Congratulations Graduating Seniors!

I was thrilled to honor our graduating seniors: (top to bottom) Annalise Patzer, Alaina Patzer and Aidan Roy, at the June 9th Spring Recital.  Each students received a bell from my collection, which was started years ago to honor my High School piano teacher, Alexandra Jaskolski.  The students also receive music, a small cash gift and a letter about our years together.  I will miss you three SO much!IMG_6221IMG_6214IMG_6204IMG_6226

Calling All Musicians – Experience the Thrill of Playing Together!

IMG_1888  Left to right:  John Logan, Max Trulby and Sam Rowland,playing a trio a “few” years ago!IMG_1890

Whether you play piano, another instrument or sing, the Alison S. Barr Music Studio would like to help you play with other musicians in either a classical, pop, or rock ensemble. We’ll assemble a group for you, get you set up for your first rehearsal and help pick out some starting tunes!

Parents, feel free to let your children’s friends know — they don’t have to be part of the studio to take part.

If you’re interested, email me or use the contact form on this site to let me know you are interested.  Here’s the short Information and Registration Form to fill out and return:

Calling All Musicians Registration and Informationa Form

This will help me put together the perfect group!

I hope to have some groups up and running by this summer.  There will be a nominal registration fee, but no ongoing tuition costs.

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Summer Piano Fundamentals for Middle and High School Musicians

Please spread the word!  I’m teaching an exciting new curriculum this summer!

Available in either a private lesson or small class format, I’ve modeled this curriculum on the successful experiences I’ve had teaching middle and high school musicians.  Please let me know if there is someone – school music teacher or student – who might like to register!

You can download the brochure through the link below:

Piano Fundamentals for Middle and High School Musicians


Classical Recital at St. Andrews – A Belated Congratulations!

In early February, five students played beautifully in a “by-invitation-only” Classical Recital held by the South Shore Music Teachers Association.  Students performing were Jack Rowland, Annalise Patzer, Alaina Patzer, Diana Won and David Won, Jr., accompanying their dad, David Won, Sr.IMG_4383IMG_4386And thanks to Ingrid Kotch for providing these photos!


J.S. Bach – Master of Invention – Thanks for Attending!

Thank you to all my students, colleagues and friends who attended the J. S. Bach talk at the James Library.  It was a full house and everyone seemed to enjoy the talk and music.  Attending from our studio family were David Won, Jr., Diana Won, their dad, David Won, Sr., Juliana and Len Ning, Donna Porter, and Kasey Erikson and her mom, Tabitha.  I also want to thank my dear colleague, Janna Bruene, for once again collaborating on this event.IMG_4737IMG_4732


Winter Recitals – January 13, 2017

Many thanks to all the students who played so beautifully!  Also, thank you to Carmen Cardoza and her students Emma and Elizabeth Beyer, who played as our guests.  It was a special treat to hear David Won, Sr., tenor, accompanied on two lovely songs by his children Diana and David, Jr.  I am sorry we missed Grace Reed, John Logan and Harrison Logan, but we will hear them the next time around!  Diana Flynn is not pictured, but she performed in the early recital.


Happy New Year *** Winter Recitals *** Group Classes

First, I would like to wish all of my students and their families a fantastic 2017!  We have lots coming up.  I ask all of you to please look at the latest “Creative Practicing Blog”

This post tells about all the curriculum components we’ll be studying in January and February and also inspires us to reinvigorate our commitment to practicing on a regular daily basis, using a “Practicing Check-Up Card” that I’ve created and will give out at the first lesson in 2017!  Very exciting New Year’s Resolution!

Winter Recital – January 13, 2017 and Group Class (January 4, 6 and 7 choices) information:

Thanks for your attention to everything!  Please note that there will be no private lessons held during the week of Monday, January 16 – Thursday, January 19, 2017, while I’ll be in Florida running my Midwinter Adult Piano Retreat.

It’s “Play for Each Other Week!”

Our Winter Recital is Friday, January 13, 2017!

This week, each student is sharing his or her recital piece (whatever portion they choose) with the student who comes either before or after them.  This way, we can all get a little taste of what the recital will feel like before we have our group classes in January.  Thanks so much for helping make this schedule possible.  I know it will be a great experience, even if it’s just for a few minutes!

Thank you, Michelle, for the lovely tribute!

Once in a while, a student writes a tribute that is worth sharing with the entire studio community.  I am humble and proud to post such a tribute, written by former student, Michelle Murphy of Hanover, who is now attending Bridgewater State University and studying Elementary Education.  I am honored that I have made a positive difference in Michelle’s life and hope that I continue to have this same influence on the other wonderful students I teach every day!  Thanks, Michelle!!!


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