Matthew Edwards

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

Category Archives: Vocal Exercises

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 · 1 Comment

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 · 1 Comment

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 · Leave a comment

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 · 10 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: 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 · 9 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 · 1 Comment

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 · 1 Comment

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 · 2 Comments

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