Barbara Ryan, Voice Teacher

Barbara Ryan, Voice Teacher

5.0 (5)
1 hire on
35 years in business

About this pro

After training classically for 10 years, I continued a self study program in the anatomy of the singing voice for an additional 5. I have taught since 1985, was voice coach for the MD Renaissance Festival in the mid-late 80's, sung for the Voice of America and National Geographic Explorer Specials. As lead singer of the pan Celtic band, IONA since 1986, I have sung across the US and toured throughout the British Isles.

I introduce students to their vocal instrument - a very different instrument from the speaking entity. Through diaphragmatic breathing - dropped larynx technique, we learn ear training, the use of the head voice and ultimately mask manipulation for projection and tone control. As a touring, professional singer approaching 70, I practice what I teach every day. I have missed a concert only once in my career due to pneumonia. Without the techniques I teach, I could never have made this claim.

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5 Reviews


  • Jessica Mason

    Barbara has a loving, encouraging and playful way about her that immediately puts you at ease. She will not only help you grow your skill as a singer, but will present it through techniques that will protect your voice and keep it healthy in the long run. I would highly recommend Barbara to anyone looking to grow their vocal experience.

  • Marcus Pfeifer

    A unique knowledge of how to properly "place" to sing effectively, and safely!

  • Gretchen McDonell

    Barbara is cheerful and enthusiastic and encouraging. I believe she has a keen sense of what a student is capable of, and pushes the individual to achieve their best. The lesson environment is relaxed and easy-going, but Barbara will definitely re-enforce and review important factors of posture, breath, etc. My choir director and fellow singers have noted my improvement—in range, volume, control, and richness. What better endorsement than that? I shall continue seeking out Barbara’s experience and tutelage in the future!

  • Hilary Rosado

    Barbara created a great learning environment and was very encouraging to me as a beginner singer. Every lesson was productive and fun, no pressure, only motivation. Now I feel confident enough to sing at small Scottish Gaelic festivals.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

Our first lesson is spent learning about your vocal instrument. Subsequent lessons explore how to "play" and understand this highly individual instrument.

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