Barbie's mission is to help others become lifelong musicians.
Barbie believes that every child has the potential to learn music, to love music, and play music with joy. She gives talks and workshops to parents and
teachers so that they learn how to guide children to learn music in a natural and joyful way.
Before Barbie found her life's purpose to help others become lifelong musicians, her love of music and passion for world cultures brought her to many parts of the world. Barbie has lived in Paris, France, where she researched Richard Strauss' opera Salome with a grant from Stanford University. In Sarnath, India, Barbie attended the Central Institute for Higher Tibetan Studies where she studied Tibetan Buddhism and meditation, and received an audience with the Dalai Lama.
While living in Honolulu, Hawai'i, Barbie hosted a radio show called "World Notes." For this show, she wrote and produced programs that featured music from around the world and interviews with local musicians such as the Brothers Cazimero. During her time in San Francisco, she played with J-Town Hui, an 'ukulele ensemble that performs Hawaiian music. Barbie learned 'ukulele fundamentals and Hawaiian lyrical singing with Hawaiian musician C.D. Ka'ala Carmack and advanced her 'ukulele skills with Kimo Hussey and Daniel Ho.
Barbie has played with the Oakland Public Conservatory Orchestra and now performs tango music with Orquesta Z.
Currently, Barbie teaches piano and 'ukulele to students of all ages. She is a certified Suzuki piano instructor and leads the group Bay Farm 'Ukulele, which is composed of vivacious middle-schoolers and talented teachers. Barbie serves on the Alameda Branch board of the Music Teachers Association of California and is a member of the Suzuki Association of America.
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