Listening House Studios

Listening House Studios

5.0 (6)
Best of 2022
3 employees
16 years in business

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As a professional musician, I teach students from the prospective of what’s going to be useful to them in the real world, while building a solid foundation of music fundamentals. We integrate a lot of technology into lessons, too.

I love seeing that “aha” moment when a student plays something amazing on the piano for the first time. That’s such an exciting moment!

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Nashville, TN 37207
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6 Reviews


  • Emily Hall

    Eric is an incredible teacher who uses innovative teaching techniques to motivate the student. He is patient and kind, and I'm amazed at how quickly my son is progressing in his piano playing abilities!

  • Angela Dodorico

    I have known the good people of Listening House Studios for nearly a decade. I am so happy that my daughters were able to start lessons with Eric at a young age. His patience, enthusiasm, flexibility, and teaching abilities have made such a difference in their young lives! He truly listens to his students( and their parents)! We find that even when lessons are difficult, Eric’s positivity is infectious! This helps drive my children to keep working harder, and develop their self-confidence in music. He has set a great example and standard for his students!

  • Karen Pickens

    Professionalism. Punctuality. Encouraging. Eric teaches in a way that I can learn. When I haven’t had the best week and feel like I didn’t do that well, I always leave feeling encouraged and ready to be challenged again. I’m 54 and taking lessons again, and I’m having fun learning! I highly recommend Listening House Studios!!!

  • Joan Beck

    This letter speaks for itself: May 2016 Eric Barfield Listening House Studios St Charles, MO Dear Eric: I have always had the utmost respect for educators, especially those who teach our children and grandchildren in their formative years. My respect for your studio is unsurpassed in this regard. You are in a strong position of influencing not only your students’ knowledge of the subject matter, but also development of their self-confidence and motivation as well as their attitude toward life in general. Your emphasis on practice, your use of technology to enhance their learning, and on songwriting and performing keeps them engaged, excited and challenged. We are so thankful for your willingness to allow family members and friends to attend your sessions. This flexibility provides us with an opportunity to be a part of their learning experience in a real way, and to be able to further attest to your excellence as musicians and teachers. The recitals have been very enjoyable and your diverse group of students is evidence of your acceptance of students of all ages, ethnicity and background. It was a stroke of luck that Aviana’s mother Amanda located your website when searching for a piano instructor for her over 5 years ago and we are so grateful that you accepted her as a student. We are sad that her relationship with your studio is ending, but excited that she is off to further learning and exciting opportunities at college. Brad, Amanda, Aviana and I thank you again for your expertise, your patience and your encouragement of Ava and all your students. Please feel free to use all or any portion of this letter in any manner you like. You are amazing! Warmest regards, Joan Beck (Aviana Pingel’s grandmother)

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

After we talk through the details of what kind of lessons the student is looking for, we set up a free consultation where we meet and set goals. Once we’ve come up with a strategy together for lessons, we set a regular weekly meeting and start lessons right away.

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

I have a background in classical and jazz, but my heart has always been for modern music. I spent 15 years in private lessons with various teachers, but most of my development as a musician has come from working in the music industry full-time since I graduated. I feel that gives me a more practical, relatable teaching style than many more classical-focused teachers in the area.

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

As a new studio in Nashville (although I have over 12 years experience teaching), I offer very competitive rates while giving students a fantastic teaching experience. We’re working hard to build a reputation in our new home, and our pricing reflects that. Please e-mail my wife, Sarah, at [email protected] for more details.

How did you get started teaching?

When I was 17, I was asked by a friend to teach her son. I initially turned them down, but she kept bugging me and I finally gave in. I caught the teaching bug, and never looked back! To date I’ve taught over 130 students, and it’s been one of the greatest joys of my career.

What types of students have you worked with?

I’ve taught all ages from 6 to 75, but my heart is for hyperactive younger students. I seem to really click with high-energy kids, and have a knack for helping them to focus and develop as musicians.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I recently took on a 7 year old with ADHD. He was really struggling in school, and his parents weren’t sure he’d be able to learn piano at all. At the end of two months he was regularly playing the piano for several hours each week and so excited about the music he was creating. His father pulled me aside and told me that piano lessons were the bright spot of his son's whole week! There’s no greater joy to me than seeing students get a “win” through music,  and seeing the impact it has on the rest of their life.

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

Look at the results. Many teachers will claim to be talented, but the proof is in how well their students play. Ask to see videos of their students performing to see if a teacher really understands how to create great musicians. (If you’d like to see some of our students performing, check out my Listening House Studios website @ 

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

In order to see results, piano lessons take strong habits. Regular lessons are key, as well as a consistent practice habit. It doesn’t take a lot of time, but I always recommend parents and students think through how they’ll implement healthy habits before jumping into lessons.