Duncan Lorien training students to visualize sounds they are about to sing.

By MATT DEMIRS – LYNN ITEM June 28, 2017

Aspiring musicians might finally find the right key in Boston next month as Nahant based musician Duncan Lorien unravels the basics for locals finding their voice. International recording artist, composer, and music educator, Lorien will offer “Understanding the Basics of Singing Seminar™” from July 8-9 for anyone interested in mastering the basics of singing through his revolutionary approach. His two-day class will break down the basics of singing and live performance by giving students the tools to deal with stage fright, while dramatically increasing their stage presence. “There are so many programs out there for people who want to sing,” Lorien said. “It is designed for the average man or woman who’s had a desire to sing but hasn’t always had the confidence to use their voice.” Participants will learn simple drills to increase breath and pitch control, as well as range and tonal quality. Lorien’s radical approach explains each of these concepts so attendees can gain comfort in singing and performance in just one weekend. Lorien’s Boston class will be one of three internationally renowned seminars offered by Lorien through his Understanding of Music Company. The Understanding of Music Company was founded in 1991. Since then, Lorien has conducted seminars in more than 16 countries on six continents, with more than 25,000 graduates worldwide. His extensive fan base, built by his unique methodology, has received critical acclaim throughout the U.S, Europe, Russia, New Zealand, and Australia. With 20-plus years of research into the history and teaching of Western music, Lorien is invested in helping people find their talents. “This is the way music was always meant to be,” he said. “It’s a subject for the common man, not just the chosen few. I want to bring music back to the people — where it belongs — and show just the chosen few. I want to bring music back to the people — where it belongs — and show everyone that it is not a complex, serious subject but a fun, freeing experience to learn and master any instrument, including the voice.” Lorien has worked as a recording artist, songwriter and producer with BMG Publishing, EMI Records, Polygram, PRT Records, Chappell, Carlin, Intersong, Ocean Disque and ARC Records. He had two #1 albums with guitarist Martin Daley, “Architects of Time” and “Dreams of the Yes Men.” Lorien writes and performs many musical styles, including: rock, jazz, blues, and classical and recently released a rock instrumental album, “One Life at a Time,”. The seminar is open to anyone who wishes to expand knowledge and understanding of singing, from beginners to professional musicians and music teachers. The seminar will total 13 hours over Saturday and Sunday. It is asked that attendees be at least 13 years of age. Lorien, who’s spent more than 45 years teaching music, has yet to find someone who can’t sing, he said. “A teacher’s job is to inspire the individual on their own musical journey,” he said. “And if you can do that, you’ve done the very best for your students.” Matt Demirs can be reached at mdemirs@itemlive.com

October 2014 Interview with Radio New Zealand: Music Mythbuster

Duncan Lorien travels the world teaching people how to play music. He teaches all kinds of people – people who never learned to play, people who have given up trying to learn a musical instrument and people who learned at school and have forgotten just about everything they knew.

Check out this interview from Radio New Zealand about a new take on music education with British-born but Boston-based teacher and musician Duncan Lorien. Continue reading

Coming in 2017

The Understanding of Music Seminar will be delivered in the United States in April 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts and in September 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. Understanding the Basics of Singing Seminars will also be delivered in July 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts and September in Clearwater, Florida. The Understanding of Music Seminar will be delivered in 2017 for the first time in Malmö, Sweden and in Brno, Czech Republic. Both the Understanding of Music and Understanding the Basics of Singing will be delivered in Moscow, Russia in November 2017. Continue reading

Understanding of Music Seminar™ Materials Revised

The seminar materials are constantly being reviewed and updated to make them as simple and logical as possible. For example, the newly designed diagrams and text in the latest edition of the Understanding of Music Seminar have taken the subject of rhythm to a whole new level of simplicity and graduates are saying the addition of the new 10 day Seminar Review Lessons are a huge improvement to the 100 Daily Lesson Program. The addition of the DVD of all the exercises contained in the seminar clearly demonstrated on both keyboard and guitar has received rave reviews from all graduates of the seminar. Continue reading