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 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.