"Barbie’s mission is to help others become lifelong musicians."
Barbie believes that everyone has the potential to learn music, to love music, and to 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.
Barbie’s love of music is seeped in her passion for world cultures, bringing 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 percussion with the Oakland Public Conservatory Orchestra, performed tango music with Orquesta Z, and played classical music with Accordion Chamber Ensemble. Barbie is a member of Music Teachers National Association, Music Teachers Association of California, Suzuki Association of the Americas, and National Association for Music Education.
Barbie studied piano pedagogy with Caroline Fraser and is a certified Suzuki piano instructor. She has taught ‘ukulele at a K-8 public school, and currently teaches piano and ‘ukulele to students of all ages. When Barbie is not making music, she loves to do parkour and climb trees.