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 150 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 contact me 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. "

Events 2020


April 1  Workshop (11am-12pm)
Līhu’e Public Library in Līhu’e, HI

April 5  Workshop (2-4pm)
Bandwagon Music Center in Lihue, HI

April 25  Workshop
Music Center of the Northwest in Seattle, WA

May 16 – June 6  Online Course (4 sessions)
Athena’s Advanced Academy

Workshops & Courses


  • the many benefits to making music
  • 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
  • simple things you can do starting now

“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 & Parent

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