Peer-Reviewed Work on Popular & Commercial Singing
I've added two static pages to the website, which you can always access via the menu button at the top of the site.
These are peer-reviewed journals covering a range of topics related to popular music.
I'll be combing through journals regularly to find peer-reviewed articles that are specific to teaching voice in popular and commercial styles.
Although I've started off by adding two pages to the site that are dedicated to mostly academic contributions, I think it's important at this moment to say that I don't believe academia is the authority on popular music. The primary authorities on this music are the people who are doing it successfully. Academia is (thankfully) studying them more and more. After decades of historically rejecting popular music, academia has slowly evolved from being a vocal opponent to a curious bystander to a reluctant participant to a willing participant in the popular music world. Institutions can be found on various points on this spectrum. Many people who have experienced the power of academic study have also experienced the power of popular music, and we are building bridges in many different ways, including journals, professional organizations, and even degree programs. But it is paramount to remember that the people who are successfully making the music are leading the way.
The reality is that singers will express what they need to express in the way that they need to express it. They always have and they always will. Sometimes they express joy and love. Sometimes they express anger and frustration, even rage. They express their culture, their language, their gender, their sexuality, their age, their beliefs, their feelings. Their sound aesthetics will be as varied as the elements that contribute to their existence. Their unique aesthetic will reach out to someone who needs to know they're not alone. It is this phenomenon that makes singing so powerful to do and to hear. We can either use science and research to help these singers do what they need to be able to do or not. They will do it with or without us. It is my hope that we will keep using our academic research resources to help a continually widening range of singers. We have only begun the scratch the surface.
These lists were some of the fastest to create because there is so little out there about popular singing in academic publications, so it was practical to start with them as the first of a series of comprehensive lists. I'm also working on lists of books, commercial voice degree programs, vocal health professionals, music business resources, and a ton of stuff from the vast world of non-academic resources. Is there a list you'd like to see on the site? Let me know in the comments.