I love the work I do guiding others to liberate their voices and expand.
Elizabeth M. DeVaughn
Trauma Psychotherapist & Coach
"When I started working with Leslie, I had a near-constant cough and a raspy voice (especially when I spoke my truth). After just a few sessions, my cough is completely gone, my voice is so much more clear and powerful, and I didn't expect the massive boost in confidence! Forever grateful to Leslie!"
"Leslie Garbis is so much more than a vocal coach. I started working with Leslie in 2019 after I had vocal surgery and was in the process of trying to relearn how to use my voice. After feeling incredibly discouraged going to every vocal coach in town, I was introduced to Leslie. In our first session, I was in tears because for the first time, someone understood my voice and what I was struggling with. In no time, I was reaching new heights and my voice is now the strongest and most flexible it has ever been. Leslie’s approach is holistic and all encompassing. She looks at who you are as a person, where you are in your life, what is going on with your body and your emotions, and your vocal technique and is able to address each thing with knowledge and ease. She makes singing easy and joyful. I could not recommend her more and I would be lost without her!"
Artist | Songwriter
"Working with Leslie has been very transformative. I found her by destiny, and even though I'm not a singer nor intend to sing, something very deeply called me to work on my voice. During our sessions Leslie held a safe space for me to start opening my voice. I discovered new sounds coming from a very deep place in my heart and a soft but eager voice started to blossom within me. Leslie helped me work on my confidence of expression, of using my voice to express my truth. I've started experiencing synchronicities all around me, as if I had unlocked something magical from within.
"I've been on my healing journey for a while, but it wasn't until I did direct work with Leslie--during a women's retreat and in her amazing sacred circles--that I began to feel myself connect, soften, and really open to my own radical truth. Because of our work together, I have shed agendas that no longer serve me, let go of my doingness, and am stepping into my feminine beingness. Leslie Garbis is a true healer, a woman who holds space for other women, and a master community builder. Work with Leslie, and you will change your life."
Owner / Operator
“I am so thrilled to add the “singing is healing oracle deck” to my weekly lessons. They serve as a touchstone that both the singer and I can focus on each week. Singing is healing cards are thought-provoking and allow the singer to dig deep at the top of each lesson. Every teacher and singer should own a deck! “
Lead Singer of
"Leslie has truly been the most powerful influence in my musical growth and career. Her unique approach was exactly what I needed, and fit me and my lifestyle perfectly. Music is so connected to the soul, to our hearts, that it's more than just hitting the right notes and proper technique of singing. Not only is she the single most talented and technical coach I've ever had, the holistic and spiritual aspects of her teaching have helped me achieve the balance, peace and power within myself that truly helped me find my voice as an artist."
Pop Artist| Songwriter | Vocal
"I love using the Singing Is Healing cards for both myself and my voice students! The cards are always spot on. Leslie has so much wisdom, and the cards are beautifully designed- they’re in my favorite blue color, which is also the color of the throat chakra. I highly recommend this deck to voice teachers and students. I love it!"
“I use the grounding and opening tincture before shows as someone who deals with a lot of anxiety and stage fright but doesn’t want to always rely on alcohol to “knock the edge off”. The tincture helped me feel relaxed and excited more than anxious and edgy and I was able to ease into shows a lot more freely.”
Singer and Guitarist
"I really enjoy the tincture. I don’t have a problem taking the drops directly, although it was suggested that I mix it in an ounce of water. I notice the soothing effects after a few minutes, and I like to use it in combination with meditation. Tinctures and herbs are a great reminder to us to ground ourselves in the natural world when performing. There is no magic pill that gives you 100% confidence and makes you perform perfectly every time. But there are things that can help you in moments of extreme anxiety. I’ve tried many things to help with performance anxiety, including beta blockers, and those just made me really tired, and they didn’t reduce my anxiety or make me feel any better about my performance. I prefer the tincture because not only does it have a soothing effect that helps ground me during my performance, but also because it was lovingly crafted by someone who urges me to connect to my feminine power when bringing my music to a world that can be particularly hard on female and non-binary musicians."
"Leslie has been so amazing to work with! She’s a true expert at her craft. She quickly diagnoses trouble spots and has been able to knowledgeably speak to any issues I bring to her. From teaching me how to sing more efficiently and healthily, to showing me how to go about writing a solid setlist, to helping me establish daily life habits that keep my voice (and the rest of me!) in a good place, Leslie has truly been incredible!"
Singer | Songwriter
"Leslie is one of the best voice teachers I’ve ever had! She’s a great communicator and really makes singing simple and easy to understand. After only a few lessons with her, I felt that the vocal issues I once had were gone. She gave me the right tools I needed to improve and be able to feel confident on my own! I would recommend her to anyone from beginners to advanced singers :)"
"Having never been formally trained in singing, I began taking classical voice lessons with Leslie Garbis. Honestly, I began my lessons with her at the start of my freshman year in college slightly intimidated by the idea of being trained by a classical instructor and needing to sing that specific style of music for a professional like her. Although she most DEFINITELY put me to work (especially in the first few months), I quickly discovered that Leslie’s understanding of both music AND people would lead her to be one of the greatest support systems I’ve experienced within my music career. The best thing about taking lessons with Leslie is that she takes her students and their experiences to heart. As a well versed musician in both commercial and classical music, understands her students and their different musical paths. She is a professor who truly cares about the people she teaches and their musical progress. Whether it is involving vocal health, overall health that affects her students performance, or a student’s particular vocal quirks/ issues, Leslie was always up to date on what was happening, and made sure to continue to tune in to the issue until it was resolved. For instance, I had been singing 3 hour sets biweekly for the past few years (and before beginning lessons), and although I felt confident in my voice, I would definitely experience the typical vocal strain. As an extremely professional and experienced musician and instructor, Leslie would catch on to the issues even before I could myself. She completely changed my method of breathing in performing, which is so extremely important. She knows her students and the specificities of their voices to the point where she would assign me breathing/ pronunciation exercises crafted specifically for me and my voice. Leslie balances her hard-ass instructor ways with her loving and caring nature in the best way possible. To have the support of such a knowledgeable and skilled singer like Leslie is truly irreplaceable, and 100% improved the course of my singing career by an immeasurable amount."
"Leslie Garbis is a friggin Vocal Seer. I came to her with a vague feeling that something was wrong with my singing technique, and she had me aware of the spot I was tensing up in about 2 minutes. Then she helped me fix it in 5 minutes. I've never had such a quick and easy breakthrough with anything...where were you five years ago? Thank you Leslie!!!"
"Working with Leslie is truly something magical! She finds exactly what the root of the issue is, and helps you break through it with tips, tricks, and ease. My time with her is always the best part of my day; love working with Leslie!"
Artist | Singer | Songwriter
"This [Oracle] deck is such a direct line to spirit. The wisdom and love in the messages as well as the colors and symbolism of the art ground me deep into my heart space, bringing me practical tools in small bites that I can easily call up as I sing while at the same time calling me into a gentle and loving appreciating of my own voice"
Singer / Songwriter
"Leslie has an incredible ability to ground my voice and my body so that I may sing freely and more effortlessly. During our first lesson together, she helped me hit a high note perfectly on pitch that I had always previously struggled with. She cares deeply for her students and I have so enjoyed every moment together!"
Singer / Songwriter
"Leslie has worked with me several times over the years. I started with her when I had to tour and had laryngitis- she gave me the solution in ONE LESSON! I knew she was the teacher for me (and many singers I've met) and I have worked with her on performance, blending, harmonies and technique. She brings so much to the table and approaches her students holistically and individually with knowledge, wisdom and experience."
“ Working with Leslie has been nothing short of a holistic experience. I came in to my first appointment thinking I would solely be getting vocal lessons and left with a wealth of knowledge on the full body experience that singing is. Every lesson is unique and tailored to my needs. Sometimes we focus heavily on a new song; every time I learn how to refine my vocal technique; and for the times in between, I have been taught the importance of stress management, mind-body-spirit connection and how to take care of myself to be the most pure vessel I can be for the music to come out.”
"Right around the time I ordered these cards I did a couple of auditions for local musicals. In one of them I forgot the words to the song but adjusted quickly and finished strong. I felt awful about it after and again losing hope that I would ever shed the performance anxiety and be able to actually enjoy performing. I ended up getting a call back for a lead role which was shocking given how the audition went and having no musical theater experience. I didn't get that role but the whole thing was great experience.
When I received the cards, it really helped me shift my perspective and things started becoming fun again. I also did a hypnosis session. The cards helped me articulate to the lady what my fears were and the new mindsets I wanted to solidify. Things really shifted after that. I had two more auditions following the hypnosis session and they were the calmest I've ever been for something like that resulting in getting cast as a lead at a local community theater."
Music Business Consultant/Artist/Vocalist
"Leslie has an intuitive gift that I've never experienced before in any other vocal coach I've encountered. She has a tremendous gift of making her students feel safe, seen and understood. She also has a profound ability to intuit not only what the student needs to connect deeply to the song, but also what the song needs to connect to the audience through the vocalist. Working with Leslie has always been a joy and I've always walked away learning so much about myself; not just as a vocalist, but also as a woman. I've also had the pleasure of co-facilitating artist retreats with Leslie and to say she has a gift for programming is an understatement...it is just another area where I've been able to witness her intuitive abilities come to life. She just has a keen ability to read a situation and just know what is necessary to provide artists in any capacity: be it supporting them in learning how to connect more deeply to their instrument or providing them with a container for creative and self exploration. I'm grateful to not only know Leslie as an educator, co-faciltator, but also friend."
Producer / Songwriter / Vocalist
"I am a producer/songwriter and a vocalist by default. For the past year, I have been taking private vocal lessons with Leslie. It has been an amazing experience. I came to Leslie with a huge list of issues as a vocalist. Missing basic vocal techniques such as breathing to incorrect pronunciation etc... Leslie has been diligent in addressing all my issues with patience, a steady hand and deep knowledge of her craft.
As a recording vocalist I went through too many frustrating sessions. In less then a year, Leslie has been the main influence in changing my approach, preparation and the process of recording vocals. I can't thank her enough for helping me find love in being a vocalist"
"I have been taking voice lessons from Leslie Garbis for the last few months. Leslie looks at the singer as a whole, making suggestions and offering tools to fit that particular artists goals. She is easy to talk to and explains things clearly. I have seen a lot of improvement in my stamina and confidence since working with Leslie. I am grateful to have someone who takes my singing as seriously as I do!"
"Working with Leslie was a revelation. It was my first vocal training ever so I was completely new to the methods of proper vocal exercises / regiments. She was so fun and energetic and never let me feel intimidated or overwhelmed. I took her advice and training into my next vocal session and I did things with my voice I’ve never done in my life and always wanted to do. This training is worth every penny and I would recommend it to anyone who sings or uses their voice on a regular basis for their career. Thanks Leslie!!!"
"I have loved attending Leslies retreats, Leslie was born for this! Her magical presence and kind heart offer an incredibly safe and warm container to come just be, restore and reconnect with ourselves and others. Can't wait to go to Leslie's next event!"