Lynn Helding, MM

Professor of Practice in Voice and Vocal Pedagogy at USC’s Thornton School of Music, Helding is also the author of The Musician's Mind: Teaching, Learning & Performance in the Age of Brain Science, the chapter “Brain” in Your Voice: An Inside View and editor-in-chief 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, and is a member of the American Academy of Teachers of Singing. 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.

Financial Disclosure: Ms. Helding has no financial relationships to disclose. 

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 Ms. Helding has no non-financial relationships to disclose.

​  Presentation: The Cognitive Value of the Third-Person Perspective in Voice   Training

 Now that the COVID-19 pandemic is officially over, professions affected by it are asking what was learned. Through a NATS   national survey produced in 2022, we first learned that while many aspects of the experience were deemed negative by voice   teachers, one experience seems to have jolted singing teachers into the digital age: a majority 60% reported their intention to keep   teaching remotely post-pandemic. This paper considers some surprising benefits to learning in the motor realm that teaching   virtually revealed, and which can easily be retained by voice trainers regardless of whether they work with their clients in person or   virtually.