Santa Barbara Voice Academy - Express Yourself Vocal Training

Karen Lytle is a Santa Barbara based voice coach & singing teacher trained in several well known vocal techniques allowing her to work with all levels of singers.



Karen S. Lytle, M.A., holds a Master's degree in Psychology and is a Certified Vocal Coach of "The Six Point Vocal WAV Method," trained by the creator L. Divy Nelson.   Combining this technique with other effective practices from Seth Riggs to Speech Level Singing, Karen can give powerful lessons for professional and beginners alike.  Educated in music at the University of Texas at Austin, Karen brings over 40 years of experience to her craft.

Through the use of positive reinforcement as well as a variety of classical and current vocal techniques, Karen individualizes each students training to ensure speaking and singing to their greatest potential.

Knowing that the voice is a metaphor for many things in our lives, Karen helps people understand and work with the blocks and fears to expressing themselves vocally. Singing is a perfect entryway into fearless self-expression. Click here to read an article titled "Shut Up and Sing Vocal Training Silences Your Inner Critic" from the Santa Barbara Independent


Karen has studied with renowned teachers in the industry.

Rosemary Butler, back up singer for Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Neil Young, Warren Zevon, Boz Scaggs & Roseann Cash. Rosemary opened for the Rolling Stones in the late 60's and later was featured on Bonnie Raitt's Sweet Forgiveness Album.

Valerie Morehouse is the coach to singers on the top TV Series Nashville and has has clients with platinum gold albums.Her client list includes Avril Lavigne, Britney Spears and Christina Perri, TBone Burnett and Jeff Bridges. Valerie founded Vocal Health for Life.

Divy Nelson is the founder of the 6-Point Vocal Wav Method and sings for TV, Movies & Radio spots. Divy also has toured as a coach with FireFall and did work with Jackson Browne, Marc, Cohn, Wasis Diop and others.

Lois Mahalia, a touring singer with Kenny Loggins, Joe Sample, Norman Gimble, and Joe Walsh. Lois has been Singing since age 5 and touring as a lead singer across the US and Italy.