Matthew Edwards

Artistic Director of the CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute

Category Archives: Misc. Thoughts

Mix it up Monday: Steal like an artist

Every artist gets asked the question, “Where do you get your ideas?” The honest artist answers, “I steal them.” (Kleon, p. 5) This is how Austin Kleon begins his book … Continue reading

June 26, 2017 · 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 · 8 Comments

Mix it up Monday: Sipping spaghetti

In most untrained voices, the larynx naturally rises and falls with pitch. You can experience the natural movement of the larynx by placing your fingers lightly around your “Adam’s Apple” … Continue reading

June 5, 2017 · Leave a comment

Mix it up Monday: The benefits of using chest register when training sopranos

Last week I wrote about the benefits of using falsetto when teaching men. This week I am going to focus on the opposite register and gender – chest voice for … Continue reading

May 29, 2017 · 4 Comments

Mix it up Monday: The benefits of using falsetto when teaching men

When I began studying voice, I spent years of lessons focusing primarily on bringing my mix into the upper range. I had good results with this approach and over the course … Continue reading

May 22, 2017 · 15 Comments

Mix it up Monday: Begin with the source

The source-filter theory of vocal production states that it is the combination of vocal fold vibration and vocal tract resonance that creates the final product. When the vocal folds vibrate, … Continue reading

May 8, 2017 · 2 Comments

Mix it up Moday: Applying yoga principles in voice training

It is the end of the semester at Shenandoah Conservatory and as students prepare for their juries, I am hearing a lot of complaints of stress induced vocal problems. Students are reporting … Continue reading

May 1, 2017 · 1 Comment

Mix it up Monday: Melodic Interpolations

Thanks to the popularity of song interpretations on The Voice and American Idol, many singers today want to make every song their own by adding riffs and other ornamentations. Some … Continue reading

April 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Mix it up Monday: Onsets and Releases

When singing classical music, performers primarily use clean onsets and releases. In a clean/simultaneous onset, the vocal folds begin vibrating at the same time as air is released. In a … Continue reading

April 3, 2017 · 2 Comments

Mix it up Monday: Thomas Hixon’s Respiratory Shape Exercises

Thomas J. Hixon held a PhD in speech pathology and audiology from the University of Iowa and did postdoctoral work at Harvard in respiratory physiology and biomechanics. He wrote well … Continue reading

March 27, 2017 · 5 Comments

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