Oliver Barkell

Oliver B.

Las Vegas, NV

About Oliver B.

Background check: Last verified 09/08/2016
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Oliver teaches: Ages 1 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: June 2013
Last sign in: Yesterday


Hello! I'm an all around musician having just moved from Chicago IL. I have 15 years experience playing drums, 7 years experience playing piano, and 6 years experience playing guitar. Through my understanding of these instruments, I've developed a thorough sense for the fundamentals of music.

Along with writing, recording, and performing, I have a deep passion for teaching. I value making lessons fun, challenging, and rewarding. Learning music should not only teach you how to improve on your instrument, but it should give you valuable skills that can help you in life. I do my best to provide this instruction all while creating a positive and fun experience.

After graduating high school, I earned a degree in Music Education with a minor in Jazz Studies from Elmhurst College. During my years in college, I was able to perform in different ensembles such as Band, Choir, Vocal Jazz, Percussion Ensemble, Jazz combos, and Electric Guitar ensemble. Graduating in June 2013, I began teaching both privately and in schools.

With such a broad skill set and a love for teaching, my goal is to provide great instruction for anyone who is willing to learn.

***Lesson Details***

All lessons are documented by me through a notebook kept by the student. Important concepts, musical graphs, musical exercises, and weekly goals are added to the notebook each week. Fundamentals of Rhythm, Pitch, and Tone are emphasized for all instruments.

Lessons are goal oriented, fun, and exciting. Any musical challenge is addressed from different angles in order to find a solution. I like to use "jamming" (improvising together) as a way for students to get better while having fun. I can jam with the student through playing different instruments.

All musical lessons are open to what the student wants to learn.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano (Casio Privia)
Electric and Acoustic Guitar

*** Travel Equipment ***
Drum sticks
Teacher Lesson Books

*** Specialties ***
"Big Picture" of Music

Photos and Videos

Song featured on ABC http://www.rightthisminute.com/post/rtmtv-song-describes-all-us-playing-pokemon-go


Music Instructor

Aug 2013 - Jul 2015
Music House Inc.

I taught private lessons, as well as lead "Rock'scool" Rock band classes in Chicago schools.


Bachelor of Music Education, Minor in Jazz Studies

Sep 2009 - Jun 2013
Elmhurst College

Languages Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Teaching License

Jun 2013
Elmhurst College

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18 Reviews on Oliver B.

Tristan Dec 6, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
First time with a guitar. Oliver was very kind, encouraging and patient with my 12yr old son.
Sara W. Oct 14, 2016
Ukulele · In home
Verified Student
He is very into the lessons
Selma Sep 26, 2016
Ukulele · In home
Oliver was very good with my Granddaughter.
Oliver Aug 8, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Good first lesson. Looking forward to my next lesson.
Jennifer Jul 9, 2016
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
Wasn't sure what to expect. 30 minutes isn't enough time for a first lesson. We will stick with it though and overcome my awkwardness.
Daniel Z. Dec 7, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Oliver is a great teacher! I really liked how patient he was and the fact that he was able to connect with my 14 year old son very well!
Aidan Z. Nov 18, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Only 3 lessons so far however; Oliver quickly assessed Aidan's level and abilities and began tailoring lessons for him to advance quickly. Oliver's patience, skill, and style of teaching have visibly heightened Aidan's interest and his improvement is extremely evident. I'd highly recommend.
David W. Nov 7, 2015
Piano · Online
Verified Student
My first lesson went well. Oliver took his time and made sure I understood .
Marissa E. Oct 20, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
We were very impressed with the first lesson from Mr. Ollie.

Looking forward to the next lesson soon!
Nina G. Oct 18, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
It was my daughter's first lesson and by having experience with few other teachers I could see the difference immediately. I like his approach and my daughter got back her interest in piano. She might finally have a chance to learn something. We're looking forward for future lessons.
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