Mastery of Piano Performance
Piano lessons by concert pianist, Louise Barfield, Juilliard Graduate and Fulbright Scholar, are available at Cooper Music School to students of all ages and levels, including adults. Children will learn how to play the piano with expression and technical assurance, appreciate the lifelong value of music, relate to the lives of the great composers, sightread music they have never seen, and understand the theory of composition.
Special emphasis is offered in the following areas for Advanced Pianists:
- Concert Stage Performance
- Overcoming Stage Fright
- College, Conservatory, University Entrance Exams
- College, Conservatory, University Teaching Positions
- National and International Piano Competitions
- Concert Management Representation
- Study Abroad Auditions
The Mastery of Piano Performance will bring significant contributions to a pianist’s musical, technical, and artistic advancement.
30 minute lesson $55.00
- 2 lessons per month $110.00
- 4 lessons per month $220.00
60 minute lesson $110.00
- 2 lessons per month $220.00
- 4 lessons per month $440.00
Payment is accepted by check, cash, credit or debit card or by Venmo, or other payment methods. Tuition for each month is due in full the first lesson of each month. There is a charge of $20.00 for late payments. All lessons missed will be made up. No credit is given for missed lessons. Missed lessons require 24 hour notice except in the case of an emergency.
All lessons are held at
Cooper Music School – Chamblee
5940 Peachtree Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30341
Little Carnegie of the South
1962 Forsyth Street
Macon, Ga 31201
YouTube performances, Louise Barfield. (Link to Concerto No. 2 by Rachmaninoff, Louise Barfield, Pianist; Adrian Gnam, Conductor, Macon Symphony Orchestra) https://youtu.be/YfrOYYyfIFU
Louise Barfield is an award-winning international concert pianist, a Master’s Degree graduate from The Juilliard School in New York City, and twice a Fulbright Scholar to Rome, Italy. Her inspirations reflect the enviable influences of such masters of the keyboard as Adele Marcus, Ania Dorfmann, Guido Agosti, David Milliken, Gladys Pinkston, and Daniel Ericourt. The renowned conductor, Maestro Adrian Gnam, describes Louise Barfield as, … “one of America’s finest pianists, possessing a marvelous sound, innate musicality, prodigious technique, and magical stage presence.”
Louise Barfield’s early musical training began at the age of six when she entered the Preparatory Department at the Wesleyan College Conservatory of Fine Arts in Macon, Georgia as a student of Gladys Pinkston. After receiving an Artist Certificate from the Conservatory at the age of eighteen, she was the recipient of The Dimitri Mitropoulos Award for study with internationally known concert pianists, Ania Dorfmann and David Milliken, at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri. Following her graduation with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, Ms. Barfield was awarded a full scholarship from The William G. Helis Foundation to study at the renowned Juilliard School of Music in New York City where she received a Diploma and a Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance.
As a scholarship student of the acclaimed concert pianist and pedagogue at The Juilliard School, Adele Marcus, Ms. Barfield was invited to perform at Carnegie Recital Hall in New York City at the request of Adele Marcus in a special concert before many of New York’s elite musicians. Receiving Juilliard’s distinguished recognition, the designation of “Exceptional”, Adele Marcus spoke of Ms. Barfield as “… having a very high degree of pianistic ability, musical awareness, and interpretive insight. … Ms. Barfield has achieved splendid acclaim for the artistry she brings to her profession.” After graduating from The Juilliard School, Ms. Barfield was awarded two successive Fulbright Grants for study in Rome, Italy with Maestro Guido Agosti at the Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia and the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy. She has also participated in The Tanglewood Institute in Lenox, Massachusetts, Ambler Music Festival in Ambler, Pennsylvania, and The Aspen School of Music in Aspen, Colorado.
Ms. Barfield was the recipient of an official appointment from the National Association of the Partners of the Americas in Washington, D.C., as the Cultural Ambassador and Artist-in- Residence in Brazil, to perform and teach international students attending the Escola Americana di Recife. In addition to acclaimed concerts in the United States and in Europe, Ms. Barfield’s musical career grew to include a deep love for teaching children, especially at Camp Glen Arden in Tuxedo, North Carolina, where she founded and directed the Performing Arts Program. During a life-time of teaching young musicians, Ms. Barfield has guided many talented pianists into prestigious music schools and rewarding music careers. Among her many award-winning students, prominent musician, Chuck Leavell, pianist for the Rolling Stones and The Allman Brothers Band, says, “When she sat down at my piano, I nearly fell over backwards. She is an immaculate player. No doubt about it, she had a profound influence on my musical life.”
In addition to private teaching in Macon and Atlanta, Ms. Barfield has been featured in Master Classes through Zoom video conferencing to advanced pianists in England, Spain, United States, Greece, Australia, and Hong Kong. Ms. Barfield is a former faculty member of Marymount International School in Rome, Italy, Wesleyan College, and Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, and was the first Artist-in-Residence at Christ Episcopal School in Asheville, North Carolina.
Louise Barfield is the Founder and Director of Little Carnegie of the South, a non-profit, intimate, professional concert hall and art gallery in Macon, Georgia. Little Carnegie of the South, at 1962 Forsyth Street, includes a formal Concert Hall, Art Gallery, Carnegie Out Back, an outdoor stage for Rock, Folk, Bluegrass, Classical, and Jazz concerts, Carnegie Café, a bistro type concert area for children and teens, Camp Carnegie, Intermezzo, an adult music appreciation course, Bravo! Opera, Bambini de la Musica, Stars of Carnegie, Piano Pizzazz, individual piano lessons for children and adults of all ages and levels. Soon to celebrate twenty years, Little Carnegie of the South has presented over one thousand five hundred musicians and visual artists from Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, New York, California, Missouri, Ohio; and Prague, Czech Republic; Rome, Italy; and Athens, Greece.
Little Carnegie of the South and Louise Barfield are the recipients of: The Best of Macon Award in the field of “Instrumental Music Instruction,” sponsored by the Macon Award Program; The Macon Arts Alliance Cultural Award given in honor of those… “ who have made significant contributions to the arts and cultural life of Macon and Bibb County”; The Robert McDuffie Center of Strings Award … “in honor of her dedication to and support of the arts and, by extension, her community and its future.”
Ms. Barfield is the author of her forthcoming autobiography, CHILD OF PASSION: The Life and Courage of Concert Pianist, Louise Barfield.