Morgan Biljan - September 2019
"I have been taking guitar lessons with Barry for an incredible 12 years. As one of his first students, I saw his community of students grow over the years, as well as, his passion for teaching others how to play this amazing instrument. Not only has Barry taught me so much about music, but he also makes the time to bring students together in bands so that they can explore new music styles and make friends along the way. He is a calm and patient teacher who makes his lessons fun, informative and productive all at the same time. Thank you!"
Lorne Brookman - May 2019
"Our son Charlie has been taking lessons with Barry for almost a year now and he and we could not be happier. Barry fosters a very calm and nurturing environment and Charlie really looks forward to his weekly lessons and continues to show great progress. While stressing the fundamentals Barry is great at “keeping it fun” and makes a point to teach not only the classics but the newer music Charlie listens to at home. The video for his end of year student concert at Shaika Café is something Charlie takes great pride in showing off to family and friends."
Ann Hynna - February 2019
"My son Ryan has had 7 incredible years of guitar with Barry, and is now studying jazz guitar at Vanier College. Ryan is a child who never enjoyed lessons or structure of any kind and has often had difficulty relating to others. With much patience and understanding, Barry was able to transcend all those barriers, relate to Ryan, help Ryan grow as a person and guitarist, and instill a lifelong love of music and guitar. Ryan and I will always remember the the ways Barry went out of his way: studying the requirements for Ryan's school auditions, putting together a band to feature Ryan's Dire Straights solo, and more. Thank you!"
Ben Burko - September 2018
"Barry has been our son's guitar teacher for 5 years. I often sit and listen to Barry give the lesson and admire his patient and caring manner. He always praises the technique that has been captured and in progress of being mastered. More impressively, he manages to be supportive and not become frustrated even when his student is having a challenge. He often will play along either a rhythm part, a harmony part or a solo once his student has mastered a song. That creates some very special ensemble music with his students. He has taken our little acoustic guitar playing boy and helped him to mature into an electric guitar playing soloist who is playing in one of Barry's student bands. The end-of-year student band concert that Barry puts on featuring all of his students in a real club is a treat we look forward to annually."
- Ben Burko
Judy Hagshi - September 2018
"Barry Goodz has been teaching my children to play the guitar and ukulele for over five years. His love of teaching and easy-going style is infused into every lesson and has encouraged my kids to love music."
- Judy Hagshi
Julie Kristof - October 2018
"Barry has a unique understanding of how to motivate each student. He gets their individual needs and brings out their strengths. My son has been taking lessons and participating in band for almost 4 years. Under Barry's watch, I have watched his confidence grow exponentially along with his skill and love of music. And my boy plays a mean guitar. "
- Julie Kristof, Mom and future roadie for her son's band