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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 over 20 years, I have taught piano privately and have been actively involved in creating enrichment programming for Suzuki/Traditional group classes by serving on numerous committees at The Royal Conservatory of Music.   My pedagogical path has recently taken me to the public school board where I teach Vocal Music to students in K-6.  In this energetic setting, I have developed a Suzuki Recorder program for Grade 4-6, directed Boomwhacker Clubs and school choirs.  

Presently, I do maintain a home studio for piano and theory. I am a member of the RCM College of Examiners, Ontario College of Teachers, O.R.M.T.A.Suzuki Association of the Americas and serve as the piano representative for the Suzuki Association of Ontario.