In this episode, Martina shares the findings from her Music Therapy vocal research, as well as tips for preventative vocal maintenance and vocal health.

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Martina Bingham is a lecturer in voice at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. She is an accomplished singer, voice teacher, and researcher in the training of the therapeutic voice. She teaches voice pedagogy, voice function and styles, and applied voice. Martina is passionate about teaching singers in classical and contemporary styles of singing. She currently operates a home voice studio in Honolulu for singers of all ages, specializing in classical art song and arias, musical theatre repertoire and audition preparation, and pop styles. Martina’s teaching is evidence-based, functional, and stylistically informed.

A coloratura soprano, Martina has been praised for her energetic stage presence and polished technique. Opera roles include Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro, Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte, Mdm. Goldentrill in The Impresario, Second Lady in The Magic Flute, and Suora Genovieffa in Suor Angelica. She has performed with various opera companies and programs, including Hawai‘i Opera Theater, Opera NEO, Tuscia Opera Festival, Opera Oggi New York, the Mae Orvis Opera Studio at HOT, and the OperaWorks winter training program. Martina was recently featured as the soprano soloist in Szymanowski’s Stabat Mater with Hawaiʻi Pacific University, the Poulenc Gloria with the University of Hawaiʻi Symphony Orchestra, in Handel’s Messiah with the Maui Chamber Orchestra, and as a faculty soloist on two international tours with the UH Voices of Aloha in the Philippines and in Spain.

She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in voice pedagogy from Shenandoah University, a Masters in Music in voice performance and pedagogy from Westminster Choir College, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music with an emphasis in Musical Theatre from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Previously, she has served on the voice faculty at Punahou Music School and Kapiʻolani Community College.As a researcher on the voice, Martina studies the therapeutic singing voice as it is used in clinical music therapy. She is working with music therapists to better understand clinical applications of the voice and the vast skillsets involved in therapeutic singing. This research culminated in an article, “Defining the Therapeutic Singing Voice: An Analysis of Four Music Therapists’ Clinical Work,” which was published in the journal Music Therapy Perspectives in early 2019. She is deeply interested in applying functional voice training to populations of singers with unique needs and requirements, like music therapists. 

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Defining the Therapeutic Singing Voice: An Analysis of Four Music Therapists’ Clinical Work

Martina’s interview on Perspective on Perspectives podcast

National Association of Teachers of Singing

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Marianne Abene · October 11, 2021 at 12:05 am

I just finished listening to your podcast – thank you! I have been a music therapist since 1995; my voice is my primary instrument & guitar is my secondary instrument. I work at a special education preschool on M, T, W, & at a nursing home on Th & F, so I could totally relate to the “high dosage” descriptions, and the need to do quick vocalization exercises in the car, and the feeling of being totally depleted of energy by the end of the work week! Now, having to sing through a face mask (and at the nursing home, also having to wear a plastic face shield) singing during group sessions is even more grueling and I am always aware if I am not projecting my voice enough or if I need to drink more water after a session! Perhaps Martina can do a research study on the additional obstacles, (i.e., singing through a face mask all day) that music therapists have had to cope with during the COVID restrictions! Thank you again for your podcast. Marianne Abene, M.A., MT-BC

    Music Therapy Chronicles · October 11, 2021 at 12:12 pm

    So glad you enjoyed the episode! Keep an eye out for more of Martina’s research!

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