In 2008, Barber graduated from the University of Michigan with a BFA in Jazz Improvisation in Guitar. On a full-ride scholarship to the University’s School of Music, he studied privately with internationally-acclaimed Jazz musicians/educators Geri Allen and Robert Hurst. There, he honed his improvisation, transcription, and music theory – skills he brings to his musical pursuits as well as to his fifteen-plus years of teaching.
Derek Barber is a Bay Area-based guitarist, songwriter, and music educator. An active contributor and member of critically-acclaimed Bay Area bands Bells Atlas, Astronauts, etc., Barber’s solo project is Perhapsy, and he is also a sought-after session guitarist. He has recorded numerous sessions at Tiny Telephone Studios, Fantasy, Decibelle, and several others. Aside from experience in teaching, music composition, recording, editing, and mixing, Barber is also a regularly-hired visual artist. He believes in a cheerful and professional attitude towards teaching his students and is a firm believer that music and art is a truly exciting and life-long pursuit.
“Stellar songwriting with some especially gorgeous guitar work from Derek Barber.”
– Premier Guitar Magazine
“Derek Barber’s guitar work flits from jagged edges to smooth licks like vogue.”
– AFROPUNK magazine