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30 years teaching private piano lessons,
former head of Cerritos College Children's Piano Program.
Trained with Christine Bardin, composer of Alfred's "Music for Little Mozarts".
I have had the advantage of having the best teachers and try to also give that opportunity to my students. When a new student first comes to me, I ask what is their goal and formulate a strategy to rapidly lead them to achieve that goal. Whether it is precise classical training or a general music experience that includes reading music and playing popular pieces, I give everyone a thorough education in theory, sight reading, and exercises to promote fast and even piano playing.
I teach students as young as 4 years old with the "Music for Little Mozarts" approach which I taught at Cerritos College where I was trained by one of the composers of the method. For age 6 and up, I use a different method book with CD and theory book that the students find motivating and enjoyable. However, most of the repertoire that they study comes from supplemental pieces that I choose for each individual according to their interests and abilities. I play for them at the lesson and encourage them to listen to music at home as music is a language and must be heard to be reproduced.
I believe I have a lot to offer as a teacher because I have a good combination of excellent training and also the ability to make the lesson enjoyable and relaxing for the student. A frequent comment I hear at the end of the lesson is " Is it over already?"
*** Lesson Details ***
The lesson content depends on the interest of the students. I have children who insist on mostly classical music and others that want to play "Star Wars". The format of the lessons includes finger exercises for good technique, new pieces, review pieces, and written work known as music theory. My students study many pieces at a time and change repertoire frequently in order to foster good sight reading skills.
*** Studio Equipment ***
I have two grand pianos and a well stocked music library in a large sitting room.
*** Specialties ***
I have a B.A. degree not just in music, but in piano performance, and also post graduate piano studies at the Music Academy of the West. At UCSB, a music degree without piano performance emphasis only required passing a intermediate level proficiency exam. I have a classical background and teach beginning through advanced piano students. I teach children as young as four years old using the "Music for Little Mozarts" course.
Over 30 years teaching experience in private piano lessons.
· Piano ·
I have two children who are students. One did not want to play any instrument but is going to a performing arts school. Barbara took that into account and focused the teaching on things my child would use in school like accompanying singers, reading music, playing show tunes.My other child has a completely different focus. Barbara keeps her engaged and learning even though the interests are entirely different. Barbara knows much more than just piano. She knows about the music business and what it takes to succeed as a musician. She is a great resource and teacher.
Verified Student · Piano ·
I have always been interested in learning the piano and finally did it. Barbara is a wonderful instructor. I have been taking lessons for approximately three months and can read music and play! Barbara is very encouraging and I look forward to each lesson.
I am now preparing to play holiday tunes at the family gathering!
· Piano ·
Child had lessons at another program but teachers did not motivate students. Barbara engages the student. She focuses her teaching on both what the parent wants and what the child is interested in so the kids are more interesting in practicing and moving forward. Barbara is good with both younger students and teenagers. She is patient and knowledgeable.
· Piano ·
Barbara has been working with our son for 1 1/2 and his piano skills have progressed beautifully. Barbara is very good with communication and will get back to me quickly when I call her phone. The kids are rewarded with stickers and projects after lessons, then twice a year Barbara organizes recitals where the kids can show off their skills to the community. I would recommend Barbara as a piano teacher as she is patient, certified in her field, and she can be flexible when hours need to be manipulated. She is wonderful!
· Piano ·
Barbara taught both of my boys from the age of 5. She was very kind and encouraging. We took lessons for 6 years. My boys both played beautifully. They mastered several classical and modern/fun pieces.
Barbara offered incentives for practicing and of course, the biggest incentive, the recital. I don't know who was more proud of the outcome, the students or the parents, grandparents and friends. It was such a pleasure to see everyone dressed up and learning how to take a bow.
I have referred families to Barbara in the past and will continue to do so.