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How The Voice Works

A Turn-Key Video Instruction Course Designed To Help Students Understand How Voice Training Works!

Taught by
Dr. Matt Edwards
Associate Professor of Voice and Voice Pedagogy

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Introducing How The Voice Works!

An online course designed to help singers stop feeling stuck and start making progress. This course shows students exactly what is happening when they sing so they can finally get the results they've been seeking. Your students will get instant access to "How Your Voice Works," which includes 4 hours of 4K video lessons and 100 pages of downloadable resources. Regularly priced at $199 per student, we are offering one-time only COVID-19 pricing for as low as $99 for all of your students!

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Voice Science???

Put it forward. Make it spin. Stand tall. Keep your palate up. If you’re like me, you heard a lot of directions in your own training. Sometimes these instructions worked well, other times they did not work at all. When those cues worked it was exciting. But when they didn't work, it was FRUSTRATING. Luckily I discovered voice science! 

Bodybuilders don’t just go into the gym and lift weights using imagery, they learn the names of the muscles and the best way to condition them. Guitar players don’t just throw their hands up in the air when their guitar isn’t working, they get online and learn how it works so they can fix it. But for centuries, singers have struggled to put the pieces together because they don’t fully understand what all the pieces are or how they work.

Our students are wired for STEM

Our education system has wired students to want to know how things work. While teachers of past generations questioned the value of knowing what was happening in the voice, today's top voice instructors use Evidence-Based Pedagogy to make sure their students fully understand their instruments. By connecting the dots between science and practice, your students will not only become better singers but your administration will see how singing can get students excited about science!

Give them answers to their questions

Students want to know how to reach their goals, but most choral directors do not have time to answer each individual question. That's where How The Voice Works can help. Students who are always running out of breath will discover drills that help them learn to manage their respiratory system. Once they understand the difference between pressure and flow, active and passive force, and belly-in vs. belly-out approaches, they will be able to identify what works best for them.

Young singers are constantly struggling with their breaks. Once they understand how to coordinate their intrinsic laryngeal muscles, they will be more likely to slow down and practice and finally smooth out those breaks. When they understand how the vocal folds vibrate and how that impacts registration, they will be less likely to over or under sing and more likely to work on finding multiple variations of mix. This list goes on and on.

At the end of this course your students will

  • Understand why posture matters and how bad posture can have a negative impact on vocal tone
  • Be able to identify where the diaphragm is and how it interacts with the rest of the respiratory system to manage airflow and pressure.
  • Understand the difference between pressure and flow.
  • Know how to coordinate the muscles that adjust the vocal folds to alter pitch and registration
  • Be able to isolate chest and head register, and understand how to develop your mix
  • Learn how to warm-up using a science-based routine
  • Be able to identify where the soft palate is, how it moves, and how its movement affects vocal quality
  • Locate the muscles that cause jaws tension and learn how to keep them from engaging when singing
  • Learn how microphones alter what you hear when listening to recording artists
  • Understand basic concepts from motor learning and exercise physiology that can be applied to voice training.
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What's inside

50+ Advanced Training Lessons

$499 Value

4K quality videos with anatomical models and medical grade animations to help bring the anatomy to life.

Full Color Workbook

$39 Value

A full-color workbook full of illustrations and additonal content.

Access to the Q&A Database

$99 Value

Students also have access to VoiceLessons.com's Thursday Night Live archives! These videos contain over 20 hours of answers to questions from singers around the world.

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What other experts say

Matt is among the most notable contributors to the development of a systematic, scientifically based model for teaching CCM singing—an essential component of most contemporary musical theatre. His firm foundation in classical and musical theatre singing combined with his mastery of vocal technique for contemporary styles makes him the perfect specialist not only for teaching singers, but for teaching voice teachers how to teach in this style.

Leda Scearce, M.M., CCC-SLP
Director of Performing Voice Programs and Development, Duke Voice Center

Matt is a true visionary for 21st Century Vocal Pedagogy. As the Artistic Director of the New CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute,  he has revolutionized a new diverse curriculum pulling from seminal, science-based resources providing participants an unbiased, well rounded experiential process that leaves them well equipped to integrate techniques immediately into their own studio and teaching settings. Additionally,  as a national presence for contemporary vocal Pedagogy, Matt  has been a driving force behind integrating contemporary Pedagogy practices into Collegial pre professional BFA training programs. With his hybrid background as both a classically trainer singer and CCM performer, Matt is a wealth of knowledge of  the components that bridge these two pedagogical approaches.

Marci Rosenberg, CCC-SLP
Clinical Singing Voice Specialist at The University of Michigan, Vocal Health Center

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Overview

The course is jam-packed with information supported by a 100-page workbook full of images, additional information, and resources including an entire section on how to read music. Let's take a look at each module and what you will learn.

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Module 1: Welcome

Summary

We begin with an overview of the course, how to use the materials, and how to pace yourself.

Lesson 1: Welcome

Lesson 2: Course Overview

Lesson 3: How to Use the Course Material

2 Lessons

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Module 2: How the Voice Works

Summary

In this module we explore the four parts of every instrument and then talk about what those parts are in the voice.

Lesson 1: The Parts of Every Instrument

Lesson 2: Parts of the Voice

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Module 3: Posture

Summary

In this module students learn about posture, different approaches to improving alignment, and how changes to posture affect vocal quality.

Lesson 1: Introduction to Posture

Lesson 2: The Spine

Lesson 3: Aligning Your Body

10 Lessons

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Module 4: Respiration

Summary

In module 4, students will learn about the larynx. We are going to focus on the big picture, introducing you to the terms you are most likely to hear in conversations with others singers, teachers, or coaches.

Lesson 1: Introduction to Respiration

Lesson 2: The Lungs

Lesson 3: Exercise 1: Resisting the Collapse

Lesson 4: The Abdominal Wall

Lesson 5: Body Type

Lesson 6: Exercise 2: Expansion

Lesson 7: Speech vs. Singing

Lesson 8: Exercise 3: Belly-out Breathing

Lesson 9: Exercise 4: Belly-in Breathing

Lesson 10: Exercise 5: Combined Approach

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Module 5: The Larynx

Summary

In module 5, we dive into the action of the vocal folds. We examine the muscles that help singers change pitch and regulate breath flow. Students will learn about terms like chest, head, and mix. We will also discuss what the vocal folds are doing to produce each quality.

Lesson 1: Introduction to the Larynx

Lesson 2: The Cartilages

Lesson 3: The Vocal Folds

Lesson 4: Vocal Fold Vibration

Lesson 5: Registration

Lesson 6: Exercise 1: Chest and Head Registers

Lesson 7: Exercise 2: Singing Like You Speak

Lesson 8: Exercise 3: Finding Your Mix

Lesson 9: Pressure and Flow

Lesson 10: Special Considerations

Lesson 11: Belt vs. Legit

Lesson 12: Mix

Lesson 13: Cross-Training

10 Lessons

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Module 6: Vocal Tract

Summary

After vibrations leave the vocal folds, they travel through the vocal tract where the sound is transformed into vowels and consonants. In module 6, we dive into each of these parts, how the move, and how they alter vocal quality.

Lesson 1: Introduction to the Vocal Tract

Lesson 2: The Parts

Lesson 3: Vocal Tract Mapping

Lesson 4: Exercise 1: Soft Palate

Lesson 6: Exercise 2: Constriction

Lesson 7 : Exercise 3: Tongue

Lesson 8: Exercise 4: Jaw

Lesson 9: Exercise 5: Lips

Lesson 10: Exercise 6: Shades of Nasality and Twang

1 Lesson

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Module 7: Microphones

Summary

In module 7 we discuss microphones and other sound enhancement techniques that alter our perception of the voice.

3 Lessons

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Module 8: Warming Up

Summary

In module 8, students learn an evidence-based vocal warm-up developed by voice scientist Dr. Ingo Titze. Its a simple but highly effective routine designed to stretch and coordinate the instrument for any type of singing.

Lesson 1: Warming Up

Lesson 2: Female Warmup

Lesson 3: Male Warmup

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Module 9: Motor Learning and Exercise Physiology

Summary

In module 9, students will learn about concepts from exercise physiology and motor learning research that can be applied to vocal training to safely accelerate progress.

Lesson 1: Motor Learning

Lesson 2: Exercise Physiology

Lesson 3: Practicing

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Module 10: Final Thoughts

Summary

In module 10 we wrap-up the course and talk about what comes next.

1 Lesson

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Bonus: How to find a Voice Teacher

Summary

Students who do not already have a teacher may be wondering how to find one. In this bonus section, we discuss how to find the right teacher for your goals.

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About the Instructor

Dr. Matt Edwards is a professor, researcher, and author known for transforming voices with individualized, fact-based training. Current and former clients have appeared on American Idol, Broadway, off-Broadway, on national and international tours, on national television, film, cruise ships, Disney parks, and in bands touring throughout the world. He's author of over a dozen journal articles and more than a dozen book chapters. He authored "So You Want to Sing Rock 'n Roll," has given hundreds of presentations and masterclasses, and blogged extensively. That's just the tip of the iceberg. In fact, a book published in 2020 identified him as one of the top 40 teachers in the world for commercial and musical theatre singers! Learn more about Dr. Edwards at EdwardsVoice.com.

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A Summary of What You'll Get

When you enroll your program in How The Voice Works, you will get instant access to all the course modules, downloadable files, and access to over twenty-hours of archive material from our Thursday Night Live Q &As.

50+ Advanced Training Lessons

$499 Value

4K quality videos with anatomical models and medical grade animations to help bring the anatomy to life.

Workbook

$39 Value

A full-color workbook full of illustrations and additonal content.

Thursday Night Live Archives

$99 Value

Students also have access to VoiceLessons.com's Thursday Night Live archives! These videos contain over 20 hours of answers to questions from singers around the world.

Bonus 1: How to Find a Teacher

Students who do not already have a teacher may be wondering how to find one. In this bonus section, we discuss how to find the right teacher for you.

Bonus 2: How to Read Music

Do you have students who don't know how to read music? We include a bonus section in the workbook that will teach them how to read notes and rhythms.

Bonus 3: Vocal Exercises

We know that doing exercises on your own can be difficult, especially if you don't have a keyboard at your side. That's why we are going to give your students access to vocal exercises write on their smart phone, so they can practice anywhere.

Bonus 4: Microphone Selection Guide

In this era of online singing many performers are seeking a quality microphone to put their best foot forward. In this guide, students will learn how to pick the best microphone for their needs.

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Special Discount Pricing to Help Everyone During COVID-19.  

This course was designed and filmed in Hollywood, CA prior to the national health emergency. We are providing educators access to the material for a fraction of the regular cost.

Just pick the size of your choir to start the enrollment process and get access for all your singers for the upcoming academic year.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Still have questions before joining? No problem we've answered our most frequent questions below to help you with your purchasing decision.

I’ve heard that singers don’t really need to know what is happening in their voice. Is that true?

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No, its not. Voice teachers were training singers for centuries before we knew how the instrument worked. They had years of experience and didn’t see how some fancy scientists could help. But things have changed. Now we have great access to scientific articles, people who translate the science into practical exercises, and singers all over the world who have been trained by science-based teachers. People including Celine Dion, Cynthia Erivo, Trey Anastasio, Arianna Grande, and Selena Gomez have all worked with science-based vocal coaches.

I don’t have a strong science background, is this course going to be over my head?

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No! Voice science is way more accessible than many other fields. In fact, the science delivered in this course is about how things work. Biomechanics. It won’t require you to do any fancy math or experiments, it only requires you to explore and think outside the box.

What’s the most effective way to use How The Voice Works?

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Take your time to work through each module using the course videos and workbook. Then think about your past singing experiences and whether or not what you were trying to do was in line with how your voice works. If not, try the exercises again with your newfound knowledge.

When does the course start?

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Instantly! As soon as you enroll you'll get access to the course, all the lessons, and templates.

Are the lessons inside the course pre-recorded?

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The lessons inside this course are pre-recorded so that you can start the course and work through the lessons at your own pace. There is no need to show up at a specific time, you'll be able to login and start watching at what time suits you best.

What will I need to watch the lessons inside the course?

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To watch the lessons you will need an internet connection to stream the videos, and then you can access the course on any device including a desktop computer, laptop, tablet or mobile.

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