The application of the neuro-linguistic programming model to vocal performance training
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Expertly trained voice teachers and talented students who desire success work together to achieve student and teacher outcomes. Unfortunately, the collaboration does not always produce the desired results. Sometimes the problem lies in the communication process. When this is the case, the solution lies in the communication process as well. Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is a discipline that can help teachers and students achieve their outcomes. Begun in Santa Cruz, California in the mid 1970s by John Grinder, Richard Bandler and their co-developers, NLP is both a process and a model of a process that has been successfully applied to endeavors in a wide variety of fields. This treatise will seek to apply the NeuroLinguistic Programming Model to the teaching of vocal performance. A brief history of the discipline is provided, as is an abbreviated version of the principles upon which NLP is predicated. Following this, some of the models which comprise the NLP model are explained and applied to processes that commonly occur in the voice studio. Models to be included are: the Meta Model, the Milton Model, Representational Systems, Strategies and States. The purpose of this treatise is to acquaint the studio voice teacher with the NLP model and highlight some of its possible uses in vocal performance training. Facilitating voice teachers to “do” NLP is beyond the scope of this paper. A resource chapter and a bibliography are included. The author wishes to encourage those who are curious to pursue further training with a licensed professional.