The Understanding of Music Seminar

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The seminar explains where the following incorrect ideas about music come from: 

  • Music is complex and difficult to learn.
  • Music is a “serious” subject.
  • Music takes years to learn.
  • Music education is expensive.
  • Music requires at least some natural ability and talent.
  • Music is not for everyone.

What is contained in The Understanding of Music Seminar™?

  • Learning all the note names on the keyboard and guitar from memory and how to work out the note names on other types of Western musical instruments.
  • How to play all the scales and modes (a special type of scale) on both keyboard and guitar. Dozens of scales are easily memorized during the seminar.
  • How to play every chord on both keyboard and guitar. Dozens of chords are  easily memorized during the seminar.
  • How simply the physics of sound and the history of music can be explained.
  • New breakthrough easy exercises to teach you to coordinate hands and fingers.
  • How to start reading music for keyboard and guitar in minutes not hours (even professional musicians are amazed by this revolutionary new system).
  • How to do a simple 10 minute daily practice schedule that really works.
  • How to read chord books and chord charts so that you can begin to learn how to accompany yourself on a keyboard or guitar while singing songs.
  • To start reading and playing music by Bach, hands together on the keyboard by the end of the Seminar.
  • A course of 100 lessons designed for a daily practice schedule which on completion ensures each graduate maximizes the full potential of the seminar.
  • No claim is made that graduates are playing like Elton John or Eric Clapton in only one weekend but beginners understand how to read and play music by the end of the weekend and professional musicians reach new creative heights.

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How can all this happen in one weekend?

Duncan Lorien developed an advanced system of easy steps that ensures everyone in the Seminar fully understands and is able to apply each step before the next step is started. All the Seminar information is included in an easy to read manual with simple diagrams. The attendee interacts with the manual throughout the Seminar and continues at home with the daily practice schedule. The Seminar manual is included in the cost of the Seminar.


What is the graduation rate?

100 %. This graduation rate explains the huge expansion of this “grass-roots” movement around the world as graduates tell family, friends and colleagues about their success from doing the Seminar.


What instruments are required?

Duncan Lorien recommends the keyboard as the fastest instrument to learn music on and if you have your own portable keyboard please bring it with you as this helps to ensure everyone has access to a keyboard. You are welcome to bring an acoustic guitar as the Seminar information is immediately applied to guitar as well. Although the information is fully applicable to other instruments such as brass, woodwind, percussion or voice only keyboards or acoustic guitars should be brought to the Seminar.

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Who should come to this Seminar?

Absolute beginners in music, professionals in all styles of music, college graduates with music degrees, music teachers and even music college instructors have all attended and testified to the incredible success they have experienced with the Seminar. The youngest graduate is only 6 years old and the oldest is 91. The youngest recommended age is 13 years old (depending on study ability). Younger children will be considered on written application.


What is the Seminar schedule?

English speaking countries:

  • Friday: 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Saturday: 9:30 am – 7:00 pm (1:00 pm – 2:00 pm lunch break)
  • Sunday: 9:30 am – 7:00 pm (1:00 pm – 2:00 pm lunch break)

What are the other important details I need to know?

Seminar Rules

There are some basic rules you are asked to adhere to while attending a Seminar delivered by Duncan Lorien in order for you to gain the maximum out of the seminar.

  • No drugs or alcohol may be consumed during the days on which the Seminar is being held (attendees receiving prescription drugs under medical supervision are requested to advise the Seminar Organizer what drugs are being prescribed).
  • Any attendee with a reading or hearing problem or who is physically challenged is requested to advise the Seminar Organizer so the best efforts can be made to accommodate that attendee.
  • No smoking will be allowed during the Seminar but sufficient meal and rest breaks should ensure this is not a problem.
  • Any attendee who is unable to adhere to the full schedule and maintain punctuality creates a disruption to the rest of the attendees and will be refunded and asked to leave the Seminar.
  • Recording is not permitted as it creates a distraction. Taking notes are welcomed but not essential as all information is in the Seminar materials provided.
  • Each attendee undertakes to make the Seminar Presenter immediately aware of any confusion or difficulty so that it can be fully handled at that time.

Seminar Price

$595.00 (US dollars). There are no discounted rates. The full deposit of $200.00 secures the place of a student on the Seminar and due to the demand for strictly limited places the earlier a deposit is made the greater the chance someone has of being awarded a place at the Seminar.

The fee includes the Seminar manual, 100 lessons for either the keyboard or guitar and the opportunity to do the Seminar again for only 20% of the full cost. Repeating the seminar is strongly encouraged. Those who have attended again, agree that the concepts and actions are now mastered at a higher level. It also includes an option to consult by letter, e-mail, fax or phone with the Understanding of Music Company™ on any aspect of the Seminar information at no extra charge.

Seminar Success

Here is a sample of success stories from the Understanding of Music Seminar:

  • “Thanks Duncan for opening the door, erasing the myths and taking this message and method to the world!” – L.S.
  • “I’m so grateful. I feel released from a prison of boring piano lessons where I didn’t understand what or even why I was learning. When you told us that we were learning to play scales in order to create I really cried with joy and the relief from frustration. Thank you!” – C.P.
  • “Thank you for opening the doors and windows to a whole new dimension in music for me – I can’t believe I was able to play on keyboard with both hands!!! I am amazed at your energy; your teaching methods and communication skills are excellent!” – A.D.
  • “Not only have I gained a complete understanding of music, I have also gained self-belief and the inspiration to be a better person. I can’t thank you enough!” – E.K.
  • “Thanks Duncan. I’ll play my way up to pub then bar then concert hall!! You have shown the way!” – E.T.
  • “Duncan strips away the mysteries and difficulties surrounding the art of playing music and brings the to do both to the masses. You’ve opened up the possibilities to a degree I would never have thought possible!” -A.R.
  • “Thank you so much for an enlightening seminar. Having studied piano and theory from the age of 6 years I never understood or had explained to me many of the things contained in this seminar.” – K.C.
  • “Brilliant seminar. Can’t express how priceless a gift this is. Thank you Duncan.” – N.B.
  • “I was so enthralled and enthusiastic after the first 2 hours that I immediately registered for the songwriting seminar, bought an extra guitar and even bought an electric piano! Thank you so much – this is life-changing in more ways than just musically – you are a star!” – S.H.
  • “There are no words to express my gratitude – this means much more to me than being able to access music; it means coming back to life! Really!! Thank you!” – R.S.
  • “It took me a whole year studying music theory to cover what you taught everyone in one weekend!” – N.F.
  • “Even as a music teacher I still doubted myself and my ability. Now I feel like there is NO limit as to what I can achieve!” – D.D.
  • “This seminar has opened me up to the beauty a simplicity of something that has been pretty much a mystery to me for my whole life. Brilliant!” – S.D.