Good Artistry Doesn’t Require “Good” Vocal Technique // Jess Baldwin

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Often, I see us voice teachers describing a good artist as someone who exists at the intersection of good vocal technique and good expression/storytelling/etc. I have absolutely been on this thought train in the past, but I'm seriously questioning it. Here's why: I work with a lot of voice teachers who are exploring popular musics… Continue reading Good Artistry Doesn’t Require “Good” Vocal Technique // Jess Baldwin

The Delicate Balance of Technique and Artistry // Laura Donohue

I’m fascinated with the complicated relationship between Technique and Artistry, in part because I strive to help my students stay connected to (or discover) their own artistry. But the other reason is personal: as an artist and songwriter, myself, I feel as though I am often chasing wildness.  I have an insatiable appetite for learning;… Continue reading The Delicate Balance of Technique and Artistry // Laura Donohue

The Thing About Repertoire // Kat Reinhert

One of the most frequent questions I get from voice teachers asking me advice about teaching in popular music spaces is: “What repertoire should I use?” The first time someone asked me this question, I was dumbfounded. I couldn’t actually understand what they were asking – or even WHY they were asking it. But, after… Continue reading The Thing About Repertoire // Kat Reinhert

Teaching CCM Styles, Finding Your Voice, and Appropriating Styles…and Yourself // Dr. Trineice Robinson-Martin

Dr. Trineice (creator of Soul Ingredients® and author of So You Want to Sing Gospel) shares some fantastic wisdom with us about the ways academia can helpfully structure programs for singers of CCM genres, how she found her own voice and helps others find theirs, and ways we can be mindful of potential appropriation. https://www.facebook.com/singinginpopularmusics/videos/787454312093519… Continue reading Teaching CCM Styles, Finding Your Voice, and Appropriating Styles…and Yourself // Dr. Trineice Robinson-Martin

What Matters When Teaching is What Remains After Lessons // Mark Baxter

There’s never been a shortage of advice when it comes to helping singers improve.  However, the most obvious question has never been definitively answered: What matters most?  How is it that there are miles of books and research papers and yet no unified answer?  At first, the search for an answer just leads to more… Continue reading What Matters When Teaching is What Remains After Lessons // Mark Baxter

Expanding the Circle: CCM and Popular Music in Higher Ed // Kat Reinhert

Contemporary Voice Specialist Kat Reinhert discusses her research and thoughts on CCM training and Popular Music Artist Development in higher education.

Five Lessons Voice Teachers Can Take From the Last Decade of Popular Music // Kate Paradise

Belmont University Commercial Voice Professor Kate Paradise gives us an overview of some important developments in music over the last decade.