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Barbara S.

Yakima, WA

$45/hour

Bi-Lingual Musician

In-person lessons

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Master's

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About Barbara

I am a musician with a long teaching and performing history in both piano and voice. I was born in Austria, so had to learn English as my second language, grammar, vocabulary, colloquialisms, all of the challenges that are there for learning this difficult language. I enjoy teaching, and I care about how happily you are maneuvering the educational labyrinth.

I am a long-time editor of both fiction and non-fiction with a keen eye for the small details that improve a written work. Have taught German privately, so understand how teaching a second language works most efficiently.

This is my first language, giving me an innate understanding of its idiomatics and how to transfer them into equally flowing English.

I have taught piano and voice for over thirty years, both in my own studio and at public institutions. I work especially well with those who are just starting out, and am committed that the joy of making music and learning are maintained.

Since I am semi-retired, I have a fairly flexible schedule and am willing to travel to your home or place of learning. As an anxious student myself in years past, I understand the importance of teaching with kindness and patience as well as instilling enthusiasm for the learning process and the material.
I am a musician with a long teaching and performing history in both piano and voice. I was born in Austria, so had to learn English as my second Read more

Policies
Cancellation
12 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Yakima, WA 98902
In-person lessons
English:
ESL/ESOL, Proofreading
Language:
ESL/ESOL, German

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Piano

Studied piano from age 7 to 16, used my skill primarily to accompany myself after that.
Private piano studio, State College, PA 1983 to 2001
Presently teaching piano in Yakima

Voice (Music)

1984 – 2001 Private Voice and Piano Studio, State College, PA
2001 – 2002 Umbra Institute, Perugia, Italy (Voice and Music History)
2002 – 2011 Private Voice Studio, Portland, OR
2004 – 2012 Multnomah Arts Center, Portland, OR (Voice Studio)
2012 – Present Private Voice Studio

Reed
Master's

Education

Reed (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Travel policy

Barbara will travel within 10 miles of Yakima, WA 98902.