Matt Edwards

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

Category Archives: Constriction

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 · 4 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

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 · 2 Comments

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

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: Soft Palate Positions

Over the past few years I have come to believe that it can be very useful to show students the possibilities of their voice during their training. For instance, even … Continue reading

November 16, 2015 · 7 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 · 5 Comments

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