Trevor Baron

Online Piano & Theory Instructor

 

I’m a certified online piano and theory teacher accredited by the Royal Conservatory of Music; I specialize in providing personalized online lessons using platforms such as Skype and Zoom.

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Music, literature and ambition

Music, literature and ambition

I'm not sure what it is about the creative spirit that leads people involved in the arts to explore their imaginations in multiple creative outlets, but there is something there. It's common for the music students I teach to express themselves through music, art,...

Two Home Studio Concepts

Two Home Studio Concepts

Here are two home studio concepts worth checking out. When I started researching studio setups for information on how to design my home studio, there seemed to be three general camps of people: those who store gear and swap it out as they need it, those who want...

Why listen to music?

Why listen to music?

Having taught piano for over 25 years, I'm still amazed at how many of my students don't listen to music. With all the ways to purchase and stream their favourite tunes, you'd think students would listen to their favourite artists nonstop. So, as a music student, why...

Conservatory Canada

Conservatory Canada

Conservatory Canada is a smaller conservatory to The Royal Conservatory of music but still a significant Canadian Conservatory of music. This institution grew from merging two independent examination systems: the Western Ontario Conservatory of Music based in London,...

Standardize your sheet music

Standardize your sheet music

As a self-publisher, should you standardize your sheet music? I must admit that my creative process follows the structure of a hurricane in that I often find my computer desktop littered with files for title pages, drafts of possible ideas, possible cover images, and...

Practicing with a metronome

Practicing with a metronome

Having studied orchestration for film and television, I find working with a metronome easy; when creating orchestral mock-ups timed to video in a digital audio workstation, the metronome is frequently, if not permanently, turned on. However, when I was just starting...

Why home studios evolve

Why home studios evolve

Why home studios evolve. Home recording studios come in all shapes and sizes, from a spare table in a living room where you can set up a laptop computer with a MIDI controller keyboard and a small pair of audio monitors to a multi-room studio in your basement with...

Are piano lessons necessary?

Are piano lessons necessary?

When I'm out shopping, running errands, or conducting studio business, I meet people, and we often start chatting. Once they discover what I do for a living, I often hear about relatives who've never taken piano lessons and how well they play. I enjoy these stories...

Music gear and inspiration

Music gear and inspiration

I only speak for myself, knowing everyone has different thoughts on the subject, but I find music gear and inspiration sometimes walk hand in hand. I'm a piano teacher by trade; I play the piano, whether an organ at church, a piano at lessons, or making a recording in...

Simple Time Signatures

Simple Time Signatures

I frequently get asked about time signatures, those goofy two numbers stacked on each other at the start of a piece of music. In this article, we'll review some simple time signatures and what they tell us about the music we're playing. This article does not serve as...

Royal Conservatory of Music

Royal Conservatory of Music

The Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) was established in 1886, and for some reason, it seems to be Canada's best-kept secret among the parents whose children I've taught. Having taught piano and theory for over 25 years and dealing with parents seeking lessons for...

Planning Your Practice Sessions

Planning Your Practice Sessions

So you've gone to your lesson and either started a new piece of music or continued working on a previous one. The teacher wrote suggestions for what you should work on over the upcoming week. You're at home now, ready to practice. You open up your notebook and read...

Are Time Signatures Fractions

Are Time Signatures Fractions

When many people start learning to read music, the main problem is they often have trouble understanding the different types of notes and how long each note is held; this can be especially true if they're unfamiliar with fractions. So, are time signatures fractions?...

Keeping A Practice Journal

Keeping A Practice Journal

There are many benefits to keeping a practice journal. Students go to their music lessons, and the teacher writes notes for things to remember and practice during the week; these are lesson notes; what is a practice journal? A practice journal is where you keep track...

Studio Cords and Management

Studio Cords and Management

Let's talk studio cords and management. Unfortunately, cord management is a problem with any home studio. Even with the most modest studio setups, there'll usually be a power, audio, or USB cable to contend with. The more cables you have in your studio, the more...

Five Stages of Recording

Five Stages of Recording

The creative process is wide open when making a single or album, meaning you can do anything. Whenever I make a recording, I think of a five-stage process: composing, producing, mixing, mastering, and distributing. The first stage is composing, which is usually one of...

Audio Patch Bays

Audio Patch Bays

Do you need a Patchbay? The answer to this question depends on how you route your audio. A patch bay is an extension of your device's audio ins and outs, whether keyboards, audio interfaces, or other outboard gear. The patch bay essentially puts all your gear's audio...

Memorize Your Music Faster

Memorize Your Music Faster

As a music student trying to memorize your piece for an exam or recital, you often have to tackle the issue of memorization and technical execution of playing a piece of music simultaneously. Memorization can sometimes be a struggle, but it is one that you can...

Finger Numbers for Piano

Finger Numbers for Piano

When you start taking piano lessons, one of the first things you learn about is your finger numbers. If you're new to piano, your right and left-hand fingers are numbered from your thumbs out. So your thumbs are one, index fingers are two, middle fingers are three,...

USB and your Studio

USB and your Studio

I'd always been a MIDI controller and music production-in-the-box type of composer, so this was entirely new territory when I decided to design my synth studio. I'd never done anything like this. The question was how to connect and get everything working in my studio...

Notes of the Bass Stave

Notes of the Bass Stave

In the same way that there are many ways to remember the notes of the treble clef, there are many ways to remember the notes of the bass stave; however, I've always used this older method that I learned when I was starting. Learning the notes of the bass stave is easy...

Notes of the Treble Stave

Notes of the Treble Stave

There are many ways to remember the notes of the treble stave; however, I've always used this older method, the one taught to me when I was just starting. You can learn the notes of the treble stave by learning how to spell one word and learning a simple phrase. Of...

Is Music Theory Necessary?

Is Music Theory Necessary?

Is learning music theory necessary? No, it's not essential. Wait! It's very important. Wait! It's a waste of time. Wait! You can’t write music without knowing it. Wait! Look at all the great musicians who know nothing about it. The question of whether you need to know...

Home Studio Set-Up

Home Studio Set-Up

As a music teacher, I like having fun instruments around, and I've always been interested in home studio design and music tech-like things. My home studio is nothing special; it's certainly not very impressive compared to many you see on YouTube or read about on home...

Music Notation Software

Music Notation Software

Why is using music notation software necessary? The term writing music means different things to different people. To some, it means writing down lyrics and chord symbols in a way that they can remember without using standard music notation or that they've recorded...

DAW’s for Music Production

DAW’s for Music Production

When recording music at home or in a recording studio, using a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) is not just handy but almost essential. For most people interested in recording and producing their music, this is the essential software used to make solid music...

Notes on the Piano

Notes on the Piano

If you've ever seen a piano, you will notice it's a rather large instrument with usually 88 black and white keys. With so many keys, you think that remembering which keys are which notes would be a problem. Lucky for us, the piano keyboard is organized in a way that...

Piano Lessons On Outschool

Piano Lessons On Outschool

What is Outschool? Ever wonder what Outschool is all about? It's a fantastic platform where independent teachers like me offer lessons to students across 183 countries. Currently, Outschool boasts 140,000 live online courses, covering all sorts of subjects at the time...

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