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.
She's very thorough and gracious
Patient, friendly, experienced, fun.
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!
Our first lesson is spent learning about your vocal instrument. Subsequent lessons explore how to "play" and understand this highly individual instrument.