Barbara S.

Yakima, WA


Bi-Lingual Musician

In-person lessons

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Reed (Master's)

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

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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)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Travel policy

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