Matthew Edwards

Artistic Director of the CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute

Mix it up Monday: Don’t take “no” personally

Have you ever asked a student “Did you like that?” only for them to emphatically say “No”? I have, many times. When I began teaching, I found it frustrating to … Continue reading

December 11, 2017 · 1 Comment

Mix it up Monday: A few breathing exercises from Gillyanne Kayes

Gillyanne Kayes’ book “Singing and the Actor” is full of practical exercises for musical theatre performers. Today I want to share three of her exercises for breath management. Kayes says … Continue reading

December 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

College Prep: A few of the nation’s top high school musical theatre performers

I meet a lot of teachers of high school students who want to know why their clients aren’t getting into top musical theatre programs. It is a great question and … Continue reading

December 1, 2017 · 2 Comments

Mix it up Monday: Preparing students for the audition room

Audition season is upon us. Colleges are looking for new students, summer stocks are trying to cast their season, and theatres are wrapping up casting for spring shows. While in … Continue reading

November 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

Mix it up Monday: A few thoughts from Cornelius Reid on designing vocal exercises

In chapter 7 of “The Free voice: A guide to natural singing,” Cornelius Reid discusses his views on vocal exercises. Reid says that all exercises must be “constructed with four … Continue reading

November 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Mix it up Monday: Empowering students to find their own musical theatre rep

Finding repertoire is one of the biggest challenges for voice teachers who train musical theatre performers. In the classical world, teachers are often expected to be the ones who find … Continue reading

November 13, 2017 · 6 Comments

Mix it up Monday: Thinking about body type and age when teaching breath management

In Your Voice: An Inside View, Dr. Scott McCoy identifies three types of inhalation patterns: clavicular, thoracic, and abdominal. In a clavicular breath, the singer elevates the upper chest by lifting … Continue reading

November 6, 2017 · 4 Comments

Mix it up Monday: Straw phonation explained by the man who made it famous – Dr. Ingo Titze

It seems like everyone is using straw phonation and for good reason – it works. However, do you know why it works? Today, I am sharing a series of videos … Continue reading

October 30, 2017 · 4 Comments

Pedagogical Musings: “You must learn to sing classical first”

There have been a number of posts on the Facebook Professional Voice Teachers group claiming that you must teach students to sing classically first. I responded with the post below … Continue reading

October 25, 2017 · 2 Comments

Mix it up Monday: “Important to” vs. “Important for”

I just returned from the 3rd annual Pan-American Vocology Association Symposium in Toronto, and I must say it was one of the best conferences I have been to in a … Continue reading

October 23, 2017 · 2 Comments

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