Explore presents Aspen Music School/Music Festival Artist-Faculty vocal arts professor Lynn Helding on Monday August 1 at 5:30 PM. In her book The Musician's Mind: Teaching, Learning & Performance in the Age of Brain Science, she presents a symphony of discoveries that illuminate how musicians can optimize their mental wellbeing and cognitive abilities. She addresses common brain myths, motor learning research and the concept of deliberate practice, the values of instructional feedback, technology’s role in attention disorders, the challenges of parenting young musicians, performance anxiety and its solutions, and the emerging importance of music as a social justice issue. More than an exploration of the brain, The Musician’s Mind is an inspiring call for artists to promote the cultivation of emotion and empathy as cornerstones of a civilized society. No matter your instrument or level of musical ability, this book will reveal to you a new dynamic appreciation for the mind’s creative power. Her stage credits include leading roles with Harrisburg Opera, Nashville Opera and Ohio Light Opera, and solo recitals throughout the US, Italy, France, England, Germany, Spain, Australia and Iceland.

“A fascinating book that adds crucial pieces to the puzzle of how and why humans make music – The Musician’s Mind is a ground-breaking examination of our engagement with an art form embedded in every culture, surrounding us even before birth. ... Synthesizing years of research into a coherent, practical resource, Helding sheds new light on performance anxiety, motor learning theory, and cognitive differences between the practice room and the stage. The book is an invaluable contribution to the field of music pedagogy, advancing our understanding of an art all too easily taken for granted.” - Renée Fleming, soprano, recipient of the National Medal of Arts.

Event date: 
Monday, August 1, 2022 - 5:30pm
Event address: 
221 E. Main Street
Aspen, CO 81611
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ISBN: 9781538109946
Published: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers - February 5th, 2020

Musician's Mind by Lynn Helding