The CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute

Face to Face
July 9-17, 2022

(online option will be implemented if Covid persists)

Session 1: Respiration and Phonation for CCM Singers

July 9-11, 2022

Taught by Matt Edwards with Wendy LeBorgne and Marci Rosenberg.

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This course explores the view that correcting faults at the vocal fold level will release other entaglements in the mechanism. Topics include:​

  • Developing the "Mixed-Voice"

  • Fundamentals of Belt technique

  • How to produce a healthy Belt

  • Separation and development of heavy and light mechanism

  • How variations of airflow affect vocal quality

  • Applying exercise physiology principles to voice training

Session 2: Resonance and Articulation for CCM Singers

July 12-14, 2022

Taught by Matt Edwards and Lynn Helding, Lifetime Achievement Award Keynote Speaker

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This course explores the view that correcting faults of the vocal tract will improve vocal fold function. Topics include:

  • How the larynx functions in CCM singing

  • How the soft palate functions in CCM singing

  • How the tongue, jaw, and lips interact in CCM singing styles

  • How to accelerate vocal capability with Motor learning theories

  • Advanced Belt techniques

Session 3: CCM styles and Performance Practice

July 15-17, 2022

Taught by Matt Edwards, Marcelle Gauvin and Alison Crockett. 

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This course covers topics that are essential for singers who have mastered the basic technical concepts introduced in sessions I and II. Topics include:

  • The technical ingredients of vocal styles

  • The rhythmic and melodic ingredients of vocal styles

  • Audio technology

  • Storytelling techniques

  • And round-robin sessions on

    • How to apply functional training in the choral setting

    • How to prepare singers for the recording studio

    • Tips for working with musical theatre performers

    • How to audition for pop/rock musicals.

  • These courses are offered for those who have already attended the institute and for brand new participants who are interested in going into more depth in these areas of science and artistry.

  • There are no pre-requisites for any of them. 

"The Gold Standard for CCM Training"

Kim Ray

"CCM Institute courses are the most applicable and practical courses I have attended for today's singing teacher's needs. The faculty are genuinely interested in helping teachers and students get more out of the courses and the experience than expected, even one-on-one assistance when needed. I'll be returning as often as possible! 

Suzanne Stone,  2020 Participant

"Every voice teacher needs to take the courses offered by the CCM Institute to stay current and fresh in their teaching style and pedagogy. The faculty are brilliant teachers and researchers."

Patrice Pastore

2020 Participant

"The CCM Institute is a must for singers whether they are primarily performers or teachers. There is something for everyone at every level."

Katherine Bolcar, 2020 Participant



We know that many of you are hurting right now. We are in the process of securing funding for need-based scholarships to help those who have been financially affected by Covid-19. We will post more information when available.

"The collective wisdom of the CCM Institute is incredible. Even online, the camaraderie and hospitality was readily apparent. I am looking forward to attending again, and confident that the CCM staff can make it a valuable experience in any format!"

Janette K. Hanson, Viterbo University

2020 Participant


Whether you are registering for the first time or returning for the 10th time, we are excited to welcome you to our virtual classrooms this July. Click below to register and reserve your spot before classes fill-up. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.