The Master of Music in Pedagogy Voice in Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM) at Shenandoah Conservatory offers a curriculum that is oriented towards the contemporary commercial music singer and teacher of singing.
Repertoire choices for the culminating performance may be taken from any CCM genre —pop, rock, folk, jazz, musical theatre, etc.
The Pedagogy program is a thriving community of researchers, faculty and students who are committed to merging scientific research with intuitive knowledge. Shenandoah Conservatory is the first institution to offer the Master of Music in Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM).
Student experiences are enriched by close interaction with our faculty and guest clinicians which include Grammy Award winners, Broadway stars and coaches, jazz artists, and potential employers from all over the world. Matt Edwards leads our summer CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute, supported by our team of dynamic, vibrant, and expert faculty.
Hear a Student's Perspective
Learn about Shenandoah’s Contemporary Commercial Music concentration from student Warren Freeman
Janette E. Ogg Voice Research Center (JOVRC)
The internationally recognized Janette E. Ogg Voice Research Center serves as a central hub for our vocal pedagogy students. Our students and faculty collaborate in research projects that are published in the Journal of Voice and the Journal of Singing. Many have authored books produced by Nova Science Publishers, and other print media. They regularly present research at international conferences including the Voice Foundation Symposium: Care of the Professional Voice, the Pan-European Vocology Conference, Pacific Voice & Speech Foundation, the UCSF Voice Conference, and Johan Sundberg’s Function of the Singing Voice in Sweden.
Research tools available in the JOVRC:
- VoceVistaPro with glottal enterprises PC-2 EGG – we also have a modified version of VoceVista that allows longer LTAS measurements, and a portable EGG with boom microphone, headphones, and a USB computer connection.
- Glottal enterprises Aeroview software, Rothenberg dual chamber CV mask and a custom-built NEH handle with dual microphones and dual pressure sensors. We also have on loan an MS-110 data interface with the associated transducers and mask and a NEH 2.5 handle.
- Multispeech 3700 from KayPentax
- Madde and Apex from KTH (Decap, RTSect, and Director Musices are also available)
- Dr. Speech Real Analysis
- Speechstation 2 from Sensimetrics
- Student versions of Waveview, Aeroview, and Nasality, with training exercises from glottal enterprises.
We actively network with medical professionals in the region and collaborate with other university programs within the School of Health Professions.
Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM) Vocal Pedagogy Institute
At the Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM) Vocal Pedagogy Institute, student experiences are enriched by close interaction with our faculty and guest clinicians which have included Grammy Award winners, Broadway stars and coaches, jazz artists, and potential employers from around the world over the fourteen years of our existence. Students gain the pedagogical skills to teach in a wide range of styles including musical theatre, country, pop, jazz, rock and blues.
Our CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute has been offering specialized courses for training non-classical styles since 2002 and has trained well over 1,500 teachers from around the world.
The Master of Music in Pedagogy – Voice (Contemporary Commercial Music) is designed for the singer and teacher of singing who works with CCM styles and genres, including world music. The repertoire choices for the culminating performance for this degree may be taken from any CCM genre: pop, rock, folk, jazz, musical theatre, etc.
Students gain the pedagogical skills to teach in a wide range of styles including musical theatre, country, pop, jazz, rock, and blues.
The curriculum includes:
- Anatomy and Function of the Singing Voice
- The Business of Studio Teaching
- Supervised Private Teaching
- Comparative Vocal Teaching Methods
- Repertoire for the Singing Teacher
- Technology in the Studio
- CCM Vocal Pedagogy Sessions (3 for CCM, 1 for classical)
Performance Opportunities and Ensembles
Shenandoah Conservatory produces more than 400 performances each year. Enroll in a dynamic curriculum and start preparing for a meaningful career in the arts. You will practice your craft in front of audiences and develop a plan for your professional launch into the industry that focuses on your personal desires and aspirations.
Embrace extensive performance opportunities with top-tier facilities from theatres, concert halls and dance studios. Unite with fellow artists and join an alumni family that takes center stage from Broadway to the concert halls of Europe.
Shenandoah Conservatory is home to more than 20 instrumental, vocal, and dance ensembles that present numerous performances every year. These performances take place throughout Shenandoah University’s vibrant campus on its various stages, including a concert hall, recital hall, proscenium stage, black box studio, outdoor amphitheater and more, to venues and performance spaces in the Northern Shenandoah Valley and around the world. Ensembles constantly engage with Shenandoah’s dynamic faculty and an array of distinguished guest artists through residencies, workshops and unique performance opportunities.
Shenandoah Conservatory’s prestigious faculty is dynamic, creative, and passionately committed to the highest levels of artistic excellence. A deeply caring community, they mentor students with a wealth of professional expertise, balancing rigorous expectations with compassion and wisdom. At Shenandoah, you will study with, and perform for, award-winning composers, Metropolitan Opera singers, Grammy Award winning conductors and international competition winners. You will learn from leading scholars in music and premiere works created by accomplished dance artists and cutting-edge directors. Shenandoah Conservatory’s faculty embodies the highest levels of professional accomplishment and the deepest commitment to furthering the artistic growth and creative aspirations of students in every discipline.
Associate Professor of VoiceFull Biography
Professor of Voice and Vocal PedagogyFull Biography
Associate Professor of Voice and Voice PedagogyFull Biography
Edrie Means Weekly
Auxiliary Adjunct Associate ProfessorFull Biography
Application and Audition Information
Admission to Shenandoah Conservatory graduate programs is highly competitive and the audition schedule fills rapidly. Early application and audition registration is recommended.