Effective Contemporary Commercial Music Vocal Training for Thai Singers


  • Panyapat Thummarattana College of Music, Mahidol University, Nakhonpathom
  • Somchai Trakarnrung College of Music, Mahidol University, Nakhonpathom


vocal pedagogy, contemporary commercial music, singer in Thailand


This research addresses specific methods of vocal training for singing. The research focuses on Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM), which is termed “popular music”.

The research design this study uses is grounded theory research. The goal is to pragmatically applyexisting best practices to the development of vocal pedagogy in Thailand. Data for this research had been collected from a number of sources, peer-reviewed journals, professional books, and online resources.

The purpose of this research is to set out a framework for a CCM curriculum that takes into accountthe current training methods and the specific requirements of CCM as compared to classical vocal training.The study examines how singers are currently trained in Thailand and identifies the content requiredfor CCM vocal training to be effective. It also identifies other factors that the CCM vocal curriculum willneed to take into account.

During the research, the researcher found that there is still a lot of confusion in existing curriculums and training practices between classical singing and CCM methods and techniques. Many books onvocal pedagogy and teaching singing are not specific about whether they are presenting CCM or classicaltechniques, and they may not even discuss the difference.

Result indicated that it would be appropriate to establish a goal in singing education to provide correct information for the style the singer is learning. At the individual level, singing teachers need to learn correct vocal pedagogy to make sure they are instructing their students correctly.




How to Cite

Thummarattana, P., & Trakarnrung, S. (2015). Effective Contemporary Commercial Music Vocal Training for Thai Singers. Fine Arts Journal: Srinakharinwirot University, 19(1), 39–49. Retrieved from https://so01.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/jfofa/article/view/92942