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 Tongue Depressor

The memories are very clear. It was my freshman year of college and I was looking in a mirror while holding a popsicle stick on my tongue in order to … Continue reading

September 16, 2019 · 3 Comments

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 · 6 Comments

Mix it up Monday: Simple yet effective tongue stretches

It is a busy time at Shenandoah Conservatory as we get ready welcome voice teachers from around the world to the 14th Annual CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute. Therefore, today’s post … Continue reading

June 28, 2016 · 2 Comments

Mix it up Monday: Tongue Mobility Exercises

When a student is struggling to produce vowels or consonants, or their tongue is constantly trying to retract, teachers will often say the student has “tongue tension.” However, I think … Continue reading

April 11, 2016 · 2 Comments

Mix it up Monday: Tongue Twisters

A few weeks ago I blogged about the benefits of extended tongue phonation for releasing posterior tongue tension. If you dwell on extended tongue phonation for too long, it could … Continue reading

November 30, 2015 · 5 Comments

Mix it up Monday: Tongue-out phonation

“Mix it up Monday” is a new series on the blog. Each Monday I will post an exercise for you to try out in the studio or in your own … Continue reading

October 26, 2015 · 6 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

Ten Ideas for Online Teaching

Covid-19 is here and voice teachers have no choice but to adapt and move online for a while. A simple look at social media shows that teachers who are not … Continue reading

March 12, 2020 · 10 Comments

Mix it up Monday: “Common Resonance Images and their Pitfalls”

There have been so many great books published in the last ten years, it is hard to keep up with them all. “What Every Singer Needs to Know About the … Continue reading

November 4, 2019 · 3 Comments

Mix it up Monday: How to allow placement to reveal itself (pt. 2)

Two weeks ago I discussed the philosophy of allowing placement to reveal itself instead of forcing it. Last week I gave a few exercises to help a singer discover where … Continue reading

October 14, 2019 · 2 Comments

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