Barbara attended Southwest Missouri University. She majored in Music Education and graduated with a B. S. in Education and a Diploma in Voice. While in school at S.M.U., she was a president of her sorority, Sigma Kappa, and taught music classes at Kickapoo Consolidated School District. She received a teaching assistantship at the University of Texas, Austin, where she taught in the Junior String Project and music education classes. Barbara received a M. M. and began her teaching career in the public schools. She met her future husband, Nathaniel Bunch Eads, while a student at the university. She has taught music to grades K-12, band, choir, orchestra, drum and bugle corps, and college courses. When she retired in 1995, she held the position of Director of Fine Arts for the Pasadena ISD, although her family does not consider her retired. She has been supervising student teachers from the University of Houston - Central Campus for the past two years as well as doing consulting work for school districts in the Houston area. She was the first woman elected President of the Texas Music Educators Association. She has also been President of the Texas Orchestra Directors Association, and Texas Music Educators Conference. She is a charter member of the Texas Music Adjudicators Association and Mu Omicron, an honorary organization for Texas orchestra directors.