Barbara has been tutoring me in piano for over two years now.
I learned about her through an online search in which I originally was seeking a local teacher for in-person instruction. In the event, Barbara's Zoom-based instruction has proven to be ideal for me, due both to her warm and encouraging personality and her adept application of meeting technology and the BetterPractice app to instruction and student practice.
She combines the expertise of a fully classically trained musician with a natural aptude for teaching which she clearly enjoys. Her tutoring approach is not one-size-fits-all, but tailored to each student's interests and abilities as fully as possible.
I feel fortunate to have met Barbara, and look forward to working with her for years to come.
Lee H. // California, USA
Barbara is just the best teacher.
She is engaging, patient, good with explanations and has a great sense of humour.
My lessons are absolutely tailored to suit my learning style and pace which has made the whole experience enjoyable and not stressful at all.
The use of Zoom works really well and along with the app for practice provides a very satisfactory learning environment without needing to leave the house.
I highly recommend using Piano Ecademy to start or continue your piano journey.
Sheila K. // South Australia, AU
I have really enjoyed learning the piano with Barbara as my teacher. She has tailored my lessons to my best learning style (auditory), is patient and encouraging as well as extending me to my full capacity.
Learning online is just as effective as in-person because of the face to face electronic contact and Barbara’s excellent camera and microphone setup. It’s also very convenient.
Susie B. // Victoria, AU
I used to be a skeptic when it came to online piano lessons.
But as I was looking for information about choosing the right piano, I stumbled across Piano Ecademy. And something compelled me to take lessons with Barbara! As it turns out, it’s one of my best decisions.
Pros of online lessons: No more commuting or getting stuck in traffic, which frees up time. In the past, I could only squeeze in 7 or 8 hours of lessons per year, which is equivalent to 2 months of weekly classes!
Outstanding quality of Barbara’s teaching: The lessons are extremely well-prepared, with a balanced focus on technique, theory, musicianship, and last but certainly not least, musical enjoyment!
I always look forward to my next lesson. Each new piece starts with a thorough analysis of its structure, making it easy to digest.
After each lesson, I get a clear-cut picture of what and how to practice, which makes practice very efficient and surprisingly enjoyable.
When I struggle with a technical difficulty, Barbara’s diagnosis is always spot on, and I walk away with a practical solution.
Taking part in bi-yearly recitals has helped me work on my performing skills, as I used to have trouble performing a piece from start to finish!
In case you didn’t guess, I wholeheartedly recommend lessons with Barbara.
Agathe D. // Netherlands
I had been lugging a piano around for many years, not brave enough to actually open the lid!
I stumbled across Piano Ecademy when looking for a piano teacher and took up Barbara's free introduction.
I wasn't sure how I would go learning online but Barbara's teaching system with specialist software makes it so easy. Well over a year later I'm still taking lessons and my confidence and ability to play have grown exponentially.
I now have a repertoire of lovely pieces that I can play and I get such enjoyment from playing the piano.
Barbara makes the lessons fun, challenging and always interesting. She is a very creative teacher and tailors the lessons to my musical interests. She puts a lot of effort into preparing the lessons and following up afterward. Barbara is always on the lookout for pieces she knows I will like.
I really look forward to my lessons with Barbara and always feel inspired to play afterward. As an adult learner, I thoroughly recommend Piano Ecademy and Barbara's wonderful teaching.
Louise F. // SA, Australia
I recently investigated finding a piano tutor as it was something I had always wanted to learn and finally had some time.
I looked at several tutors through a Google search and made contact.
I had very poor response but did receive an immediate response from Barbara explain her online tutorial services. I was a little unsure how this would work but was offered a free 30-minute trial and so thought there was nothing to lose.
The trial was fantastic, and I found the online service to be able to meet all my requirements and that Barbara was a very knowledgeable and personable tutor, so I signed up for the 4-weekly hourly lessons.
The lessons have been very enjoyable with tutor personalising aspects of the learning as we progressed. I have been amazed at the progress I have made in just 2 months of lessons. My playing has improved significantly, and my knowledge of music theory has also developed.
Barbara is extremely good at being able to easily identify issues with playing and uses various techniques to help correct and improve these problems. Barbara understands that everyone is different, and as such will adapt her style and practical teaching to directly support the individual. She is also able to cater for complete beginners through to more experienced players who are looking to improve.
I look forward to my lessons each week and often find they fly by as I am having that much fun during the hour.
I am very pleased and grateful to have found Piano Ecademy and Barbara, and as such would highly recommend that you try the service and take your piano playing to the next level. You will not regret it.
Colin G. // QLD, Australia
Barbara has blown me away with how much she's taught me in just 18 months.
I've learnt so many techniques, played lots of different genres and really learnt to correct almost all the bad habits I had from 6 years of face to face lessons more than 20 years ago.
I really look forward to my lessons, even when I've had hardly any time to practice and life gets in the way, there's always something cool to learn like music theory or history or ways of approaching performance practice.
All of this helps me become a better musician.
I would recommend Barbara as a teacher to anyone, she's so professional and knowledgeable but also so very welcoming and approachable.
Rainbow H. // UK
Barbara is an absolutely wonderful piano teacher.
I was very hesitant about taking lessons online. However, I don’t think my lessons could be any better if they were in person. Everything about the lessons are professional, and yet they are very personal and fun.
I have improved more in the last year than I thought possible because of Barbara’s clear, helpful, and encouraging feedback.
I get to play music that I enjoy, and I look forward to my lessons. I can’t imagine taking lessons from anyone else.
Jill E. // Ohio, USA
I have had many piano teachers in my life, and Barbara is the best hands down.
She teaches piano music, not just piano technique. Even piano theory comes alive in her creative hands.
She is inspirational, creative, and extremely knowledgeable. And very patient with her students.
I can't recommend her highly enough.
Louise S. // Texas, USA