Voice and guitar lessons

Knowledge is power. Learn all you can. Here are some coaches and teachers that can help you improve your songwriting and performing. It certainly isn’t a complete list of all the good ones – just a few that Barbara knows personally and trusts completely.

Voice       Guitar      


Rene Grant-Williams – 615- 259-4900 – one of the coaches the labels send their artists to. Barbara has  studied with her and vouches for the fact that she is amazing. She is very expensive and in demand, but also has other teachers trained in her method who are less expensive and easier to get appointments with.

Janet Kenyon – this former faculty member of Belmont University went out on her own in 2003 and has worked with a steady stream of clients including Rodney Atkins, Melinda Doolittle, Josh Turner and Jana Kramer.

Kim Wood Sandusky – 615-327-2523 – used often by the major labels to coach their artists.

Phoebe Binkley – 615-832-4199 -she’s been teaching for many years and could charge a lot more, but cares too much to price herself out of the range of aspiring singers. She understands the music business and can give career advice along with the vocal lessons. Barbara studied with her personally and grew a lot under her gentle guidance.

Susan Anders – 615-353-7869 – a masters degree teacher who has worked with many signed artists including Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott. If you can’t make it to Nashville you can take lessons from her through Skype.



Denny Sarokin   – The people I know who have taken from him love his gentle, supportive instruction. If you can’t take from him personally you can learn a lot from his “Licktionary” DVD.

Ellen Britton – email ellen@ellenbritton.com – She has backed major artists on the road and is a great performer in her own right. She has a

Gary Talley  – A former member of The Boxtops, Gary has developed special methods for working with songwriters and has a DVD and workbook you can purchase. He is also available for lessons online.