Mr. Barbarino earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from State University of New York-Fredonia. He also earned his Master of Music degree in Clarinet Performance from San Francisco State University.
Mr. Barbarino joins us from our K-8 sister school in the Bay Area, BASIS Independent Fremont, where he served as the Music Subject Expert Teacher. Before his tenure in Fremont, he spent two years teaching piano and choir at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley. Mr. Barbarino’s goal is to get each student excited about music. He loves inspiring students to look forward to coming to class and learning each week.
Mr. Barbarino knew early on that he wanted to be a part of the contagious energy present at BASIS Independent Schools. He believes strongly in fostering an environment where students feel safe to be creative; he doesn't want them to be afraid to make mistakes in class. "They can take those mistakes and use them as a tool for learning,” says Mr. Barbarino.
Mr. Barbarino’s music career includes playing clarinet in the San Francisco Wind Ensemble and acting as a substitute clarinet player in the Redwood Symphony.
Outside of the classroom, Mr. Barbarino enjoys exploring new restaurants, tennis, hiking, and ending the day with a good book. Mr. Barbarino is also a U-Jam Fitness instructor!