SoCal Singer Studio
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Nicole Barnhart is a singer, voice teacher, MDH Breathing Coordination Practitioner, music director, and performance/audition coach. Nicole began working professionally in the music industry in 1997, as both a performer and a teacher. As a graduate of the world renown Citrus Singers, she received extensive training in voice, dance, and drama, as well as music theory and history. She loves to encourage others, build their confidence, and help them reach their goals. Nicole has coached professional and aspiring singers, public speakers, actors, dancers, and athletes.
Holistic functional voice training
MDH Breathing Coordination
Musical Theater, Pop, Rock, Country, Classical, Jazz
Citrus College: Citrus Singers 1994-1997
Vocal training: Crystal Barron, Elizabeth Prescott, Robin De Haas, Carol Tingle, Pete Strobl, Ben Bollinger, Martin Green, Michael Skidgel
MDH Breathing Coordination Practitioner
Myofascial laryngeal release
For more info, please visit www.SoCalSinger.com.
I love making a positive difference in students' lives through music. It brings me so much joy to see my students grow! I love when my students tell me how they use Breathing Coordination not only in their singing and speaking, but in every day life, stress/anxiety management, general wellness, postural balance, athletic performance, etc.
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
For new students, I establish a calm, safe atmosphere for learning and teamwork. The first lesson is an assessment of the student's breathing and voice, and then we make plans to acheive the student's goals. As a certified MDH Breathing Coordination Practitioner, I incorporate a uniqe breathing method into vocal lessons. I have a massage table at my studio, and part of each lesson is spent prepping the body for singing. This is not a requirement; however, it is highly beneficial. Dressed in comfortable clothing, we would release tension throughout the body as it relates to the breathing mechanism, and ultimately recoordinate the ribs/diaphragm to move optimally, giving the student more freedom, power, and efficiency in their vocal production. After the body is prepped, we move on to vocal exercises/warmups, applying the work we did on breathing. Lastly, we work on whatever songs the student is working on. I can help with audition prep, vocal and breathing technique, performance, etc, and I offer three recitals per year.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
- Citrus College: Citrus Singers 1994-1997
- Vocal training: Crystal Barron, Elizabeth Prescott, Robin De Haas, Carol Tingle, Pete Strobl, Ben Bollinger, Martin Green, Michael Skidgel
- MDH Breathing Coordination Practitioner
- Myofascial laryngeal release
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How did you get started teaching?
As a trained singer and performer, I started teaching when someone asked me to teach them voice lessons. I discovered a passion for teaching and the rest is history!
What types of students have you worked with?
Ages 5 to 95, beginners to professionals.
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
I recently held a showcase for my students to perform solos for their friends & families. I usually hold showcases 2-3 times/year at Center Stage Theater in Fontana. It's a great way to show off what you've learned and a great experience for growth!
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
The voice can be a delicate instrument and it needs proper care to develop it in a healthy way. My best advice would be to please choose your teacher wisely. Do not go for the cheapest or most conveniently located teacher... Do some research to find out which teacher will give you a solid foundation of vocal technique so your instrument will last a lifetime.
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What kind of music do you like to sing?
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