The Studio Of Mary Barrios

The Studio Of Mary Barrios

5.0 (6)
3 hires on
1 employee
34 years in business

About this pro

I have been teaching music lessons for over 30 years. I believe in positive reinforcement and nurturing to help students reach their potential.

I also have experience with gifted students and special needs students.

I teach all ages piano and acoustic guitar, and voice (only age 10 and over).

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Aurora, IL 60504
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6 Reviews


  • Carrie Hill

    Mary is a wonderful teacher, patient, and kind. She teaches my 9 yr old daughter. These are my daughter's first lessons and I'm so impressed with how well she's doing in such a short time. Thanks to Mary!

  • Vicki Rose

    Mary is my daughter's voice teacher. She is wonderful! Very patient and encouraging. She pushes my daughter just far enough out of her comfort zone to help her grow. Since working with Mary I have noticed a huge improvement in my daughter's singing and overall confidence! Mary gives my daughter a CD with the songs she is working on, has a microphone and great sound system and has even recorded My daughter singing which she uses as a teaching tool to point out strengths and areas to work on! I have been very impressed with Mary and highly recommend her!

  • Sophie Pagdiwalla

    Mrs. Barrios is my son's first piano teacher, he learned piano with her from 1st grade for two years, before she moved far away. My son had a very good experience with Mrs. Barrios. As a piano and music teacher, Mrs. Barrios is highly qualified and experienced in teaching piano and music; she also includes update technology in addition to traditional teaching. She was always available for my son's questions outside class time. Her style is very warm and nurturing, she knows how to teach a young child, how to help a young child practice, and how to get a young child to listen effectively. Through her pleasant and positive way, she helps her students build their piano skills; at the same time, she knows how important it is to carefully build a young child's self-esteem. Mrs. Barrios is a very good piano teacher, she can connect very well with her students. We highly recommend her!

  • A student - Rohan Pagdiwalla

    Mrs. Barrios is very kind and nice, she makes piano lessons fun, and her teaching is creative and fun.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I like to meet my student prior to the first lesson. I ask about the student's goals, hobbies, and schedule. I also want to find out about any history of music lessons.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have been teaching music privately and in schools since 1988. I have a bachelor's in elementary education and a masters degree in professional counseling.

As a student, I have had 16 years of piano lessons, 2 years of vocal training, and 2 years of classical guitar training.

I have led children's choirs and directed several children's musicals both as head director and music director.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

My fee is $30 per half hour lesson. I ask my clients to pay one month's fees on the first lesson of the month. Although I prefer cash, I do accept personal checks. Missed lessons are credited only when given 24 hours notice.

How did you get started teaching?

I feel I was born a teacher. I taught my younger siblings, then friend's children as well as my own. Word-of-mouth expanded my student numbers; however, a recent move means building back my business.

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with students as young as 4 through older adults. Many of my students attended a gifted school. I have also worked with a few special needs students.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

A recent event was playing music with family members over the holidays. I pulled out all types of instruments and encouraged all to grab one and join in. I have a music studio with dozens of instruments.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Meet with your teacher before committing to lessons. Find one with whom you feel comfortable. Don't hesitate to interview more than one until you find a good fit. Also, make sure you find a teacher who includes music theory in your lessons. 

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