When you are June's student you can expect:
Exercises to improve vocal quality
Detailed analysis and help with problem areas
What are the lessons like?
When a student enters June Barber’s Voice Studio, which is in June’s home in Scotts Valley, CA, the student is welcomed with a bright smile and ushered to her grand piano in the living room. The student will be interviewed with a few questions like: have you taken lessons before; can you read music; can you play any musical instruments; have you ever sung in a choir; do you know any languages other than English; who referred you to June; where were you raised; did you have music in your High School; have you sung in any musicals, etc.?
Next June has the student sing a song they know: Star Spangled Banner; Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star; Silent Night, etc.
Once June sees what level the student is at she starts having the students sing some easy vocal exercises and picks out 2-4 songs that the student can learn in the weeks to come. June uses Broadway and Classical music to teach her vocal technique. (See My Technique)
June tries to encourage the student and is very patient with the student on their journey to their singing goals. June is very gentle with her students and carefully prods the student to new levels of success in singing.
Expectations: the student shouldn’t expect to sing like an "professional singer" after 1 year. Good singing takes time and the student needs to be patient. It’s best if you never “sound like” an opera singer. June works for a natural sound.
June thinks that singing can be very advantageous to the student’s health and wellbeing. The student learns how to breathe; sings his heart out; the music is therapeutic; the student uses both the left and the right brain in singing, etc.
June has studied with 6 voice teachers in her life and uses a compilation of their teaching plus what she has learned herself in her own teaching (see Resumé and Bio). She likes to teach the basics of singing. (See My Technique) If a student does well on one vowel she uses that vowel to teach the other vowels; if a consonant gives the student problems, she removes the consonant so the song becomes easier and then later adds it back in; she uses what does work well with the student to help change other problems.
The student will eventually become more confident in their singing technique and will be able to audition for Broadway shows; sing recitals; sing in choirs, etc.
Because June is an encourager the student will feel good about themselves and thrive not just as a singer but also as a person.
Many of June’s students have returned to her after years of not studying and because of the basic technique she teaches the student comes back improved instead of having to start over.
June has some students who study with her for years. She thinks the students keep improving because of her approach to teaching and because they are comfortable with her. Read what they think in their testimonials.