Barry Michael Wehrli

Barry Michael W.

Valley Village, CA

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Barry Michael delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
May 1994

My diverse musical background brings experience and wisdom to the choices made in a student's development at the piano or keyboard. I work toward making the student self-sufficient, reducing dependency on the teacher over time. Music touches the soul. When a person truly connects with music, you can see the reaction, inside and out. I enjoy facilitating that reaction!


Feb 1995 - Present
Wehrli Publications and Music Studio

Wehrli Publications has dedicated its efforts to researching and developing a new holistic approach to piano and keyboard instruction. Company founder Barry Michael W. has released several cutting-edge piano books over the years, some co-authored with his wife, Linda. These materials can be found at the Wehrli Publications website, Amazon and select retailers. Barry and Linda use these materials in their own teaching practices to enhance all facets of musical training and ensure long-term success. Learn more at

Book of Preludes: 1-15 for Piano is a collection of original solo-piano music by composer, author, educator and performing artist, Barry Michael W. The first prelude was composed shortly after the new millennium with the 15th and final prelude completed on October 8, 2013. The term Neo-Romantic best describes these works as they resemble the short, evocative character pieces of Beethoven, Chopin and Debussy, but possess elements of later styles such as new-age, jazz and avant-garde. The Book of Preludes will be released on compact disc and made available as MP3 downloads at Amazon and/or iTunes.

Piano Practice and Performance is a collection of helpful and concise tips on correct practice techniques and performance strategies, researched and tested by the authors in their own practices. Intended for students and aspiring professionals, these vital tips will improve studies and confidence at the piano or keyboard. This is the single most important instructional book in our catalog.

Essential Piano and Keyboard Technique is a thorough and comprehensive study of keyboard technique, taking early-intermediate students well into advanced levels. This book fulfills not only the current technical requirements established by the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and the Music Teachers' Association of California (MTAC), but exceeds them by providing important technique not found in either program. Four sections present technical exercises by category for easy reference.

Mastering Intervals systematically develops mastery in reading, writing and hearing any interval, enhancing composition and improvisation skills. Included are 15 musical excerpts providing both interval analysis and other music theory insights as well as an Answer Manual where answers to written work can be readily checked.

This easy to use journal is for all instrumentalists at any level of instruction. The Weekly Practice Calendar establishes the student's practice days and times and the total practice hours per week. 52 Weekly Lesson Plans carry the student through a full year's study. These easy to use plans organize assignments by category and provide spaces for the sequence, duration and grading of each assignment. Four Quarterly Student Progress Reports assess the student's strengths and weaknesses, quarterly. Divided into eight study categories and a general comments section, these reports keep the student on track through the year. Completed Journals provide a running record of the student's progress.

A holistic method for the beginning piano student, ages seven and up, this books uses easy-to-read words and music along with pronunciations and definitions. Five workshops guide the student from learning the names of the white keys on the keyboard through playing beginner-level arrangements of famous works by Bach, Beethoven, Mozart as well as American classics. Posture, ear training and sight-reading projects develop skills needed to play easily and beautifully. This book includes Checkouts at the end of each workshop ensure understanding, a Final Exam and a Certificate of Award presented at the end of the book.

A holistic approach following Volume 1, for the early-intermediate student, this book contains five workshops introducing the student to subjects such as key signatures and accidentals, pedaling, ledger line notation and more complex rhythms. Music by classical and modern composers is arranged to demonstrate each subject, increasing in texture and complexity as the student progresses. Technical workouts develop strength and coordination, supplementing the technique found in Essential Piano and Keyboard Technique. Like Volume 1, this books includes Checkouts, a Final Exam and a Certificate of Award.

This product is a companion CD to the Classic Series Volume 1 and Volume 2 or for any musician looking to improve pitch recognition. The purpose of this CD is to develop instant pitch recognition from piano middle C to the next C above. Each of the 14 ear training sessions adds one new pitch at a time, providing an easy learning curve. A pitch is given with ample time to guess the correct key name and the answer announced afterward. Listen in your car, at work or at home. Over an hour of training time on one CD.

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Mar 1994 - Present
Barry Michael W. - Private Piano and Keyboard Instruction

• Real-world training from an experienced, insightful and supportive teacher.
• Electronic music, synthesis, recording and MIDI instruction available.
• Cutting-edge piano books and materials.
• All ages and experience levels welcome.
• In-home instruction available.
• Gift Certificates also available.
• Initial consultation available at Valley Village studio.
• Hours: Monday - Friday, 10 am - 8 pm
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Independent Contractor
Jun 1985 - Present
Pianist & Keyboardist

• 2011 to present - Keyboardist for Diamond Is Forever!: The Neil Diamond Experience.
• 2006 to present - Keyboardist for Hot August Nights: A Tribute to Neil Diamond.
• 1997 to 2003 - Keyboardist and guitarist for Top40 band Van Gogh's Ear.
• 1995 to 1998 - Keyboardist for variety artist Bennie G, Jr.
• 1994 to 1996 - Keyboardist for Top40 band The Providers.
• 1989 to 1991 - Keyboardist and composer for contemporary jazz group High Maintenance.
• 1985 to 1988 - Keyboardist for original pop band Ethan.
• 1985 to 1990 - Concert manager, lighting tech and artist assistant at Cal State University, Northridge.
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Piano Performance
Aug 1985 - May 1988
California State University, Northridge
Self-Study of Electronic Music and Synthesizers
Sep 1982 - Jun 1985
North Hollywood High School
Piano, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Band
Jun 1975 - Jun 1982
Musonia School of Music


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Music Teachers National Association
Mar 2001

The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.

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Photos & Videos

Student: Jaden H.
Composition: Spirit of Play by Barry Wehrli.
Publication: Classic Series - Volume 2 Intermediate Basics for the Piano.
Student: Aniket G.
Composition Name: Gigue by Domenico Scarlatti.
Publication: Classic Series - Volume 1 Beginning Basics for the Piano.
Student: Leon H.
Composition: Excerpt from Bourree by J. S. Bach.
Book: Classic Series - Volume 2 Intermediate Basics for the Piano.
Student of Barry Michael Wehrli: Jan S.
Composition Name: Minuet in Rondo Form.
Composer: Jean Philippe Rameau.
Publisher: Kjos West.
Student: Noah A.
Composition: This is Halloween by Danny Elfman.
Motion Picture: The Nightmare Before Christmas
Publisher: Hal Leonard.
Student of Barry Michael Wehrli: Jane A.
Composition Name: Crystal Silence.
Composer: Chick Corea.
Arranger: Barry Michael Wehrli.
Student completing the Wehrli Publications book "Classic Series: Volume 1 Beginning Basics for the Piano".

Student completing the Wehrli Publications book, "Classic Series: Volume 1 Beginning Basics for the Piano.

Student completing the Wehrli Publications book, "Mastering Intervals".
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