Matthew Edwards

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

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: When to tell a student it is time to give up

I was on a panel at a conference where we presented case studies and discussed approaches to working with the client in the example. In one case, it was clear … Continue reading

February 26, 2018 · 26 Comments

Mix it up Monday: Sing in high heels

I will never forget my first time wearing high heels. It was in a production of Carmen, I was playing Escamillo. The costume designer found a pair of heeled boots for … Continue reading

February 19, 2018 · 3 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 · Leave a comment

Mix it up Monday: Vocal Exercise Objectives

Cornelius Reid is one of the founders of modern functional voice training. In chapter seven of his book, The Free Voice, he addresses the use of vocal exercises. He begins with … Continue reading

January 29, 2018 · 1 Comment

Mix it up Monday: Balancing breath and tone with lip trills

I think it is safe to assume that all voice teachers have encountered lip trills at some point in their career. However, I think it is helpful to examine different … Continue reading

December 18, 2017 · 3 Comments

Mix it up Monday: Don’t take “no” personally

Have you ever asked a student “Did you like that?” only for them to emphatically say “No”? I have, many times. When I began teaching, I found it frustrating to … Continue reading

December 11, 2017 · 2 Comments

Mix it up Monday: A few breathing exercises from Gillyanne Kayes

Gillyanne Kayes’ book “Singing and the Actor” is full of practical exercises for musical theatre performers. Today I want to share three of her exercises for breath management. Kayes says … Continue reading

December 4, 2017 · 1 Comment

College Prep: A few of the nation’s top high school musical theatre performers

I meet a lot of teachers of high school students who want to know why their clients aren’t getting into top musical theatre programs. It is a great question and … Continue reading

December 1, 2017 · 2 Comments

Mix it up Monday: Preparing students for the audition room

Audition season is upon us. Colleges are looking for new students, summer stocks are trying to cast their season, and theatres are wrapping up casting for spring shows. While in … Continue reading

November 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

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