Cory Barger

Cory B.

Signal Hill, CA

About Cory B.

Cory teaches: Ages 9 and up
Teaching since: March 2003
Last sign in: 2 days ago

Overview

I am a classically trained bassoonist with a Master's degree from London's Royal College of Music. I love finding each student's own learning style to tailor the experience, and I encourage my students to make their own decisions about musical expression (with plenty of guidance, of course!).

In my work as a performer I have played with orchestras all over the world, from the South London Sinfonia to the Bombay Chamber Orchestra. My musical life is full of variety, and I think that the experiences I've had as a musician make me a creative and thoughtful teacher.

*** Lesson Details ***
I wouldn't call myself strict, but I do have high standards. I expect my students to put in the work at home, so that we can get the most out of lesson time, but I think that my expectations are realistic. After all, we all have busy lives, and even if you haven't had time to prepare we can always have a productive lesson.

We will learn simple tunes in the very first lesson, and I will always balance technical exercises with fun. (Though I do think a lot of exercises are fun too!) After a few months we will have a solid foundation of music theory and will have developed your music reading abilities considerably. We will have worked on a great technical foundation of scales and exercises, so that your fingers won't fail you. We will also be delving in to longer and more complex tunes, and considering the possibility of some form of casual public or in-home performance, for you to show your family and friends what you've learned!



*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect students to have their own instruments and music.

*** Specialties ***
Classical

Experience

Double reed instructor

Dec 2013 - Present
Savanna High School

I coach the double reed students at this excellent music program.

Independent music instructor

Jan 2003 - Present
Self employed

Private lessons, specializing in woodwinds and beginning piano.

Woodwind instructor

Oct 2012 - Jun 2014
John North High School

I taught lessons in flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet and saxophone to enrich this high school music program.

Music instructor

Sep 2007 - Jul 2012
Hammersmith Music Service

I taught a variety of instruments (flute, piano, oboe, bassoon) at this music program and assisted with ensemble rehearsals.

Education

Postgraduate Certificate, Performance Health

Sep 2010 - Dec 2011
University of West London

Master of Music, Bassoon performance

Sep 2006 - Jul 2008
Royal College of Music, London

Bachelor of Arts, Music Performance

Sep 2002 - Jun 2006
UCLA

Languages Spoken

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Master of Music

Jul 2008
Royal College of Music

Bassoon performance and pedagogy

Affiliations

American Federation of Musicians

Jul 2013
AFM

A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.

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10 Reviews on Cory B.

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Lam T. Nov 22, 2015
Flute · In studio
Verified Student
Very helpful instructor 😍
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Sarah Y. Aug 25, 2015
Flute · In home
Verified Student
She is always prompt and responsible. She seems to be with the pace of the student's ability. My daughter enjoys it. Recommend!
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Jason R. Feb 21, 2015
Bassoon · In home
Verified Student
Cory was a great teacher for our son who brought him a deep insight into this difficult instrument. We hope to have her back again. Thanks, Cory!
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Ellen M. Nov 3, 2014
Oboe · In home
Verified Student
Cory has been teaching my 11 year old son for only five lessons in Oboe and we couldn't be more than happier! Her calm and patient demeanor works well for my son. Cory is very knowledgeable and instructs my son without making it too overwhelming for him. Few weeks back, we had some company over and our son wanted to play a short piece for our guests. Everyone was so surprised that he only had two lessons and could play a melody (completely Cory's doing)! We feel lucky to have found a great instructor!
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Glen B. Dec 30, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Great teacher.

Cory has been a great teacher. She really understands how to teach. She is very professional and is detailed. Best music teacher that I have had.
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Paula V. Dec 10, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Cory is a credit to her industry!

Cory is the most professional, reliable, and patient piano instructor my granddaughters have had. She is not only teaching them the piano, but is providing them with an understanding of music itself. We are very fortunate to have Cory share her vast knowledge of music. She is a fine teacher and a wonderful person.
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Julie S. Dec 3, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Great teacher

Cory is a great teacher! My son is not easy to teach but he loves going to his lessons and trying! He didn't really enjoy his previous teachers. Cory is creative with him when he seems stuck and I think that makes him feel valued as a student.
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Steve G. Nov 24, 2013
Clarinet
Verified Student
Have seen steady improvement in my musicality already

It has been more than 40 years since I played clarinet in high school. I did take piano and voice in college and have kept up with my music in community choirs. Now that I am retired I added community band to my schedule. The band is fun, but challenging , and I needed to up my game. With Cory's help I have been able to make measured improvements and find band rehearsals, lessons, and practice both enjoyable and rewarding. From the very beginning Cory recognized my fundamental weakness, breath support, and we work on it in a variety of ways each lesson. I enjoy exploring clarinet literature and bring a large sample of styles to each lesson. She is up to the task of finding what needs to be refined whether it is tonality, rhythm, articulation, dynamics, or pitch. Cory's vast music knowledge from her experiences has been helpful for me and should be helpful for you as well.
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Samadi Y. Nov 14, 2013
Flute
Verified Student
Cory is so helpful!

I am one of those people who have consistently said their whole life, "I want to learn how to play ______(this or that instrument) someday! Maybe when I have more time..." Well in my case I decided to go with flute and finally went for it. At first I wasn't sure how long I would be able to stick with trying to learn an instrument but with Cory's help and guidance I feel a great sense of fulfillment and accomplishment after every lesson. I am always a little nervous since I have had no prior experience in music let alone flute, but I am always impressed with Cory's patience. Her teaching style is very hands on and she provides you with many useful tips and tricks to help you learn not only how to handle and play your instrument but also explains the applicable music theory as you go along. One of the best things about her lessons is that when I have a particular problem with playing the flute she will help me find the root cause of the problem and gives advice to help address and fix what I may be doing wrong. It's always been super helpful. I never feel discouraged with her as an instructor. She is also very flexible with scheduling which really helps since my job sometimes can inhibit my ability to attend lessons. I highly recommend Cory as an instructor.
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Manny T. Apr 29, 2013
Bassoon
Verified Student
Excellent!!!!! First time Bassoon Lessons

OK,..first of all, I have not touch an instrument in years. I was not expecting much out of my first lesson because i didn't remember one thing about music. I new Cory, my instructor, would have her work cut out or her...To my amazement!!!! It was hands on training from the get go..... Instead of telling how to put it together, she made me put the instrument together, showing me how, so I could be able to do it right the first time.... I have never touched a bassoon up to today....Then help me make my first noise..... Fantastic..... it was so exciting. I am so glad I got an instructor who guided me to actually help me make sound come out or the first time.....I Highly recommend Cory, and I look forward to my next lesson. Thanks Cory.
Manny