Research Profile

  • Jonny Black is an experienced singing coach and voice practitioner. He is also a professional actor, singer and musician.

    He was recently awarded a distinction for his MA in Voice Studies: Teaching and Coaching from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London.

    As well as being an Associate Lecturer in Acting Through Song at The University of Northampton, Jonny also teaches at a number of other training centres including Fourth Monkey and City Academy where he delivers singing courses across a range of musical genres including Jazz, Blues, Folk and Rock.

    As a performer, Jonny trained in musical theatre at Royal Central. He has appeared in a number of touring and West End productions including Blood Brothers, The Buddy Holly Story and Rock Legends, as well as performing around the world as a concert singer with The Wellington Symphonia, Cape Town Philharmonic and The Hawaii Symphony Orchestra. Jonny continues to write and release his own music as a solo artist and in collaboration with others. He has appeared on BBC Introducing as well as touring his own music to venues around the UK.

  • Jonny is currently an Associate Lecturer in Acting Through Song at The University of Northampton. 

    He has taught Voice, Accents and Singing within a variety of drama schools, universities and actor training programmes including The University of West London, Central School of Speech and Drama, Fourth Monkey and City Academy.  

    Jonny is constantly looking to deliver engaging and innovative teaching and his mission is to build artistic individuality, strong technical ability and confidence in performance. 

  • Jonny is an active researcher into how song choice and in particular using traditional folk songs can help training actors develop a deeper understanding of the sung lyric and narrative contained within a song. Using practice as research methodologies he has explored how using an interdisciplinary approach, combining acting and singing methods, can enhance the learning process and reduce any potential ‘fear factor’ associated with learning to sing.