My diverse musical background brings experience and wisdom to the choices made in a student's development at the piano. I work toward making the student self-sufficient, reducing dependency on the teacher over time.
PRIVATE PIANO AND KEYBOARD INSTRUCTION: 1994 - PRESENT
• Real-world training from an experienced, insightful and supportive teacher.
• Electronic music, synthesis, recording and MIDI instruction available.
• Cutting-edge piano books and materials.
• All ages and experience levels welcome.
• In-home instruction available.
• Gift Certificates also available.
• Free initial consultation available at Valley Village studio.
• No registration fees.
• Hours: Monday - Friday, 10 am - 8 pm
PRESIDENT - WEHRLI PUBLICATIONS AND MUSIC STUDIO: 1994 - PRESENT
Wehrli Publications has dedicated its efforts to researching and developing a new holistic approach to piano and keyboard instruction. Company founder Barry Michael Wehrli has released several cutting-edge piano products over the years, some co-authored with his wife, Linda. These materials can be found at the Wehrli Publications website, Amazon and select retailers. Barry uses these materials in his own teaching practice to enhance all facets of musical training and ensure long-term success. In 2014 Barry released his collection of original, Neo-Romantic piano works, the "Book of Preludes:1-15 for Piano", in print and in 2016 released his recordings on CD, Amazon, iTunes, Spotify, CD Baby and other digital distributors.
PIANIST & KEYBOARDIST: 1985 - PRESENT
2006 to present - Keyboardist for Hot August Nights: A Tribute to Neil Diamond.
2010 to 2014 - Keyboardist for Diamond Is Forever!: The Neil Diamond Experience.
1997 to 2003 - Keyboardist and guitarist for Top40 band Van Gogh's Ear.
1995 to 1998 - Keyboardist for variety artist Bennie G, Jr.
1994 to 1996 - Keyboardist for Top40 band The Providers.
1989 to 1991 - Keyboardist and composer for contemporary jazz group High Maintenance.
1985 to 1988 - Keyboardist for original pop band Ethan.
1985 to 1990 - Concert manager, lighting tech and artist assistant at Cal State University, Northridge.
Music touches the soul. When a person truly connects with music, you can see the reaction, inside and out. I enjoy facilitating that reaction through the piano and keyboard instruments!
Barry is the real deal. We feel very fortunate to have him teaching our sons to play the piano. He focuses on all aspects of learning to play: proper posture, finger technique, key placement, reading music, ear training, proper pacing, and then putting it all together. In the words of my older son, “Mr Barry makes sure I’m actually learning to play the piano without any shortcuts, so someday I’ll be able to pick up any piece of music and play it. He doesn’t let me move on until I really learn a piece. He also has great teaching strategies that make me feel very absorbed in learning. And he makes sure I’m doing it correctly, so I don’t practice the wrong thing.” And my younger son said, Mr Barry makes me feel happy when I’m learning piano.” As parents, we couldn’t be happier.
Before we begin, let me tell you the reasons why the first two times I tried to learn piano, I failed. First, I was too young and did not want to learn when it was my parents who chose for me to learn piano. Second, I did not have a good teacher who actually taught me to play piano. As they say, third time’s the charm. This time, I had the motivation and all I needed was a good teacher. Thankfully, I found him. Before I started my lessons with Barry, I didn’t have a rudimentary concept between a good and bad piano teacher. In my mind, a bad teacher was someone who was strict and rude. However, after my lessons, I soon realized what a good piano teacher needed. First and foremost is patience. I am an older student and I had the discipline needed to practice, but I was also a full-time college student. Barry was very flexible and patient with me when I informed him of my midterms, finals, and generally whenever I was not going to be able to practice as much as I did. He understood that my school came first and collaborated with me to make a flexible practice schedule. Second, is technique. Barry asks you to buy a set of books necessary for his piano curriculum. That may seem odd or inefficient since there would be so many other books you could buy, but that notion is incorrect. Barry’s books are super integral into actually learning piano. Any other book you buy for ten dollars or so will teach you how to play songs, but not technique. With Barry and his books, I realized just how much technique was necessary to play piano. Drills that seem like they should have been a walk in a park really tested my finger coordination, accuracy, and speed. The drills at time will be frustrating and tedious but I can promise you that you will emerge a better player because of it and that is something that you cannot buy in any book or with any teacher. Third, is positive reinforcement. I must admit that there were some weeks that I didn’t practice or practice enough and I knew that Barry knew; the both of us could tell. However, on those weeks, I never felt any sort of punishment or disappointment. Barry always had a “let’s just keep moving forward!” attitude. Then came the weeks when I did practice a lot and I was able to show him just how much commitment I put forth. My hard work, without fail, was always recognized and always met with enthusiasm and excitement that really made me feel that all those hours of practice were worth it. Barry really believed in me and motivated me to be my best piano player. Whatever your age your skill level, Barry will be the right choice. Take it from someone who has tried to play piano not once but three times.
I moved my daughter to Barry for piano lessons after 7 years with another instructor. Here's the basic difference. The other instructor taught Batya how to play songs. Barry teaches how to play piano. He has an excellent series of books that he has authored to provide a framework for the kids to learn. He has extraordinary patience with his students. There is a quiet structured environment for the one on one sessions. The quality of the instruction is top notch. Barry is a real pro who not only loves kids but loves his trade. I highly recommend him if you are considering piano lessons for yourself or for your children.
I am a currently a piano student of Barry’s and have been for a few years now. I always wanted to learn how to play the piano and was looking for a teacher that would be patient and supportive during my learning process. As I started my piano journey with Barry I quickly noted his passion for teaching and his desire for wanting me to be successful in my piano playing. He constantly encourages and reminds me when my hands, fingers, wrists (or whole body for that matter) need to be adjusted to help facilitate certain music passages that I may be having difficulties with. In addition, Barry is an active musician which I feel adds practicality to my own learning and playing experience. If you are looking for a piano teacher who is knowledgeable, meticulous (in a good way), encouraging and supportive of your piano playing goals, give him a call.
1) Assess the student's strengths and weaknesses, 2) determine short and long-term goals, and 3) help the student develop great practice habits to achieve those goals quickly.
My formal music instruction began at the age of eight on the piano, taking private piano lessons from Delores Rhoads, owner of Musonia School of Music in North Hollywood, California. Here, we would build the foundation for my musicianship over the next seven years. During that time, I also gained an interest in guitar, studying both acoustic and electric guitar at Musonia for nearly five years. Through my high school and college years, I taught myself the ins & outs of synthesis and electronic music. I studied under Dr. Sandra Bostrom at Cal State University, Northridge and afterwards with renowned pianist Terry Trotter and ace keyboardist John Novello and have since performed in the United States, Canada and Europe. Today, I continue to teach, perform and produce music at my home studio and head Wehrli Publications.
Rates vary by lesson duration and location (my home or yours), typically ranging from $40 - $60.
In 1994, I decided to make music my livelihood and began promoting both piano and keyboard instruction, along with performing in various local groups, and began creating a series of holistic piano instruction books with my wife and fellow piano instructor, Linda Wehrli.
I teach students ages 6 and up, of all backgrounds and experience levels, from absolute beginner through under-graduate college-level instruction. Please visit http://wehrlipubs.com/lessons/ for more information.
Find out his/her teaching method(s), quality of communication (in an interview), and determine whether the teacher truly wants to make YOU a competent piano/keyboard player. Avoid any teacher that just "shows you the song"; mimicry is only a disservice to your goal of becoming a real musician. Whether music is a vocation or hobby, go for professional training.