All ages including adults and seniors are welcome to take piano lessons. All levels and styles of music are taught. Enjoy private piano lessons in the comfort of your home or in a studio. 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 which are tailored each student's skill and needs.
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. Ford teaches in the central Toronto area. He provides in-home lessons or in-studio lessons. He organizes two locations for in-studio lessons. One is near the intersection of St. Clair and Yonge and the other near Carlton and Sherbourne.
At what age should my child start piano lessons?
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.
Is a digital piano good enough for lessons?
Absolutely. 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. For information about buying a digital piano visit the blog posting The Digital Piano (Game Changer).
How much should my child practice?
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.
Do you have student piano recitals?
Yes, performance experience is an integral part of learning to play the piano. Performance opportunities include visits to Long-Term Care Facilities, Student Recitals, Adult Performance Classes, Music Festivals, and RCM Exams.
Do children learn music faster than adults?
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 greater ability to understand the complexity involved in playing the piano. Adults progress quickly with focus and daily practice.
Tuition for Piano Lessons
The fee for lessons is $60 per hour. Students are required to pay four lessons in advance. The cost of four 30-minute lessons is $120. Lessons policies followed are those recommended by the Ontario Registered Music Teachers' Association.
Benefits of Music Education
"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
- Music is an inherent intelligence in all people and deserves to be developed
- Music is creative and self-expressive, enabling the expression of our noblest thoughts and feelings
- Music teaches students about their relationships with others, in both their own and foreign culture
- Music enhances scholastic performance
- Music offers students avenues of success they may not experience elsewhere in their educational curriculum
- Music helps students learn that not all life is quantifiable
- Music exalts the human spirit
- 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
I was looking for a piano teacher in Toronto and I am so happy I came across Ford. His knowledge and passion for classical music is evident in each lesson. He is an effective piano teacher, with a strong focus on technique, line and detail. He appropriately challenges his students and is genuinely interested in their musical development. I look forward to my next lesson with him! When I have kids, I’ll be asking Ford to teach them!
Ford is one of the most talented and sensitive pianists. Over ten years, I had the pleasure to be his student. Ford has extraordinary teaching skills, patience and knowledge. He makes the lessons fun, yet at the same time professional. I strongly recommend his wisdom and knowledge.
I only studied with Ford for a short period of time but, in that period, he was able to impart to me a great deal of insight about not only the music we worked on, but about music in general. He has helped me further my personal style by critiquing through discussion, and allowing me to form my own opinions as to how pieces should be approached. He is a fantastic teacher from whom much can be learned, and whom I greatly recommend.
I have been a student of Ford Barker for about two years. In that time, I have made progress as a pianist – my technique has improved and the pieces I work on sound more accomplished. During my time as Ford’s student, I have learned pieces by Bach, Mozart, Chopin and Debussy. This is a wide variety of music and because of his long experience as a teacher, Ford knows and understands all of this music. Ford is especially good at technique, phrasing, articulation and memorization so that now I play more accurately and more musically. Ford is patient, knowledgeable and loves music. I recommend Ford as a teacher to anyone, both beginners and more seasoned players.
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.
Ford Barker believes in giving students a solid technique; counting, scales, phrasing, musicality etc. He is patient and kind to all ages, from the very young to senior citizens and has an innate ability in dealing with learning disabilities.
Our son Anthony, has been taking piano lessons with Ford for the last 6 years. He has helped Anthony to achieve his musical potential. He is always a serious professional who really cares about increasing his student’s knowledge and love for music. His regular recital sessions are a particular part of the training for the students.”His regular recital sessions are a particular part of the training for the students. Ford is a great piano teacher and mentor for anyone seeking greater achievement and enjoyment in piano studies. He is highly experienced and very professional. He uses a very balanced piano education program, which emphasizes technique, theory and musicality.