Why I teach
Jillian Bonner, mezzo-soprano, Private student Fall 2016
“What makes [Kimberly Barber] truly special, is her unique ability to communicate just what [this] excellence looks like, and how to practically apply it to your own musical journey.”
"Kimberly Barber inspires me to challenge myself technically and artistically [and] has a gift of igniting creativity and belief in young voices of all varieties. Her impressive performance career and charismatic, nurturing disposition is the perfect balance for modern vocal pedagogy."
Samantha Pickett, soprano, Barber Studio grad Op Dip WLU 2013
“With only ten minutes together [Kimberly] makes every minute count…working as a yoga teacher in the future the information and tools I have learned from Kimberly both from her lecture in the
What I teach
My students learn to sing holistically, engaging body, mind and spirit. Effective practice techniques, accurate anatomy and understanding of function for singing, good postural alignment, and the principles of strong vocal technique: ...
open throat, free, expansive breath, supple abdominal support and clean articulation are all addressed while they discover their unique resonant vocal sound. I also give workshops on Power Performance, Auditions, Grant Writing & Publicity Materials and more
How I teach
I see students throughout the week in different settings: one-on-one for short durations on different days (technique and repertoire); weekly master class (in-depth repertoire exploration-- technical and interpretive); once weekly one-hour group technique (where larger technical concepts are taught, experimented with and discussed). Students also work together in partners, report to me online in a weekly practice log reflecting on their practice/progress and receive my written feedback.
Who I teach
My students come from across Canada and the US and range in age from 17 to over 30 and represent every voice type.
I have a small studio of post-graduate private students embarking on professional careers. Graduates of my studio pursue careers in performance, education, music therapy and arts administration, among many other career paths.
Where I teach
A tenured faculty member at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, I teach around the world in young artist programs and at other educational institutions. I adjudicate frequently at music festivals and competitions, passing on knowledge wherever I go.
Why do I teach at Laurier?
The environment at Wilfrid Laurier University is collegial, supportive and innovative.
We have an extraordinary confluence of active professional musicians in every discipline—performance, academic scholarship, education, music therapy—that attracts an eager group of students, hungry to chart their own courses and make their mark.
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