Barbee Monk

Barbee M.

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North Bergen, NJ
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Barbee teaches: Ages 8 and 80
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Teaching since: January 2007
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Welcome to my teacher profile! My name is Barbee and I am an active professional classical singer with over eight years of piano and voice teaching experience. I enjoy teaching both children and adults. Check out my specialities and see if you think we'd be a good fit! Then, feel free to click "Ask Barbee a Question" if you'd like more information from me!

Both voice and piano lessons are based on a foundation of healthy technique while incorporating musicianship skills and encouraging the student to develop their own creativity. While my focus as a performer is opera and other classical music, I am 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. Let me help you show your best qualities at your audition!

As a member of both NATS (National Association for Teachers of Singing) and ACDA (American Choral Directors Association) I am constantly working to improve my teaching skills by keeping up with the latest pedagogical research. I love sharing new tips and techniques with my students!

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.

I teach from a church in Bergen County, NJ; I am also available for in-home lessons in Hudson County, NJ, and Manhattan, NY.

Studio details:
Small chapel space
Grand piano, music stands
Waiting area for parents/siblings
Limited lot parking, plenty of street parking
Accessible by NJ Transit bus from New York (Port Authority Bus Terminal) and nearby areas of New Jersey

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


Voice and Piano Instructor Sep 2015 - Present
Professional Arts Academy

Soprano Nov 2014 - Present
Opera Theatre of Montclair

Outreach Young Artist in The Magic Flute, throughout 2015
Pamina in The Magic Flute, May 2015 and July 2015
Soprano Chorus in Nabucco, January 2015

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

Freelance Opera/Classical/Choral Singer Aug 2007 - Present

Voice and Piano Instructor Jan 2007 - Present

Soprano May 2015 - Jun 2015
New Rochelle Opera

Frasquita in Carmen, June 2015

InterimPiano Instructor Apr 2015 - May 2015
6th Borough Music Academy, Hoboken

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

After School Voice and Piano Instructor Dec 2013 - May 2014
The Mandelstam School, South Miami

Soprano Aug 2013 - Mar 2014
The Opera Atelier, Miami

Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro (excerpts), October 2013/March 2014

Soprano Aug 2013 - Sep 2013
Miami Lyric Opera

Prima conversa in Suor Angelica, September 2013

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, Jacksonville


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


Substitute Teacher Nov 2014
New Jersey Department of Education

Certified substitute teacher for New Jersey public schools.


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 Apr 2010
NATS Competition
Regional Semi-Finalist Mar 2010
National Association of Teachers of Singing Student Competition
William Brown Memorial Voice Scholarship Aug 2007
University of North Florida


Opera America Aug 2015

OPERA America draws on resources and expertise from within and beyond the opera field to advance a mutually beneficial agenda that serves and strengthens the field through programs in the following categories: Creation: Artistic services that help artists and companies increase the creativity and excellence of opera productions, especially North American works; Presentation: Opera company services that address the specific needs of staff, trustees and volunteers; Enjoyment: Education, audience development and community services that increase all forms of opera appreciation.

National Association of Teachers of Singing Jan 2015

Founded in 1944, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. (NATS) is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,000 members worldwide.

American Choral Directors Association Feb 2011

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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13 Reviews on Barbee M.

Peggy L. Aug 13, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Barbee is an excellent teacher. She is prompt, professional, courteous, and knowledgeable. From the beginning, my daughter felt comfortable with her. Barbee was nothing short of phenomenal, from the way she identified areas of weakness, to the helpful bits of advice. She pushed my daughter to do her best. I originally booked 5 lessons with Barbee, but we loved what she did for my daughter so much that we booked another five. We wish we could do more, but our hectic schedule won't allow it at this time. We will, however, keep Barbee in mind should time allow us to use her services again. Don't think twice about selecting Barbee for singing lessons!
Peggy L. Jul 16, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Barbee made my daughter feel at ease and free to express herself. Even though it was only the first lesson, Barbee already gave her so many pointers and bits of helpful criticism. She is pleasant and professional, and my daughter is looking forward to more sessions.
Kevin M. Feb 2, 2015
Broadway Singing · Online
Verified Student
So far with Barbee has been a fantastic experience, she is a really talented and patient teacher and performer, she is humorous which is good, you don't want a teacher that is serious all the time, although she can get serious when needed.
A really good person to work with, in general great! I truly love her teaching and her dedication to students.
Maribe G. Nov 5, 2013
Verified Student

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

A very nice and funny lady that helped me with different vocal excersices and techniques....
Margarita R. Oct 31, 2013
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.
Molly J. Jun 14, 2013
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.
Lois E. Jun 12, 2013
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.
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.