Sharon Barnea

Sharon Barnea
3.33 star(s) from 6 votes

Graduated with a Masters in Advanced Performance from the Royal College of Music, London, and taught by eminent pedagogues around the world, I have learnt what is required from a young pianist in order to achieve a very high international standard, whether or not the pupil chooses to pursue this as a career in a very competitive world. As a soloist and chamber musician, I am constantly discovering new techniques and training possibilities, and possess first-hand knowledge of the piano repertoire and history of music and musicians, and of all other aspects related to performance, such as recital/competition/exam preparation and stage deportment, which I pass on.

Through over 16 years experience teaching children and adults of all levels in public schools as well as privately, I have learnt to quickly assess my pupils’ strengths and weaknesses, and tailor a personal programme that helps them acquire confidence and allows them to reach their maximum potential. Always expecting a high level of performance, I have successfully prepared my pupils for exams, competitions and concerts, and many of them have won piano competitions.

"My son has been learning piano with Sharon for almost two years now (starting as a complete beginner, aged 10) and has enjoyed his lessons immensely, making remarkable progress in this relatively short time.  Sharon is a kind and patient teacher who has made learning really enjoyable for my son, whilst paying great attention to detail and technique which stood him in good stead for very successful exam and scholarship performances.  I would wholeheartedly recommend him as a piano teacher, as would my son."- Clare

"Sharon has helped me to receive a Distinction in my Grade 2 music exam through his patience when teaching and his keen attention to detail. His passion for music has fuelled my own and motivated me to practice more. Without this perfect combination of patience, passion and his own professional understanding of music; I would not be the enthusiastic pianist I am today."- Nicola

"Sharon has been the piano teacher for my son and daughter for the past four years and I am extremely happy with their progress. Not only have they confidently moved on up through the grades, but, more importantly, they have developed a real love of the instrument. Sharon is patient, punctual and communicates a real love of music whilst still installing the discipline and habits required for a high-level performance."- Nathalie

"For the last year and a half, Sharon has introduced our son (now almost seven years old) to the piano, and all of us (our son included) have greatly enjoyed the process.  The results have been impressive, and our son received extremely encouraging feedback after his prep test.  Sharon combines high standards and a methodical and structured approach as a teacher with considerable patience and a good sense of humour -- which make him very adept at dealing with young children."- Frank


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Tuning Temperaments

How many piano tuning temperaments are there? There are countless variations, but most fall within three major categories;

1. Meantone, which generally concentrated the dissonance into a few unusable intervals (often called "wolf" intervals), so that the others could be Just. These are often called "restrictive" tunings, since there are certain intervals that are not usable. Good intervals are really good, bad ones are really bad. The Meantone era was approx. 1400-1700

2. Well-Temperament, which gives more consonance to the most often used keys, and more dissonance to the lesser used ones. Though not equal, these tunings are "non-restrictive" because all intervals can be used. The intervals range from Just to barely acceptable. Well-temperament refers to a genre, not a specific tuning. The Well-Tempered era is approx. 1700-1880.

3. Equal Temperament, which spreads the dissonance equally among all intervals. There is no difference in consonance or dissonance between any keys, thus, there are no good ones or bad ones. Equal temperament represents a complete average. Dates of its acceptance are debated, but there is ample evidence that it was widely available by 1900 and is the predominate tuning on keyboards, today. r.