presents   Peter Elkus and The Telling of our Truths
The Telling of our Truths
The Master Classes
Board Members

Trailer (YouTube)

...His wisdom, expertise, good humor & infectious love of the performing artist, shine through on every page... excellent, profound, and highly recommended book!

Gerald Ginsburg
american composer and poet, refers to The Telling of Our Truths as:

"...this masterpiece"... "Overwhelming in its impact!"..."This book is unique!"

Dr. Charles Kaufman
former President, Mannes College of Music, New York

"I have read the BOOK. Some parts of it twice. Not only did I enjoy it, I found that you twisted my tail from time to time, and that is always refreshing - sometimes a little nervous making. You come through a lot of doors where you are not expected..."

"Life for artists and for singers in particular is so damned difficult... your book will surely be a firm guide and support for many - a door opener..."

Dalton Baldwin
world renowned pianist, accompanist, coach, educator, recording artist

"...For once a book on singing that goes right to the heart of the matter - genuine self expression - how to set it free."

"Thanks... for sharing your gift and insight with us"

Jean Luc Vannier
psychoanalyst, music critic, lecturer

"Peter Elkus' masterwork presents a very convincing demonstration of the
psychological links between unconscious history and stage behavior. Knowledge regarding the effect of fear of emotion on great performance will never be the same
after reading this book."

Mut Asheru
Editor In Chief - Unsigned, The Magazine

"Love the book..."

"I find myself having to re-read things several times because it hits the gut so hard. It’s
all so simple, it's hard to believe."

"I do believe I shall have to order a few copies for my creative friends!"

Shinji Eshima
Associate principal bass, San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, member, San Francisco Opera Orchestras, faculty member San Francisco State University, San Francisco Conservatory of Music and composer

"I have really enjoyed your book."

"It has been very helpful for my own teaching as well, looking at the many psychological blocks that hinder musical development."

"I thank and congratulate you. It is a most beautiful and wise contribution to the world."

The Telling of Our Truths can be obtained through Barnes and, and bookstores.


About the book

The Telling of Our Truths has been written in response to critics’ and professionals’ complaint of performers who sing or play well - yet say little with their music.

In ...Truths, Peter Elkus both dissects and formulates the elements of Great Musical Performance. With a passion for artistic expression, he psychologically and practically demonstrates how education, which starts at home, can support or impede freedom in expression. He spells out the ‘hows and whys’ of positive educational development in creativity and expression.

To establish a common base, he re-defines Freud’s theory on Narcissism, puts definition to the terms Ego and Self, presents clarity to the elusive description of Art and explores the relationship of artistry to ego.

The book provides stories and examples from the music business, the classroom, and from his very specific philosophy of music. It presents different vocal technique sourced in this different approach.


The book is broken into three parts:

Part One – Educating Creativity. Why we perform; how education helps or hinders us, the resultant psychological implications, and Narcissism.

Part Two – Reprogramming, to regain Self and artistry; the privilege, method and the balance in teaching.

Part Three – A different technique for a different approach; music, musicianship, musicality and interpretation; Ego and career; Epilogue and an Appendix that includes important class examples.

The Telling of Our Truths is intended to benefit performer, student, educator, music therapist and those interested in a profound understanding of creativity and Self expression.


back to top