New CCM Book

I am so excited to announce the release of my new book “Singing Contemporary Commercial Music Styles: A Pedagogical Framework” published by Compton Publications UK.

It has been inspired by my own journey in the CCM industries over the past 45 years, as an award winning pop/rock singer, voice teacher, researcher and music industry mentor. This book is to help other teachers as they try to navigate an immense landscape of CCM styles, which has been facilitated by the unprecedented acceleration of music technology and cross-cultural globalisation over the past twenty years.

Singing teachers are being challenged to develop new expertise, faced with students who want to be vocally fluent and artistically expressive in a particular CCM style or across a broad range of styles. This book is the first to offer a preliminary CCM pedagogical framework, developed through the perspectives and experiences of nine eminent pedagogues in the field of CCM singing voice pedagogy. It serves as a practical guide to support the academic- and practitioner-based community of singing teachers and voice professionals.

I offer this book as a starting point and as CCM markets continue to evolve, I encourage that we, as a voice community, will continue to evolve, debate and communally add to this framework.

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Read this book if you are teacher or would-be teacher of CCM styles either in your own studio, or within an educational institution.

From the Foreword by Gillyanne Kayes, PhD.

It stands as a beacon of persistence in progressing the study of CCM singing styles and respect for all those who choose to sing and teach them. In drawing on her extensive experience and indefatigable enthusiasm for music and teaching, Marisa is able to present a clear and unbiased view of the progress of existing CCM pedagogy while offering a model for growth and development into the future.

From the Foreword by Irene Bartlett, DMA

Marisa has meticulously crafted a lucid, accessible pedagogical framework for teaching Contemporary Commercial Music, one that serves in person-to-person as well as online instruction.

From the Foreword by Elizabeth Blades, DMA, MMus

A Pedagogical Framework


Released March 2022

254 Pages

ISBN 978-1-909082-68-7

Paperback

6×9″

Price £40.00

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The twentieth century gave rise to an immense landscape of contemporary commercial music (CCM) styles, facilitated by the unprecedented acceleration of music technology and cross-cultural globalisation.

As the CCM landscape continues to flourish, singing teachers are being challenged to develop new expertises, faced with students who want to be vocally fluent and artistically expressive in a particular CCM style or across a broad range of styles. CCM teachers have had to navigate their way through the landscape of CCM styles in the current music market due to the lack of any systematic pedagogical framework to guide their teaching approaches.

This book is the first to offer a preliminary framework. Developed through the perspectives and experiences of nine eminent pedagogues in the field of CCM singing voice pedagogy, it serves as a practical guide to support the academic- and practitioner-based community of singing teachers and voice professionals.

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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. Find out more about Dr Marisa Lee Naismith’s doctoral research studies in her upcoming book.

Dr Marisa Lee Naismith has co-authored a journal article for the Journal of Singing with Doctor Irene Bartlett which featured in the January/December 2020 publication titled: An Investigation of Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM) Voice Pedagogy: A Class of it’s Own..

Download & view the journal article below.

Journal article


Digital Content

Dr Marisa Lee Naismith presenting for the Voice Foundation 2020 – Navigating Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM) Styles: A Foundational Singing Voice Pedagogy.