Matthew Edwards

Artistic Director of the CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute

Mix it up Monday: Thomas Hixon’s Respiratory Shape Exercises

Thomas J. Hixon held a PhD in speech pathology and audiology from the University of Iowa and did postdoctoral work at Harvard in respiratory physiology and biomechanics. He wrote well … Continue reading

March 27, 2017 · 5 Comments

Mix it up Monday: Dale Carnegie’s tips for inspiring change without arousing resentment

It has been nearly twenty years since I first read Dale Carnegie’s “How to Win Friends and Influence People.” While I admit that the title sounds cheesy, reading it lead … Continue reading

March 20, 2017 · 1 Comment

Mix it up Monday: How to practice effectively

There is a TED talk making the rounds on social media about how practice changes the brain and how we can practice more effectively. If you haven’t watched it yet, here it … Continue reading

March 6, 2017 · 2 Comments

Mix it up Monday: Phrasing tips for Tin Pan Alley style songs

Tin Pan Alley is a term used to describe the style of music that was produced by music publishers along NYC’s 28th street from around 1880 to 1950. Tin Pan … Continue reading

February 27, 2017 · 1 Comment

Mix it up Monday: Teaching flow phonation with a straw and a water bottle

Straw phonation is all the rage right now in the vocal pedagogy world. Today I want to talk about a variation that I like to use to improve flow phonation. … Continue reading

February 20, 2017 · 16 Comments

Mix it up Monday: Using staccato exercises to improve Laryngeal suspension

In his book Voice: Psyche and Soma, pedagogue Cornelius Reid addresses what is commonly called “open throat singing.” Reid explains that the sensation of a closed throat (throat constriction), is caused by … Continue reading

February 6, 2017 · 3 Comments

Mix it up Monday: Cultivating a growth mindset

First of all, Happy New Year! I just returned from the Musical Theatre Educators Alliance Conference at NYU where I had a great time with colleagues from all over the … Continue reading

January 9, 2017 · 2 Comments

Mix it up Monday: Stop and repeat

I am currently teaching a graduate course called Supervised Private Teaching at Shenandoah University. I spend a great deal of time watching the students’ teach and I am noticing one trait … Continue reading

December 5, 2016 · 4 Comments

Mix it up Monday: The Waist Trimmer Belt

Waist trimmer belts are sold as a weight loss tool in the fitness section of most big box retailers (order one here). The theory is that when wrapped tightly around … Continue reading

November 28, 2016 · 4 Comments

Mix it up Monday: The value of sustained pitches

I follow several voice teacher forums on Facebook and regularly see posts from teachers seeking new vocal exercises. While complicated exercises may be useful for more advanced students, there are many occasions … Continue reading

November 21, 2016 · 2 Comments

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