Musical Theatre Resources

There are many myths about musical theatre singing floating around today. Up until the last decade or so, musical theatre voice training was a topic that few in the voice science and academic communities seemed to have much interest in addressing directly. It was believed that classical singing technique should be the basis for all types of singing (some still believe this). In my opinion, one of the main issues with this assertion is that classical singing technique in itself is quite a debatable topic. Ask 100 different voice teachers to define ‘classical technique’, and you could get 100 different responses.

The tides have been shifting in recent years. Shenandoah Conservatory and Penn State University now offer graduate programs in Contemporary Commercial Music Voice Pedagogy and Voice Pedagogy for Musical Theatre, respectively. As one of the first graduates from the former program, I spent quite a bit of time researching musical theatre and pop/rock voice training methods…

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