Matthew Edwards

Artistic Director of the CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute

Mix it up Monday: Moving away from fear-based pedagogy

I have a five-year-old and a ten-month-old. They are absolutely adorable 90% of the time, but the other 10% of the time it is like watching a Mogwai turn into … Continue reading

October 16, 2017 · 8 Comments

Mix it up Monday: The acoustic reflex OR “why does everyone sing louder than me?”

If you work with opera singers or belters, you have probably encountered a student who does not understand how loud she is when she sings. I was one of those … Continue reading

October 9, 2017 · 3 Comments


This morning in the United States we woke up to news that a sixty-four-year-old man committed the deadliest mass shooting in United States history in Las Vegas, NV. There will … Continue reading

October 2, 2017 · 3 Comments

Mix it up Monday: The “forward placement” chart

In the early days of voice pedagogy, voice teachers were desperately trying to find ways to communicate how they sang to their students. These teachers were working before we had … Continue reading

September 25, 2017 · 22 Comments

Mix it up Monday: Mapping the Lips

I frequently encounter students who have no control over their lips. These are students that are otherwise able to respond to what I ask of them. For instance, I will … Continue reading

September 18, 2017 · 5 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 · 2 Comments

Mix it up Monday: Steal like an artist

Every artist gets asked the question, “Where do you get your ideas?” The honest artist answers, “I steal them.” (Kleon, p. 5) This is how Austin Kleon begins his book … Continue reading

June 26, 2017 · 4 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 · 9 Comments

Mix it up Monday: Sipping spaghetti

In most untrained voices, the larynx naturally rises and falls with pitch. You can experience the natural movement of the larynx by placing your fingers lightly around your “Adam’s Apple” … Continue reading

June 5, 2017 · Leave a comment

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 · 4 Comments

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