Barbara Moss

Barbara M.

Virginia Beach, VA

About Barbara M.

Barbara teaches: Ages 7 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: June 1970
Last sign in: Today


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, amp @ 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

Music composition lesson.


Private Music Instructor

Jun 2009 - Present
Quality Music and Dance

Private piano, guitar and voice lessons Instructor.

Piano and vocal performance.

Jan 2010 - Oct 2012
Westminster Canterbury Assisted Living

Performed a variety of musical pieces for residents, including singalongs and requests taken from all attendees.


M.S. Instructional Technology

Sep 1988 - Jun 2000
New York Institute of Technology

B.A. Music

Sep 1972 - Jun 1976
S.U.N.Y Cortland

Languages Spoken


Limited Proficiency
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19 Reviews on Barbara M.

Jayden B. Mar 28, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
She keeps my son on task and learning quickly.
Lauren R. Jan 23, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Barbara is fantastic. She is makes learning music fun with grounded basics and fundamental teaching. The environment is welcoming and well suited for music learning. Barbara has helped Lauren move her music knowledge forward in one session that was very meaningful. Lauren was able to practice her guitar later that evening stress free with joy and confidence. Lauren has been dreaming of taking guitar lessons for a while and this first experience has been s dream come true. Thank you takelessons for helping me to connect Lauren and Barbara.
Burden L. Jul 19, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I had a musical background growing up. I played the piano and the cello for years and sang in several choirs. I also took piano lessons for a number of years as a young adult - but, when I came to Barbara, I hadn't touched a musical instrument for at least 3 decades. For me, what makes Barbara extraordinary as a teacher is that, even with all the musical background I have, she brings out music in me that I never knew was there - and we laugh a lot too - you can't do better than that!
Anderson W. May 12, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Barbara is a fabulous teacher. She keeps my son on track while still making it fun.
Michal N. Mar 31, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I would like to write a follow up review about Ms. Barbara.

I have been taking singing lessons for about 5 months with Ms. Barbara.
When I came to Ms. Barbara I had a few hurdles I needed help and assistance in. The end goal was to be able to have my performance on stage. Ms. Barbara composed the right vocal exercises for me to practice so my voice becomes stronger and more stable, that the breath taking is correct and will allow me to hold the notes i need better and even sing high notes.

I went on stage feeling happy, excited and confident. My performance was a success!
Thank You Ms. Barbara!!
Michal N. Nov 12, 2014
Music Performance · In home
Verified Student
Barbara is very musical, very talented and very attuned to my needs. She is not only a singing teacher or a pianist, she is all and more. Most importantly, she is a mentor.
I highly recommend Barbara.
Steve A. Oct 31, 2013
Fabulous personality and patience

I have been with Barbara learning for about a year ...loving every minute of it :)
Nancy B. Oct 31, 2013
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!
Barry S. Oct 31, 2013

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!!
SantinaR Jun 28, 2012
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.