Barbara Leoni

Barbara L.

Rosamond, CA
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Originally from Wisconsin, I was a music student at UW LaCrosse before coming to LA to attend Musician's Institute in Hollywood,(GIT) where I graduated with honors and was awarded a USA Custom Ibanez guitar. I remained in LA working in numerous bands spanning a wide variety of musical styles including blues, rock, country, surf, and even Persian music! With "The California Girls", an all female surf band, I opened for "The Beach Boys" , "The Safaris", "Jan and Dean", "Steppin Wolf"; toured the US playing theaters, fairs, casinos; and played overseas for the troops in Bosnia, Kosovo, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Iraq, Afghanistan, Norway, Germany, the Pacific Islands, and Diego Garcia. Most recently I was a member of the Greg London band, an impressionist with whom I performed in Leicester Square in the West End of London, at Harrah's Reno and the Las Vegas Hilton for extended runs. I fill in with "ThundHerStruck", an all female AC/DC tribute band and recently did a tour to Afghanistan with them. I also have a band called "Sierra Highway" that performs in the Antelope Valley.
I have studied vocal technique extensively with Robert Edwards, renown vocal coach to the stars (Christina Aguilera, Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow ) and learned to teach his method which is similar to the famous "Seth Riggs" method. I have played piano since early childhood.
I look forward to helping you achieve your musical goals and tailoring your lessons specifically to your needs!

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to combine specific basics about music and technique with material you would really enjoy learning and performing. Each song or piece has several lessons that can be learned from it. If you enjoy the material, you are more likely to practice every day and progress! You will have opportunities to perform at a recital solo or as a part of a group.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Private commercial studio w/ piano, amps, mic, and seating for parents

*** Specialties ***
Guitar is my main thing, personally I like blues/rock.

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  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Teaching since 1987

Reviews (13)

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Micha B. Sep 23, 2019
Guitar · In studio

Barbara is a great teacher, highly recommended!

Dustin N. Feb 27, 2019
Guitar · In studio

Barbara is. Great! Very calm, and takes her time, very patient with my 7 year old.

Jose Feb 22, 2019
Singing · In studio

Barbara is an awesome teacher. She's helped me reach my goals and is consistently able to answer my questions. She makes everything easy to understand and is very patient. I'd highly recommend her to anyone thinking of taking lessons. She's the best!

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Ashlee N. Feb 2, 2018
Piano · In studio

Morning took my daughter for the first time to piano lessons, my daughter was nervous but Barbara made her feel welcome. Barbara is very nice patient and knowledgeable we would definitely recommend Barbara to everyone, thank you keep up the awesome work.

Tim B. Oct 31, 2016
Classical Guitar · In studio

Barbara was great. I had never played the guitar before, so she was patient with me and her teaching method was such that allowed me to pick up what she wanted me to learn. I have been practicing every day and am looking forward to my next session with her.

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Dave Oct 1, 2016
Singing · In studio

Barbara is flexible in adjusting the structure of my lessons to move towards my musical goals.

Madison K. Jul 9, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Wow! Barbara is a very professional instructor with great communication skills. I believe that she is one of the best teachers I've met.

Lissandra S. Apr 3, 2016
Singing · In studio

Very nice teacher! For are first time I like the way she was explaining to my daughter She feel comfortable that she is looking forward to go back thank youb she feel comfortable that she is looking forward to go back thank you Barbara! 👍😊

aleena Aug 9, 2015
Bass Guitar · In studio

Really great teacher, having fun learning.

Gina L. Jul 15, 2015
Piano · In studio

Barbara was an amazing teacher. She was very patient with my 4 year old and very nice to work with. Highly recommend if you are looking for someone who is relaxed in their teaching methods.

Joyce M. Jul 22, 2014
Singing · In studio

Loved my Granddaughters first lesson with Barbara. She is very patient and easy to understand. I would recommend her to anyone.

Shadrick M. May 4, 2013
Piano ·

Flexible and Accommodating Schedules

I am not the person taking the lessons. It is for my granddaughters, who are 5, 8, and 12. They practice daily and look forward to getting to the classes each week. Teaching takes a lot of patience.

TerryG Jun 13, 2012
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Feedback

I am enjoying my guitar lessons with Barbara, and I feel I am making progress. Hopefully, I can continue to improve.


Lesson Details

Songwriting

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

I like to teach how a song can rewritten many times, until it reaches it's full potential. Yes, you may have had pure inspiration, but there are proven techniques to "craft" your song to really improve on it.

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Experience

Musician and teacher
Jan 1991 - Present

Self employed

Professional musician and teacher for over 25 years.


Education

Graduated with honors
Sep 1989 - Sep 1990

Musician's Institute, Hollywood


Awards

Ibanez USA Custom Guitar
Sep 1990

Musician's Institute


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