Matthew Edwards

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

Category Archives: Misc. Thoughts

Mix it up Monday: The stepladders approach to goal setting

I think one of the biggest challenges we face as voice instructors is convincing students to do the technical work necessary to achieve their goals. I think there are several … Continue reading

May 14, 2018 · 1 Comment

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: Advice for the first lesson

I just received my copy of the second edition of “A Spectrum of Voices: Prominent American voice teachers discuss the teaching of singing,” by Dr. Elizabeth L. Blades this past weekend. … Continue reading

April 2, 2018 · Leave a comment

Pedagogical Musings: There is no place for malicious criticism in the arts

I admit that I have never been a fan of critics. I do find reviews helpful in determining whether or not to attend a show, but on numerous occasions, I … Continue reading

March 23, 2018 · 6 Comments

A Directory of Voice Specialists

I frequently receive requests for laryngologist recommendations in different parts of the country. A few days ago, I discovered Dr. Christopher Chang’s online list of laryngologists. This is a great resource! … Continue reading

March 14, 2018 · 1 Comment

Mix it up Monday: Six factors that affect vocal quality

Dr. Meribeth Dayme is an internationally known voice teacher, author, and founder of the CoreSinging® approach. In her book “Dynamics of the Singing Voice, 5th ed.,” Dr. Dayme outlines six factors … Continue reading

March 12, 2018 · 1 Comment

Mix it up Monday: When to tell a student it is time to give up

I was on a panel at a conference where we presented case studies and discussed approaches to working with the client in the example. In one case, it was clear … Continue reading

February 26, 2018 · 26 Comments

Mix it up Monday: Sing in high heels

I will never forget my first time wearing high heels. It was in a production of Carmen, I was playing Escamillo. The costume designer found a pair of heeled boots for … Continue reading

February 19, 2018 · 3 Comments

Mix it up Monday: Vocal Exercise Objectives

Cornelius Reid is one of the founders of modern functional voice training. In chapter seven of his book, The Free Voice, he addresses the use of vocal exercises. He begins with … Continue reading

January 29, 2018 · 1 Comment

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

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