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Barbara S In HomeHome In StudioStudio
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Instruments: Piano, Music
Styles: Classical, Pop, Rock, Folk, Showtunes, Spirituals, Marching Band

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Barbara S In Home In Studio
Instruments: Piano, Music
Styles: Classical, Pop, Rock, Folk, Showtunes, Spirituals, Marching Band

Where I Teach:
In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 5-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:
Master of Music, Manhattan School of Music, Theory and Analysis Bachelor of Music, Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, Piano Performance
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1980-2017: Performances at Brooklyn Academy of Music NY  Alice Tully Hall @ Lincoln Center, NY, University of Hartford  Pianist with the Brooklyn Percussion Ensemble  performances in NYC  Music Consultant and Editor: Professional/Amateur competitive figure skaters including Olympic, National, Regional champions and competitors  Finalist contender for Regis and Kelly show opener Professional performances include solo recitals, accompanist, chamber music and ensemble work
Overview:

I am a devoted piano instructor. I have seen the joy that students have when they can play piano. I am a devoted teacher and will strive to share my passion and knowledge so that you too can experience the same love that I have had my entire life. I was born in Brooklyn, NY and lived in New York and the Northeast for my entire life. I hold a Masters degree from the Manhattan School of Music in Theory and Analysis. I graduated from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York with a Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance. I have performed in many cities and several venues including the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. Performances featured solo recitals, and ensemble work. I especially enjoyed my position as pianist with the Brooklyn Percussion Ensemble.

EXPERIENCE

I have taught piano since my college days. I have seen the student's joy and pride through his/her musical accomplishment. Not only do I teach how to play the keyboard, but focus on the understanding of the music being played because that truly is the key (no pun intended) to successful learning. I believe in positive reinforcement and develop a 1-1 relationship with the child and parent. On another level, learning music positively impacts the development of my younger students in math, analysis, coordination, language, and discipline. My adults students enjoy being able to learn an art they always wanted to learn.

METHODS USED

I use several methods; Royal Conservatory of Music, Alfred, Bastien and Faber to name a few. These publishers provide lesson books, theory, and pieces. The selection of books will vary because there is no "one size fits all" solution. I introduce fundamentals, then solo pieces in various styles. Often same concepts are used in different types of music. So for example, musical structure within a piece can be shown in classical and even popular music! Lessons are geared to be fun so loving to play piano will be a lifetime joy.

LESSON STYLE

My first lesson is a casual meeting with the student (child/parent, or adult). I want to both meet and start to develop a good relationship and understanding with all involved. With younger students I talk with the parent and show them what we are working on and the logic behind it. Of course, this strategy applies to adults as well. I watch the student's progress very carefully and acknowledge accomplishments because this creates enthusiasm and further development. For me, it is the greatest feeling to see the smile in my student's face! They have found the joy that music can bring!

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Faith

5

I have taken music lesson off and on all my life from a child to adult. When I met Barbara the way she takes the time to teach you and explain how the notes and the keys work. She is very patient and I enjoy my lessons. With my busy schedule she work with me. I recommend Barbara no matter what age.Thank you for your help. Faith

Review posted on May 21, 2018

Joe Avena - Musician and Instructor

5

Barbara is a kind and gentle teacher with exceptional abilities on the piano. Her understanding of theory and structure - combined with her knowledge of how to help a student excel have impressed me over the 40 years I've seen her grow as a musician and as an instructor. She's truly a great fit for any student of any level.

Review posted on May 17, 2018

Monica Landaiche

5

Barbara has shared her talents at the piano by accompanying the EMES Choir this past year. She is an amazing professional, performing in many different styles. Barbara is wonderful to work with and cares deeply about setting students up for success. The students in my classes love having her in rehearsal and she loves sharing her passion for making great music with them.

Review posted on May 16, 2018

Gene Evans

5

I have known Barbara for a number of years on both a professional and personal basis. Barbara truly loves all things piano - performing, teaching and even practicing. Barbara’s soft spoken, patient, thoughtful demeanor and her knowledge and love of piano, make her a natural and effective piano teacher. I highly recommend Barbara.

Review posted on May 04, 2018
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