Author Archives: Barbara

Barbara Hansen enjoys playing piano and organ, and teaches piano locally. She holds a bachelor of arts in dance and is a former choreographer for children's musical theater in the Las Vegas area.

A Master Musician’s Secrets for Learning to Read Music


An interview with musician Johnny Navarro. Students lucky enough to have Johnny Navarro for a teacher leave their first lesson already playing.  I was thrilled to catch this legendary Las Vegas composer, teacher and musician for an exclusive interview on his methods of learning and teaching music. Learning to play music When Johnny was 8,…

Learning to Read Music – Again

I have wonderful memories of learning the piano as a child. After I married, however, I no longer had a piano and my talent languished. One magical evening, I meandered into a piano showroom where polished Steinways and burnished Yamahas lay open like jewel boxes, ebony and ivory keys gleaming under soft lights. I yearned…