Matthew Edwards

Artistic Director of the CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute

Mix it up Monday: The benefits of using falsetto when teaching men

When I began studying voice, I spent years of lessons focusing primarily on bringing my mix into the upper range. I had good results with this approach and over the course … Continue reading

May 22, 2017 · 15 Comments

Mix it up Monday: Begin with the source

The source-filter theory of vocal production states that it is the combination of vocal fold vibration and vocal tract resonance that creates the final product. When the vocal folds vibrate, … Continue reading

May 8, 2017 · 2 Comments

Mix it up Moday: Applying yoga principles in voice training

It is the end of the semester at Shenandoah Conservatory and as students prepare for their juries, I am hearing a lot of complaints of stress induced vocal problems. Students are reporting … Continue reading

May 1, 2017 · 1 Comment

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: Melodic Interpolations

Thanks to the popularity of song interpretations on The Voice and American Idol, many singers today want to make every song their own by adding riffs and other ornamentations. Some … Continue reading

April 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Mix it up Monday: Onsets and Releases

When singing classical music, performers primarily use clean onsets and releases. In a clean/simultaneous onset, the vocal folds begin vibrating at the same time as air is released. In a … Continue reading

April 3, 2017 · 2 Comments

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

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