Welcome to the Piano Studio of Barbara Siemens.
Barbara Siemens has been a Vancouver based piano teacher, senior Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) examiner, and piano adjudicator for over twenty years. Her “keys to the piano” approach combines positive reinforcement with practical techniques for learning how to master the instrument and still maintain enthusiasm. Ms. Siemens’ goal is to give each student the physical and artistic skills necessary for a lifetime of musical enjoyment.
Each piano lesson features a balance of technical and musical elements. Time is dedicated to interesting RCM repertoire mixed with contemporary pieces, grade level technique, a variety of sight reading/ear training drills, and finally an introduction to improvisation and “playing by ear”.
Lessons also focus on the development of a comfortable approach to the piano. Physical movements are carefully monitored so young musicians learn how to play efficiently and with freedom. This attention to body mechanics is integral to producing a rich and varied tone, as well as paramount to avoiding injury or limitations at the intermediate and advanced levels.