Barbara is a voice-specialized speech-language pathologist, singing voice teacher and past President of the Boston Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
Barbara graduated from the MGH Institute of Health Professions at Massachusetts General Hospital completing her specialty rotation in voice disorders at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, where she is has been employed as the Clinical Coordinator of the Voice & Speech Laboratory since 2013.
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In addition to her clinical work, Barbara is a singer and actor. She studied voice at the New England Conservatory, through consortium with Simmons College and completed an acting program with Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, Massachusetts. She achieved certified master teacher status in the Estill Voice Training System and has a Level 3 certification in Somatic Voicework: the LoVetri Method. She is committed to the development of an integrated voice pedagogy that honors the principles of motor skill acquisition and exercise physiology.
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Barbara has spoken on the topic of voice pedagogy and rehabilitation at Boston University, Salem State University, Shenandoah University, the Longy School of Music, and KEM Hospital in Mumbai, India. In 2013, her article "Strength Training and Rock Singing for the Young" appeared in the Journal of Singing. Her paper "Maintenance of Postural Alignment for Voice Production", written with physical therapist Arlette Frederick was published in the Journal of Voice. Her textbook chapter "The Speech-Language Pathologist's Evaluation of the Hoarse Child", written with Shirley Gherson, was published in the Plural Publishing book Pediatric Voice Disorders.
Barbara is an expert in teaching singing technique for contemporary commercial music (e.g., rock, pop, country, folk) and has developed approaches to teaching singing to pre-pubescent children. She has spoken on these topics at the NATS summer workshop. Her DVD, "The Kid and the Singing Teacher", produced in conjunction with master singing teacher, Robert Edwin, has received positive reviews by singing teachers and the Journal of Singing.
In the Spring 2011 semester, Barbara taught the undergraduate Voice Disorders course at Bridgewater State University. She currently co-teaches the graduate level Voice Disorders course with her Mass Eye and Ear colleagues for Boston University.