PhD Candidate (USQ)
BCA (Hons)
Certified Level I, II and III Somatic Voicework™ The Lovetri Method


Courtney is currently completing her PhD at the University of Southern Queensland (2018-2021), where she is examining the connection between piano skills and high-level vocal jazz improvisational ability.

research interests

Jazz improvisation learning and performance technique; functional vocal training for spoken voice professionals; the history of women in jazz; professional development for studio music teachers; musical agency and learner experience.


Feldman, c. (2017). Enhancing singer teacher agency through professional development: Investigating the impact of Somatic Voicework™ the LoVetri Method of singing teachers. (Honours Thesis), University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Australia.


Feldman, C. (2019, June). Storied lives and relational research: Using narrative inquiry as a research methodology in jazz and jazz improvisation studies. In R. Burke (Chair), Embodying jazz and improvisation: Playing with ideas and keeping it real. Paper presented at the 3rd annual Australasian Jazz and Improvisation Research Network Conference, Melbourne, Australia.

lectures and workshops

Feldman, C. (2017). Exploring the voice: Physiology, anatomy and the acoustics of sound. Honours Research Project. Lecture conducted at the University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Australia.

Feldman, C. (2017). CCM vocal styles: Historical context and performance practice for the CCM vocalist. Honours Research Project. Lecture-Recital conducted at the University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Australia.

HE sector involvement

Courtney serves as the elected HDR student member of the USQ Academic Board; the USQ Research Committee, and a number of its working groups. She also serves as the HDR student advisor for the USQ Ethics Learning and Teaching Group.


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