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Barbara M.

Virginia Beach, Virginia
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Barbara M.

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Flexible and Custom Piano Lessons for Children from a Trusted Teacher

Experienced in Music Performance and accompaniment; student paced lessons with attention to personal tastes after foundations.
About Barbara M.

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 20 years. I began studying piano at the age of 7 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 an 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. I DO ask that a parent sit in on the lesson for my under age 10 students, at the beginning for sure, then at the child/parent's discretion. 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, Ukulele *** 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

Teaches all skill levels

Teaching since 1970

M.S. Instructional Technology

Age: 7+

Speaks French

Has background check

Instructor details
Subject: Piano
Music Performance
Music Theory
Teaches 6 subjects. Different subjects may have different prices.
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Barbara is patient and supportive. She doesn't overwhelm. She is helping me to realize my dream of really being able to accompany myself on guitar.

Posted May 24, 2022

She is amazing!!! I love how she explains what I want to learn about singing basics and techniques. She helped me find my own voice instead of me imitating the singers I like. I enjoy working with her and I have loved all of my lessons.

Posted Sep 12, 2021

Barbara is an excellent teacher. She is very encouraging and positive. She makes the process fun by focusing on learning songs and allowing the student to pick the songs the student wants to learn. We focus on the basics--playing the right chords, singing on key and choosing a strumming pattern that fits the song. In the several months we have been working together I have found that I have improved dramatically in all three areas. Previously, on my own I had a great deal of trouble making progress. In addition to learning to play the guitar she has helped me tremendously with singing, which I never thought I could do at all. I have really enjoyed the experience.

Posted Dec 30, 2020
Private Music Instructor
Jul 2015 - Present
Music & Arts
Private Instructor of piano, guitar, voice, music theory, music composition and music performance.
Private Music Instructor
Jun 2009 - Jun 2015
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
Limited Proficiency

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