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Dr Melissa Forbes

Dr Melissa Forbes
Name Melissa Forbes
Position Senior Lecturer (Contemporary Singing-Music)
Section School of Creative Arts
Office A202
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.

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 )

Research interests
contemporary commercial music vocal pedagogy
social theories of learning
collaborative learning
higher music education
singing, health and wellbeing

Professional memberships
Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing
Somatic Voicework(TM) The LoVetri Method Teachers’ Network

USQ Research affiliations

  • Institute for Resilient Regions (IRR)

Currently teaching courses/programs
MUI2020 Guided Studio Practice 1
MUI3020 Guided Studio Practice 3
MUI2019 Guided Studio Practice 2
MUI3019 Guided Studio Practice 4
MUI3012 Critical Perspectives
MUI1001 Collaborative Music Practice 3
MUI1008 Preparing for Success in Music
BCA3000 BCA Project 1
BCA30001 BCA Project 2

Teaching experience(Tertiary)
10 Years

Administrative responsibilities
Associate Head, Learning and Teaching, Student Success



Publications in ePrints

Forbes, Melissa (2020) Giving voice to jazz singers’ experiences of flow in improvisation. Psychology of Music. ISSN 0305-7356

Forbes, Melissa and Bartlett, Irene (2019) Facilitating singing groups for people with Parkinson's disease. In: 2019 Pan European Voice Conference (PEVOC 13), 27-30 Aug 2019, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Hammer, Sara and Ayriss, Peter and Basson, Marita and Batorowicz, BeataORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4915-8357 and Devine, Jo and Forbes, Melissa and Kist, Alexander and McCredie, Tessa and McCubbin, Amanda and Wade, Bill (2019) Integrating connectedness learning into institutional program review processes in an Australian regional university. In: Higher education and the future of graduate employability: a connectedness learning approach. Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, Cheltenham, UK, pp. 209-229. ISBN 978-1-78897-260-4

Forbes, Melissa and Bartlett, Irene and LoVetri, Jeannette (2019) International perspectives on contemporary commercial music voice pedagogy. In: 2019 Pan European Voice Conference (PEVOC 13), 27-30 Aug 2019, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Forbes, Melissa (2019) The vocal jazz improvisation act: a phenomenology. In: 2019 Australasian Jazz and Improvisation Research Network Conference (AJIRN 3), 1-2 June 2019, Melbourne, Australia.

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Approved research supervisor in the area of:

  • Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified ( 130299 )
  • Performing Arts and Creative Writing not elsewhere classified ( 190499 )


Research topics

Dr Melissa Forbes lectures in music at USQ. Her PhD examined the use of collaborative learning for first year music practice courses at USQ. Current research interests include music and wellbeing, contemporary commercial music vocal pedagogy and alternative pathways to, through and beyond higher music education. Melissa is a Churchill Fellow, and maintains a performance career as a jazz vocalist. In a former life, she was a corporate lawyer of little renown.