Matt Edwards

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

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Mix it up Monday: The Waist Trimmer Belt

Waist trimmer belts are sold as a weight loss tool in the fitness section of most big box retailers (order one here). The theory is that when wrapped tightly around … Continue reading

November 28, 2016 · 7 Comments

Mix it up Monday: Using Primal Sound to Find the Belt Voice

Oren L. Brown taught at Juilliard for nineteen years and is considered to be one of the pioneers of voice therapy. The first chapter of his book Discover Your Voice … Continue reading

October 10, 2016 · 3 Comments

How the Voice Works

COMING MARCH 2020! A four-hour course on vocal function filmed in 4K with 100 pages of supplementary materials. A great introduction for singers of all styles. MRI Videos The video … Continue reading

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: 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: Small dog, big dog

While a slightly raised larynx can provide a beneficial acoustic boost for some CCM singers, it can also become problematic. If you work with musical theatre performers who primarily sing … Continue reading

September 23, 2019 · 5 Comments

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 · 7 Comments

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

Preparing Students for College Musical Theatre Auditions

In addition to this blog, I also run, a site full of resources for prospective musical theatre majors. Last week I posted an article about the best school for … Continue reading

September 14, 2018 · 4 Comments

Mix it up Monday: Teach your students to CENTER

When I am teaching lessons, there are often moments when the student is so close to getting the result we are working towards but they get frustrated and things begin … Continue reading

September 10, 2018 · 7 Comments

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