Matt Edwards

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

Mix it up Monday: Cornelius Reid Exercises

Cornelius Reid was one of the most prolific pedagogues in the history of the field, writing eleven journal articles and six books. However, while he was quick to share his … Continue reading

April 29, 2019 · Leave a comment

Mix it up Monday: Addressing a narrow tongue

I have frequently addressed tongue retraction on this blog but realized a few weeks ago I have never discussed tongue narrowing. The tongue is controlled by a complex muscular system. … Continue reading

April 8, 2019 · 3 Comments

Mix it up Monday: The Silent Laugh

The false vocal folds (FVF) are located above the true vocal folds and are a point of interest in the Estill Voice Model. In “The Estil Voice Model: Theory & … Continue reading

March 25, 2019 · Leave a comment

Mix it up Monday: 52 Card Pick-up

When I was in school, “52 Card Pick-up” was a way for the older students to mess with the younger students. But when teaching voice, it is a great way … Continue reading

March 4, 2019 · 1 Comment

Mix it up Monday: Using head-voice to clean up diction

Last week I blogged about how you can use falsetto to free the male voice. This week I’m going to talk about how to modify that approach to clear up … Continue reading

February 25, 2019 · 1 Comment

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 · 5 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

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