Associate Professor of Voice, Shenandoah Conservatory Artistic Director of the CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute
An excellent article by Julie Martin Dean. Great advice for singers and teachers of popular music styles.
Unknowingly, I was getting a little classical and popular music education in my ears when I grew up singing. I had classical music experiences in choral groups in church and school. Sang old gospel hymns and then Contemporary Christian Music at church. Growing up in the 70s and 80s, I loved singing along with popular music movie musicals like Grease and Honeysuckle Rose. However, my mom loved traditional music theatre, and my family’s first video tapes were My Fair Lady and Sound of Music.
Though I studied classical music in college, I mostly enjoyed and listened to popular music for pleasure. The closest thing to pop music I was allowed to sing in college were jazz standards. And so, the love of Gershwin, Porter and Ella began!
A couple of years after I began teaching I realized that I did not know how to teach my clients the…
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