Dr. Trineice Robinson-Martin has dedicated her career to performing and developing resources for teaching jazz, gospel, and R&B singing styles. She completed her doctoral work at Teachers College Columbia University where her research focused on vocal pedagogy for Contemporary Commercial Music (e.g., R&B, jazz, rock, music theater, etc.), applied pedagogy, and gospel music performance practices. Dr. Robinson-Martin holds master degrees in music education and jazz studies from Teachers College and Indiana University-Bloomington, respectively, and a B.A. in improvised music from San Jose State University. Dr. Robinson-Martin is also a certified instructor in Somatic Voicework™ The Lovetri Method, a faculty member of the Gospel Music Workshop of America, Inc., executive board member of the African American Jazz Caucus, Inc., a founding and executive board member of the Donald Meade Legacy Jazz Griot Award, and an active member of the Jazz Education Network. Based on her graduate research, Dr. Robinson-Martin designed Soul Ingredients®, a teaching methodology for developing a singer’s musical style/interpretation in African-American folk based music styles (i.e., jazz, gospel, R&B, blues, etc.). This methodology shows students how to take their personal experiences, musical influences, and models, and execute the various components in a manner that is personal to the singer/performer’s own expression. As an accomplished performer, teacher, and scholar, Dr. Robinson-Martin has traveled and taught students from all over the world. She lectures nationally and internationally on a variety of Soul Ingredients® topics. Her performance experience spans a variety of musical styles, venues, and settings including the intimacy of private parties and local clubs, grand stages of musical arts centers and large music festivals, and international stages. She has performed with concert choirs and chorales, large and small jazz ensembles, Latin music ensembles, corporate bands, a POP orchestra, and R&B groups, including touring with international R&B recording group CHANGE and Standing in the Shadows of Motown Live. Dr. Robinson-Martin has authored and produced peer-reviewed and self-published works. Her most recent publication is a chapter in the internationally acclaimed, Perspectives on Teaching Singing: A Celebration of Vocal Pedagogy in the 21 Century edited by Harrison and O'Bryan called “Take My Hand: Considerations for Teaching Gospel Singing.” Forthcoming publications include Voice Training for the Gospel Soloist book and CD, which encompasses her complete method and experience of training, and So You Want To Sing Gospel as part of the So You Want to Sing book series sponsored by the National Association of Teachers of Singing. More information on Dr. Trineice Robinson-Martin and Soul Ingredients® methodology can be found at www.DrTrineice.com.
Teaching Philosophy Dr. Trineice maintains a highly driven, student-centered approach to teaching. Whether in the classroom or in the vocal studio, she strives to create an environment in which students feel invested in their learning process. Traditionally academic programs maintain the ideology if they supply students with basic music tools, then students can apply the tools to develop their craft. However, because the development of such tools (i.e., technique, musicality, etc.) tends to occur out of context, students are often unaware of how to apply that information to their own projects. Therefore, regardless of the style of music she teaches, she makes a special effort to ensure her students understand how to use the information in the context most beneficial to their musical endeavors. In the private voice studio, the student’s musical experience and development becomes more specific and individualized. Dr. Trineice focus stems on: (1) maximizing the student’s strengths; (2) developing areas that need improvement; (3) using the student’s strength as an entry point for new material; and (4) consistently encouraging students to maximize their own capabilities. She firmly believes students should be encouraged to express their emotional commitment to the music, and become good performers. Thus, in addition to the development of technique, she places a strong emphasis on the development of artistic and creative musical interpretation, regardless of the genre the student wishes to perform. She believes in training students towards a functionally free voice allowing them to sing a multitude of styles while finding and remaining true to their individual sounds. For more information about Dr. Trineice visit www.DrTrineice.com