Boston Songwriting Seminar – Will you be there?

The Understanding of Songwriting Seminar ™

The quickest way to write songs in any style!
3 FULL days!

We want to determine if we have enough Understanding of Music GRADUATES who will come and attend the Understanding of Songwriting Seminar! We have tentatively squeezed this in the schedule and hope YOU can come!

Understand how to create your own music, melody, lyrics and chords on the piano or guitar!
One weekend will make you a composer and songwriter. Improve your skills as many pros have.

Time is running out to book your trip, so we want to be sure you can attend and we can offer this amazing seminar this year near Boston, in seaside Nahant where Duncan and Sallee reside. Learn songwriting skills, taste the BBQ and swim at the beach, all as part of this intense weekend. Lots of great sites around us for an extended vacation.

Our only Songwriting seminar in the USA in 2 years! Lets not wait another year!

More details HERE

The Understanding of Songwriting Seminar™ 

August 16, 17 & 18, 2019
Nahant, Massachusetts  

REGISTER Your interest ONLINE 
Please register your interest by June 15
Be amazed by what you can learn!

The Understanding of Songwriting Seminar  opens doors for all levels of musicians.
Experience a new level of competence, creativity & inspiration!

For additional information including course details and pricing, schedule, please click below

Questions? Need a  payment plan?  Contact Boston organizer Sallee Slagle at

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

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 2019

Understanding the Basics of Singing Seminars will be delivered during January 2019 in Auckland, New Zealand, February in Melbourne, Australia, April in Moscow, Russia and also Berlin, Germany, May in Vienna, Austria. Understanding the Basics of Singing Seminars will also be delivered during November in Budapest, Hungary and Kiev, Ukraine.

The Understanding of Music Seminars will be delivered in January in Clearwater, Florida and Auckland, New Zealand then in February in Melbourne and Canberra, Australia as well as HoChiMinh City in Vietnam. The Understanding of Music Seminar returns to Boston U.S.A. in March and then in April to Moscow, Russia. The Understanding of Reading & Playing Music Seminar will be held in Berlin, Germany followed in May by Stuttgart, Germany. Also in May The Understanding of Music Seminar will return to Budapest, Hungary and for the first time to Malaga in Spain!

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