- Teaches students:
- Ages 6+
- Teaching since:
- February 2000
I am delighted to be a part of the TakeLessons team here in Portland. I have recently retired from a career in elementary education employed as a visual arts instructor. In addition to my public school career I have also given private piano lessons for the last thirteen years. I graduated from the University of Idaho in 1991 with a bachelors degree in education with a minor in music.
*** Lesson Details ***
While I have been classically trained, my goal is to provide a strong background in music theory, technique, and performance, which will allow all students to successfully pursue interests in all genres of music. Creating individualized instruction for each student is an important means of nurturing a successful and motivated pianist at every level. I use a broad range of materials based on student interest and abilities with a core curriculum built upon Hanon, Alfred, and Faber and Faber method books. I look forward to the opportunity to be part of your many successes in the world of piano music.
*** Travel Equipment ***
Piano or weighted keyboard, lesson books (available at local music stores and online)
*** Specialties ***
K-5 elementary art specialist
Great personal interaction .
I have played the piano off and on (mostly off) since childhood. As an older adult, I was looking for a piano teacher who would really work with me to customize my lessons - and Barb is a perfect match. We spent the first few lessons on Christmas carols and now have switched to classics. She is patient, and provides good pointers. I recommend her highly.+ Read More
Barbara is very easy to work with, flexible, especially for an older student like myself. I really am enjoying our lessons.
Barbara is a great teacher! She is knowledgeable, patient, kind and funny, and made me feel very at ease. I look forward to my next lesson with her.
We love Barbara!
Barbara has been my 9 year old daughter's piano teacher for 1.5 years. She is a wonderful teacher and my daughter has made terrific progress. Barbara is patient and knowledgeable, and my daughter looks forward to her lessons. I would recommend Barbara to anyone, especially someone with a child that is ready to learn piano!+ Read More
Barbara has been a wonderful teacher for both of our children, aged 10 and 7 years! She has amazing amounts of patience, and the ability to teach to each student's interests in music and also to his or her ability level. She takes note of strengths and weakness and helps to create a balance between them with her teaching style. we highly recommend her.+ Read More
Barbara is amazing! She works really well with my 5 year old daughter with her warm and friendly personality. She knows exactly how to get my daughter excited to learn. I would highly recommend her to anyway.
Barb's passion for piano and teaching are evident from the start of lessons, she has a great demeanor with children that my kids responded to positively. She interacted in such a way that my child was both relaxed and engaged as well as entertained throughout the lesson. We are excited to have Barb teaching our children as long as possible.+ Read More
Barbara is an excellent instructor who is encouraging, patient, and knowledgeable. She tailors the lesson to the studentâs goals while covering the fundamentals of learning piano for continued and ongoing success. I feel inspired and motivated after each lesson itâs wonderful!!
An excellent teacher!
Barb is a wonderful teacher for my children, ages 6 and 8. She is kind, encouraging, extremely knowledgable and clearly enjoys teaching piano. I am amazed at how quickly my children are learning the instrument and they are having fun as well. Barb tailors the lessons to each child's needs and skill level. I highly recommend her.
excellent piano teacher
My boys starting taking piano lessons with Barbara D. when they were about 7 years old. She is an amazing teacher and always makes them feel special. She is so upbeat and enthusiastic, yet very patient with kids and their needs and moods. She will find out what kind of music they like or want to learn and then find that music at their appropriate level. It is a wonderful motivator for the kids and keeps the lessons so interesting and exciting for them. Barbara D. is a very skilled, talented artist in every way and an amazing teacher!
Experience and Enthusiasm
It has been an amazing experience learning to read and play music as an adult. Barbara is an experienced music teacher who creates a comfortable learning environment which allows me to discover and experience the joy of music. Her contagious enthusiasm and quick wit, make the learning experience enjoyable. I continue to look forward to each lesson and after only one year, I am thrilled to be able to perform for family and friends!