Brief Introduction

Marisa has been commercially active in the contemporary commercial music (CCM) industry for over 45 years as an award-winning vocalist, singing teacher, voice researcher and industry mentor. Marisa is presently employed as a voice teacher in the Bachelor of Music (Popular Music) at Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University and Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School. In 2019, she was awarded a PhD based on her investigation into the emerging field of contemporary commercial music (CCM) singing voice pedagogy. As a result of her research, Marisa has identified a foundational pedagogical framework for the training of CCM singing voice and the findings of this study have been presented at conferences including ICVT in Stockholm, The Voice Foundation’s Care of Professional Voice Symposium, in Philadelphia, PEVOC, in Florence, and Copenhagen and ANATS National Conference, in Hobart and Leura. Marisa has co-written an article which was published in the Journal of Singing for Jan/Feb 2020 and has an academic textbook scheduled for publication in late 2020. Many of Marisa’s students have enjoyed national and international acclaim as professional performers and as singing teachers with successful teaching careers.

Dr Marisa Lee Naismith holding a book


Dr Marisa Lee Naismith is excited to announce the release of her new book “Singing Contemporary Commercial Music Styles: A Pedagogical Framework” published by Compton Publications UK. Marisa offers this book as a starting point and as CCM markets continue to evolve, she encourages that we, as a voice community, continue to evolve, debate and communally add to this framework.


Welcome to A Voice and Beyond. This podcast is dedicated to self-care, personal development and personal growth targeted at the voice community. In the interview rounds, you will be inspired by healthcare practitioners, voice teachers and music industry professionals who will share their stories, knowledge and experience in their specialized fields. In the solo round episodes, my goal is to help you as a member of the voice community learn how to increase your levels of focus, productivity, confidence, energy and change your mindset to live your best life and best serve your students.

#105. On Broadway with Jacob Starks

Today’s guest is Jacob Starks. What I love about the entertainment business is how everyone has a story to share and everyone’ s journey is so unique. This week on A Voice and Beyond, we introduce you to Jacob Starks, who is a singer/ dancer currently performing in the cast of Aladdin on Broadway. I am so excited to introduce you to Jacob as I had the pleasure of meeting him for the time in 2018 on the cruise ship Celebrity Solstice, where he was performing as a production cast singer in his first contract [...]

Voice Training

Dr Marisa Lee Naismith has 30+ years experience training singers across all contemporary commercial music (CCM) styles. Marisa believes that every singer is unique and lessons are focussed around the technical needs, requirements, music preferences and skill set of the individual student. You can read testimonials from her past students by visiting the Voice Training page.

Professional Development

Dr Marisa Lee Naismith applies her wealth of knowledge & extensive industry experience to provide workshops, seminars, presentations, master classes, webinars, mentoring sessions and one-on-one professional development opportunities to voice professionals, teachers, emerging artists & the greater voice community.

Dr Marisa Lee Naismith


Dr Marisa Lee Naismith is presently employed as a voice teacher at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University. Marisa is a proud member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), Association of Popular Music Education (APME), The Voice Foundation, Australian Voice Association (AVA) and Golden Key Academic Society. Marisa served as the Queensland Chapter President and a board member for the National Council of the Australian National Association of Singing Teachers (ANATS) from 2013 – 2021. Marisa is a proud contributor to the Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre (QCRC).

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My underlying philosophy is one of relevance, accessibility and inclusiveness in how I lead & serve my teaching voice community. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions you may have regarding your voice or should you require any of my professional services, whether you are an individual or representing an organisation.

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