Lessons & FAQ
Joseph Christensen – CBS-TV Internship “The Guiding Light”
Marina Wardell – Ridgewood News Winterfest AOM
Sharon Johnson – Lead Singer in Touring Praise Band
Daniel Purcell – at Boston Sings with Ithacappella AOM
Nicola Pring – “Janet” in HTHS’s Rocky Horror Picture Show
Photo by Luke Ratray
Calhoun Lawrence – “Rooster” in HCT’s Annie
Each one-hour lesson is private, with the teaching curriculum personalized for each student.
You pay for one lesson at a time – no need to buy a series of prepaid lessons
You may record the lesson, exercises and accompaniment. Beginner and advanced students welcome.
Your lesson’s first 15 minutes will be devoted to:
- Exercises to strengthen your voice and increase your range
- Discussion and practice of breathing technique
- Coordinating upper and lower registers for the best blend
In the remaining 45 minutes, your lesson will include:
- Developing audition songs and repertoire
- Exploring how your body and energy affects a performance
- Live piano accompaniment and access to a library of sheet music
Are you a singer/songwriter? Bring your music to the lesson and we will:
- Study master songwriters and discuss their techniques and choices.
- Explore how melody, lyrics, and rhythm reveal character and storyline.
- Discuss song lyrics and apply them to your personal experience.
Recordings of your vocal performances are available on several levels.
- During your lesson, we can create a recording with live or MIDI accompaniment.
- With a professional accompanist, we can create a college demo or audition recordings.
- Plans can be made for a singer to do a demo in a professional recording studio.
Barbara at SkyRoom Studios, Jersey City NJ
recording with Peter Cafasso and audio engineer.
Photos by Justin Dolan
Call For Lesson Prices: (201) 798-5029
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
A: Your vocal cords, and the muscles involved in singing, will be trained and strengthened in a healthy way, to be more responsive to your artistic choices. You will also become more familiar with using your resonating chambers in the mouth, throat, sinuses, and chest.
A: My teaching is based on Musical Theater. We will discuss the character and plot development in the song, the meaning behind the music and lyrics, and how it relates to you. My students have used this technique to succeed in many genres including Rock, Pop, R&B, Blues, and A Cappella music.
A: A Voice Teacher used the exercises to build and strengthen the voice. A Voice Coach works on the performance of songs. Barbara is both Teacher and Coach, and the lessons involve both kinds of training.
WHAT KIND OF STUDENTS DO YOU TAKE?
A: No. Anyone who is interested in learning is welcome.
A: Very few people have a medical problem that interferes with them hearing pitches. If a student has trouble, it usually just takes a little longer to teach them how to feel the pitch and resonance from the inside.
A: My students range in age from 10 and up into their 60s.
A: Not at the beginning. It’s best if the student does not attempt the vocal exercises until given a recording of the exercises. It is too easy to practice the wrong thing.
A: Yes, we can record the lessons on my equipment and you can take home a CD. Or you can bring your own recording device.
A: Yes. Homework can be to memorize a song, or to write out a personal story that relates to a song we are doing, or find a song you want to sing. Parents of young singing students will not always witness the work being done at home.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I TAKE A LESSON?
A: That’s what most students do to make quick progress. We are working with muscles around the vocal cords. they need to be stretched regularly to strengthen and move them into a new position.
A: You can take a lesson every other week. Or you can take four lessons in four weeks, buy the book Singing – Body and Soul, and take home a CD of a few exercises and a song. You can work on your own, then when you are ready, come back for another set of four lessons in four weeks.
A: There are more in-depth explanations in the book, more philosophy behind my teaching, and a balance of all the subjects. Reading Singing – Body and Soul while studying voice can put you six months ahead in the lessons.