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Barbara Ryan
Barbara Ryan

Barbara Ryan

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Introduction: I trained classically for 10 years with high powered teachers that included Metropolitan Opera singers and students of the late, great Todd Duncan. None of them prepared me for singing day after day, week after week in difficult acoustic environments, and I strained my voice, necessitating a long, silent recovery time. Once I started recording, I learned a great deal about what goes on in the vocal instrument and sat down to completely restructure my approach to singing. The result is my teaching method: an ergonomic understanding of the instrument, with an emphasis on using the body's natural acoustics in conjunction with breathing techniques, relaxation and overall fitness. I'm also a mother and grandmother and have learned how best to draw out my students' strengths and interests. For students who are seeking improvement in their speaking voices rather than just singing (voice overs, theater et al) I can help you there as well. If you would like references, please let me know. My students!!! We always become friends because a successful teacher takes the time to learn so much about every one.
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Hired 47 times

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35 years in business

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Ricci A.

Singing Lessons

Barbara is GREAT! She truly knows how to teach and has amazing ways to help you quickly understand and build. I would absolutely encourage anyone looking at taking singing lessons to reach out to Barbara. Awesome Lady!
Barbara Ryan's reply
Ah Ricci - You're a doll! I am truly enjoying our lessons and watching you progress! That you understand as many of the complex concepts already shows me you will move forward smartly. Thanks so much for your kind words!
Aug 30, 2017
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Jessica M.

Singing Lessons

If you are looking for a friendly, supportive and very knowledgable voice instructor -- look no further! I have been a voice student of Barbara's for about 2 1/2 years. In that time, she has taught me how to use my voice more efficiently, more precisely and to truly enjoy the music I sing.She starts from the basics and works up from there, at your pace - really teaching you how to sing, properly using all your vocal structures to get your best, most pure sound! Barbara is very kind, welcoming, patient and really wants to get to know her students as people, not just paying clients. Her home is warm and inviting and her two sweet dogs keep us company many evenings during our lessons. I would highly recommend Barbara as a voice instructor!
Barbara Ryan's reply
A lovely review from one of my star students! You make my work easy, Jessica and hearing you sing is pure pleasure. Thank you.
Jun 21, 2016
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Diana D.

Singing Lessons

I took a month of singing lessons with Barbara. In that time, she taught me the basics of how to improve my pitch (sing more in tune), project my voice (sing loud), and improve my tone (avoid sounding breathy). She's an excellent teacher with a very casual, fun, silly teaching style. She adjusts the pace of her lessons for each student, willing to constantly push ahead or to work on diligently mastering each technique.
Apr 15, 2015
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Brandon M.

Singing Lessons (for adults)

Barbara has a creative approach to teaching voice lessons and helps you visualize how to make the best use out of your vocal instrument. She's very friendly and patient but will also continually push you to improve. Lessons take place in a welcoming environment and offer the opportunity to expand your horizons as a musician.
Barbara Ryan's reply
Many thanks, Brandon! It's been a pleasure working with you and watching your voice emerge has been so gratifying.
Jun 22, 2016
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Eric W.

Singing Lessons

Very nice lady. Takes the time to explain the physics of singing. Very easy to work with and very friendly and professional.
Barbara Ryan's reply
Thanks Eric! I miss you and hope you're rockin' on my friend.
Jan 20, 2016
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FAQs

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    I teach each student about his/her instrument from the first lesson. One of the greatest obstacles in leaning how to sing is not realizing that your voice is an instrument - the only one that can't be seen or touched - and needs to be understood through conceptualizations that suit the learning style of each student.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    Ten years of individual study (1972 - 1982) followed by a professional singing career that dates back to 1982. If you sing professionally, you must either train or be trained. My own singing career and students keep me at my teaching peak.

  • How did you get started doing this type of work?

    Singing chose me and I had to go along for the ride.

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