Piano Lessons with Mary Ann Barker
Piano Lessons with Mary Ann Barker

Piano Lessons with Mary Ann Barker

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Introduction: I offer in-studio lessons and Skype lessons. In-studio lessons are currently suspended due to COVID-19, but will begin again shortly. Skype lessons are being offered to students 15 and older. I began playing piano by ear at the age of 3 1/2, listening to The Beatles, Broadway musicals, and other popular songs of the 60's, playing what I heard. By the time I was 15 and started taking piano lessons, my ear was so well trained that my teacher started me with "Fur Elise" by Beethoven, which I had begun teaching myself from hearing it on a movie soundtrack. I had been playing flute for 7 years at that time, and knew the basics of reading music, but had never played written piano music before. My piano instructor graciously allowed me to tackle a piece by one of the Masters right out of the starting gate! After 2 years of Classical lessons, I enrolled as a Music Education major at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, where I took jazz piano, voice, ear training, arranging, theory classes, and pop songwriting classes, along with playing piano and singing in many varied ensembles. Through the years following my education at Berklee, I have played in a number of bands, cut a CD which got quite a bit of Northeast regional airplay, taught general music in an elementary school, and have been teaching piano privately, which is what I love most to do. I invite you to allow me to share my over 50 years of learning and playing experience with you or your child.
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24 years in business

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Joseph C.

My daughter has been taking piano lessons with Mrs. Barker for a few years. She loves the fact that Mrs. Barker not only teaches the basics but allows her to expand out and learn music that she likes. This was the changing point for my daughter. She has enjoyed her weekly lessons and Mrs. Barker is not only a GREAT teacher but also fair, patient and talented. As COVID hit us, Mrs. Barker sat back and implemented a plan to keep us all safe during these trying times. This not only paints a picture of caring for her students but also ensuring that her students(kids) went with-out as we all navigated these waters. She is a top notch teacher and I would recommend her to anyone looking to learn the piano and enjoy their time as they learn. You can't go wrong!!
Jun 27, 2020
Alanah K.

My daughter has taken lessons with Mary Ann for years and we have loved it. She’s always happy to start a lesson and is encouraged at every stage. We are grateful to have found Mary Ann. She is an amazing teacher
Jun 26, 2020
Christine M.

Mary Ann Barker is a remarkable pianist and a caring, skilled piano teacher. She takes a personal yet professional interest in her students no matter their age nor skill level! I have learned so much and I am privileged to give her my highest recommendation! It is a pleasure to work with her and to know her...thanks for the opportunity to say so!
Jul 1, 2020
A.W. B.

I can't say enough great things about Ms. Barker. I've observed her teach those of all ages for years and her passion and commitment are an inspiration.
Jun 26, 2020
Wendy T.

She is very focused on the student's success and works closely with the student in advancing their skills.
Jun 26, 2020
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Mary Ann Barker

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  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    I charge a flat monthly fee of $120.00 for one 30 minute lesson per month, $180.00 for one 45 minute lesson per month, and $240.00 for one 60 minute lesson per month.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    The most important thing to know before starting is: What does the student want to learn most? Is it pop music? Classical? Jazz? Learning to read staff music or chord symbols? Interested in learning theory in depth? Ear Training? Maybe a little of everything? Having a "Meet and Greet" with the student (and parent, if 17 years old or younger) before the first lesson gives the student time to express their desires, needs, and expectations, and gives me time to listen and prepare, and to establish an open, communicative relationship that makes its way into each and every lesson.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I was educated in Classical piano by Marie Antos who was a graduate of the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, Hungary. I was educated in jazz piano by Craig Najar at Berklee College of Music. I am self-taught in the areas of popular and rock music.

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