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Date of Award

Spring 2022

Document Type

Masters Thesis

Department or Program Affiliation

Music Education

Degree Name

Master of Music (MMus)



First Advisor

Bourne, Patricia, 1957-

Second Advisor

Kasper, Angela

Third Advisor

Woods, Kevin, 1979-



The career reality for a vocalist preparing to sing in any professional setting is that it will undoubtedly include performances requiring skills for a vast range of musical genres. Even choral music settings have expanded to encompass a variety of Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM) styles as well as the styles on Broadway ranging from ‘legit ’musical theater, and ‘traditional’ musical theatre, to pop, light rock, heavy rock, rap, gospel, R&B, blues, jazz, folk, and country music. However, preparing singers for this model of vocal and genre inclusivity is not included in most university's curricula; instead, university coursework continues to focus primarily on a western classical model.

The need for a new model for teaching singers and future teachers of vocalists cannot be denied. Yet, universities lack instructors qualified to teach CCM genres due to the deficit of education surrounding CCM vocal pedagogy in the university setting. Most education in the pedagogy of CCM styles occurs outside of the university system through certifications.

This thesis presented a rationale for vocal pedagogy for CCM styles taught within the university systems, rooted in the teaching of Vocal Function from Cornelius Reid, and expanded upon by Jeannette LoVetri, the creator of Somatic Voiceworkä. The culmination of the thesis was the creation of a university-based semester course designed to build vocal pedagogy skills in CCM styles and with the various stylistic parameters each genre needs.




Western Washington University

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Subject – LCSH

Singing--Instruction and study; Music--Instruction and study; Music--Vocational guidance




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