Matt Edwards

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

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Mix it up Monday: Allow placement to reveal itself, don’t force it

Students frequently ask me where they need to place their voice. My answer is usually some version of “I don’t know.” I am not being flippant; I honestly do not … Continue reading

September 30, 2019 · 11 Comments

Mix it up Monday: A three step approach for strengthening head-mix in females

It is very common for women to struggle with excessive airiness on their journey towards finding a solid head-mix. There is no silver bullet for this issue and it is … Continue reading

September 11, 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: 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

A mixing exercise for Mix it up Monday!

Aaron Johnson, PhD is a researcher, educator, clinician, and performer who was most recently on the faculty of University Illinois Urbana-Champaign and will be joining the Department of Otolaryngology at New … Continue reading

June 20, 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: 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

Mix it up Monday: Nasality

Nasality is a common issue that you will encounter in the voice studio. While nasality is rarely desired in classical singing (French nasal vowels being the obvious exception), in some … Continue reading

December 21, 2015 · 7 Comments

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