Sheila Barish Voice

Sheila Barish Voice

1 employee
15 years in business

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Have you ever had one of those days when you were singing, acting, dancing, or involved in an athletic endeavor, and for one brief moment, you experienced a higher level than ever before?  This is the "Eureka!" moment we all long for as artists.  Now our bodies have shown us a higher path, and I have developed a method to re-create his experience vocally.  It's what I call "hollowing out the pipe", so that we can have a "no walls-no ceiling" flying with our voices!

Thanks!.....Sheila Barish

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Miami, FL 33176
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

Stress release, deep yoga-breathing, vowel-resonator scales...followed by workouts on songs, involving resonating, saying the words, vowelizing the melody, and finally singing the song....character development, if it's a theatre song.  Body language, as well as facial involvement....tapping into the sub-text of the character, as welll as the context of the song.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Playing piano since the age of 6...singing since the age of 12...Bachelor's Degree in Math and Music...previously College Voice Teacher (University of Miami and Miami Dade College) private studio.  Past and Present Professional Affiliations:  National Association of Teachers of Singing, Actors' Equity Association, American Guild of Variety Artists, Theatre League of South Florida

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How did you get started teaching?

After much performing, one of my voice teachers told me that there was an opening for a voice teacher at Miami Dade College.  I found that I was a natural teacher and loved the one-on-one experience.

What types of students have you worked with?

Students interested in musical theatre, classical, jazz, pop, sacred

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I do an annual concert with several colleagues at a church in Coral Gables (whose acoustics are right out of heaven).....and we always end with "The Prayer".  At this past June's concert, we were so in sync, that I felt like I was lifting up off the stage...very transcendent experience...

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Make sure to look around until you find someone whose advice you can trust, and with whom you have a very good rapport.  I feel there must be a real connection in a one-on-one class for significant growth to take place.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Questions to the prospective teacher:

"How can you help me with a process that would sustain me, should I be cast in a musical with a long run?  How can I preserve vocal health, even with nightly performances?"

"Do you emphasize vocal freedom, rather than trying to powerhouse my voice?"

"Can you help me smooth out my vocal transitions?"