Audition Prep

Levels Taught: Beginner - Advanced

Preparation for singers auditioning for college music programs, performing arts middle/high schools, choirs, musicals/theatre programs, music camps, and other organizations. Includes singing technique, movement and gestures, repertoire selection, musicality and interpretation, diction, pitch memory, sight-singing, etc., according to audition requirements and the student's experience and needs.

About Barbee M.

Background Check: Last verified 05/22/2013
Barbee passed a background check on 05/22/2013 that included the following:
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Male Ages Taught: 10 to 80
Female Ages Taught: 10 to 80

Overview

Hi! My name is Barbee and I have over seven years of experience teaching singing, piano, speaking voice, and music theory. I have taught students ages four to adult, male and female, with all levels of experience and many different musical goals, from beginners to working professionals. I have performed in Austria, Italy, the Czech Republic, and the US, in operas, musicals, oratorios, concerts, and recitals. I hold a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Miami's Frost School of Music and a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of North Florida.

I strive to create a studio environment that is open and honest, where my students are never afraid to ask questions or try something new. I am always happy to explain concepts in a different way and I encourage improvisation and creativity in addition to healthy technique and strong musicianship.

About my studio:
Dining/living room-turned-music studio. Touch-sensitive keyboard, music stand. Piano students must purchase curriculum books (I can provide and you can reimburse me). I have some vocal literature books; voice students must provide any extra music. Music theory students must purchase workbooks and/or curriculum books according to individual experience and needs.

Seating and WiFi available for parents/guardians.

Ample parking. I live and teach in a safe, gated community with two security guards present at all times. Upon arrival you will need to check in at the visitor gate to receive a temporary parking pass.

About my specialties:
While my specialty as a performer is opera and other classical music, I am also experienced in teaching Broadway/musical theater, pop, R&B, folk, and other styles and genres.

I specialize in helping prepare singers for auditions for college, performing arts schools, choirs, musicals, and competitions. As an active performer myself I have auditioned many, MANY times for different organizations. I have also been on "the other side of the table" and I know what qualities audition panels are looking for. Several of my current and former students have been accepted to college music programs, performing arts magnet schools, audition-only choirs, and theater programs to continue their studies.

Photos and Videos

Piangero la sorte mia, Giulio Cesare, George Frideric Handel; Barbee Monk, soprano, Margaret Singer, piano

Experience

Soprano Section Leader/Soloist Sep 2011 - Present
St. Patrick Church Miami Beach

Freelance Opera/Classical/Choral Singer Aug 2007 - Present
Self-Employed

Voice and Piano Instructor Jan 2007 - Present
Self-Employed

Alto Section Leader/Cantor/Soloist Apr 2010 - Jun 2011
St. Mark's Episcopal Church Jacksonville

Assistant Conductor May 2009 - Apr 2011
University of North Florida Choral Department

Education

Master of Music-Vocal Performance Aug 2011 - May 2013
Frost School of Music, University of Miami
Bachelor of Music-Vocal Performance Aug 2007 - Apr 2011
University of North Florida

Languages Spoken

English Fluent / Native Proficiency
German Limited Proficiency

Awards

National Semi-Finalist (final results pending) Apr 2014
New York Lyric Opera Theatre Competition
Georgina Dieter Dennis Voice Scholarship Aug 2012
Georgina Dieter Dennis Foundation
Winner, Recital Competition Jul 2012
Frost School of Music at Salzburg Training Program
Outstanding Musician Award Apr 2011
University of North Florida
Regional Semi-Finalist Mar 2010
National Association of Teachers of Singing Student Competition

Student Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by 10 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent! Two months of lessons have proven very productive. I have seen great improvement in my daugher's abilities and confidence. Barbee is mild in her ways yet tenacious; always pushing to the next level. I like that I am able to sit through the lesson. The classes run on schedule. Barbee is responsive to calls/texts and is flexible with schedule changes. November 5, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by The best! Barbee is both fun and professional! She creates a comfortable learning environment, and continuously pushes for the best results. She's always positive and wants to help me achieve my goals (and more)! November 2, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by A super nice and professional A very nice and funny lady that helped me with different vocal excersices and techniques.... November 1, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Get your potential Barbee is fun and patient, but strict, a necessary trade when dealing with teenagers. She will push them without them noticing, allowing them to reach their potential. She also listens to what they want to sing, and applies her professional skills and knowledge to every song being interpret. October 31, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Barbee is a very patient, kind, knowledgeable and fun teacher. With such encouragment one gets the very best out of a lesson. I found Barbee to be a most excellent teacher, very kind and patient and is extremely knowledgeable about the techniques of singing, breathing, posture etc., Always very positive and encouraging and keen to make sure that I got the best out of my lessons with helpful tips. She helped me enormously and I really enjoyed my time with her. Fun and Inspiring. June 14, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by fun to work with and very professional Barbee is professional, encouraging and very supportive. She allows for fun but is very informative at the same time. June 12, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by The classes are wonderful I am very pleased with the great customer service the office provides when I call in and the organization of class schedule communication. In addition, the teacher is exceptionally very knowledgeable and encouraging. January 14, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Barbee has done a very good job for with voice. She knows what she's doing and you would be wise to take a lesson with her. September 21, 2012