Matthew Edwards

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

Category Archives: Constriction

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: The Chopstick Exercise

Tongue tension is one of the most frustrating challenges singers must overcome. If you look through the archives of this blog, you will find several exercises for releasing tongue tension. … Continue reading

April 9, 2018 · 1 Comment

Mix it up Monday: Remapping the open throat

Kenneth Bozeman‘s book Practical Vocal Acoustics gave teachers a great introduction on how to make vocal acoustics research applicable in the voice studio. His second book, Kinesthetic Voice Pedagogy, takes the work … Continue reading

June 12, 2017 · 10 Comments

Mix it up Monday: Lay down and sing

When I was a student at the Cleveland Institute of Music, we began every acting class lying on the ground and assessing our body. We would then progress through a … Continue reading

April 24, 2017 · 2 Comments

Mix it up Monday: Relaxing the digastric and mylohyoid muscles

The digastric and mylohyoid muscles are part of the swallowing mechanism and will often contract when singing. If these muscles contract, they can cause a wide range of problems. Most … Continue reading

October 31, 2016 · 9 Comments

Mix it up Monday: McClosky articulation exercises

David Blair McClosky was a classical baritone, voice teacher and therapist who worked with professional speakers, singers, and actors. He also created The McClosky Technique, which is still taught via … Continue reading

August 15, 2016 · 2 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 · 1 Comment

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 · 1 Comment

Technology Thursday: Real-time MRI IPA Chart

Imagine if you could see every movement of the vocal tract that occurs when producing all of the vowels and consonants in the IPA chart. YOU CAN! The Speech Production … Continue reading

March 17, 2016 · 1 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 · 7 Comments

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