Matt 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: 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 · 4 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 · 2 Comments

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 · 2 Comments

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 · 5 Comments

Mix it up Monday: The acoustic reflex OR “why does everyone sing louder than me?”

If you work with opera singers or belters, you have probably encountered a student who does not understand how loud she is when she sings. I was one of those … Continue reading

October 9, 2017 · 3 Comments

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 · 6 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 · 4 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 · 3 Comments

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