Thinking about piano lessons for yourself or a child?
You’ve come to the right place. Contact Barry for a free consultation at his Valley Village studio. He would love to meet you! This consultation is a chance to get acquainted, assess your skills, determine long-term goals, and learn the specifics of Barry’s teaching methods and policies. There’s no obligation and should you begin lessons, there’s no registration fee.
People all over the Los Angeles area take piano lessons with Barry, from North Hollywood, Studio City, Toluca Lake, Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena, to Sherman Oaks, Van Nuys, Encino, Woodland Hills, Northridge, Ventura and more!
- Beginner – Advanced
- Ages 6 – Adult and Seniors
- Skilled communication with all age groups
- At your home or our Valley Village studio
- Member: Music Teachers’ Association of California (MTAC)
- Member: California Association of Professional Music Teachers (CAPMT)
- Piano Teaching Policy available HERE
- Client reviews available below
- Teaching since 1994
YOUR FUTURE IN MUSIC BEGINS NOW!
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Beyond piano lessons… CONTEMPORARY MUSIC PRODUCTION
Music Software • Digital Recording • Sequencing • MIDI • Synthesis • Sound Design
In addition to piano lessons, the Wehrli Music Studio, offers keyboard lessons as well as hands-on training with state-of-the-art hardware and software by Apple, Yamaha, Roland, Kurzweil, Korg, Steinberg, MOTU, Synthology, and more. Or get in-home help with your own instrument or system. With decades of experience in electronic music production, Barry can solve many of the complexities behind today’s home studios. Contact him HERE.
I moved my daughter to Barry for piano lessons after 7 years with another instructor. Here's the basic difference. The other instructor taught Batya how to play songs. Barry teaches how to play piano. He has an excellent series of books that he has authored to provide a framework for the kids to learn. He has extraordinary patience with his students. There is a quiet, structured environment for the one-on-one sessions. The quality of the instruction is top notch. Barry is a real pro who not only loves kids but loves his trade. I highly recommend him if you are considering piano lessons for yourself or for your children.
My 11 year old son Alex has been talking piano lessons from Barry for the past few years. Barry is a highly professional, creative, responsible person. He has unlimited patience for his students, never raises his voice, always explains in the right way and instills a feeling of confidence in his students. Barry has a very effective teaching method based on his own instructional books. Alex is looking forward to every lesson. I really appreciate Barry's hard work in teaching my son!!! If you have the lucky chance to meet Mr Barry Wehrli, please don't hesitate to ask him to be a teacher for your children or even for yourself :))))
I am a currently a piano student of Barry’s and have been for a few years now. I always wanted to learn how to play the piano and was looking for a teacher that would be patient and supportive during my learning process. As I started my piano journey with Barry I quickly noted his passion for teaching and his desire for wanting me to be successful in my piano playing. He constantly encourages and reminds me when my hands, fingers, wrists (or whole body for that matter) need to be adjusted to help facilitate certain music passages that I may be having difficulties with. In addition, Barry is an active musician which I feel adds practicality to my own learning and playing experience. If you are looking for a piano teacher who is knowledgeable, meticulous (in a good way), encouraging and supportive of your piano playing goals, give him a call.
I've been taking piano lessons from Barry for the past few years and he might be the most exceptional teacher I've ever had -- incredibly patient and analytical. I've seen strong and steady growth in my skills throughout my studies with him and am very happy with what I've accomplished. In addition to being a great in-person instructor I'm actually more impressed with his published instructional books - esp the Mastering Intervals Book and Piano/Keyboard Technique book. They're all so well designed and challenging, yet rewarding and straightforward.
Before we begin, let me tell you the reasons why the first two times I tried to learn piano, I failed. First, I was too young and did not want to learn when it was my parents who chose for me to learn piano. Second, I did not have a good teacher who actually taught me to play piano. As they say, third time’s the charm. This time, I had the motivation and all I needed was a good teacher. Thankfully, I found him. Before I started my lessons with Barry, I didn’t have a rudimentary concept between a good and bad piano teacher. In my mind, a bad teacher was someone who was strict and rude. However, after my lessons, I soon realized what a good piano teacher needed. First and foremost is patience. I am an older student and I had the discipline needed to practice, but I was also a full-time college student. Barry was very flexible and patient with me when I informed him of my midterms, finals, and generally whenever I was not going to be able to practice as much as I did. He understood that my school came first and collaborated with me to make a flexible practice schedule. Second, is technique. Barry asks you to buy a set of books necessary for his piano curriculum. That may seem odd or inefficient since there would be so many other books you could buy, but that notion is incorrect. Barry’s books are super integral into actually learning piano. Any other book you buy for ten dollars or so will teach you how to play songs, but not technique. With Barry and his books, I realized just how much technique was necessary to play piano. Drills that seem like they should have been a walk in a park really tested my finger coordination, accuracy, and speed. The drills at time will be frustrating and tedious but I can promise you that you will emerge a better player because of it and that is something that you cannot buy in any book or with any teacher. Third, is positive reinforcement. I must admit that there were some weeks that I didn’t practice or practice enough and I knew that Barry knew; the both of us could tell. However, on those weeks, I never felt any sort of punishment or disappointment. Barry always had a “let’s just keep moving forward!” attitude. Then came the weeks when I did practice a lot and I was able to show him just how much commitment I put forth. My hard work, without fail, was always recognized and always met with enthusiasm and excitement that really made me feel that all those hours of practice were worth it. Barry really believed in me and motivated me to be my best piano player. Whatever your age your skill level, Barry will be the right choice. Take it from someone who has tried to play piano not once but three times.
Barry is one of the greatest teacher I've come across. His teaching style motivates you to learn more and to become a better player. He explains theory when necessary to help his students to have better understanding of certain materials. I've learned so much over the year. His passion for music is what keeps me interested in having him as my piano teacher. I definitely recommend Barry if you want to grow as a musician!
There is no better piano instructor than Barry. Not only does he use effective teaching techniques and materials (his own workbooks) to explain key music points but he also has a great temperament and is very responsive to the student's interests in learning a particular style of music. I worked with Barry to learn jazz techniques after gaining a more solid foundation in scales and other music essentials through my studies with him. I always looked forward to my lessons as Barry made them most enjoyable and I felt my progress throughout the time I studied with him. As an adult piano player who returned to lessons after a hiatus of a few years, I found that Barry brought out the best in me as I sought to further my piano skills and playing. I highly recommend him.
Our older son agreed to take to take piano lessons on a trial basis. After only one month under Barry’s care and guidance,he decided to continue and has enjoyed piano for the past five years. Our younger son is just completing his first year. I’ve seen first-hand how Barry’s originality and personalized instruction carries a project from beginning to end. It is wonderful to see the progress – from a student who cannot read music to one who composes and plays for his own enjoyment.
Barry noted my son’s interest in music at a very young age and was willing to begin lessons when other teachers would not even attempt it. Barry’s lessons have been wonderful for my son. While Barry has high expectations of his students, he displays compassion and patience that I have not seen in other teachers. This makes challenging lessons more palatable and productive. Barry also is very observant and in-tune with his students. For example, he noted that my son has perfect pitch when he was only three. That was a thrilling discovery!
We see results that often times brings tears to our eyes as parents when we hear our daughter not only gain more and more command of the piano as an instrument but also develop a deeper and deeper appreciation of music in general. We are convinced that you are helping to create a skill and develop a talent that, at a minimum, will provide our daughter a perennial source of enjoyment throughout her life.