Laurence Barrow

Laurence B.

San Mateo, CA

About Laurence B.

Laurence teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: February 1988
Last sign in: 3 days ago

Overview

I am a highly experienced and qualified piano teacher, teaching all ages and levels from beginner to advanced. I have proven success in taking students up to the top level of the ABRSM exams, and I am a member of the California Music Teachers Association.

QUALIFICATIONS

Master of Music (piano pedagogy), 2004, Notre Dame de Namur University, Belmont, CA (award of excellence)
Bachelor of Arts degree in Musicology, Sorbonne, Paris (cum laude)
State Piano Teaching Diploma, France
Gold Medal in Piano Performance, Conservatoire National

EXPERIENCE

I have been giving weekly individual piano and theory lessons for many years, presenting many for the ABRSM grade examinations. I also accompany high school choirs, and enjoy playing chamber music with the Arte Piano Trio. I am a enthusiastic pianist and enjoy sharing this passion with my students.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am familiar with the major piano methods, but rather than slavishly following one method, I prefer to adapt my teaching approach and pace to the needs and personality of each student, using whatever material is best suited for them. I ensure my students can read the notes they are playing, and thoroughly understand the rhythms, so they can become independent musicians. I also emphasize playing musically, even at beginning level, so they can enjoy and understand the music immediately. My students also have the opportunity to play in student recitals twice per year.

I can teach in English or French, using either letter name notes or the solfege method (do re mi).

*** Specialties ***
Classical piano (all periods) and chamber music
Broadway musicals and popular song music
I am specialized in preparing students for the internationally recognized ABRSM Grade exams.
I am familiar with most popular piano methods such as Faber and Faber, Alfred, Denes Agays, John Thompson and Bastien, and Dozen a Day for technique, and use them when I feel it is appropriate for the particular student.

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Education

Master of Music with award of excellence

Aug 2002 - May 2004
Notre Dame de Namur University, Belmont, Ca

Gold Medal Piano Performance

Jun 1984 - Jun 1985
National Conservatory of Music, France

BA Musicology

Jul 1981 - May 1984
Sorbonne Paris France

Languages Spoken

English and French

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

French music teacher's diploma

Jun 1990
French State dept of education

Qualification for teaching in schools and music conservatories

Awards

Award of excellence

May 2004
Notre Dame de Namur University
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3 Reviews on Laurence B.

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Beatrice B. Feb 11, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Lessons are wonderful. Laurence is patient, and with simple exercises she is helping my playing become more spontaneous and smooth.
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Alexandra K. Sep 25, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Laurence is an excellent teacher. She focuses on teaching theory and basics while also cultivating my daughter's love of music and keeping the lessons fun. My daughter loves her!
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Laura S. Feb 25, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
While I found Laurence to be a good teacher and my daughter was happy with her lessons, she cancelled the set of lessons in the middle without any warning or sign that she was not happy with the arrangement. We missed one class and that was an unfortunate event, but she did not email to talk to us and just abruptly quit. I found that wad rude and unprofessional. I gave her flowers one time. It takes a kind heart to return kind gestures.
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