Matthew Edwards

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

Category Archives: Misc. Thoughts

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 · 24 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

College Prep: A few of the nation’s top high school musical theatre performers

I meet a lot of teachers of high school students who want to know why their clients aren’t getting into top musical theatre programs. It is a great question and … Continue reading

December 1, 2017 · 2 Comments

Mix it up Monday: Preparing students for the audition room

Audition season is upon us. Colleges are looking for new students, summer stocks are trying to cast their season, and theatres are wrapping up casting for spring shows. While in … Continue reading

November 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

Mix it up Monday: A few thoughts from Cornelius Reid on designing vocal exercises

In chapter 7 of “The Free voice: A guide to natural singing,” Cornelius Reid discusses his views on vocal exercises. Reid says that all exercises must be “constructed with four … Continue reading

November 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Mix it up Monday: Empowering students to find their own musical theatre rep

Finding repertoire is one of the biggest challenges for voice teachers who train musical theatre performers. In the classical world, teachers are often expected to be the ones who find … Continue reading

November 13, 2017 · 6 Comments

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