Jacqueline F. Graham-Barnes
A vocalist, pianist and pedagogue, Jacqueline began her piano and performance studies under Joan E. Harvey -loving friend
and mentor. She later studied with Lydia Porro Milham and
Vola O'Connor Jacobs -wife of orchestra conductor Harry Jacobs (ASU-Harry Jacob's Chamber Society). She studied voice under Linda Shevitz. Jacqueline has traveled to various locations to study under many influential pianists and teachers. Specializing in the Suzuki Piano method, she has studied with master teachers from Matsumoto, Japan. She will continue in her studies to heighten her abilities as a performing artist and an instructor. Jacqueline is a member of the Piano Basics Foundation, founded by Dr. Kataoka.
During her past time, Jacqueline enjoys reading, art, hydroponic gardening with her husband, nature photography, and traveling. She has traveled to Switzerland, Japan, Poland, Ukraine, Germany, and Canada. She teaches fine art to children and adults, and have hosted many workshops throughout the US. Her art has been published in The Rubber Stamper magazine and Vamp Stamp News. She has done extensive volunteer work with the deaf community, and taught American Sign Language at her local library, as well as to home school associations. An article regarding her public service was published in the Metropolitan Spirit newspaper.
Jacqueline indulges in outdoor adventures such as mountain hiking, backpacking, climbing, birding, letterboxing, geo-caching and biking. She is an active naturalist, and her study and appreciation of environmental/nature science is ongoing through programs such as the Master Naturalist Certification Classes through UGA Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources, Jane Goodall Institute Workshops, and the Phinizy Center for Water Science Dendrology and Ornithology Classes.
The things you are passionate about are not random. They are your calling. -Fabienne Frederickson
Jacqueline specializes in Suzuki piano pedagogy and early childhood education. Her main goal echoes that of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki....to mold individuals into sensitive and thoughtful human beings with "noble hearts". To achieve this, she turns to the healing and therapy of nature in her teaching approach. Her studio is nature-based, with many of the theory games, worksheets, and the atmosphere of her studio expressing the combination of her passion for teaching and nature. While students are studying Suzuki piano, they compose their own nature compositions demonstrating their understanding of theses studies in addition to their knowledge of various nature topics.
Ms. Jacqui, as affectionately called by her piano students, is a member of the Suzuki Piano Basics Foundation, the Atlanta Area Suzuki Piano Association, and the founder of the Augusta Suzuki Association. She has been published twice in the National Guild of Piano Teachers, and in the Suzuki Piano Basics Foundation News. Her students have won piano competitions, National Guild awards, earned scholarships, have been featured in piano magazines and featured in TV news segments. They continue to participate in masterclasses and concerts in locations such as Atlanta, GA, Louisville, KY, Rochester, NY, and Matsumoto, Japan.