Barbee M.

Barbee M.

10 Reviews
North Bergen, NJ

About Barbee M.

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Barbee teaches: Males 10 to 80
Females 10 to 80
Teaching since: January 2007
Last sign in: Today
Average response time: 9 hours

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 both children and adults, 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 lesson 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 specialties:
While my focus as a performer is opera and other classical music, I am also experienced in teaching Broadway/musical theater, pop, rock, R&B, folk, and other styles and genres. I encourage my students to explore new styles and apply good technique to any style they may choose to sing or play.

I also 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.

My home studio equipment:
Keyboard, music stand, small but growing music library, desk, limited seating for parents, various mirrors (for students to watch themselves apply the principles of good alignment!)

My home studio is easily accessible by public transit (NJ Transit Bus and Hudson-Bergen Light Rail). Limited street parking is available. Please note that my home studio is on the second floor and there is no elevator in the building.

In-home lesson equipment requirements:
Voice: Piano (preferred) or keyboard; music stand(s); full-length mirror (preferred).
Piano: Piano (preferred) or keyboard; desk or table nearby for written assignments and assessments.
Music theory: Piano (preferred) or keyboard; music stand(s) (preferred); desk or table nearby for written assignments and assessments.
Note: Students are expected to purchase all music, curriculum, and other materials as appropriate. In many cases I can obtain the necessary materials prior to the first lesson and the student/parent can reimburse me at the lesson.

Photos and Videos

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

Experience

Soprano Section Leader/Soloist Oct 2014 - Present
Church of the Atonement Tenafly

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

Voice and Piano Instructor Jan 2007 - Present
Self-Employed

Soprano Section Leader/Soloist Sep 2011 - Jun 2014
St. Patrick Church Miami Beach

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

Certifications

Substitute Teacher Nov 2014
New Jersey Department of Education

Certified substitute teacher for New Jersey public schools.

Awards

National Semi-Finalist 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
William Brown Memorial Voice Scholarship Aug 2007
University of North Florida

Affiliations

American Choral Directors Association Feb 2011
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Founded in 1959, the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) is a nonprofit music-education organization whose expressed purposes outline the associations dedication to the advancement of choral music. The mission of ACDA is to inspire excellence in choral music through education, performance, composition, and advocacy.

Mu Phi Epsilon Mar 2008

Mu Phi Epsilon (ΜΦΕ) is a co-ed international professional music fraternity. Today, Mu Phi Epsilon has chapters both nationally and internationally. The fraternity supports achievement in music through the awarding of grants and scholarships, as well as music competitions, concerts, and summer music programs. Much of this work has been supported by the Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation, an organization that has been in existence since 1963, as well as fundraising and donations.

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10 Reviews on Barbee M.

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Maribe G. Nov 5, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
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.
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Mary M. Nov 2, 2013
Singing
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)!
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Claudia B. Nov 1, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
A super nice and professional

A very nice and funny lady that helped me with different vocal excersices and techniques....
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Margarita R. Oct 31, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
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.
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Molly J. Jun 14, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
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.
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Lois E. Jun 12, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
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.
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Vilma G. Jan 14, 2013
Verified Student
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.
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Brooks M. Sep 21, 2012
Singing
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.
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MargaritaR Jun 21, 2012
A very good teacher.

Very nice person and easy to talk to. Takes her time to teach properly and listens to the student concerns. Barbee loves teaching and it shows.
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RobertC4 Apr 13, 2012
Barbee M. Is the Best. The end.

She is friendly, helpful, proficient, upbeat, non judgmental, educated, easy to work with. I could keep going with more adjectives.