Introducing Small Steps 2.0 and our friends at Musicologie

Who is Musicologie?

Musicologie is a music education studio in the Grandview Heights neighborhood of Columbus. They were started by Kay and Joseph Barker who had been teaching and doing audio production out of their house. They have since grown into a team of 17 amazing teachers with diverse backgrounds and specialties.

What does Musicologie do?

In their words “We help people become better musicians. We are unabashedly passionate about music – teaching, performing, recording, everything! We teach almost every instrument and specialize in one-on-one private lessons for kids and adults. We also do group classes, events, in school presentations, summer camps, workshops, and we write articles, about the teaching methods we use in our toddler class.”

Their Teaching Philosophy

Joseph and Kay shared their approach to teaching as “Every student is different with their own goals, abilities and musical tastes. The teachers create an individualized experience that’s comfortable and positive, making sure that every lesson is both fun and challenging.” They also believe great music lessons should be available to everyone, and offer scholarships through their project, The Musicologie Fund.

Joseph Barker

Co-Founder - Percussion/Audio Engineering

Joseph co-founded Musicologie with his wife Kay after years of playing, recording and touring in their band Bella Ruse. He graduated from Hope College in 2008 and studied everything from audio engineering to philosophy. He has been playing drums and guitar since he was 8, studying piano and theory since he was 5 and teaching since college.

He has composed music for Showtime, MTV, Bulgari, Anthropologie, Amazon and the Vancouver Film School, scored two films, written and produced songs on seventeen (and counting) albums for many different artists, composed the music and lyrics for a full length musical and written scores (no pun intended) of songs for other theatre productions.

In addition to running Musicologie, Joseph operates Musicologie’s scholarship project, The Musicologie Fund, and collaborates with schools around Columbus like ACPA and The Graham School to help kids learn about recording. He plays in the band Nick D’ & the Believers and continues to compose and produce music for his production company BLASTY BLAST.

Kay Barker

Co-Founder, Piano and Voice Teacher

Kay graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelors in vocal performance and psychology and a minor in piano. She has 15 years of piano and voice teaching experience with students of all ages and levels.

She began teaching private lessons when she was in high school and taught at her Bexley home until 2014 when she started Musicologie with her husband Joseph.

Kay has toured nationally with folk/pop band Bella Ruse as lead vocalist and keyboardist for 4 years, opening for artists like Sarah McLachlan, Heart, Metric, and Kimya Dawson. Her songs and performances have been heard in commercials, film and television including placements on MTV and Showtime. Performer Magazine called her voice ‘truly unique’.