Talking of Singing - Lynn Helding, 30th August, 5-6.30pm

The Musician’s Mind: Motor Learning and the Locus/Focus Debate

Motor learning theory has been researched in depth in the world of sports. Its application to the way in which we teach and learn singing is a relatively new approach for singing teachers. Lynn Helding has researched motor learning theory and has considered its practical applications for musicians in her new book, The Musician’s Mind. 

We will be discussing in particular, the idea of where the singer’s focus of attention is best placed – is this on internal sensations and mechanics or on the external outcomes of the process?

Lynn Helding, Professor of Practice in Voice and Vocal Pedagogy at USC’s Thornton School of Music, is the author of ‘The Mindful Musician: Teaching, Learning & Performance in the Age of Brain Science’, the chapter “Brain” in Scott McCoy’s book Your Voice: An Inside View and an associate editor of the Journal of Singing. A devoted teacher, she was recognized as a “legendary figure in the field of voice pedagogy” by the Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM) Vocal Pedagogy Institute at Shenandoah University, receiving their 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award. For more information, please visit

Event fee:

£20 for each conversation booked individually, 10% discount for two, 15% for four and 20% for six in one basket

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