Matthew Edwards

Artistic Director of the CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute

Monthly Archives: December, 2015

Technology Thursday: Christmas Eve Edition

 As my soon to be four year-old has been saying all day “Tomorrow is Christmas!!!!” Yes, it is 70+ degrees outside, I just saw the cherry blossoms blooming in D.C. … Continue reading

December 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

Mix it up Monday: Nasality

Nasality is a common issue that you will encounter in the voice studio. While nasality is rarely desired in classical singing (French nasal vowels being the obvious exception), in some … Continue reading

December 21, 2015 · 7 Comments

Technology Thursday: Free Audio Recording Software

If you are a Mac user you are lucky – you have Garage Band and it is pretty amazing. However, if you are a PC user you have to find … Continue reading

December 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Mix it up Monday: Releasing the masseter muscle

Jaw tension is a common complaint amongst singers. Vowels that require the jaw to relax and lower, such as /a/,  can be quite problematic even though it would seem that … Continue reading

December 14, 2015 · 3 Comments

Technology Thursday: Equalizers

What are equalizers? Equalizers are a sound system component that enables the user to alter the audio spectrum of the voice thus changing the timbre. Equalizers come in three main types: … Continue reading

December 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Mix it up Monday: Psychological Gesture and Storytelling

Singers are storytellers. Yes we make melodies with our voices and we sing harmonies, etc. However, the most successful artists focus first and foremost on telling a story. “Emoting” (singing … Continue reading

December 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Technology Thursday: What you need to know about microphones – part 3

Part one and part two of this series covered the basic types of microphones singers will encounter and how those microphones respond to the amplitude of the voice. This final … Continue reading

December 3, 2015 · 1 Comment

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