group singing could also explain why singing together sometimes feels like a guided group meditation. Study after study has found that singing relieves anxiety and contributes to quality of life. Dr. Julene K. Johnson, a researcher who has focused on older singers, recently began a five year study to examine group singing as an affordable method to improve the health and well-being of older adults.”

Check out the full article here: http://ideas.time.com/2013/08/16/singing-changes-your-brain/

We’re so excited to be creating this fun filled night of musical delight for you all and can’t wait to cheer with you guys while we all work towards a better world. As Gandhi said, “As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves.” We hope to show you the change we want to see in the world through music.

COME ATTEND OR DONATE BELOW! It’s only $15 for a ticket!

<3 <3 <3 MUCH LOVE ALL! <3 <3

21 04, 2017

Breakthrough is traveling again

By |2017-04-21T19:40:17-04:00April 21st, 2017|

WE are in San Diego now till June 18, then in Santa Barbara for the Summer
Then back to Carlsbad, CA   JOIN US in one of our workshops or get a group together and we will come to you

1 12, 2015

Be Thankful for Music

By |2015-12-01T22:35:30-05:00December 1st, 2015|

Because Thanksgiving has past, it is a time to reflect on your blessings, such as family, parents, children, business opportunities, food, shelter, safety, our service men and women, law enforcement, first responders, hospital personnel, faith, freedom to practice our religion or say what we wish, and more. But, have you considered thanking God for music?

Music is such a part of life that most people take it for granite. However, music does so much for our society that it shouldn’t be ignored. Here are some ways music has shaped our lives and why we need to be thankful for it.

  1. It has been well-documented in medical journals how music helps patients in a number of areas. For example, recent research has shown that music is helping Alzheimer patients fend off the disease. One caregiver reported that when her mother started heading into the Sundowning phase at night, she would play her mother’s favorite music, which would ease her anxiety and help her transition to night time. Her mother didn’t always remember that the music was her favorite, but some part of her body recognized it and calmed down. Colleges now offer a music therapy course that combines music with medical training. The therapy is used for babies through geriatric conditions and everything in between. It helps autistic children and others who seem to be in their own world. Music also helps depressed patients.
  2. Playing music to babies while they sleep has been proven to increase their intelligence and learning abilities as they get older. Music also teaches them a number of tough concepts. Many mnemonic devices involve putting something to music to help people remember the concepts, especially if they are confusing. Music helps people grasp tough ideas and remember them for tests and beyond. The more music is played in a background the more people absorb what they are reading or studying.
  3. Economics. It’s no accident that stores play music while you shop. You might not like what you hear, but studies show that the music keeps people in the store and buying. Marketers have figured out exactly what music works best to entice people to spend more on their products. At Christmastime, the stores will play nonstop Christmas music even if you don’t celebrate Christmas. However, visit a store in July, you will hear soft music playing in the background. The retailers pick music that is soft and soothing. They won’t play harsh music unless they want you to buy something related to that type of music. Regardless of the time of year, music plays an important role in our economy. Even real estate agents suggest you play classical music during a home showing to help people embrace your home more and want to purchase it. Car dealers also play music while you test-drive a car.
  4. Joy. Music reaches down into your soul. It doesn’t matter what type of music you like. Just listening to the music brings joy to your heart. Have you noticed on the street, you will hear a number of different radio stations in every car that passes. That’s because people love playing music in their car. It relaxes them while they are driving, especially if you are stuck in traffic or in a stressful problem on the road. The joy you feel helps you get through the stressful drive.
  5. Personal Development. Music is necessary if you want to transcend your existence into a better you. Certain songs and lyrics speak to your worries, fears and problems. If you pay attention to what the music is trying to tell you, you will improve your life. Your fears will disappear. Breakthrough Performance Workshop uses singing to help people break the barriers holding them back. They grow as a result. The company takes you on a two-month musical journey that transforms you. It ends with a concert on stage.
  6. Recording History. Since the dawn of time, music has been a way to pass down the stories the ancestors wanted you to know. Before computers, history was recorded through music and stories.
  7. Fighting for Freedom. Throughout history, Americans used music to fight for freedom. During the Revolutionary War, the colonials had the fife and drum corps play music to promote freedom from British tyranny. In the Civil War, the slaves used music to help them get through the long days of working in the plantation fields. The songs became a way to fight for their freedom. When Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. pushed for civil rights, he did it with music and spirituals.


As you can see, music is a strong part of our lives. You should be thankful for all that it does to help you.

21 11, 2015

Get Emotionally Connected Through Music

By |2015-11-21T10:09:25-05:00November 21st, 2015|

Music invokes a number of feelings depending on the rhythm, tone and lyrics of a song. Have you ever notice that whatever is your mood, you pick music that matches it. If you are anxious, you might pick something that is likely to calm your nerves. If you are angry, you will pick a song that will invoke your anger. If you are happy or in love, you might pick a romantic song. Music will invoke your feelings. Breakthrough Performance Workshop offers classes to help you explore your feelings through singing.

According to studies, playing classical music to your baby will make him or her smarter. The classical music also gives the baby comfort and is soothing, especially if the baby is fussy. Pediatricians recommend you not play rock music or anything with harsh sounds because they could harm the baby’s ears and make the baby upset.

It’s not an accident that children learn to read with Cat in the Hat. Dr. Seuss books rhyme and have a sing-song tone. You sound more like you are singing the book than you are reading it, but children learn best through the rhymes. In fact, listen to children’s music, and you will find that the songs teach letters, numbers, science, history and more through songs.

Why Is Music So Important to Learning?

Learning happens when we are emotionally connected. Music allows us to become emotionally connected to our bodies and spirit and mind. You don’t stop learning after leaving school. Adults can learn about themselves when they are connected emotionally to music. Finding the right song will allow you to learn about what you are feeling and give you peace of mind. Music will allow you to understand a difficult concept.

Lyrics – It’s the Song, Not the Singer

Each component of a song matters when invoking feelings. Lyrics offer power to the person trying to understand his or her feelings. They invoke big emotions. If you are worried about the bills and problems you are facing, you could listen to Bobby McFarren’s Don’t Worry, Be Happy. His lyrics talk about letting go of your worries. The problems will be resolved. If you want to get closer to God, you might want to sing a song from Church or listen to Gospel music where lyrics sound like a prayer. Before choosing your song, figure out what you are feeling at the moment, then, read lyrics and see the one with words that will support those feelings. You will learn something about yourself.


Tone – Songs Can Tell A lot

Like poetry, music has a tone. Romantic songs have a soft, uplifting tone. You will be happy if you are in love with yourself, a partner or the world. If you have broken up with someone, the romantic song might make you feel lonely or sad. If you want to let the wild rock star to emerge, you probably would pick the music that emits a partying tone. Find out what tone is best for how you are doing at the moment.


Rhythm – Sway to the Music and Get Connected

The rhythm of a song speaks to your body, not your mind. Pay attention to how your body moves to the beat of drum in the music. Slower songs will make your body move slower, more like a river. As the river travels down the slope, your body gets connected to the message the rhythm is invoking. Faster songs require more body movement. If you are having problems, you will want to listen to your body and find the rhythm that will help you work through the problems.


If you are interested in learning more on how music can get you emotionally connected, you should contact Breakthrough Performance Workshop, 805-450-1736.

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