Make your voice sound more powerful, use vocal technique to expand your range and expression, and learn to become more confident in vocal performances.
Learn to write for commercial success by reproducing the time-tested characteristics of hit songs while maintaining your own unique voice.
Apply the unique vocal characteristics of great jazz singers such as Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, and Sarah Vaughn into your own sound. Understand proper jazz vocal delivery in a number of tempos and gain confidence singing an array of jazz standards in a live or recorded context.
A successful vocalist is ready for whatever the gig demands. This certificate program will develop your technique and skills in the jazz, R&B, pop, and rock genres so that you'll be comfortable with almost any set list you may encounter in the studio, on the stage, or on the road. Whether you’re a seasoned professional vocalist looking to expand your repertoire, reach, and/or opportunities, or an amateur who wants to sing more effectively, studying with Berklee’s renowned faculty will afford you an understanding of vocal technique across genres that is sure to prove helpful for years to come.
Through guided study using video demonstrations, audio clips, and informative historical narrative, you will learn the technical and interpretive vocal skills necessary to master the styles of pop/rock greats, such as John Lennon / Paul McCartney, Janis Joplin, Robert Plant, Tina Turner, Bob Dylan, Elton John, Madonna, Jeff Buckley, Radiohead, Tori Amos, Gwen Stefani, Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys, and many others.
Great songs don’t write themselves. They come from great singer-songwriters who equip themselves with the skills and tools to make the most of their ideas. That means reaching a level of vocal and instrumental proficiency that allows your songs to shine. In this program, that instrumental proficiency is tailored to singer-songwriters who play guitar. The program culminates with strategies developed by legendary Berklee professor Pat Pattison for writing the brilliant lyrics common to many hit songs. You’ll leave this course with an understanding of how best to create unified, memorable songs.
Take your singing to the next level! This collection of contemporary style vocal etudes and exercises will help you to develop valuable vocal skills for performing contemporary commercial music styles. These original studies will keep your practice routine fresh and challenging,while targeting specific technical goals to develop and maintain vocal skills. Online audio has demonstrations of the studies and allows you to sing along with accompaniment tracks. Listening recommendations and study songs in a variety of styles demonstrate how these techniques are used in contemporary singing.
You will learn to:
• Expand your range, improve your pitch control, and level up your vocal agility and stamina.
• Develop your tone, range, vocal strength, and agility.
• Improve your posture and strength with focused physical stretches.
• Master contemporary vocal articulations, as well as melodic riffing and embellishment.
• Sing with authentic artistic expression and incorporate storytelling skills.
• Practice holistic strategies for expressive, healthy singing.
Vocal Studies for the Contemporary Singer is a companion to Anne Peckham’s previous publications: The Contemporary Singer, Vocal Workouts for the Contemporary Singer, and Elements of Vocal Technique for the Contemporary Singer.
“Anne Peckham is a master of the voice. She provides simple, lucid, invaluable instruction for the difficult-to-describe kinesthetic experience of singing.”
—Paula Cole, GRAMMY-Winning Artist/Visiting Scholar, Berklee College of Music
“This book offers real-world applications and info for contemporary vocalists! Many of the very things I practice are identified here. Anne’s book has awesome tips and tricks for vocalists to keep singing at their best!”
—Lalah Hathaway, Singer/Songwriter/Producer, Five-Time GRAMMy-Winning Artist,
Honorary Doctorate 2022/Berklee College of Music
“I find Anne Peckham’s newest book to be a lot like Anne herself: clear and concise, gracious, thoughtful, and extremely accessible. Those new to singing, as well as the working professional singer, are sure to benefit from the many expertly crafted exercises and concepts contained within. Get this book, and discover what your voice is truly capable of.”
—Peter Eldridge, Vocalist/Pianist, Composer/Arranger, Founding Member of New York Voices
“Vocal Studies for the Contemporary Singer is an excellent resource to help current and future singers make the most of their vocal gifts. I really appreciate the practical songs and exercises as well as the anecdotes from professional vocalists and pedagogical specialists. I love it!!”
—Sarah McKenzie, Vocalist/Pianist/Composer
Anne Peckham has made a significant impact upon the field of contemporary vocal pedagogy worldwide as a voice teacher, author,…