Raising a child is hard enough.
Raising a child to be musical can be even harder.
I’ve been there.
I know that it can be difficult.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.


Having taught over 200 students and raised two vivacious children of my own, I discovered that parents are the key component to a child’s musical success.

Music teachers see a child for only 30-60 minutes a week.
The remaining 100+ hours of a child’s waking life are
in the hands of the parent.

Most parents want to help but don’t know how.

If you want your child to make music for life,

come to a workshop,

check out my blog,

or sign up for a personal consultation.

"Making music & practicing does not have to be a struggle.
In fact, it can be simple, natural, and fun for parents and children."

Take a Parent Workshop

and discover…

how to create a musical home

when your child should begin lessons

what instrument to choose

how to help your child with practicing

how to awaken your child’s desire to make music

a deeper connection with your child

simple things you can do starting now

Parent Workshops

Secrets to Successful Music Lessons

Free Parent Talk

Do you want your child to love making music? Whether your child is 3 or 13, the quality of their music lessons directly affects their desire to make music and how well they play. In this talk, you will learn how to find the right teacher for your child, when your child should begin lessons, and how to navigate music lessons. You will find out how to best support your child during lessons and at home so that your child develops a passion for making music, practices effectively, and plays their instrument with joy.

Live Online 

Recording available

Saturday September 4

9am PST / 12pm EST


Motivation & Music Practicing

Do you want to know how to motivate your child to practice their instrument? This class will show you how to support and nurture your child’s desire to make music and guide you step by step in developing a positive and musically rich environment at home so that your child makes music with joy and ease. Each week, we will go over concepts and practical ideas you can use right away. We will also discuss effective practice techniques, how to implement them, and what really works with motivation.

Live Online 

Recording available

4 sessions

September 19 – October 10

9-10am PST / 12-1pm EST


“I was so excited after attending Barbie’s talk. It was presented in a very cohesive manner and had something for parents of children of all ages and levels.”

– Poppea Dorsam, Doctor of Musical Arts, Cello Teacher & Parent

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