Matt Edwards

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

Category Archives: Vocal Exercises

Mix it up Monday: “Common Resonance Images and their Pitfalls”

There have been so many great books published in the last ten years, it is hard to keep up with them all. “What Every Singer Needs to Know About the … Continue reading

November 4, 2019 · 3 Comments

Mix it up Monday: How to allow placement to reveal itself (pt. 1)

    Last week I blogged about allowing forward placement to reveal itself instead of forcing it to happen. Someone asked “how do you allow the placement to reveal itself?” … Continue reading

October 7, 2019 · 4 Comments

Mix it up Monday: The Tongue Depressor

The memories are very clear. It was my freshman year of college and I was looking in a mirror while holding a popsicle stick on my tongue in order to … Continue reading

September 16, 2019 · 3 Comments

Mix it up Monday: The false sensation of backspace

Many voice teachers use the idea of backspace when teaching. I was taught that concept by many of my past instructors, sometimes it worked and other times it didn’t. What … Continue reading

November 5, 2018 · 3 Comments

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: 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 · 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 · 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: Remapping the open throat

Kenneth Bozeman‘s book Practical Vocal Acoustics gave teachers a great introduction on how to make vocal acoustics research applicable in the voice studio. His second book, Kinesthetic Voice Pedagogy, takes the work … Continue reading

June 12, 2017 · 13 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

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