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.
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.
A unique knowledge of how to properly "place" to sing effectively, and safely!
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!
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.
Our first lesson is spent learning about your vocal instrument. Subsequent lessons explore how to "play" and understand this highly individual instrument.