A core belief of mine is that talent is not what will create a good violinist. All students can be successful given the right environment. Talent, to a degree, can help along the way, but perseverance and smart practice are by far the most important qualities in a musician. That is why quality daily practice is crucial to the improvement of the student. In addition, it is important that the student has big goals, motivation, and passion for playing the violin. There are no limits to a student’s growth if he or she possesses these qualities daily.
“Ms. Alicia Barker is kind, patient, and provides feedback and strategies for improvement in a way that keeps the lesson fun, and that the students can understand. One of the best teachers in any discipline I have come across.”