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: Relaxing the digastric and mylohyoid muscles

The digastric and mylohyoid muscles are part of the swallowing mechanism and will often contract when singing. If these muscles contract, they can cause a wide range of problems. Most … Continue reading

October 31, 2016 · 17 Comments

Mix it up Monday: Finding “twang”

“Twang” is a term that can stir up heated conversation in some circles. There are those who say it is a made-up term, others say it belongs only in country … Continue reading

October 3, 2016 · 3 Comments

Mix it up Monday: Take my breath away

 Young women often struggle with breathiness in their head voice and it can prove rather frustrating for both teacher and student. I’ve observed a number of masterclasses where the teacher … Continue reading

August 22, 2016 · 8 Comments

Mix it up Monday: McClosky articulation exercises

David Blair McClosky was a classical baritone, voice teacher and therapist who worked with professional speakers, singers, and actors. He also created The McClosky Technique, which is still taught via … Continue reading

August 15, 2016 · 4 Comments

Mix it up Monday: Cultivating independence

It is Independence Day in the United States and therefore the perfect day to talk about training your students to become independent learners who master skills quickly and effectively. The type of … Continue reading

July 4, 2016 · 2 Comments

Mix it up Monday: Simple yet effective tongue stretches

It is a busy time at Shenandoah Conservatory as we get ready welcome voice teachers from around the world to the 14th Annual CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute. Therefore, today’s post … Continue reading

June 28, 2016 · 2 Comments

Mix it up Monday: A register blending exercise from Richard Miller

Richard Miller’s book “Solutions for Singers: Tools for performers and teachers” is full of great ideas on how to troubleshoot common technical issues. On pages 140-141, Miller answers the question “How … Continue reading

June 13, 2016 · 3 Comments

Mix it up Monday: Tongue Mobility Exercises

When a student is struggling to produce vowels or consonants, or their tongue is constantly trying to retract, teachers will often say the student has “tongue tension.” However, I think … Continue reading

April 11, 2016 · 2 Comments

Mix it up Monday: The blow ball game

Over the past few months I’ve had several requests to include demonstrations in my posts. So this week I decided to start playing around with video! From now on I will … Continue reading

March 21, 2016 · 9 Comments

Mix it up Monday: Sliding around the trouble spots

I have watched many masterclass where the teacher had the student slide up to a trouble spot or “siren” around the pitch to find release. It is a very useful indirect … Continue reading

March 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

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