Barbara Byers is a vocalist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist experienced in a wide variety of musical styles. She holds a PhD in music from the University of California, San Diego, and performs choral works and contemporary theater with renowned Berkeley-based women’s choir, Kitka. In addition, she has composed, produced, staged and recorded two original rock operas and has performed locally and internationally.

As a music educator, Barbara believes in creating an environment that is welcoming and empowering for her students. She has a passion for teaching and believes that music lessons should be both fun and exciting. Barbara’s teaching philosophy centers around the idea that music is a powerful force that has the ability to transform lives. Her goal is to help her students develop a strong musical foundation while encouraging them to explore their own creativity.

Barbara’s approach to teaching is tailored to each individual student’s interests and motivations. She understands that everyone learns differently and takes the time to get to know her students on a personal level. Barbara’s lessons are designed to create a safe and supportive environment where her students can develop their musical skills while feeling valued and empowered.

In addition to her training in contemporary classical and regional folk music, Barbara is passionate about metal, rock, jazz and blues, and is delighted to teach any genre of music that interests her students, including pop, musical theater, and more. Her cross-cultural experiences growing up in small mountain communities in West Virginia and Nepal have given her a unique perspective on the power of music and its expression throughout the world. She has collaborated with musicians from various musical traditions, including Appalachia, Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East, and has incorporated these influences into her own musical style.

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We will text you a couple of days before your lesson to remind you that it’s almost music time.

On lesson day you arrive at our newly renovated studios. Your instructor will meet you in one of our lesson rooms which are all equipped with hi-quality instruments and amps that were individually handpicked. Before our time together is up, we ensure that you fully understand your practicing assignments and double-check that we provided you with all the music charts you need.

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More Info

ModernTone is located in the heart of downtown Lafayette at 1018-B Almanor Ln, Lafayette, CA 94549. We have a private parking lot and street parking is easy and plentiful. The studio’s location is right off the freeway so getting here from Walnut Creek, Orinda, Moraga, Martinez, Danville, San Ramon, Pleasant Hill and Concord is a fast and simple.

Lessons are $90 for a full hour and $55 for half-hour sessions. We recommend weekly lessons, but you are free to set the lesson frequency as you wish. We also offer monthly lesson plans designed for committed students who take lessons regularly. We respectfully request at least 24 hours notice for cancellations. No-shows and lessons cancelled less than 24 hours in advance will be charged in full.

Music is our love, our passion, and our trade. We have spent decades studying, practicing, and mastering this craft, eventually turning it into our livelihood. We rehearse regularly to stay on top of our game, follow industry trends and fashions, exchange ideas with other musicians constantly and strive to get better every single day.

  • We believe in pushing our students to their full potential, but doing so in a positive, nurturing and encouraging way
  • We believe that matching students with the right instructors help to form a better human connection between them and leads to better, happier students
  • We believe that music should be learned in a soulful, inspiring, and comfortable environment
  • We believe in using high-quality musical instruments and equipment

Our teaching and recording studios have been built from the ground up with acoustics and soundproofing in mind. We designed the spaces to be ideal for music teaching and recording. We handpick all of our amps, instruments, and accessories, and pride ourselves with using high-quality equipment that is made in the USA.

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ModernTone Studios
1018-B Almanor Ln.
Lafayette, CA 94549

7 days a week, 10am-8pm