Matthew Edwards

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

Category Archives: Breath management

Mix it up Monday: The hair dryer vs. the car

We have all had student that try to use their entire body to create enough power to fill the room with sound when they sing. When belters do this, we … Continue reading

April 16, 2018 · 1 Comment

Mix it up Monday: Singing is not ALL about the breath

Chi sa ben respirare e sillibare saprà ben cantare (He who knows how to breathe and pronounce well, knows how to sing well) Attributed to Gasparo Pacchierotti, 1740-1821 (Stark, p. … Continue reading

March 19, 2018 · 4 Comments

Mix it up Monday: Balancing breath and tone with lip trills

I think it is safe to assume that all voice teachers have encountered lip trills at some point in their career. However, I think it is helpful to examine different … Continue reading

December 18, 2017 · 4 Comments

Mix it up Monday: A few breathing exercises from Gillyanne Kayes

Gillyanne Kayes’ book “Singing and the Actor” is full of practical exercises for musical theatre performers. Today I want to share three of her exercises for breath management. Kayes says … Continue reading

December 4, 2017 · 1 Comment

Mix it up Monday: Thomas Hixon’s Respiratory Shape Exercises

Thomas J. Hixon held a PhD in speech pathology and audiology from the University of Iowa and did postdoctoral work at Harvard in respiratory physiology and biomechanics. He wrote well … Continue reading

March 27, 2017 · 6 Comments

Mix it up Monday: Take my breath away

 Young women often struggle with breathiness in their head voice and it can prove rather frustrating for both teacher and student. I’ve observed a number of masterclasses where the teacher … Continue reading

August 22, 2016 · 5 Comments

Mix it up Monday: The blow ball game

Over the past few months I’ve had several requests to include demonstrations in my posts. So this week I decided to start playing around with video! From now on I will … Continue reading

March 21, 2016 · 9 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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