Save Metal Vocals Research in Australia!
Anita Martin is a vocal researcher and teacher in Brisbane, Australia specializing in the area of Extreme Vocal Techniques (EVT) as used in Metal Vocals. In recent years, Anita has continued research amid her own medical challenges, as well as those of her elderly father. In this time she has:
- Spoken at the 8th International Congress of Vocal Teachers on her research
- Been the Griffith University, Queensland Conservatorium (GUQC) Arts Education and Law Honours heat winner of the three minute thesis competition
- And fought against the odds to graduate, ahead of time, from her Graduate Certificate of Music Studies in Vocal Pedagogy.
Ignoring Anita’s commitment to this research area, GUCQ Admissions Panel have reached the judgement that they are unable to offer Anita a place in the Masters of Music Studies (Vocal Pedagogy Research) degree, that would lead on to the first known Doctorate in Metal Vocal EVT.
In the absence of specific explanation of their decision, the fact remains that GUQC has made their decision of Anita’s ability to complete the Master’s course, without consulting her or her medical team.
By signing this petition you agree that GUQC decision is unfair to Anita and to her research.
Thank you very much for your support!
To Whom It May Concern:
We, the undersigned, are writing in support of Miss Anita Marie Martin's request to review the application outcome for her admission into the Masters of Music Studies Vocal Pedagogy Research course at Griffith University, Queensland Conservatorium (GUQC).
Presently, Anita is the only known vocal pedagogue with a postgraduate qualification working with Extended Vocal Techniques as used by Contemporary Commercial Music Singers in Popular Culture Musics in Australia that specifically addresses the pedagogy of Metal Vocals. Griffith's decision to deny Anita from continuing on to her Masters does not only directly disadvantage Anita. The following persons are also impacted by this decision to not let Anita continue on with her research:
- Anita’s singing and extreme vocals students – both present and future,
- Local, national, and international pedagogical and vocology peers, as well as the pedagogical and vocology fields at large, who support her studies that will help inform their own practice as teachers
- And vocalists everywhere
We ask that GUQC uphold its equity through diversity standing and reconsider their position in light of the high cost and devastating impact GUQC's decision will have on this niche research area to which Anita has dedicated the past seven years.