Matthew Edwards

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

Mix it up Monday: The stepladders approach to goal setting

I think one of the biggest challenges we face as voice instructors is convincing students to do the technical work necessary to achieve their goals. I think there are several … Continue reading

May 14, 2018 · 1 Comment

Mix it up Monday: Consider the novelty effect

Have you ever watched a student in a masterclass make a drastic improvement from a new exercise, and then notice that they cannot repeat their success over the long term? … Continue reading

May 7, 2018 · 1 Comment

Mix it up Monday: Six approaches to teaching students a new style

If you are a regular reader of the blog, you already know that I love exploring multiple viewpoints on a single topic in order to expand my own approach in … Continue reading

April 23, 2018 · Leave a comment

Mix it up Monday: The hair dryer vs. the car

We have all had student that try to use their entire body to create enough power to fill the room with sound when they sing. When belters do this, we … Continue reading

April 16, 2018 · 1 Comment

Mix it up Monday: The Chopstick Exercise

Tongue tension is one of the most frustrating challenges singers must overcome. If you look through the archives of this blog, you will find several exercises for releasing tongue tension. … Continue reading

April 9, 2018 · 1 Comment

Mix it up Monday: Advice for the first lesson

I just received my copy of the second edition of “A Spectrum of Voices: Prominent American voice teachers discuss the teaching of singing,” by Dr. Elizabeth L. Blades this past weekend. … Continue reading

April 2, 2018 · Leave a comment

Pedagogical Musings: There is no place for malicious criticism in the arts

I admit that I have never been a fan of critics. I do find reviews helpful in determining whether or not to attend a show, but on numerous occasions, I … Continue reading

March 23, 2018 · 6 Comments

Mix it up Monday: Singing is not ALL about the breath

Chi sa ben respirare e sillibare saprà ben cantare (He who knows how to breathe and pronounce well, knows how to sing well) Attributed to Gasparo Pacchierotti, 1740-1821 (Stark, p. … Continue reading

March 19, 2018 · 3 Comments

A Directory of Voice Specialists

I frequently receive requests for laryngologist recommendations in different parts of the country. A few days ago, I discovered Dr. Christopher Chang’s online list of laryngologists. This is a great resource! … Continue reading

March 14, 2018 · 1 Comment

Mix it up Monday: Six factors that affect vocal quality

Dr. Meribeth Dayme is an internationally known voice teacher, author, and founder of the CoreSinging® approach. In her book “Dynamics of the Singing Voice, 5th ed.,” Dr. Dayme outlines six factors … Continue reading

March 12, 2018 · 1 Comment

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