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Piano Lessons

Piano lessons, either online or in-studio, are offered to all ages including adults and seniors  All levels and styles of music are taught. Ford offers a traditional approach as he works to develop a solid technique and a fluid ability play classical, jazz, and modern styles. It is not just a piano lesson it's a complete, in-depth and fun music program. The lessons include music theory and history, ear training and sight reading.  The lessons are tailored to each student's skill and needs.


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Ford is a RCM Certified Teacher and qualifies under the category of an Advanced Piano Specialist. In addition to this, he is also a member of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers' Association

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Online piano lessons are an attractive option for those with busy schedules, travel frequently, confined to home, or can't find the right teacher in there local area.


How Online Piano Lessons Work

Online Piano Lesson Setup

The setup for an online piano lesson is very simple. Zoom is widely used for the purpose.  A laptop computer is preferable. A cell phone or tablet do not work well as the image generated is too small and it is difficult to aim the camera. A music stand is used to position the camera. However, if you do not have a music stand then you can easily improvise.


Advantages of Online Piano Lessons

I must admit I was not a fan of online piano lessons at first. However, I am a convert. I have accumulated experience in giving online lessons and have found they work just as well as a regular lesson. I have consistently received positive feedback from the lessons. Compared to an in-person lesson, online piano lessons offer some clear advantages. Below, I have provided a list of a few attractive features.

  • No travelling is needed as the online piano lessons are taken at home
  • No need to collect your music to take to your lesson
  • Sound quality is sufficient for teaching at all levels and improving all the time
  • Interactive on screen white boards can be shared between teacher and student
  • Annotations can be made using music reading applications while screen sharing with students
  • Both student and teacher can instantly perform on their own instrument (without needing to switch places)
  • No one needs to be house proud
  • Transient students/families can take their teacher with them

Studio Piano Lessons

Ford's teaching studio is located 5 minute walk from the College Park Subway Station.

The address is 31 Alexander Street, Toronto

FAQ About Piano Lessons

No! In general, adults learn faster than children. The most important factor that determines the speed of learning is the amount of practice. Children often have more time available and are more consistent then adults. In addition, as eager learners, children often absorb new information quickly. On the other hand, adults have a greater ability to understand the complexity involved in playing the piano. Adults progress quickly with focus and daily practice.
Yes, performance is an integral part of learning to play the piano. Opportunities to gain performance experience include visits to Long-Term Care Facilities, Student Recitals, Adult Performance Classes, Music Festivals, and RCM Exams.
To start, encourage your child to practice at least fifteen minutes every day. The frequency of practice is crucial and quality is more important than quantity. When a student doesn’t practice, the lesson becomes a supervised practice session. While this is useful, the student does not benefit from the full potential of the lesson and progress slows down.
Absolutely. You will need 88 keys and fully weighted keyboard. If you need an instrument, consider renting with the option to buy from a local music store. Long & McQuade Musical Instruments is a good place to start.
The average age when a child has developed the necessary attention span for a 30 minute piano lesson is six. However, if your child shows the maturity and interest, starting at five may work.


Ford conducts weekly piano lessons. The lessons range in length from thirty to sixty minutes. The length depends on age, level, and the amount of time for practice.  The tuition for lessons is $60 per hour. The fee for a 30-minute lessons is $30. Students are required to pay for lessons one month in advance. Lesson policies followed are those recommended by the Ontario Registered Music Teachers' Association.

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"Music can change the world because it can change people." - Bono

  • Music conveys our cultural heritage. It is as important to know about Beethoven and Louis Armstrong as it is to know about Newton and Einstein
  • As an inherent intelligence in all people, musicianship deserves to be developed
  • Creative and self-expressive, it enables the expression of our noblest thoughts and feelings
  • Students learn about their relationships with others, in both their own and foreign culture
  • Music enhances Scholastic Performance
  • Students experience avenues of success they may not experience elsewhere in their educational curriculum
  • Students learn that not all life is quantifiable
  • Music exalts the human spirit

A brain containing music from studio or online piano lessons


The Benefits of Music Education: An Overview of Current
Neuroscience Research by the  Royal Conservatory of Music, 2014

Get Your Child to Practice


Ford Barker has pursued two different career paths. His first career was in Life Sciences. Ford completed his BSc in Life Sciences at Queen's University in Kingston. Following this, he worked at the University of Toronto on various research projects. While doing well in this field he felt a need for change. He decided to follow his life-long passion for music.

Ford's musical studies began at an early age. Most of his training was with the Royal Conservatory of Music. He holds an ARCT in Piano Teaching. In addition, he is an RCM Certified Teacher and qualifies under the category of an Advanced Piano Specialist. Also, he is a member of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers' Association. As a member of this group, he accepted a position of leadership on the executive committee. Ford believes a true teacher is also a student and his musical studies are ongoing. As both an experienced piano teacher and performer, he works independently and keeps up a busy practice. He believes all students have a natural ability and plans the lessons according to their needs. Furthermore, as a dedicated piano teacher, he considers it a privilege to share his love of music with others.

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Benefits of Study with a Registered Music Teacher

  • Assurance of qualified knowledgeable instruction
  • Opportunities for performance at Music Festivals, Examinations, Public Recitals, Studio Recitals and Master Classes, and Canada Music Week Celebrations
  • National and Provincial Student Competitions
  • Opportunities for students to receive scholarships in both practical and theoretical subjects
  • Opportunities for advanced students to develop applied pedagogical knowledge and experience needed to obtain a Teachers Associate Diploma

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Ford is an excellent teacher. Having RCM credentials while choosing to specialize on piano instruction (rather than a number of different instruments) was appealing to me. I also appreciated that he was so accommodating when it came to having lessons at a time that would work best with my busy schedule. His approach is structured, patient, and encouraging. As an older beginner, I like how his feedback is technical about what I did well (with every piece that I play) and also what I still need to work on. His knowledge of the various composers and having the occasional (impromptu) duet is a nice treat as well. Several months after starting, I am excited to continue this musical journey with Ford as my instructor and highly recommend him. Travis
Travis Bailey
Travis Bailey
03:51 03 Apr 18
I have had an excellent experience with Ford as a piano teacher. I feel I have made significant progress with my piano lessons with him, developing both technical skills and an understanding of music theory. His feedback is always constructive and I would recommend him without reservations to any student!
Charlotte Switzer
Charlotte Switzer
15:48 03 Apr 18
Ford is amazing as a piano teacher. He is really knowledgeable about the history of music and musical structure. I really feel that I am improving and learning more about different techniques than ever before.
Rosie Leigh
Rosie Leigh
23:11 29 Mar 18
As an adult learner, I found Ford to be very patient, nurturing and accommadating to my individual interests and needs. He really takes the time to teach techniques and practicing routines that work best for me. After about half a year of working with Ford, I'm already seeing a significant improvement in my playing ability and enjoyment from playing the piano. Thanks, Ford!
James Hang
James Hang
12:52 22 Sep 17
My two sons have been working with Ford and I highly recommend him. He has progressed their technical skills, helped them understand music and perfected their playing to levels that go beyond my expectations. He manages to encourage them and keep them motivated to play while also providing direct and constructive feedback. We couldn’t be happier with Ford’s teaching.
Margie Peskin
Margie Peskin
15:47 23 Apr 17
Ford is a great teacher. He's patient and knowledgeable abut piano techniques, repetoire and styles. I am an adult student and he is encouraging and positive. Under his guidance, I have improved tremendously. He is excellent on the classics: Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and Chopin. I recommend Ford Barker as a teacher of piano.
Michael Ford
Michael Ford
13:43 05 Apr 18
Ford is a wonderful teacher and makes learning the piano fun! His lessons are tailored and accordingly paced for each student, building on their strengths and paying extra attention to areas where they need help. He is extremely patient and encouraging, and can put even the most nervous student completely at ease. I recommend him highly to anyone looking to learn to play the piano!
Seema Shenoy
Seema Shenoy
20:06 13 Apr 18
I've been studying with Ford for almost a year now and I can say he's incredibly knowledgeable and talented at explaining technique, theory, history, etc. He's shown me the difference between bringing a piece of music to life instead of simply playing the right notes. Best of all, he's been very patient with a slow learner such as myself!
Tyroney Macaroni
Tyroney Macaroni
17:59 11 Apr 18
Ford is a wonderful teacher, I am an adult student. Even I had learned to play piano for past 17 years on and off with different teachers, my performance is still not good and had some bad habits. Since I started to take lesson from Ford, he corrected that which I found really helpful in my daily practice. I love Ford’s teaching style, he is amazing patient.
01:36 01 Mar 19
I've had a couple of piano teachers in the past but Ford has been the only one I've felt comfortable with. His lessons are always a relaxed atmosphere but totally focused on the lesson. He's very patient and explains technique clearly with good instruction how to practice at home. Over all, I'm delighted with my progress so far. I highly recommend Ford if you're looking for solid piano tutoring
stephen coghlan
stephen coghlan
21:44 25 Mar 19
All three of our sons have taken piano lessons from Ford in the past 10 years. We signed up our boys at 7 or 8 years of age with a view to giving them a basic grounding in music. Ford is a dedicated teacher and has helped them achieve that and more. I would happily recommend Ford as a piano teacher.
Milos Barutciski
Milos Barutciski
10:54 09 Apr 19
Ford Barker is an Outstanding Piano Teacher. He has an easy going and unassuming manner, but behind that is a depth of Musical knowledge and Piano Technique. I started with Ford one year ago and am amazed at how much I have learnt in that time. I attribute this to his Natural teaching ability. He brings structure and direction but also inspiration to continue. Ford engages with his students guiding you through / around obstacles. This is why Ford is the right teacher for me and the right teacher for anyone with an interest at learning to play Piano.
Gary Burren
Gary Burren
02:13 11 Jul 19
I've had a couple of piano teachers in the past but Ford has been the only one I've felt comfortable with. His lessons are always a relaxed atmosphere but totally focused on the lesson. He's very patient and explains technique clearly with good instruction how to practice at home. Over all, I'm delighted with my progress so far. I highly recommend Ford if you're looking for solid piano tutoring
stephen coghlan
stephen coghlan
21:44 25 Mar 19
Ford is an excellent teacher, especially to our 8 year old son, who always looks forward to his lessons with him. It's a highlight of his week. He works on dynamics and timing, tailoring to his needs, even adding a touch of music history from time to time. He helped take our son's progress to such a high level, not only with the RCM level exams but with the ORMTA Junior Scholarship Recitals, which our son was invited to, by virtue of his talent, that was encouraged by his teacher. Ford is supportive, knowledgeable, firm yet patient. We highly recommend him!
15:12 06 Feb 20
I highly recommend Ford Barker. I started learning piano last year. I'm 28 and Ford was able to accommodate to my work schedule. It's been a year now and I saw a great progress in my learning process. Ford has also the full setup for online lesson if needed. He is following the Royal Conservatory of Music method. He will ensure you build up the fundamental skills if you are a starter to make sure your continuous progress.
00:40 30 Apr 20
Patient, Passionate and Insightful - Couldn't have found a better teacher!
Hayden Hayes
Hayden Hayes
15:20 25 Mar 20