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The Contemporary Commercial Singer2021 – poster

The Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM) Singer

An online event focusing on vocal technique, performance and pedagogy for CCM vocal artists


27th and 28th November 2021
15.00-18.00 GMT


Online (BVA@home)


Singers, singing teachers and voice health professionals with an interest in the CCM performer’s voice and work cannot miss this online BVA study weekend! Renowned international CCM vocal practitioners will share their knowledge and practical advice, exploring a variety of stylistic techniques in rock, pop, soul and R&B. As well as an enhanced understanding of the challenges that gigging singers face in their performing careers, you will gain a variety of CCM-specific teaching approaches and strategies to enhance healthy vocal performance. All sessions will be recorded and available to paid-up delegates for one month beyond the event.

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The Programme:

  • Saturday, 27th November
    15.00 - Introduction and housekeeping
    15.05 - Navigating the Vast CCM Landscape Jo Sear and Dr Marisa Lee Naismith
    15.35 - Pedagogy of Soul Dr Trineice Martin-Robinson
    17.05 - Break
    17.20 - The Gigging Singer Jo Sear
    18.00 - Finish
  • Sunday, 28th November
    15:00 - Housekeeping
    15:05 - The World of the Band Singer Meredith Colby
    16.30 - Break
    16.45 - Acoustic Inertance Chris Johnson
    17.45 - VoceVista in the Studio Bodo Maass
    18.15 - Finish

The Presenters

Dr. Trineice Robinson-Martin, Ed.D, EdM, MM (US)
(Princeton University Music Lecturer, Director of Jazz Vocal Collective Ensemble, Executive Director of African American Jazz Caucus, Inc.) To give its full title: Pedagogy of Soul: Fostering Music interpretation and individuality through the pedagogic lens of African American Music’, looks beyond the notes. Soul expression in African American music is the passionate articulation of life s experiences and the reflection of emotional responses to that experience. Dr. Trineice will guide participants in using improvisation tools to amplify their unique sound and story.

Dr Marisa Lee Naismith (Australia)
(Singing Teacher, Voice researcher, Music Industry Mentor, Author of ‘Singing Contemporary Commercial Music Styles: A pedagogical framework’, and podcast host of ‘A voice and beyond’). Dr Marisa Lee Naismith and Jo Sear, in a pre-recorded interview, will discuss the umbrella term CCM and its relevance in the current contemporary music scene.

Jo Sear (UK)
(Popular Music Voice Teacher, live/session Vocalist, Voice Researcher and Choir Director, Founder of Pop Up Vocal Training) ‘The Gigging Singer’ will explore the challenges of regularly gigging in a function, pub, or club band, and offers advice on band ‘depping’, and practical vocal health tips to increase your gig stamina.

Meredith Colby (US)
(Creator of Neuro-Vocal Method, author of Money Notes: How to Sing High, Loud, Healthy, and Forever) The rehearsal and performance environments, along with cultural beliefs, shape the way that most singers of microphone styles relate to their voices. This presentation ‘The World of the Band Singer: What Voice Professionals Need to Know to Be Effective’ offers teachers and singers an insight into the realities of the band singer’s work-lifestyle, and how to help them effectively.

Chris Johnson (UK)
(International Vocal Coach, Co-Founder of ‘The Naked Vocalist’ podcast, author, teacher trainer) ‘Acoustic inertance - a different kind of support for the voice’ offers explanations and practical applications of vocal acoustic science for the CCM singer and teacher to develop their singing technique and its application.

Bodo Maass (Germany)
(Voce Vista Video Programmer, www.sygyt.com.) Bodo Maass will be demonstrating the practical application of Voce Vista Video as a visual aid in the studio to increase vocal awareness and effectiveness.


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