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Dr Melissa Forbes

Name Melissa Forbes
Position Senior Lecturer (Contemporary Singing-Music)
Section School of Creative Arts
Office Y225
Location Toowoomba Campus
Phone +61 7 4631 1153
Extension 1153
Email
Qualifications BA Qld , BA(Hons) Qld , LLB(Hons) Qld , BMusic Griffith , PhD QldConservatorium
Homepage http://www.melissaforbes.com
The views expressed on staff homepages may not reflect the views of the University.

Melissa is currently on secondment to the Academic Quality Unit, having worked in the music discipline within the School of Creative Arts at USQ for over ten years. As a music educator and through her PhD research, Melissa helped establish collaborative learning in music at USQ which values the learning and teaching contributions of both teachers and peers. She supervises PhD, DCA and Honours students on a broad range of topics related to singing and music pedagogy and practice. As a singing voice pedagogue, Melissa has been the recipient of fellowships and awards, including the Churchill Fellowship. This Fellowship enabled Melissa to travel to the USA in 2011 where she studied with leading contemporary singing pedagogues Jeanie LoVetri and Robert Edwin. Melissa has introduced many local and national singing teachers to the work of Jeanie LoVetri through hosting the LoVetri Institute for Somatic Voicework ™ at USQ in 2017 and 2019. In 2012, she was also privileged to study with eminent voice scientist Professor Johan Sundberg at a short course held at his summer house in rural Sweden. Melissa’s research explores how people experience singing, with a focus on singing and wellbeing. She has published research in international scholarly journals on elite jazz vocalists, community singers and singing group facilitators. She is proud to have been involved in the formation of Toowoomba’s first singing group for Parkinson’s disease, “Park ‘n Songs”, which is facilitated by graduates of the USQ music program. As a singer, Melissa began her career as a lead singer in numerous hard-working bands, gaining extensive experience within the corporate entertainment industry. Past performance highlights include appearances at the Queensland Music Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival, Brisbane International Jazz Festival, Women In Voice 21 and 23, featured vocalist with David Hobson and singing backing vocals for Michael Buble with a cappella super group Naturally 7. Melissa has performed nationally and internationally in Japan, Singapore and the USA. She has recorded two albums—No More Mondays, and The Intimacy of Distance (a collaboration with Brazilian singer and guitarist Bianca Obino). Her Spotify royalties from these releases fuel her much-cherished coffee habit! In a former life, she was a corporate lawyer of little renown.

Fields of Research (FoR)

  • Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified ( 130299 )
  • Performing Arts and Creative Writing not elsewhere classified ( 190499 )
  • Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified ( 179999 )
  • Curriculum And Pedagogy not elsewhere classified ( 390199 )
  • Performing Arts not elsewhere classified ( 360499 )
  • Music not elsewhere classified ( 360399 )
  • Other Psychology not elsewhere classified ( 529999 )
  • Other Psychology ( 529900 )
  • Music ( 360300 )
  • Curriculum And Pedagogy ( 390100 )
  • Performing Arts ( 360400 )

Research interests
singing, health and wellbeing
jazz singing and improvisation
contemporary commercial music singing voice pedagogy
collaborative learning
higher music education

Professional memberships
Australian National Association for Teachers of Singing (ANATS)
Australian Music and Psychology Society (AMPS - Early Career Researcher Development Chair
International Society for Music Education (ISME)
Society for Education and Music Psychology Research (SEMPRE)
European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music (ESCOM)
Somatic Voicework ™ The LoVetri Method Teachers’ Association
Churchill Fellows Association of Queensland Inc

USQ Research affiliations

  • Institute for Resilient Regions (IRR)
  • Centre for Heritage and Culture (CHC)

Currently teaching courses/programs
Melissa is currently seconded to the Academic Quality Unit and not teaching any undergraduate courses.

Teaching experience(Tertiary)
10 Years


Research most notable
Forbes, M. (2020). Giving voice to jazz singers’ experiences of flow in improvisation. Psychology of Music. 10.1177/0305735619899137


Publications in ePrints

Hargreaves, Wendy ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0055-8253 and Forbes, MelissaORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2528-9763 (2023) Can E-Flat be sexist? Canonical keys as marginalizing practice in jazz. In: The Routledge Companion to Jazz and Gender. Routledge Music Companions. Taylor & Francis (Routledge), New York, United States, pp. 303-321. ISBN 9780367534141

Forbes, Melissa ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2528-9763 and Cantrell, KateORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5689-614X (2022) Beyond the Resonance Metaphor: Re-Sounding Images, Experiences, and Poetic Reverberations. NiTRO: Non Traditional Research Outcomes, 41. pp. 1-4.

Forbes, Melissa ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2528-9763 and Alderman, LynORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6863-5633 and Murphy, Angela (2022) Course enhancement conversations: A holistic and collaborative evaluation approach to quality improvement in higher education. Evaluation Journal of Australasia. ISSN 1035-719X

Krause, Amanda E. and Forbes, MelissaORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2528-9763 and Lowe-Brown, Xanthe (2022) Does Reality Television-Style Singing Influence Singing Self-Concept? Journal of Voice. ISSN 0892-1997

Forbes, Melissa ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2528-9763 (2022) Flow state, exercise and healthy ageing: 5 unexpected benefits of singing. The Conversation. pp. 1-4.

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Research supervisor in the area of:

  • Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified ( 130299 )
  • Performing Arts and Creative Writing not elsewhere classified ( 190499 )
  • Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified ( 179999 )
  • Curriculum And Pedagogy not elsewhere classified ( 390199 )
  • Performing Arts not elsewhere classified ( 360499 )
  • Music not elsewhere classified ( 360399 )
  • Other Psychology not elsewhere classified ( 529999 )
  • Other Psychology ( 529900 )
  • Music ( 360300 )
  • Curriculum And Pedagogy ( 390100 )
  • Performing Arts ( 360400 )