Matt Edwards

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

Category Archives: Misc. Thoughts

Pedagogical Musings: Music Preference & Social and Cultural Identity

As we all explore ways to be more diverse and inclusive, I want to share a few thoughts. There is a 2002 study by Angela Turton and Colin Durrant called … Continue reading

August 28, 2020 · 2 Comments

Love the Music? Love the People: Moving Beyond Style to the Heart and Soul of Genre

Originally posted on Singing in Popular Musics:
When we as voice teachers are learning how to teach new-to-us (and maybe also to the student) styles of singing, we seem to…

June 17, 2020 · Leave a comment

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

Recalibrating for Popular Music Singing

Originally posted on Singing in Popular Musics:
Unknowingly, I was getting a little classical and popular music education in my ears when I grew up singing. I had classical music…

January 26, 2020 · Leave a comment

Mix it up Monday: “ That’s not how you_____________”

How many times has one of your students said something along the lines of: Well the music director said that pop/rock never has vibrato The casting team told me my … Continue reading

November 18, 2019 · 3 Comments

Facebook Live with Allen Henderson

For the last year, I have been part of‘s weekly Facebook Live broadcasts. This week we are hosting Dr. Allen Henderson, Executive Director of the National Association of Teachers … Continue reading

November 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

Mix it up Monday: Inhaling too much air

If you are a frequent reader of this blog, you know that I do not believe it is “all about the breath,” but that doesn’t mean I believe that breathing … Continue reading

October 28, 2019 · 4 Comments

Mix it up Monday: Performing like a psychopath

“Cognitive dissonance, the mental conflict that occurs when beliefs or assumptions are contradicted by new information. The unease or tension that the conflict arouses in people is relieved by one of several … Continue reading

October 21, 2019 · 1 Comment

Pedagogical Musings: Evidence-Based Voice Pedagogy

There is a relatively new term that is quickly picking up attention and controversy in our field – Evidence-Based Voice Pedagogy (EBVP). The discussions intensified after Dr. Kari Ragan‘s article … Continue reading

October 5, 2019 · 1 Comment

Mix it up Monday: Allow placement to reveal itself, don’t force it

Students frequently ask me where they need to place their voice. My answer is usually some version of “I don’t know.” I am not being flippant; I honestly do not … Continue reading

September 30, 2019 · 11 Comments

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