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Ed LeBarron

Victoria BC | V8W 1S8

About me

I have been teaching piano for over 20 years to all ages, levels and abilities. Although I mainly teach classical, I have taught a variety of different genres including blues, ragtime and some jazz. I love playing but enjoy teaching even more. The reward of learning how to play piano is immeasurable and will last a lifetime.

I have a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor and Masters of Music from the University of Victoria. Presently, I am on faculty at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. Many of my students have received awards at the local festival and have received high honors and honors with distinction on RCM exams.

Even though I have been teaching for over 20 years, its still a joy and thrill to see someone learn how to play piano. Even now, my greatest accomplishment is not the physical accolades that accumulate over the years, but the success achieved from my students who have a disability: this year I had two students with Aspergers syndrome; one received high honours for a grade 8 RCM exam; and the other, honours with distinction for a grade 7 exam. Seeing their happiness from the hard work and effort put into these exams is what makes teaching rewarding for me.

All levels and ages are accepted and I personally guarantee everyone will have an opportunity to perform at any stage in their piano studies. This is part of the wonderful expression that a child can provide for their parents and/or relatives and friends. I encourage all to participate, it is always a positive and enjoyable experience.

Specialties

Let me preface this section by letting everyone know that I provide in-home lessons. The convenience of not dealing with traffic is priceless.

I mainly teach classical, however, I do provide lessons for people interested in blues, ragtime and jazz.

Classical music has a bad reputation as being rigid and expressionless, however, nothing can be farther from the truth. Even though students learn the technical requirements, which are integral components for achieving success in any genre, classical is the only genre that focuses on exploring the meaning and passion behind the piece. All other genres focus more on improvisation rather than true meaning. This is what makes classical music unique. Students learn how to control their dynamics and phrasing. Once students learn how to incorporate these elements in their music, they realize the true beauty and passion of this wonderful genre.

Lesson details

Lessons are personally catered to the individual's capabilities and their goals. I also provide written instruction during the lesson for students to peruse when practising during the week. In addition to learning new pieces each week, students are given regular technical exercises which help strengthen their fingers/hands.

Learning how to create a good tone and proper phrasing is also introduced in lessons, along with aural skills to help with memory and improvisation. I use a variety of books to help with these various musical elements and most students enjoy the contrasting styles and genres presented in them. Although having fun is a priority, practising on a regular basis is the only way to ensure steady progress and a feeling of accomplishment.

Students need a goal, whether it is short or long term, and regular practising habits help facilitate consistent good lessons, which translate into a successful year and finally a happy student who is proud of their progress and achievement throughout their piano career. Overall, I present a positive atmosphere, where students are encouraged for their effort.

Education and Accreditation

Bachelor of Education-University of Victoria
Bachelor and Masters of Music-University of Victoria
Teachers include Ann S Miller from Lewis and Clark; Arthur Rowe and Dr. Robin Wood from University of Victoria

I have performed with orchestras along the Pacific Northwest and adjudicated many festivals throughout BC

Masterclasses will John Perry, Bela Nagy and Menahem Pressler

Currently I am on faculty at the Victoria Conservatory of Music

Testimonials

We switched piano teachers 2 years ago and have had the pleasure of having Ed LeBarron teach three of our children...

Mr. Ed LeBarron is our son's piano teacher at VCM. He is one of dedicated, skillful, thoughtful instructors...

I have been very pleased with the piano lessons that Ed Lebarron has given my daughter. He has a great way of...

Our nine-year-old son has been a piano student of Ed LeBarron for the
past 2.5 years. Recently our younger...

Ed LeBarron is a gifted and sensitive teacher. His skill is impressive but what really stands out is his ability to...

It is with great pleasure that we recommend Ed LeBarron as a piano teacher. Our children, 8&10, have thoroughly...

Ed has taught my three children at various times over the past 10 years. He is a calm, encouraging teacher who...

My son has been a piano student of Ed LeBarron since May 2010. Ed LeBarron teaches my son at the Victoria...

Experience

more than 20 years

Rates

$50 - $59

Availability

Tuesday 2:30 - 4pm
Wednesday 9am - 2pm
Friday 9am - 3:30pm
Saturday 3pm - 6pm

Teaching location

Students Home
Teachers Studio

Genre

Blues
Chamber Music
Classical
Jazz

Methods

Alfred Method
BC Conservatory of Music
Bastien Method
Faber and Faber
Royal Conservatory of Music
Thompson Method

Instruments and Subjects

piano
theory – rudiments

Levels taught

Beginner
Intermediate
Advanced

Type of students

Children
Young Adults
Adults
Seniors

Languages

Cantonese
English

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