Q: Do I have to take a lesson every week?
        A: That’s what most students do to make quick progress.
We are working with muscles around the vocal cords.  They 
need to be stretched regularly to strengthen and move them 
into a new position.

        Q:  What if my schedule or budget doesn’t allow for one lesson a week?
        A: You can take a lesson every other week.  Or you can take four lessons in four weeks, buy the book Singing - Body and Soul, and take home a CD of a few exercises and a song.  You can work on your own, then when you are ready, come back for another four lessons in four weeks.

        Q:What if I just want to work on the performance of songs?
        A: Then you do not need to come to lessons regularly.  We can just work on each song as you need it - for an audition, a performance, a recording session, etc.

        Q: Does your book, Singing - Body and Soul cover the same material as in the lessons?
        A  Yes and no.  There are more in-depth explanations in the book, more of the philosophy behind my teaching, and a balance of all the subjects involved.

        Q: If I take lessons, do I need the book?
        A: Students are not required to buy the book.  
But reading Singing - Body and Soul 
while studying voice can put you about
six months ahead in the lessons.




        Q: Why study singing with Barbara?

        A: Besides vocal training, you will work on songs that are appropriate to your development and useful in audition and performing.  You’ll learn new approaches to these songs, discuss the meaning

behind the music and lyrics, and explore your own inner voice as it grows inside your singing voice.

        Q: What styles of music do you teach?

        A: My teaching is based on Musical Theater where emphasis is placed on the character and plot

development in the song.  But my students have taken this technique and succeeded in Rock, Blues,

Indie Pop,and Classical.

        Q: What is the difference between a Voice Teacher and Voice Coach?

        A: A Voice Teacher used the exercises to build and strengthen the voice.  A Voice Coach works on the performance of songs.  Barbara is both Teacher and Coach, and the lessons involve both kinds of training.


        Q: Do you hold auditions to see which students you will accept into your studio?

        A: No. Anyone who is interested in learning is welcome.

        Q: What if a student is tone deaf?

        A: There’s no such thing as tone deaf.  If a student is having trouble matching pitches, it just takes a little longer to teach the student how to feel the pitch in his/her throat.

        Q: Do you teach children?

        A: Yes, age seven and older.  They just need to be able to read English fluently.

        Q: Why don’t some other voice teachers teach children?

        A: Some people don’t want to train a voice until the “chest voice” has appeared, which happens around 11-14 years old. But there are many things about singing a student can learn before that age that don’t involve the “chest voice.”


        Q: Does the student have to practice everyday?

        A: Not at the beginning. It’s best if the student does not attempt the vocal exercises until given a recording of the exercises.  It is too easy to practice the wrong thing.

        Q: Can the student get a recording of the lesson on CD?

        A: Yes, we can record the lessons on my equipment and you can take home a CD.  Or you can bring your own recording device.

        Q: Do you give other kinds of homework?

        A: Yes.  Homework can be to memorize a song, or to write out

a personal story that relates to a song we are doing, or find a song

you want to sing.  Parents of young singing students will not always

witness the work being done at home. 


luke retray
     Who would you think about running away with
      in a song of longing like Gershwin’s
     “Someone to Watch Over Me?”

      Your music teacher on whom you have a secret crush?
      Or a Pirate of the Caribbean?

       Q: How will I benefit from studying voice?

       A: Your vocal cords, and the muscles involved in singing, will be trained and strengthened in a healthy way, to be more responsive to your artistic choices.  You will also become more familiar with using your resonating chambers in the mouth, throat, sinuses, and chest.