The soul of the voice: an interview with Trineice Robinson-Martin

Forbes, Melissa ORCID: (2020) The soul of the voice: an interview with Trineice Robinson-Martin. Journal of Singing, 77 (2). pp. 273-279. ISSN 1086-7732


Within the field of contemporary commercial singing (CCM) voice pedagogy, Dr Trineice Robinson-Martin has been instrumental in developing pedagogy for African American folk-based music styles including gospel, soul, jazz and R ’n B. In recognition of this pioneering contribution, Dr Robinson-Martin was recently inducted into the American Academy of Teachers of Singing. She is the first African American academy member to come from a contemporary commercial music background. Dr Robinson-Martin graduated from Teachers College Columbia University in 2010 with a Doctorate of Education in music education, and has since forged a successful career as a singer, pedagogue and researcher. She is the author of the NATS guide, So you want to sing gospel? A guide for performers and the upcoming Voice training for the gospel soloist. In addition to her publications, Dr Robinson-Martin is on faculty at Princeton University as the jazz voice instructor and director of jazz vocal ensembles, and maintains a busy career as a performer. As demonstrated in the following conversation, there is a strong philosophical vein which runs through her work. For Dr Robinson-Martin, “soul” is more than a genre or style, it is the very essence of who we are as singers—soul is that part of our voice which cradles the unique, expressive, and undeniable self. Dr Robinson-Martin’s experiences within the academy and the profession of singing teachers remind us that singing and its teaching is a broad church where the soul of each unique voice can find a home.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Creative Arts (1 Mar 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions - Centre for Heritage and Culture (1 Aug 2018 -)
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2020 23:35
Last Modified: 10 May 2022 23:42
Uncontrolled Keywords: Robinson-Martin, Trineice
Fields of Research (2008): 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing > 190407 Music Performance
Fields of Research (2020): 36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3603 Music > 360304 Music performance
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950101 Music

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