Matt Edwards

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

Monthly Archives: February, 2016

Mix it up Monday: Analyzing style in pop/rock songs

  When I was a student at the Cleveland Institute of Music, I spent A LOT of time analyzing classical music and discussing tonal structure and form. I’m sure many … Continue reading

February 29, 2016 · 5 Comments

Technology Thursday: Finding chords and lyrics for pop/rock songs

  If you start teaching pop/rock students, you will find that they will often come to lessons excited about a new song but are unable to find sheet music. Luckily … Continue reading

February 25, 2016 · 3 Comments

Mix it up Monday: Feel the rhythm by making it

Teachers and coaches often tell students who are singing pop/rock repertoire to “feel the rhythm.” When I was in high school I learned the basics of playing a drum set, so … Continue reading

February 22, 2016 · 1 Comment

Mix it up Monday: Using negative practice in voice lessons

Negative practice is an idea that comes from psychology and motor learning studies. “Negative practice involves the repeated performance of a behavior with the goal of eliminating or reducing the … Continue reading

February 15, 2016 · 3 Comments

Technology Thursday: Discover new pop/rock artists with “Discovr”

Today I am going to share an iPhone app with you that I have found to be extremely useful in finding pop/rock audition songs for musical theatre performers. Often a … Continue reading

February 11, 2016 · 1 Comment

Pedagogical Musings: “There’s more than one way to skin a cat”

First of all let me clarify that I am a cat LOVER. This is just a phrase from my childhood in southern Ohio that has always stuck with me. For my international … Continue reading

February 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

Mix it up Monday: Using a cork to improve your students’ vowels

Arthur Lessac made his Broadway debut in “Pins and Needles” in 1937. He went on to an illustrious career as a performer and spent the latter part of his career as … Continue reading

February 8, 2016 · 9 Comments

Technology Thursday: An AMAZING new website – (Discount Code at the end!)

This week I want to introduce you to an exciting new website I discovered at a conference in San Diego. Steven Gross is a music director with numerous Broadway, off-Broadway, … Continue reading

February 4, 2016 · 4 Comments

Mix it up Monday: Managing transglottal airflow

There are many different ways that people describe transglottal airflow, the way air moves through the vocal folds during phonation. Phrases like “spin the tone,” “sing on the breath,” “release your … Continue reading

February 1, 2016 · 7 Comments

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