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Teaches Guitar, Technology, Bass Guitar

It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge. 

   - Albert Einstein

Interested in taking lessons with RICHARD

Teaches at:
Current Projects

Flamenco Band

Levels Taught

Beginner, Advanced, Intermediate

Specialties / Genres Taught

Rock, Pop, Classical, Bluegrass, Metal, Theory, Musicianship, Sheet Music Reading

Performance Experience

Concerts, Recitals, Gigs, Recordings


Masters of Music, Masters of Music Education, Bachelor of Music Education, Johns Hopkins University, Peabody Institute, Juilliard, Eastman

Favorite Instruments

Guitar, Bass, 1979 Gibson Les Paul Standard

Musical Interests

Classical, Concertos, Sonatas, Blues, Rock

Current Band(s)/Gig(s)

instrument: Guitar, Guitarist, Classical Guitar solo work

Areas of Instruction

Guitar, Technology, Bass Guitar

Favorite Bands

The Gypsy Kings, The Jimi Hendrix Experience

Teaching Experience

20 Years


Rich Barry is a musical zelig demonstrating a diverse career as a soloist and collaborator. The last direct pupil of Andrés Segovia praised him as "a truly innovative musician of the twenty first century”. In 2015 his album “Guitarist” was a called a portrait of “talent, technique and musical instinct” by Fanfare Magazine. A true pioneering musical entrepreneur Rich has also been contracted by Google, USA Today, House of Cards, Martha Stewart, GE and Ted Talks.

Since taking the stage at the age of 11 his career includes performances in New York, London, Las Vegas, Toronto, Baltimore, Dubai, Los Angeles, and Dallas. Notable concert venues of Rich Barry include the The American Academy of the Arts and Sciences and The Harvard Club, The Kennedy Center, Rockefeller Center, The Boom Boom Room, Hyde at The Bellagio, Salle Françoys-Bernier Hall, The Peggy and Yale Gordon Arts Center, Andrew Mellon Auditorium and Vizcaya Museum.

Rich Barry’s dedication and passion of performance is equally matched with his advocacy of arts and music. In 2010 he was invited to perform at the second annual National Cultural Heritage Exchange in Washington DC. This exchange on Capitol Hill brought together ten federal agencies and twelve national entities including the National Endowment for the Arts and The President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. He has donated his time and performances with outreach work through the Candlelight Concert Society, Elev8, Every Man Theatre, The Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, and The Ronald McDonald Foundation.

Since starting guitar lessons at the age of four, the life of Rich Barry has been dedicated to a career of the guitar through extensive education and experiences. At age nine he gave his first major public performance at Steadman Auditorium. By the age of twelve he had already studied with nine university level instructors, attended conservatory preparatory at Juilliard, Eastman and Interlochen and had won several music competitions. Study with Dr. Pablo Cohen, the professor of guitar at Ithaca College and Cornell University guided Rich Barry to The Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University where he was awarded the prestigious Rose and Leon J. Neiburg Scholarship followed by a full graduate teaching assistant scholarship. While at Peabody, Rich studied with the esteemed pedagogue and performer Julian Gray, the current chair of Peabody's guitar department.


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