ERIC Number: EJ1069734
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jul
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Mindfulness for Singers: The Effects of a Targeted Mindfulness Course on Learning Vocal Technique
Czajkowski, Anne-Marie L.; Greasley, Alinka E.
British Journal of Music Education, v32 n2 p211-233 Jul 2015
This paper reports the development and implementation of a unique Mindfulness for Singers (MfS) course designed to improve singers' vocal technique. Eight university students completed the intervention. Five Facet Mindfulness Questionnaire (FFMQ) scores showed general improvement across all five facets of mindfulness. Qualitative results showed benefits of daily mindfulness exercises on breathing, micro-muscular awareness, vocal tone, text communication and problem solving. Exercises also positively affected teacher/pupil relationships, concentration and focus in lessons and practice. Teachers identified six of the eight participants in a blind controlled study indicating that vocal students at any level would benefit greatly from a mindfulness course as a holistic intervention.
Descriptors: Perception, Metacognition, Attention Control, Singing, Questionnaires, Qualitative Research, Music Education, Teacher Student Relationship, Instructional Effectiveness, College Students, Intervention, Skill Development
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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