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Read Barbara Ann Grant’s latest concert review ‘A Revelatory Feast of Opera’. Reviewed in the Nelson Mail 16 May 2016.

May 22nd, 2016

Listen to Barbara Ann Grant’s interview with Nelson radio Fresh FM. You can check out the new brand profile here

March 1st, 2014

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    Singing Lessons Nelson / Workshops

    Forget anyone or anything that ever told you you can’t sing – you can!

    Private Singing Lessons Nelson

    Image singing lessons with Barbara Ann Grant

    Learn to sing beginners singing lessons Nelson

    Lessons concentrate on discovering the unique expression of your voice. The standard lesson format is

    • physical warm-up
    • vocal warm-up
    • vocal exercise on specific aspects of technique (breath management, resonance, pitch, dynamics, emotional expression)
    • song study (exercises applied in a song)

    A one-off initial lesson is recommended. This gives new students a chance to

    • see how we work together
    • experience the Soundworkz vocal method in action
    • identify some key focus points for your ongoing vocal study
    • get some pointers on your range, vocal colour and suitable song choices

    Individual lessons cost $46 (includes GST) for a 40 minute lesson. Lessons are taught at the Soundworkz studio in Tahunanui, Nelson, New Zealand.

    Shared lessons are also available. Enjoy your lesson with a friend or colleague. Paired lessons last for 40 minutes and cost $60.00, including GST. (Costs can be split between the two participants.)

    “Having these singing lessons . . , the best money I’ve ever spent.” Rodger, 42, CEO

    Barbara Ann teaches the Trinity College London system for those interested in exams.

    Workshop Group Singing Lessons

    Workshops explore what each unique voice can do and what makes it feel good. All voices contribute so the sum is greater than the parts!

    Workshopped singing lessons  combine movement and breath work to free the body and loosen you up to just let your voice out!

    Courses normally last for 2 hours a session and include:

    • introductory exercise and warm up
    • body warm up
    • games to explore and free-up the voice
    • made up songs on themes
    • group sing – world music – African clapping songs, Inuit folksongs, Norwegian lullabies, American gospel etc.,
    • pop, rock and country favourites.

    “Barbara was so expert at working out where everyone was at and finding the thing we could contribute that made us all feel great. What a rush to sing in harmony with others and know we were all playing our part!”
    Ben, 29, IT Helpdesk, Singing Workshop Participant



    Soundworkz Blog

    Barbara Ann Grant sings ‘Summertime’ by Gershwin


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    May 22nd, 2016

    Barbara Ann Grant sings ‘Shenandoah’


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    May 22nd, 2016

    Vlog Post – Learn to Sing Tip One – Posture for Great Singing

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    October 14th, 2012

    They’re singing so out of tune . . . they could be a big star!?

    Tweet Bad singing technique – is it really such a barrier to making it big? Have you ever noticed how many singing stars habitually and regularly sing, ‘out of tune’, nasally, with shallow gaspy breathing and / or loads of throat constriction? This is something that quite frequently preys at the back of my mind […]

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    August 19th, 2012

    Top 5 Tips for How to Sing: No. 5 Trust your Gut

    Tweet   How to Sing | Own your own Journey | Know when to Move On The road to barely adequate singing is paved with good lil’ singers who always did what their teachers told ’em to do! OK – this one has always been contentious, but it’s a basic truth that the time comes […]

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    July 22nd, 2012