Matt Edwards

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

The history behind “High Art” bias in academia

TW: Contains historical quotes with racist content The vast majority of academic music programs in the United States are predominantly if not fully steeped in classical music with few or … Continue reading

January 26, 2023 · Leave a comment

Pedagogical Musings: Music Preference & Social and Cultural Identity

As we all explore ways to be more diverse and inclusive, I want to share a few thoughts. There is a 2002 study by Angela Turton and Colin Durrant called … Continue reading

August 28, 2020 · 2 Comments

Love the Music? Love the People: Moving Beyond Style to the Heart and Soul of Genre

Originally posted on Singing in Popular Musics:
When we as voice teachers are learning how to teach new-to-us (and maybe also to the student) styles of singing, we seem to…

June 17, 2020 · Leave a comment

Ten Ideas for Online Teaching

Covid-19 is here and voice teachers have no choice but to adapt and move online for a while. A simple look at social media shows that teachers who are not … Continue reading

March 12, 2020 · 10 Comments

Recalibrating for Popular Music Singing

Originally posted on Singing in Popular Musics:
Unknowingly, I was getting a little classical and popular music education in my ears when I grew up singing. I had classical music…

January 26, 2020 · Leave a comment

Mix it up Monday: “ That’s not how you_____________”

How many times has one of your students said something along the lines of: Well the music director said that pop/rock never has vibrato The casting team told me my … Continue reading

November 18, 2019 · 3 Comments

Mix it up Monday: “Common Resonance Images and their Pitfalls”

There have been so many great books published in the last ten years, it is hard to keep up with them all. “What Every Singer Needs to Know About the … Continue reading

November 4, 2019 · 3 Comments

Facebook Live with Allen Henderson

For the last year, I have been part of‘s weekly Facebook Live broadcasts. This week we are hosting Dr. Allen Henderson, Executive Director of the National Association of Teachers … Continue reading

November 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

Mix it up Monday: Inhaling too much air

If you are a frequent reader of this blog, you know that I do not believe it is “all about the breath,” but that doesn’t mean I believe that breathing … Continue reading

October 28, 2019 · 4 Comments

Mix it up Monday: Performing like a psychopath

“Cognitive dissonance, the mental conflict that occurs when beliefs or assumptions are contradicted by new information. The unease or tension that the conflict arouses in people is relieved by one of several … Continue reading

October 21, 2019 · 1 Comment

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