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Barbara Phipps

Forest Grove, OR 97116 (map)

Lessons Offered

Music Theory, Piano

Where are Lessons Offered

In Teacher Studio

About Me

I have been teaching piano for over 15 years to all age groups. I also enjoy playing the harp and singing nursery rhymes with my 1.5 year old daughter Ayla. "New" to the state of Oregon I have found I absolutely love it here and hope to find new students to share my love of music with!

About myself: My husband and I moved to Oregon from England in 2013 (he is a native of the UK, though I grew up in California). Now that we've settled in it's time to start spreading music around again!

My Musical Education Background

I started lessons at the ripe age of 6, taught by my concert pianist mother for most of my learning years. By my senior year in high school I had completed all levels of CMTA's certificate of merit and was teaching regular weekly lessons to 6 students.

My mother started teaching me to teach and supervised lessons until I was about 15, where I was teaching lessons with less and less of my mother's aid. This was the best gift my mother gave me, and now that I am a new mom, I realize each day she gave me A LOT!

When I started college I continued teaching and had a student's membership in CMTA, until I had to declare my major. I continued to teach piano to 20-30 students a week for the duration of my college education spending most of my afternoons teaching a wide range of age groups.

I graduated from California State University of Sacramento with a bachelor's degree in Sociology. Though it doesn't have an obvious connection to music, I learned a lot during those years through experience as a piano teacher as well as through my course requirements on how to teach, give students an educational advantage as well as implementing other social capital into my regular lesson plans.

I have now been teaching piano for 15 years, and love it dearly!

Genres and Subjects Taught

I have the most experience in teaching classical music, theory, technique, and sight reading. Because of my CMTA background I encourage all students to learn these basics of music as we go along each week.

I like my students to have some autonomy over their lessons (age appropriate autonomy of course), and encourage them to pick out their own pieces, as well as helping them to learn popular songs they love.

My students learn to perform in front of groups of people in piano recitals held inside my home, take annual theory exams (which I make sure they are prepared for), learn about classical composers throughout history, ear training and playing by ear, and basic composition.

Lesson Rates

Lessons Rates are as follows:
30 minutes - $20
45 minutes - $30
1 hour - $40

Ages / Skill Levels Taught

I welcome all ages! (Skill level beginner to intermediate)

I do take on the exceptionally young pianists ages 3 and up, as long as there is a parent willing to do a little at home work with them.

My Certifications and Awards

BS in Sociology from CSUS

My Musical Influences

My mother, Richard Cianco, Natsuki Fukasawa, Sierge Rachmaninoff, Muzio Clementi, F. Chopin, C. Debussy, J.S. Bach, Muse, anything Disney (I can't help myself!), John Williams, Cecil Chaminade, oh... it could keep going.

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Student Reviews

Cornelius, OR

My daughter started taking lessons from Barbara six months ago. My daughter was 5 years old at the time of her first lesson and she really enjoys her piano lesson each week! Barbara does an amazing job captivating and keeping the attention of this young student! Barbara is so kind and caring! I would highly recommended her to anyone that wants to take lessons around the Forest Grove area! My daughter had never taken a lesson before coming to this teacher and in the six months with Barbara amazing direction she has blossomed into a budding young pianist! A++ from my daughter and me!

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