- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Includes singing technique, movement and gestures, repertoire selection, musicality and interpretation, diction, pitch memory, sight-singing, etc., with a focus on opera and classical vocal repertoire, according to the student's experience and needs.
- Teaches students:
- Ages 8 to 80 and special needs
- Teaching since:
- January 2007
Hi! My name is Barbee and I’ve been teaching and singing professionally for over ten years. I love helping my students reach their musical goals, while having fun making music at the same time!
I accept students of all levels and ages 8 and up. Some of my students are working musicians, actors, and voice actors; many are teenagers who aspire to study music and/or theatre in college and become professional performers. And of course many are enthusiastic avocational singers and pianists who simply love music and want to work on their technique in a fun environment.
Some recent student accomplishments include:
*Leading roles in musicals and operas
*International concert tours
*Acceptance to multiple NYC performing arts high schools
*Multiple scholarship offers from universities to study music
*Acceptance to pre-professional training programs such as Paper Mill Playhouse and AMDA Summer Conservatories
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. I am experienced in teaching many genres and styles including Broadway/musical theater, classical/opera, pop, rock, R&B, country, and folk. I encourage my students to explore new styles and apply good technique to any style they may choose to sing or play.
I love helping my students prepare for auditions. As an active performer myself I have auditioned many, MANY times for different organizations, and I have also been on "the other side of the table" and I know what qualities audition panels are looking for. 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.
If you have any questions for me, please don’t hesitate to send me a message by clicking “Ask Barbee a Question” at the top of the page.
In-studio equipment: Yamaha P-115 digital piano with 3-pedal unit and bench, music stands, large library of scores and anthologies for repertoire exploration
Please note that you MUST have an acoustic or digital piano with weighted keys for in-home piano lessons. You MUST have a piano or keyboard for in-home voice lessons. If you are looking to purchase an instrument I am happy to provide recommendations.
Please note that students are expected to purchase all music, curriculum, and other materials as appropriate.
Soprano Choir in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, July 2018
Dew Fairy in Hansel and Gretel, September 2018
Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus (excerpts), December 2016
Galatea in Acis and Galatea, September 2016
Pamina in The Magic Flute, May 2015-March 2016
Soprano Chorus in Nabucco, January 2015
Pergolesi Stabat Mater, March 2018
Britten A Ceremony of Carols, December 2017
Mozart Exsultate, jubilate, March 2017
Saint-Saens Christmas Oratorio, December 2016
Fauré Requiem, March 2016
Bach Cantata 89, March 2015
Vivaldi Gloria, December 2014
Konstanze in The Abduction from the Seraglio, January 2018
Anne Page in Sir John in Love, January 2017
Donna Anna (cover) in Don Giovanni, July 2017
Ines in Il trovatore, June 2016
Frasquita in Carmen, June 2015
"Love Songs from Opera to Broadway," March and April 2016
Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro (excerpts), October 2013/March 2014
Prima conversa in Suor Angelica, September 2013
Certified substitute teacher for New Jersey public schools.
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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.
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Barbee is very pleasant and good teacher. She is very flexible with scheduling.
Great first lesson with both my son and daughter. Looking forward to future weeks.
Barbee is fantastic! My daughter had a great time and learned a lot!
I have no words to described what amazing time my Dauther is having with her teacher Barbee has being not just a teacher she is a model for her to follow she takes everything so personal trying to teach my Dauther and so patien is incredible how she finds a way for my Dauther to listen and pay attention, to be really honest with respect to other teachers at take lesson I wouldn't take the time to search any other place Barbee is just amazing, Thank you, Thank you so much+ Read More
Olivia liked her lesson very much.
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!+ Read More
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.+ Read More
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.
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.
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)!
A super nice and professional
A very nice and funny lady that helped me with different vocal excersices and techniques....
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.