Rich Barry
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Rich Barry

Rich B.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Every student will desire something different out of their lessons. I constantly encourage students to realize what their ultimate goal is in regards to the guitar. Every student has a different goal and therefore everyone will have a different route in learning the guitar. For example, a student seeking admission into a top level conservatory will need a vastly different route than an adult whom is taking lessons as enjoyable past-time hobby.

My job as a teacher is to prescribe learning materials that will increase a student’s awareness to reach his or her own goals. Natural technical ability of dexterity, flexibility and strength can be developed over time and a general understanding of musicianship can be learned. However, I always try to explain the importance of these elements in relation to reaching a student’s final goal.

Students most often take music lessons for enjoyment and as a past time and therefore a student's enjoyment from playing music is perhaps the most important part of my teaching. Today education is driven by test scores and often a grand comparison of the scores to every student in America. Students do need to meet certain competencies and goals to play certain pieces of music but a student also needs an awareness and comprehension of their emotions, spiritual sense, and a strong imagination to connect with the music they perform on their instrument. A balance between the two aspects should always be in awareness for the teacher and the student

About Rich B.

Guitarist Eliot Fisk, who was the last direct pupil of Andrés Segovia, praised Rich as "a truly innovative musician of the 21st century". Rich is a musical zelig with a diverse performance career as a soloist and collaborator with over two-thousand gigs in 29 states and 11 countries. Rich has been interviewed on WYPR 88.1 - NPR News "The Art of The Classical Guitar" by Tom Hall and has performed for segments on affiliated stations of NBC, CBS, Fox and Hearst Television and on many podcasts.

Notable past music projects include the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Candlelight Vigil on the National Mall, NBC Universal Cable's Chairman Bonnie Hammer’s “Erase the Hate” 20th anniversary event, Maryland Live's “Chairman’s Club” night with Dan Rather at the Smithsonian, MasterCard's “Priceless” campaign, ELLE's fourth annual “Washington’s Women in Power List”, USA Today's "Make a Difference Day" hosted by Andy Cohen and Lester Holt, a private performance for Juan Carlos, the former King of Spain, and for MS Media's “Sunset on the Hudson” hosted by Martha Stewart.

Rich’s dedication and passion of performance are equally matched with his advocacy of arts and music education. He has performed at the National Cultural Heritage Exchange in Washington DC, American University, Marymount University, The Foxcroft School and at the Delaware School of Music. Past teaching positions for Rich include The Levine School of Music, The Baltimore School for the Arts and The Community Colleges of Baltimore County.

Rich started guitar lessons at the age of four and at nine gave his first major public performance at Steadman Auditorium of Mansfield University. During his teenage years he studied with Dr. Pablo Cohen, the professor of guitar at the Ithaca College of Music, which prepared Rich for The Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. Upon admission he was awarded the prestigious Rose and Leon J. Neilburg Scholarship and a full graduate teaching assistant scholarship. While at Peabody, Rich studied with the esteemed pedagogue and performer Julian Gray, the current chair of Peabody's guitar department.


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Rich is a top notch teacher and had a huge hand in shaping me into the musician I am today. I came to Rich with the objective to prepare for auditions to attend music school for college and he was able to take that dream and run with it. Under his tutelage, I was able to gain admittance into every program I applied to and was able to attend my dream school, the University of Miami (FL). From this experience, I can absolutely say that his teaching abilities are fantastic and on par or exceeding what you would see at a top notch music school. He is very attentive to the aspirations of his students and what is most impressive is the creative approaches he uses to make challenging topics more feasible. I would highly recommend any guitarist looking to expand their repertoire and skill set to take lessons with Rich!

Posted Apr 29, 2020

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Guitar Instructor
Sep 2004 - Aug 2017

Music and Arts

Private Guitar Studio for several locations of Music and Arts Chain

Guitar Instructor
Sep 2007 - May 2009

Baltimore School For The Arts


Masters of Music
Sep 2005 - May 2007

Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University

Music Education
Aug 2001 - May 2005

Johns Hopkins University



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