Beginner, intermediate, and advanced Private and group voice lessons are taught by Barbara Joseph, Christine Traywick and Kelsey Wade. Private lessons are recommended for about ages 12 and up. To maximize the effectiveness in vocal development and ear training of young singers, Group Lessons are preferred for students ages 6-11. If you would like your younger child evaluated for private lessons, email the voice teacher. All voice lessons are held on the 3rd floor of Building C.
Check our registration site for Voice Groups and age ranges for that group. Students learn to sing on pitch, use proper breathing technique and posture, learn simple ear training, do vocal exercises to improve diction and increase range and of course, learn fun songs to perform! To register for a group lesson, click the teacher’s name and then scroll down to Voice Group request. You will be contacted about a day and time.
Barbara Joseph began teaching at the Conservatory in 2012 and brings over 20 years of experience as a music educator, private piano/voice instructor, choral music specialist and worship leader. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education with a concentration in Piano and Voice from Nyack College (New York) and a Master of Arts in Education (Voice) from The University of Alabama at Birmingham. Mrs. Joseph has previously taught piano and voice at Samford University Preparatory Department and in private studio. She has taught choral music in both public and private elementary, middle and high schools in New York, New Jersey and Alabama (Shelby & Jefferson County). She has led children’s choir and worship for several large churches and taught in numerous music camps, including Red Mountain Theatre Camp. She is a past member of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra Concert Choir and has served as pianist or substitute pianist for various groups and churches.
Mrs. Joseph has a passion to instill in her students a love and appreciation of their God-given talent and a desire to pursue excellence on their instrument, through hard work and determination. Her students will benefit by reaping the rewards of personal accomplishment and bringing joy to their listeners!
Mrs. Joseph currently teaches Beginner & Intermediate lessons in both Voice and Piano and Lil’ Piano Pals. Her lessons are held in Room 301, Building C. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Christine Traywick (Soprano) is a graduate of the University of Mobile with a Bachelor degree in Music Education with a concentration in Voice and Cello. During her time at the University of Mobile, she was in an all-female Celtic touring group called Welsh Revival, where she played cello and sang. Alongside this, she participated in many performances with the Center of Performing Arts as both a singer and a cellist. She also participated in the NATS competition at the University of Alabama and the University of South Alabama. In high school, Christine was a performing member of the Alabama All-State SSA Choir as well as Gardendale High School’s Chamber Choir. She auditioned for the Outstanding Choral Student (OCS) and placed second in her division.
Christine previously taught music at Erwin Intermediate School and Brook Hills Early Learning Center. She has previously taught private lessons in string bass and continues to teach private voice lessons. She is currently the Worship Assistant at NorthPark Baptist Church. Christine believes that technique is the basis for all styles of music, from Classical to Modern music. She has a passion for sharing her love of music with each student so all can embrace their God-given talent(s). Psalm 33:3 – Sing a new song to the Lord, play skillfully before Him, and shout for joy.
Mrs. Traywick currently teaches Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced lessons in Voice. Her lessons are held in Room 312, Building C. Her email is email@example.com
Kelsey Wade (Soprano) has an undergraduate degree in vocal performance from Samford University and over eight years of piano experience and is currently attending Samford to obtain her master’s in music education. At Samford Kelsey is a member of the A Cappella choir and performs with the choir on a regular basis. She is also a member of the Alabama Symphony Chorus and sings on scholarship at South Hyland Presbyterian Church. Previously she has performed numerous roles in Samford’s Opera workshop performances, premiered the role of Zelda 1948 in the new opera The Ghosts of Gatsby, been a chorus member in HMS Pinafore, and has competed with the A Cappella choir in an international competition where they were the grand prix winners. She will soon sing solos in Vivaldi’s Magnificat and play the second lady in Samford’s production of The Magic Flute.
Kelsey has been teaching for six years at several conservatories in Birmingham. Her lessons are focused on the needs to her students, whether that is to foster a love for music or for a specific need. She has recently helped prepare students for college auditions with classical repertoire in differing languages where these students obtained scholarships through their audition. Kelsey believes that proper technique is the basis for all musical success and wants to help her students succeed in any genre of music they choose.
Mrs. Wade currently teaches Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced lessons in Voice and Beginner Piano on Tuesdays. Her lessons are held in Room 309, Building C. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org