Guitar Lessons, Music Theory Lessons
My name is Barbie Matthews, and I am a Classical Guitarist pursuing a Bachelor of Music Degree at the New England Conservatory of Music, studying under virtuoso guitarists Eliot Fisk and Jerome Mouffe. I am also pursuing a Minor in Music Theory. I have studied Classical Guitar for 13 years, and I have also studied Jazz, Rock, Blues, and Acoustic Guitar. I teach students of all ages and levels, and I emphasize Music Theory in lessons for a deeper understanding of the music. At NEC, I teach undergraduate level courses in Keyboard Harmony, teaching the fundamentals of voice leading, harmony, and counterpoint; I also work as a Teaching Assistant for Music Theory courses. I maintain an active private guitar studio in Boston, teaching students of all ages.
Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
In the first lesson, I like to set goals with the student. What does he/she want to learn, and how can we best achieve that in a reasonable time frame? Knowing the student's goals helps me with lesson plans, and it makes the student's practicing a focused process.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I am classically trained, so I can help the student develop skills such as sight-reading, technique, and music theory that can apply to all genres.