Matt Edwards

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

Category Archives: Psychology of teaching

Mix it up Monday: Performing like a psychopath

“Cognitive dissonance, the mental┬áconflict┬áthat occurs when beliefs or assumptions are contradicted by new information. The unease or tension that the conflict arouses in people is relieved by one of several … Continue reading

October 21, 2019 · 1 Comment

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: Don’t take “no” personally

Have you ever asked a student “Did you like that?” only for them to emphatically say “No”? I have, many times. When I began teaching, I found it frustrating to … Continue reading

December 11, 2017 · 2 Comments

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