Matthew Edwards

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

Category Archives: Mix it up Monday

Mix it up Monday: Consider the novelty effect

Have you ever watched a student in a masterclass make a drastic improvement from a new exercise, and then notice that they cannot repeat their success over the long term? … Continue reading

May 7, 2018 · 1 Comment

Mix it up Monday: Six approaches to teaching students a new style

If you are a regular reader of the blog, you already know that I love exploring multiple viewpoints on a single topic in order to expand my own approach in … Continue reading

April 23, 2018 · Leave a comment

Mix it up Monday: The Chopstick Exercise

Tongue tension is one of the most frustrating challenges singers must overcome. If you look through the archives of this blog, you will find several exercises for releasing tongue tension. … Continue reading

April 9, 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

Mix it up Monday: Singing is not ALL about the breath

Chi sa ben respirare e sillibare saprà ben cantare (He who knows how to breathe and pronounce well, knows how to sing well) Attributed to Gasparo Pacchierotti, 1740-1821 (Stark, p. … Continue reading

March 19, 2018 · 3 Comments

Mix it up Monday: Perfecting vowels using internal hearing

In September 2016, I blogged about the difference between internal and external hearing and how it can impact a singer’s perception of her vocal quality. Today I am sharing a simple … Continue reading

March 5, 2018 · 1 Comment

Mix it up Monday: Strategies for reducing jaw tension

Leda Scearce, MM, MS, CCC-SLP is Director of Performing Voice Programs and Development at the Duke Voice Care Center. In her book “Manual of Singing Voice Rehabilitation” she offers a … Continue reading

February 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

Mix it up Monday: Balancing breath and tone with lip trills

I think it is safe to assume that all voice teachers have encountered lip trills at some point in their career. However, I think it is helpful to examine different … Continue reading

December 18, 2017 · 3 Comments

Mix it up Monday: Lay down and sing

When I was a student at the Cleveland Institute of Music, we began every acting class lying on the ground and assessing our body. We would then progress through a … Continue reading

April 24, 2017 · 2 Comments

Mix it up Monday: The value of sustained pitches

I follow several voice teacher forums on Facebook and regularly see posts from teachers seeking new vocal exercises. While complicated exercises may be useful for more advanced students, there are many occasions … Continue reading

November 21, 2016 · 2 Comments

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