NATS Chat - Black American Music Voice Pedagogy: What Voice Teachers Should Know

7:00 AM, May 15, 2022

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Topic: Black American Music Voice Pedagogy: What Voice Teachers Should Know
Guests: Alison Crocket and Trineice Robinson-Martin
Date: Sunday, May 15, 2022 at 7 p.m. ET

Black American music is at the root of all American popular and folk music styles and remains influential in popular music styles around the world. However, there are very few available resources that discuss Black American music styles, performance practices, and voice pedagogy specifically for voice teachers. Folk-based music styles within Black American music genres represent musical extensions of Black cultural expressions. The tones used, and the approach to singing, are direct extensions of emotional, animated speech; colloquial expressions; and regional dialects. To really understand a singer’s use and approach to the various sound and style characteristics found in Black American folk-based music styles, one must understand the culture the music represents, and the function music has a cultural expression, and cultural pedagogic principles related to its study.


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