Creating a Mindful Practice Space

Creating a dedicated space promotes effective and mindful singing practice by reducing distractions, fostering focus, and encouraging experimentation. Personalise the space with motivational elements, necessary tools, and acoustic considerations. Start small and refine over time.

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It is rare to find ourselves with enough discretionary spending money to custom-design a space that fits our wildest dreams. But we can be inventive and repurpose items and spaces we do already have. If we see our practice space as one of the singing tools that promotes our passion and dedication, then there is probably an idea or two in this list that you can start experimenting with.

So, start small…but start today!


“There are two kinds of privacy that a practice room of your own will give you: one is inward and the other is outward.  The inward privacy is the knowledge that nobody can hear you, allowing you the freedom to experiment with any sound you want without fear of being judged.  But it’s the long hours and the repetition that gets to others.  In a private space, you can repeat something over and over and over again without fear of annoying anybody…The benefit of a shed of your own is that you get to explore sound without annoying anybody or feeling self-conscious.  No matter how good you get, the exploration of sound is endless.”

Jonathan Harnum

Don’t panic…I’m not advocating that you start building a shed in your backyard just for practice.

It’s just that we can’t deep dive into what mindful singing practice looks like without first exploring WHERE you practice. If you’re a little like me, nothing sends me down the mindLESS practice rabbit hole faster than being preoccupied with who can hear me…or by notifications going off on my phone….or by the distracting clutter on my desk…

So what makes the kind of practice space that supports your mindful singing practice?

You can download a tipsheet here to further unpack these ideas and come to grips with what you can and can’t control about your practice space.

Think about the following elements as you set up a space that encourages the type of mindFUL singing practice that mines the gold that turns into sustainable, reliable muscle memory. The stuff that stays rock solid when you’re a little nervous on stage.




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Harnum, J. ( 2014). The Practice of Practice. Sol Ut Press.

Perris, H. (2021). How to Set Up a Happy Practice Space. (YouTube clip)

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