Pedagogical implications of vocal learning and neuroplasticity

Belinda Lemon-McMahon

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This article discusses the potential influence of teaching practices on the development of a singer's vocal identity. Vocal identity is shaped by how a singer sings, why a singer sings and the individual morphology of the voice. Recent research into neuroplasticity has increased our understanding of how learning changes our brains. The connectedness of a singer's mind, body and voice means that pedagogical methods that affect neuronal connections may also impact on the emotions, feelings, perceptions, and memories of the singer. A singer's exploration of their own vocal identity may also be affected by mimicking or imitating other artists or teachers. This discussion will conclude with the pedagogical implications of vocal learning and neuroplasticity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12-16
Number of pages5
JournalAustralian voice
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • neuroplasticity
  • vocal identity
  • vocal pedagogy

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