Barbara M.

Barbara M.

13 Reviews
Virginia Beach, VA


Levels Taught: Beginner - Advanced

Personalized lessons, finger style, rhythm, blues, scales and theory.

About Barbara M.

Background Check: Last verified 06/07/2013
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Male Ages Taught: 7 to 99
Female Ages Taught: 7 to 99


Music has been an integral part of my world, playing a major role in both my personal and professional life. I embrace the chance to be immersed in it, to share my enthusiasm for and expertise in the area of the music education experience, promoting creative development and student performance skills.

I am an original New Yorker, but have lived in Virginia Beach for the past 12 years. I began studying piano at the age of 8 and have not stopped playing since. It is a gift and a joy to be able to share my love of music performance with people of all ages and abilities. I have also sung in many choirs in addition to performing professionally on the piano and the guitar, both as a soloist and ensemble member.

I rejoice in the success that I see in my students as they learn and gain appreciation for the gift of music. They become more and more eager to share and more and more open to the possibilities ahead.

*** Lesson Details ***
I listen well to my students. They are free and encouraged to express their goals and soon, they become more and more comfortable doing so. They begin to understand that even though I am their instructor, we are working as a team and that my goals for them are directly tied to the goals they have set for themselves.

My teaching style is natural, relaxed and yet, very enthusiastic, all at the same time. I have patience in abundance and my continual student affirmation is well received. I give most attention to personalizing instruction for each of my students. My passion for musical expression is contagious and readily shared. It is a joy to teach music, to contribute to the growth and delight that I witness through a student's progress.

I have taught music to both children and adults, from beginner to advanced levels. My teaching approach remains the same, save for the goals that suit the specific student, which we discover early on, sometimes even at the first session, together, right from the start. My beginning students receive the attention necessary to encourage their desire to persevere, which includes positive feedback (which is abundant) and a teaching style that fits his/her level of learning. My student's success is my goal. This is my jubilant mission.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, guitars, mini-amp.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I own 4 guitars, 1 classical, 2 acoustic/electric, and 1 electric, which I can provide for the lesson, if necessary.
I own a Baldwin Acrasonic piano.

The students will need to buy their books.

*** Specialties ***
Methods: Clear presentation of the instrument and the most comfortable way to achieve the best playing results. Emphasis on Theory including chords and improvisation.

Styles: From Classical to Broadway to Folk to Rock to Jazz to Blues.
Genres: All

Photos and Videos

My cool rock'n student!


Private Music Instructor Jun 2009 - Present
Quality Music and Dance

Private piano, guitar and voice lessons Instructor.


M.S. Instructional Technology, B.A. Music Sep 1972 - Jun 1976
S.U.N.Y Cortland

Languages Spoken

French Limited Proficiency

Student Reviews

Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 13 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Fabulous personality and patience I have been with Barbara learning for about a year ...loving every minute of it :) October 31, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great skilled teacher -- extremely patient, kind and good natured! My daughter has been taking piano lessons with Barbara for approximately 5 years. Barbara is passionate about piano and music in general and really gives over the love of music to her students. She is also extremely flexible and is in tune with where the student wants to go musically....we highly recommend her! October 31, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent! Barbara has taught me to further my guitar skills and given me confidence to play in a group. Not only is she a great teacher but she is a great and warm person. Thanks for everything!! October 31, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Her teaching methods are excellent but most of all she is building my 7 year old's confidence. We are beyond pleased with Miss Barbara. June 28, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Recommend highly Barbara is teaching an old lady (me) to read notes and play piano for the first time in my life. And I am really learning!!!! Would recommend her to anyone. March 31, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Outstanding Piano Instructor! My daughter is currently achieving all of her musical goals because of the excellent instruction Barbara has provided. I have noticed significant improvements in all aspects of my daughter's piano skills and it has been very exciting to witness her development. We have truly benefited by having Barbara as a Piano Instructor. She has simply exceeded all of our expectations and she has a wonderful personality. "Thank you very much Barbara". October 15, 2011
Rated 4 out of 5 by Feedback Barbara Barbara has good chemistry with my daughter, Julia. Julia enjoys the instruction and seems to be learning. Barbara is good for always providing feedback/synopsis for each lesson, which is much appreciated. August 5, 2011
Rated 4 out of 5 by Ms. Barbara is a good teacher that takes the time to work with her students.....really finds what works for the student to improve.... December 19, 2010