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Books and Media for Popular & Commercial Voice Teachers

Books and Media for Popular & Commercial Voice Teachers

I've posted another static page: books and other media for popular and commercial voice teachers. (You can always find static pages under the menu button.) I'll keep updating the list and would love to hear your suggestions for it, particularly if the resource is CCM-centric, CCM-inclusive, or genre-neutral. There's a form at the bottom of that page for submissions. If a resource is focused on classical voice training, even if it's considered a "classic" in pedagogy circles, you won't find it here. There are plenty of other places where teachers can find resources about classical singing. My goal is to make this a place where teachers can find resources that are specifically for CCM singing, or, at the very least, are inclusive of it in some way.

In the future, I want to have an annotated bibliography with thoughts and reviews from multiple voice teachers, but, to start, I'm just compiling a list of what I've found, even if I haven't read it, yet. You'll see a mixture of peer-reviewed, commercially-published, and self-published resources. I'm hoping you'll help me read, research, compare, and contrast these different resources and share your thoughts about them. I'd love to have some blog entires with reviews from lots of different teachers that could then be compiled into the annotated bibliography over time. 

If you're not sure where to start with reading, I suggest authors who are being asked to contribute to other publications, to speak at conferences, to collaborate with other teachers, etc. By doing things like this, they're putting themselves in a position of accountability, and that means they're almost guaranteed to be growing, learning, and improving. This would include people like Wendy LeBorgne, Marci Rosenberg, Matthew Edwards, Daniel K Robinson, Trineice Robinson-Martin, Mark Baxter, Melissa Cross, Lisa Popeil, Sheri Sanders, Jeannette LoVetri, Edrie Means-Weekly, and Daniel Zangger Borch. 

But I think we also have to keep in mind that voice teacher conferences and publications haven't always been very welcoming and affirming for teachers who work in the CCM world. There are some great teachers who have been working with commercial singers since long before academia started taking them seriously. Some gave up long ago on being included in the platforms that academia uses as markers of quality work and instead reached out to singers in the ways that were available to them. I hope these alienated people will continue to feel more respected about their work with commercial singers over the years, and that they will dialogue with the rest of the teaching community about it more.

Country Music 101 with Edrie Means Weekly

Country Music 101 with Edrie Means Weekly

Interview with Sheri Sanders: Finding Your Voice Through Others

Interview with Sheri Sanders: Finding Your Voice Through Others