The CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute

SUMMER 2021 



The CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute will be taking place in July, 2021.  It will either be fully online or we will meet  for 9 days at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia. It will depend upon how the developments happen with COVID 19. So, here are the two plans below. We will keep you posted and let you know as soon as we have made a firm decision.




PLAN #1 - Online 

All  sessions offer graduate credit through Shenandoah University. 

  • These courses are going to be limited to no more than 30 people per class in ensure a rich online experience where participants can interact with each other. Therefore, they are much more prone to fill up than our normal courses. First come, first served.

  • 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. 


All  sessions offer graduate credit through Shenandoah University. 

Session 1: Respiration and Phonation for CCM Singers

July 10-12, 2021

Taught by Matt Edwards with Wendy LeBorgne and Marci Rosenberg.

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 13-15, 2021

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

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 16-18, 2021

Taught by Matt Edwards with special guests to be announced

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.

"The Gold Standard for CCM Training"

Kim Ray, 2019 Participant

"In my three decades of teaching, I've never encountered a faculty who work so well together, who are so knowledgeable and skilled, and whose enthusiastic generosity as educators never falters. If you sing, teach, or even just geek out over contemporary singing styles, you owe it to yourself to experience the CCM Institute."

"The CCM Institute is a treasure, and this anatomy lab was by far the best use of time and money I've ever spent professionally."

Kimberly Prins Moeller

2019 Participant

David Glasgow,  2019 Participant

"The faculty was extremely respectful of everyone and encouraged those who are new to CCM singing. There was no judgement here- just a safe environment for artists to learn and grow."

Elise Lindo, 2019 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.

"Attending the CCM Institute has been the best experience of my professional career - hands down."

Aly Horn, 2019 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. 

1460 University Ave.

Winchester, VA


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