Barbara Byczko, B.Mus, B.Ed (OCT), M.A., L.T.C.L., A.R.C.T.
From an early age, I knew that I wanted to become a teacher and realized through teaching piano that I enjoyed the one-on-one aspect of private lessons. I have spent many years perfecting my teaching methods to find new and enticing ways to bring out the best in every student. I have worked with all types of learning styles including children with special needs, autism, and intellectual delays, both as a piano teacher and a group music teacher at Surrey Place Centre. Patience is the key to any student-teacher relationship as well as mutual respect. I encourage parental involvement so that everyone is "on board" to create and nurture a supportive environment for the student.
For 20 years, I was a Piano Faculty member at The Royal Conservatory of Music and served on numerous committees involved in creating and implementing enrichment programming for Suzuki/Traditional group classes. My pedagogical path evolved to include teaching Vocal Music to students in Grades K-6. In this energetic setting, I have developed a Suzuki Recorder program for Grade 4-6, directed Boomwhacker Clubs, Recorder ensembles and school choirs.