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Barbara has in the space of a few months improved my breath control and expanded my total range. Her relaxed style of teaching coupled with her vast experience and range of teaching techniques as well as her ability to bring you along at your own pace make her an excellent teacher well suited to the professional or amateur.
I am a parent of a one of Barbara's teen students and was always very pleased with the training she gave my daughter and her personal warmth and charm. When my daughter went on to a new teacher to become more performance oriented in her genre one of the first things we were told was that my daughter had clearly had excellent vocal training. If you want a teacher who teaches you how to make the most of your vocal instrument Barbara will not disappoint.
I studied with Barbara for over a year and she was an amazing teacher. I learned invaluable techniques and tools from her which I will continue to use for as long as I continue singing. The atmosphere of the lessons with her is fun and relaxed, yet at the same time you learn a lot. Compared to all the other voice teachers I've had over the years, she taught me the most and was the greatest help in developing my voice. Other vocal coaches, especially when studying opera, seem to have a tendency to push the voice to a point which can be harmful - Barbara would never do any such thing. I highly recommend her.
I have been taking voice lessons from Barbara for over a year now. She has helped me improve my control, help my transition points and taught me how to sing at almost any volume level without pain and in several different styles. While I am not a professional singer, I think she can help almost anyone improve the quality of their voice for long term use.
The lessons are also thoroughly enjoyable and I plan on continuing my music education with Bodhran lessons. I highly recommend Barbara as a teacher!
When I projected into the future, I decided it would be to my benefit to try to strengthen my voice. Since Barbara is an accomplished singer and a long-time friend, she was my choice. And I chose well. I have learned a great deal from her (as her slightly deranged dog rests at our feet) and her outsized personality insures that the lessons are pure pleasure.
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