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.
My 13 year old son wanted to take up Guitar last year (he is a violinist), and we were so impressed with Barbara! She took him from beginner to intermediate in one year, and he was impressing his friends (and family) within the first three months! He absolutely loves guitar – and so do we! My husband, who is a local musician, also asked Barbara to give our son a year of beginning Music Theory. She made it so easy and enjoyable for him! Barbara was professional, positive, patient, and efficient. She gets right to the point, sets goals for the student, and teaches with kindness. She was always on time and very flexible with our family’s schedule.
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.
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.