Barbara Carlisle

Barbara C.

East Lansing, MI

About Barbara C.

Background check: Last verified 04/08/2016
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Barbara teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: November 1981
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An experienced piano & voice teacher who has taught hundreds of students in the Lansing/East Lansing area . Ages range from five to adult. I've coached voice students for auditions in school/community musicals. I've coached piano students for music performances in recitals and solo & ensemble festivals. I am also a Registered Music Therapist who has taught simplified piano lessons to students with special cognitive and physical needs. I have taught in students' homes, in my own home and at music stores. I received both a bachelor's and master's degree in music from Michigan State University. I am caring, loving and motivating toward my students. I communicate well with people at all levels. I modify music teaching methods to meet each student's level of learning.

*** Lesson Details ***
I expect my students to practice daily, bring completed homework assignments in music theory to each lesson, listen carefully and attentively to my instructions, try new techniques, ask questions, and be consistent in attending their lessons each week. I use the Alfred piano methods for children, older learners and adults, along with the Schaum Keynote Speller (Primer and Level One) for beginning piano students. If students are interested in branching off into classical music repertoire, I concentrate on musical selections that they choose from various classical composers. If they are interested in more easy-going, popular music/broadway musical selections, then we concentrate on selections that they choose.
For voice students, I use the Estelle Liebling Vocal Course for vocal technique skills; and I allow them to choose songs that they are interested in learning, whether it be popular music, broadway songs, church music, or more formal styles of music. After 3-6 months, the piano students will have learned all the basic skills in reading music, developed finger coordination and sight-reading skills, and advance to a higher level of piano performance. Voice students will have learned all the vocal techniques, breathing techniques, relaxation techniques, music theory related to reading music, expressive music techniques, and performance techniques.

*** Studio Equipment ***
stand up piano in living room seating for parents

*** Specialties ***
Alfred Piano Courses (Children & Adult), Estelle Liebling Vocal Course,

11 Reviews on Barbara C.

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Antonia D. Feb 4, 2017
Verified Student · Piano · In home
Barbara was really great, friendly and understanding of the needs and interests of my daughter. A very good match.
Nikki D. Nov 18, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
Excellent teacher!!
we really appreciate her :-)
Susan Oct 24, 2016
Verified Student · Singing · In studio
Barb is wonderful and kind. An excellent voice teacher for a beginner!
Tayvon Mar 17, 2016
Verified Student · Singing · In studio
She was very personable, and understanding. Definitely made me feel more confident in myself.
Brett R. Feb 16, 2016
Verified Student · Singing · In studio
Barbara is a wonderful teacher. She's kind, patient and knowledgeable about her craft. She has a genuine passion for teaching the joys of making music and song, and is always quick with words of encouragement.
Riko U. May 7, 2015
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
She was kind. She was a good player, I like listening to her piano.
Sherry C. Mar 24, 2015
Verified Student · Singing · In home
Barbara is a great instructor. She's very knowledgeable and patient. She always encourages me even when other people are critical. Her kindness and encouragement have helped me become more confident. My singing has improved significantly, and I've only had five lessons so far. I highly recommend her.
Kylie B. Aug 6, 2014
Verified Student · Singing · In studio
I had a great time learning with Barbara these last few months before my Grease Auditions. She helped me develop more confidence in my singing abilities. She accompanies me by playing the piano wonderfully as she helps me through each note and song. I am thankful for my time with Barbara and her caring personality.
Robyn O. Feb 9, 2014
Verified Student · Singing ·
Barbara Carlisle has helped my daughter with Down Syndrome start getting back her pitch that she had lost by utilizing many types of teaching material

Barbara Carlisle didn't give up when she heard my daughter with Down Syndrome sing all of her notes on the same monotoned pitch. She told me that she would not give up on her if I didn't and she has gotten her to consistently sing Do (C), Re (D), Mi (E)
Fa (F) and So (G) and inconsistently sing some more notes. She also has taught my daughter to not give up and to listen and try her best. She utilizes many types of teaching materials such as warm up scale books on a student's level to broadway hits books and other songbooks and songs that will help a student develop his/her range. She also pays attention to good posture and breathing and explains where the breaths should be felt in the person's mouth and also uses silly sounds to get children to make high and low sounds. She is very caring and goes the extra mile and has a beautiful voice herself and also plays the piano and transposes beautifully. We have been transposing most of my daughter's songs to a lower key due to her limited voice range and expanding that slowly. My daughter never balks at going to her lessons, and we are happy with what she has learned and will continue to learn from Barbara!
Linda E. May 3, 2013
Verified Student · Singing ·
Great beginnings

I had my first singing lesson and it was great. I told her I couldn't sing and she just kept saying we'll see and before you know it I was singing in tune no less. Can't wait for my next lesson.
Barbara Carlisle
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