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Why Mindfulness for Singers?

Mindfulness to…..

help with learning

Singing lessons            

Learning technique, creativity, dealing with teacher and lesson pressure, self worry, inadequacy, dealing with criticism.

Singing technique     

Practical body sensation understanding – self awareness of physical sensations.

Singing Practice                     

Practicing singing technique, quality time management, creativity, words learning, memory of what teacher said, frustration, dealing with self criticism.


help with performing

Anxiety/Nerves        

Not running from them and having strategy to deal with them.

Primary and secondary suffering.

  • Types of primary suffering (tummy queasy/headache/sore throat/shakes etc)
  • Types of secondary suffering  (feelings of not worthy, emotion of fear etc)


On stage                     

Being aware in present moment to be creative.

Being aware of performers/conductor/props/audience.

Performing on stage – entry to flow state.

 

help with career stress and daily life

People                        

Networking/getting on with others/dealing with conductors and concert promoters and fixers and agents.

Stress and Anxiety        

Audition nerves, job related stress, paying bills.

Relaxation from intensity of job stresses.

Help with sleep/relaxation issues.

Dealing with critics comments, criticism, other singers.

Better immunity to colds and flu (see articles linked below)


Mindfulness is….

“... paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally. This kind of attention nurtures greater awareness, clarity, and acceptance of present-moment reality.” Jon Kabat Zinn.

 

Two types of awareness:

Focus  - Narrow awareness focused on one thing (concentration, attention)

Breadth - Broader/wider awareness (taking it all in as it’s happening, watching thoughts, emotions, feelings)


Book recommendations and further reading

"Mindfulness: Finding peace in a frantic world" by Mark Williams and Danny Penman. Published by Piatkus. Amazon link. 

This book is the natural accompaniment book to this course and a book I recommend you use during or after finishing the Mindfulness for Singers course. It comes with a free CD of meditations (they’re also available online on YouTube). It’s also available in the University of Leeds library. 

“Wherever you go, there you are: Mindfulness meditation for daily life” by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Published by Piatkus. Amazon link. 

This book is written by the originator of modern mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn. It will explain about mindfulness, how to incorporate it into your life and has lovely meditations in it. 

“Mindfulness for creativity: Adapt, create and thrive in a frantic world” by Danny Penman. Published by Piatkus. Amazon link.

This is an accompanying book to “Mindfulness: Finding peace in a frantic world” book above. It has a 4-week course geared towards those interested in creative persuits. 

“Mindfulness based cognitive therapy for dummies” by Patrizia Collard. Published by John Wiley & Sons. Amazon link. 

This book is useful if you want a more CBT approach to your mindfulness. Maybe something that is targeted more to helping with depression and anxiety which is brought in earlier in this 8-week course. 


Articles

“Meditation or exercise for preventing acute respiratory infection: A randomised controlled trial” by Barrett et al., 2015. 

"The psychological benefits from reconceptualizing music-making as mindfulness practice” by Steinfeld and Brewer, 2015.

"Mindfulness, attention, and flow during music listening: An empirical investigation” by Diaz, 2013

"Neurofeedback and the brain” by Gunkelman and Johnstone, 2005.

"Meditation in the higher-education classroom: Meditation training improves student knowledge retention during lectures” by Ramsburg and Youmans, 2014.

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