Hello! I am a flutist, drummer, and composer who graduated from Lewis & Clark College. I received my BA in flute performance with honors and had many playing and performing opportunities there.
I was the principle flutist of the Lewis & Clark Wind Symphony and Orchestra and was the drummer for the jazz combos, winning the best composer award. I performed as a featured soloist with the orchestra and organized and performed a junior and senior flute recital. I am well versed in music from the baroque era through the 21st century and have studied and played many styles of music. As a drummer and flutist I have played with folk singers, funk bands, in jazz ensembles, experimental groups, and with chamber ensembles. I really enjoy playing different styles of music and I am very serious about making music at a high level in any genre I participate.
Being well versed in different areas of music has allowed me to experience different ways of creating music and has lead me to meet people I wouldn't have if I only played one type of music. Playing jazz as well as classical music has really informed my composing too. I am able to take ideas from the masters of both styles and blend them to create music that is truly based off of my experiences. These experiences are ones that I can't wait to share with my students!
My most recent project is with a contemporary jazz quintet The Wishermen in which I play drums and write the compositions. We recently released our debut studio album and the process of recording, mixing, and producing an album has been invaluable.
I am very passionate about teaching and passing on my love and knowledge of music.
*** Lesson Details ***
I'm only accepting intermediate-advanced students at this time.
Lessons are tailored to each individual student and should be fun, inspiring, and challenging and we will learn from each other.
-Over all I will teach the student how to be a great musician. Not just a great drummer or flutist, but an overall musician who has awareness of his/her role in an ensemble as well as how their roles interact with others people's.
-We will set goals together whether that is preparing for a specific audition or event, or more long term goals.
-Lessons and topics covered are flexible and taught in ways that speak to the individual. I want to challenge my students but keep things fun and interesting for them.
-I help the students find answers by asking them questions and having them think critically. I will guide them to answer their own questions rather than hand the answers to them.
-I will cover basic theory with all students as it is the basis for good musical understanding.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Downstairs studio w/ drum set, keyboard, guitar, flute, and seating for parents
*** Travel Equipment ***
Students provide their own equipment.
*** Specialties ***
I received my BA in flute performance with honors. The focus of this degree was "classical" music from Baroque to 21st century music. During the time I received my degree I also studied jazz music and performance on drum set and composed for jazz ensembles and classical groups.
Verified Student · Music Theory ·
Barra is an inspiring and excellent teacher. Not only is he a stellar musician in every aspect (performance, writing, creativity), but he is a patient and motivational teacher. He has the ability to work within a student's framework of understanding and teaches what a student wants to learn, a wonderful skill! Barra is an excellent communicator as well. I highly recommend him for music lessons of any kind, instrumental, theory, composition or any combination of desired musical skills.
Verified Student · Drum ·
My son has been taking lessons with Barra for several months now, and I can't recommend him more highly. He is talented; a very skilled and serious about music; he's a very talented teacher -- teaching technique and making it fun. He demonstrates the practical applications of what he's teaching, and engages 100%.
I recommend him without reservation!
Verified Student · Flute ·
Barra is a patient, skillful, encouraging teacher, not only a wonderful, talented musician but also an exceptionally kind and compassionate person. Not every good musician is a good teacher, but Barra indeed is a good instructor. His passion is apparent to all and he brings out the same passion and dedication in those he teaches. He has the most excellent skill of working within a student's framework, taking into account both their desires and any limitations, and helping and supporting each student in what their goals are-what is most important to them, not necessarily to him, a very unique skill. I recommend Barra highly to musicians of any skill level!