Want to learn how to bring a mindful and holistic approach to your music practice?

Then have a listen to the podcast below! In this episode with Renee Gauthier from Mind Over Finger, our founder Marc Gelfo discusses how he practices and lives out music.

Since age 5, Marc Gelfo has been combining music and technology. Then, after studying cognitive and computer science, he applied his degrees to French horn playing. This is how Marc became an internationally touring symphony musician. Eventually, his interest in building software to help make a world where everyone makes music led him to create Modacity.


  • How Marc was able to develop a versatile background in areas such as music, neuroscience, coding, meditation, wisdom traditions

  • The definition of “neuro-symphonic hornist”

  • What do we define “success” as

  • Discussing positive focus

  • How Marc came up with Modacity

  • Modacity‘s features

  • The importance of priming


Modacity is supporting and partnering with Renee in hosting a mindful practice challenge over the month of November! If you’d like to participate in the challenge, read the details of how it will work below:

  • Hop on Facebook, and join The Mind Over Finger Tribe!

  • Think of 1-3 practice goals you have for the month of November, put that in writing, and share it with us on the group.  It could be anything from learning a piece, to working on a specific thing you want to fix in your technique.  Be specific! For example, don’t say “I want to improve my left hand,” but rather, say something along the lines of “I want to improve my shifts.”

  • Download Modacity and receive access to all the app’s premium features for FREE for the whole month of November here!

  • Starting November 1st, practice every day using Modacity and share a daily practice insight or “win” with us and on social media using the hashtag #mindfulpracticechallenge!


Mars Gelfo

Mars Gelfo

Mars has been practicing music for 30+ years. After applying cognitive science & computer science to French horn, Mars became an internationally touring symphony musician. His experience includes teaching and performing with thousands of musicians around the world, including the San Francisco Symphony.