Alice (Al) Dorsett Barkley

Alice (Al) D.

Nashville, NC

About Alice (Al) D.

Alice (Al) teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: October 2005
Last sign in: More than two months


My name is Alice, but I prefer to be called Al. I grew up working with music in the church, whether it was singing in the choir, playing hymn arrangements on piano, or guitar in the praise band. I have competed in vocal ensembles and have also written arrangements for them to perform. Under my direction, many singers have been brought out of the shower or up from the church pew to perform solos and sing harmony in small groups of singers. Although church was a main musical influence, I am also well-versed in classical, opera, rock, and many other genres. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in music from The College at Southeastern in Wake Forest in 2010, with my concentration in piano. In my time at Southeastern, I studied pieces from all eras of music history, from Baroque to Modern. I have also studied voice at the college level, and played bass guitar in a local rock band.

*** Lesson Details ***
Students can expect to experience an encouraging and supportive atmosphere as they work toward their goals in piano, voice, or music theory. They can expect to be challenged, but also to be provided with the tools needed to build or progress their skills. Each student has his/her own goals, and I like to take individual approaches with each of my students. Music is a universal language, but everyone understands it in his/her own way. During your first lesson, we will discuss your goals and choose a curriculum which will help you accomplish those. Additional pieces may be given as lessons progress to challenge the student or to showcase the skills he/she has acquired. Through study and practice, students will develop skills and knowledge in piano, voice, or music theory.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home Location- full size upright piano

*** Travel Equipment ***
For piano and voice, I may provide some music, but students will be expected to build his/her own repertoire as well. A piano would be required for both piano or voice, and an accompanist may be required for voice. A voice instructor is not an accompanist. For music theory, the student will be expected to own his/her own textbook, and a piano or keyboard will be needed.

*** Specialties ***
I have studied vocal diction for English, Italian, and Spanish.

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9 Reviews on Alice (Al) D.

LisaO2 Jul 31, 2012
Al is fantastic with Zoe. Zoe has learned so much in just 3 lessons already.
StephanieJ Jan 4, 2012
Ms. Al ,You have been very benefical to my daughter. Thanks for being flexible. We look forward to working with you. thanks for all that you do. Stephanie & Kaylee
CarringtonW Sep 30, 2011

Couldn't ask for a better instructor!
MayraC Sep 30, 2011
Thank you for your patience. He is so excited to come back every week
LaToyaC Sep 22, 2011
Very Knowledgeable Instructor

My daughter has been taking voice lessons with Alice for almost a month and I can already see a difference. I like the way that Alice works with my daughter at her pace. She also teaches her the technical terms. An excellent instructor!
YuliyaA Aug 7, 2011
Alice is a great instructor who seems to know how to find the right approach no matter of the student's age or level. My daughter loves learning with her!
ErinW Jun 29, 2011

I was really nervous about taking lessons. I get very uncomfortable singing in front of people. Al is extremely easy to work with. She's able to push me without being intimidating. She offers challenges that are within my ability, so I embrace them and am able to increase my ability without feeling frustrated or defeated. She has given me exercises that pin point my weaknesses so I have tools to improve.
JoyceK Jun 6, 2011
great treacher
RuthieG Mar 12, 2011
Wonderful Teacher!

Al is wonderful working with our 7 year old daughter. She is very knowledgable, patient and great at giving criticism. Our daughter looks forward to going every visit!
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