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CCM Symposium with Matt Edwards

March 28 - March 31

By proceeding, you are agreeing to make full payment to NATS Cascade Chapter for the CCM Symposium, March 28-31, 2019. Funds are nonrefundable after January 31, 2019.


CCM Symposium


Read below for Description of Event, Matt Edwards Bio, and Fee Structure

Important Dates:
November 1: Online registration begins
January 31: Early registration ends
March 1: Deadline for masterclass entries
March 15: Registration closes

Description of Event

Session I: Fundamentals of CCM Technique

Day 1:
9:00-12:00: Anatomy and Function
–Covers basic anatomy, the most important muscles to know for teaching
–Animations and other videos will be used to clarify vocal function as it relates to singing
–Participants will learn how motor learning and exercise physiology principles apply to vocal training
–Participants will learn how to teach students to sing like they speak and develop “mix” through registration work.

12:00-1:30: Lunch. There are several options available on campus and in the surrounding area.

1:30 – 3:00 Mix and Belt
–This session will cover variations of mix and belt (for men and women) and introduce participants to the training process.

3:00-3:20 Break

3:20-5:00: Masterclass
–This masterclass will apply the information from earlier presentations to students of NATS teachers.  

Day 2:
9:00-12:00: Functional Listening and Troubleshooting
–This session will teach participants a systemized approach for analyzing a voice and coming up with strategies to address perceived vocal faults
–Teaching scenarios will be presented and participants will work together in small groups to discuss

12:00-1:30: Lunch on your own.  There are many options on campus and in the surrounding area.

1:30-3:00: Tools for functional training
–This session will explore indirect, tactile, and assertive approaches to addressing vocal faults. Participants will leave with new exercises and/or a new way to view their current favorites.

3:00-3:15 Break

3:15-5:00: Masterclass
This masterclass will apply the information from earlier presentations and is open to students of NATS teachers.

Session 2: Beyond Technique: Training CCM performers

Day 3:
9:00-10:00: Welcome and review of the first two days

10:00-12:00: Audio Technology
–This presentation will show participants how audio technology can alter our perception of the singing voice and how that information can inform our work in the studio.
–The presentation will also cover suggested equipment for teaching and tips for putting together audition recordings

12:00-1:30: Lunch on your own.  There are many options on campus and in the surrounding area.

1:30-3:00: Introduction of Style Tags and Tools for Analyzation
–This session will teach participants the rhythmic, melodic, and technical tools musical theatre and commercial artists use when styling a song

3:00-3:15: Break

3:15-5:00: Coaching Storytellers
–This presentation will cover the history of acting techniques and provide participants with tools for coaching students in the studio

Day 4:
9:00-10:30: Commercial Music Styles
–This presentation will cover pop, rock, and country styles

10:30-10:45: Break

10:45-12:00: MT styles
–This presentation will cover legit, traditional, contemporary, contemporary pop, and pop/rock musical theatre styles

12:00-1:30: Lunch on your own.  There are many options on campus and in the surrounding area.

1:30-5:00: Masterclass
–Participants who would like to sing will sign-up in advance and will be assigned songs from specific commercial genres.
–The masterclass will help participants understand how to apply the information presented in the final two days.
–This masterclass is for symposium participants.  (the previous two masterclasses are good places for students to submit).

Matt Edwards Bio

Matthew Edwards is one of the leading voice teachers for commercial and musical theatre styles in the United States. He is currently an Associate Professor of Voice and Director of the Musical Theatre Program at Shenandoah Conservatory, Artistic Director of the Contemporary Commercial Music Vocal Pedagogy Institute, and Secretary for both the Pan American Vocology Association and the Musical Theatre Educator’s Alliance.

Edwards’ vocal interests encompass many styles. He has performed numerous roles in plays, musicals, and operas with companies including Tri- Cities Opera, Ash Lawn Opera Festival, New Jersey Opera, Atlantic Coast Opera Festival, Bay View Music Festival, the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic Pops, Hudson Valley Symphony, the Miami Valley Symphony, Cincinnati Opera Outreach, Lyric Opera Cleveland Outreach, Theatre Lab, KNOW Theatre, and many others. He has also performed as a solo artist and with numerous bands, and received awards from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Dayton Opera Guild Competition, The National Association of Teachers of Singing, Southern-Tier Opportunity Coalition, and the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges. In 2017, he was presented the Van L. Lawrence Fellowship by the Voice Foundation and NATS, and in 2018 he was named a master teacher for the NATS Intern program in Boulder, CO.

Former and current students have performed on American Idol, Broadway, off-Broadway, on national and international tours, on national television, cruise ships, at theme parks and in bands touring throughout the United States. He has written articles for the Journal of Singing, Journal of Voice, VoicePrints, American Music Teacher, The Voice, Southern Theatre, and has been a Vocal Coach in Residence for Voice Council magazine. He has contributed to books including “A Dictionary for the Modern Singer,” “Vocal Athlete,” “Manual of Singing Voice Rehabilitation,” “Get the Callback,” “The Voice Teacher’s Cookbook,” “and the CCM, Sacred Music, Gospel, A Cappella, and Country editions of the “So You Want to Sing” book series. His book “So You Want to Sing Rock ‘N’ Roll?” is published by Rowman and Littlefield Publishing and was called “an authoritative text on rock ‘n’ roll singing” by Classical Singer magazine.

In high demand for his presentations and master classes on commercial and musical theatre voice, he has presented at the National Association of Teachers of Singing National Conference and Summer Workshop, Voice Foundation Annual Symposium, Acoustical Society of America, Southeastern Theatre Conference, Musical Theatre Educators Alliance, Pan American Vocology Association, at universities including Penn State, Florida State, University of Toronto, Brigham Young, Hardin-Simmons, Lehigh University, Wright State, Georgia Southern, Otterbein, Illinois Wesleyan, Missouri State, University of Northern Colorado, Bårdar Academy (Oslo, Norway), NATS Chapters in Toronto, Virginia, Georgia, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Arizona, along with many other presentations and workshops for educational and professional organizations throughout the United States.

Online at CCMInstitute.com, EdwardsVoice.com, AuditioningForCollege.com, and EdwardsVoice.Wordpress.com.

Fee Structure

NATS Member Early Registration (before January 31st)
Two Days: $75
Four Days: $150

Non-Member Early Registration (before January 31st)
Two Days: $100
Four Days: $200

NATS Member Late Registration (after January 31)
Two Days: $125
Four Days: $250

Non-Member Late Registration (after January 31)
Two Days: $150
Four Days: $300

The Venue-University of Portland




March 28
March 31


University of Portland