In 2019, Marisa was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy from Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, based on her investigation into the emerging field of Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM) singing voice pedagogy. As a result of her research, Marisa was able to identify a foundational framework for the training of singers across the broad range of CCM styles. The report from examiner 1 was as follows:
“This study and thesis is outstanding and a most valuable contribution to the field of vocal pedagogy. Her research is impeccable, her findings most intriguing. I heartily approve and endorse that she be awarded a PhD without reservation.”
Recently, Marisa was able to adapt her teaching framework to assist those who have transitioned to training singers on an online teaching platform. Over the last five years, Marisa has travelled nationally and internationally to present the preliminary findings of her research study at ICVT in Stockholm, Sweden The Voice Foundation’s Care of Professional Voice Symposium, in Philadelphia, USA, The Pan European Voice Conference PEVOC, in Florence, Italy and Copenhagen, Denmark, The Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing National Conference, Hobart and Leura, Australia and QCGR Conference in Brisbane, Australia.
This year, Marisa was accepted to present the final results of her research work at The Voice Foundation’s Care of Professional Voice Symposium, in Philadelphia, USA and The Association of Popular Music Education, in Detroit, USA.