Matt Edwards

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

Mix it up Monday: Using falsetto to free the male voice

Today’s idea was inspired by the work of my colleague Dr. David Meyer and Mary Saunders-Barton’s “What about the boys?” DVD. Men often struggle as they approach the notes around … Continue reading

February 18, 2019 · 2 Comments

When surgery leads to voice loss

Today multiple news outlets announced that former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham sustained damage to his vocal cords during an emergency open heart surgery. One of the ways injuries of … Continue reading

February 9, 2019 · 1 Comment

Mix it up Monday: The art of seduction

Let’s face it, seduction is a huge part of commercial and musical theatre styles. It may be as innocent as seducing for a first kiss to (fill in the blank, … Continue reading

December 17, 2018 · 1 Comment

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

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