Matt Edwards

Associate Professor of Voice, Shenandoah Conservatory Artistic Director of the CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute

Mix it up Monday: Vocal Identity

In the classical world, teachers usually do not have a hard time identifying what they think the student’s ultimate tonal goal should be. These decisions are informed by the teacher’s … Continue reading

November 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

Mix it up Monday: The false sensation of backspace

Many voice teachers use the idea of backspace when teaching. I was taught that concept by many of my past instructors, sometimes it worked and other times it didn’t. What … Continue reading

November 5, 2018 · 2 Comments

Mix it up Monday: Vowel, Pitch, and Intensity

Cornelius Reid‘s work has made a huge impact on functional voice training throughout the world. A great testament to this are the numerous essays collected in “The Modern Singing Master” … Continue reading

October 29, 2018 · 1 Comment

Mix it up Monday: The posture harness

I am a big fan of using props in the voice studio. Props allow me to teach concepts to my students without placing my hands on them. Anytime I can … Continue reading

October 22, 2018 · 6 Comments

Mix it up Monday: Building a three-step formula – Part II

Two weeks ago I wrote about Caldwell and Walls’ three components for creating a strategy to address a vocal issue. In chapter 12, they follow with five steps to help … Continue reading

October 8, 2018 · Leave a comment

Mix it up Monday: Building a three-step formula – Part I

In their book, “Excellence in Singing, volume three,” Robert Caldwell and Joan Wall provide excellent advice for strategic, technical training. In their view, the voice teacher must have a specific strategy … Continue reading

September 24, 2018 · 1 Comment

Mix it up Monday: Richard Miller’s thoughts on addressing a shaky jaw

It is not uncommon to encounter a singer whose jaw trembles or shakes when singing. Richard Miller offers a few suggestions for how to work with students who struggle with … Continue reading

September 17, 2018 · Leave a comment

Preparing Students for College Musical Theatre Auditions

In addition to this blog, I also run, a site full of resources for prospective musical theatre majors. Last week I posted an article about the best school for … Continue reading

September 14, 2018 · 3 Comments

500 Pop/Rock Audition Cuts!

If you don’t already know Sheri Sanders, she is the incredible creator of “Rock the Audition.” I met her when her book “Rock the Audition” first came out and have … Continue reading

September 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

Mix it up Monday: Teach your students to CENTER

When I am teaching lessons, there are often moments when the student is so close to getting the result we are working towards but they get frustrated and things begin … Continue reading

September 10, 2018 · 7 Comments

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