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Average Cost of Music Lessons in Buffalo, NY

The average cost of 60-minute music lessons in Buffalo is $82. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $82 and $82 per hour.

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For the best experience, we typically recommend 60-minute music lessons. However, students looking for a more affordable option may want to consider a shorter lesson length of 45 or 30 minutes. On average, 45-minute music lessons are 19% less expensive at $67, and 30-minute lessons cost 43% less at $47.

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About Arielle-Khrystiana P.

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About Arielle-Khrystiana
I began my musical studies at the age of six, starting off in my elementary school orchestra and chorus. A passion and talent for the violin led me to placing in competitions and festivals, and performing professionally in quartets and at wedding ceremonies later in high school. I began performing in rock 'n' roll bands in 2008, and began a teaching career in 2009. My students and students' parents have praised me for my musicianship, patience, and compassion. I am also an operatic soprano and musical theater musician, thus making me a diverse and well-rounded instructor. I teach in the traditional style, combining some Suzuki elements. For beginning voice lessons, we will focus on vocalizes, theory, and appropriate repertoire. I take a different approach to every student, realizing that not everyone learns the same, and that what may wo
rk for one student will not work for another. I am dedicated to assisting the musicians of the future. I firmly believe that being performer assists me in my teaching, because I can give my students the benefit of my performance knowledge and experience, preparing them not only for school concerts and NYSSMA festivals, but also other arenas, such as performing with rock musicians or in theater pits to earn extra cash after high school. I enjoy working with all ages, 3-83. I'm excited to meet you and assist you with the adventure that is learning classical violin! My students have also been recipients of several scholarships and awards.

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A combination of traditional and Suzuki techniques. Each lesson is uniquely tailored to fit the student's personal/musical goals, learning style, and skill level. Voice lessons will focus on healthy vocalism, beginning theory training, and sight-reading skills.

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Many books on music history and theory, electric piano, clean, friendly atmosphere that is perfect for making music in!

*** Specialties ***
Classical violin, classical voice, basic theory. Early childhood, opera, viola, basic piano.
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Caroline March 23, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Jonathan, my 12-year-old stepson had his first lesson yesterday with Arielle. I was very impressed with how she handled his shyness. She was very positive and motivational with him!
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Christina March 23, 2018
· Violin · In studio
My son loves taking music lessons so much he is now learning two instruments. I am always in awe when I hear him play. Arielle has done an amazing job teaching my son in an atmosphere he enjoys.
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Melanie March 23, 2018
· Violin · In studio
I am very happy with Arielle. She knows how to transition her teaching skills for adults.
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Arielle-Khrystiana P.

Lockport, NY 14094
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About Antonella D.

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Getzville, NY
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About Antonella
I have an extensive training in "training" musicians: it doesn't matter if you are young or old, beginner or advanced, I will bring you to the next level.
I am a pianist and a music theorist, I am a dedicated and successful teacher. I hold degrees from Conservatorio Santa Cecilia in Italy, Accademia Puccininana, I have a Master in piano performance and am working through my PhD in Music Theory. As you can see, I love to learn.
My lessons will take you where you are and bring you a step further. I'll explain you in detail how to reach your goals faster.
Sometimes you'll need to work on your own way to learn, on yourself. I'll be always there to help you!
Why you should have lesson with me?
Simply because I am among the best teachers in the world and I love the idea to reach more students through this medium. And you'll have fun for su
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Kevin August 15, 2018
· Piano · In studio
My daughter has been training with Antonella for years and she does wonderful with kids. She loves music and has a passion that will help her students learn music and have fun while doing it
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AT November 30, 2017
· Piano · In home
Antonella is an AMAZING teacher. I am an older adult student, with no music theory or background. She is very patient, accommodating, and uses very useful analogies that help me visualize what to do in a way that helps me learn and remember. My own weakness is in making time to diligently practice. I look forward to each lesson, and give her my highest recommendation.
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Angela August 13, 2017
· Piano · In home
Our experience with Antonella has been wonderful. She has high standards but is also extremely patient with young students. My daughter has learned beautiful technique but more importantly, she has expanded her mind, improved her sense of discipline and commitment and learned to play piano with a feel for the music. Working with Antonella is fantastic for the student and their parent/guardian. It's a joint effort. I highly recommend Antonella
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Grand Island, NY 14072
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About Billy N.

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Brooklyn, NY
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About Billy
Billy N. has played Jazz, Brazilian and Classical music in the NYC area for the last 20 years. He has actively taught both finger-style and pick guitar for the last 20 years. He was on staff at the American Institute of Guitar for 11 years. His book on Brazilian Guitar is published by Alfred Music and currently available. He now offers online lessons via Skype as well as in his private studio. Playing credits include many museums and clubs in the NY area including Museum of Modern Art Museum of the City of NY and an extended stay at the Guggenheim museum in the Summer of 2000. Also he has been in the Brooklyn Museum concert series with his group Afinidades Bronx Libraries Brooklyn College and the Jewish Museum in trio and duo setting with great Percussionist Vanderlei Pereira. He has performed in Brazil as well most recently in the South
of Brazil,  receiving TV and radio coverage. He has also done workshops and performed at the Conservatory of the state of Pernambuco. In August 2004 he performed weekly at Rio Scenarium in Rio de Janeiro. His Band Brooklyn Brazil Bop has played at Joe's Pub as well as Central Park Festival. His band the Brazilian Acoustic ensemble performs periodically at 'Barbes' an important performance space in Brooklyn NY. In 2007 he gave a successful jazz workshop and concert in the city of Florianopolis Brazil. Billy has been awarded 3 prestigious composer's residencies 2006 - Yaddo and 2007 - The MacDowell Colony. He was featured on the PBS news hour during his residence at MacDowell. In 2008 he was awarded another MacDowell residency and followed this with a 3 hour appearance presenting his compositions live on WKCR Jazz Radio and another live radio appearance with band in 2010. Billy regularly plays in many venues around NY in Jazz trio settings as well as with Brazilian vocalists and instrumentalists. Most Recently his groups have been performing at the famed Cornelia Street Cafe in New York City. He also specializes in solo guitar and can double on percussion (Pandeiro) and Cavaquinho. Billy has completed two CD's of his original music and an EP of his original Choro music. He has a BFA in Jazz Performance from CCNY.

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From Coda Magazine August 2012: by Seton Hawkins

Through outstanding collaborations like the Brazilian Acoustic Ensemble, guitarist and composer Billy N has emerged as a leading exponent of the music of Brazil. Exploring far beyond the well-trodden bossa nova path. Billy unearths the full range of styles the country offers, including choro, baiào, valsa and samba, and gives American audiences a rich panoramic glimpse into Brazilian art, highlighting its parallels with progressive jazz.

A recipient of composers residencies at Yaddo and MacDowell Colony, he is the curator of a three-day series at the club dedicated to the country's music. Billy will showcase his own group—a sextet with drummer Matt Kane, bassist Leco Reis, saxophonists Michael Attias and Eric Schugren and trumpeter Ben Holmes—in a concert primarily featuring his original works. SH

Reviews of my Book on Alfred Brazil: Guitar Atlas,  I love this series and this is the best of the six titles I have. Billy really knows his stuff; the analysis of time at the beginning is superb: something I now use in my teaching. This is definitely for intermediate and higher guitarists, but the pieces are worth the effort to get right, and the accompanying CD shows you what you are aiming for. This is as good as my other Brazilian guitar book (by Nelson Faria) and much more compact and easier to follow. Highly recommended!

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This book is essential homework for students of Brazilian guitar. It is one of the best resources out there, along with Nelson Faria's "The Brazilian Guitar Book." The original etudes are not only instructional, but are nice pieces in their own right. An excellent value.

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I've taught all levels over 20 years both in NYC and Brazil. I work with the material that the student wants and also through recordings and charts introduce much music that the student might have been unfamiliar with. My lessons are catered to the individual. There is no obstacle anyone has that is too great to work through. My approach to rhythmic training has helped many. I have simple way of breaking down the guitar fingerboard which can used as a guide to learn harmony. I'll get you into the horizontal aspects of guitar, traveling across the neck, making music across one string as well, mastering the guitar in a small fret range - " vertical position playing".

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I have guitar for the student, either electric or nylon. Cavaquinho students bring their instrument. First time students must bring their instrument so I can see what they are playing on.

*** Specialties ***
Brazilian Fingerstyle - Choro, Samba, Baiao Solo
Jazz Guitar - Pick or Fingers
Beginning Flamenco
Cavaquinho
Improvisation for any instrument
Harmony and Theory
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Flaminia D. May 12, 2015
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
I have been taking lessons with Billy since January 2015. I am a total beginner and I really think I have made the best choice ever to pick him as my teacher. Billy is an experienced guitar teacher and a professional player that knows great techniques for beginners. He has been teaching me basics of guitar in a smart way, and at each lesson I feel I learn something new and at the same time I can clearly see how much progress I have made since our first lesson. He has also been teaching me how to read music and tabs which proofed to be extremely useful every time I want to learn a new song by myself. Highly recommended!
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Lynn W. December 17, 2014
· Guitar · In studio
I cannot recommend Billy enough. I studied jazz improvisation with Billy for three years, and later returned to study Brazilian guitar and Piedmont-style finger picking with him. I had been playing for more than twenty years when I started studying with him and he not only helped me improve my playing technically and creatively (on electric and nylon stringed guitars) but also expanded my knowledge of theory and helped me develop new approaches to composing and arranging. I am still working with the material he gave me and take lessons from him whenever my schedule allows.
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felicia D. October 17, 2014
· Brazilian Guitar · In home
I took Brazilian guitar lessons from Billy for several years. His method focuses on absorbing the many rhythms of Brazil and translating them from percussion instruments to the guitar. Much of his effort is devoted on achieving the elusive Brazilian swing, which non Brazilians need to learn. Billy is excellent in breaking down the rhythms and explaining them. He even has a book out on his method. He covers various Brazilian genres: choro, bossa nova, samba, baiao and more.
Billy also is an accomplished jazz, classical and flamenco guitarist with a thorough understanding of harmony and improvisation. He is very patient and has years of teaching and performance experience. You will be lucky to study with him!
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About Daniel G.

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Buffalo, NY

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I teach piano, composition, music theory, and ear training to students at every level of musical experience (including those who cannot read music). To date I have taught over 100 music students in private, online and classroom settings.

My biggest priority in teaching is to help you reach your specific goals and address your needs! Every student has their own objectives and learns at their own pace, and my job is to ensure that you get exactly what you want out of the lessons. Whether you’re looking to master piano basics, learn your favorite songs or pieces, write your own music, prepare for a theory exam, strengthen your theory skills, or improve your ear, I can help you achieve your goals!

I am available for both in-person and online teaching. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask!

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r Piano - I have privately instructed over 30 students in beginner-level piano skills. I can help you master the basics of the instrument, acquire a basic technique, and learn how to read music if necessary. Once the fundamentals are in place, we can cover piano repertoire from a wide variety of styles (jazz, classical, rock, pop, international, etc.), and maybe even learn some of your favorite music and pieces! If you wish, I can supplement lessons with music theory.

Composition and Arrangement - To date I have helped my students write over 20 compositions of widely varying styles and characters. I can help you perfect the art of writing melody, harmony, accompaniment, counterpoint, forms, lyrics, songs, orchestration, or film music! I will provide feedback on your work, as well as instructive musical examples from the past.

Music Theory - I I have taught music theory for 4 years to over 50 students. I can teach you everything from music theory fundamentals (key signatures, scales, major/minor chords, chord analysis) to some of the most advanced topics in undergraduate and graduate musical studies (form, part-writing, counterpoint, advanced harmonic analysis, Schenkerian analysis).

Ear Training - I have taught ear training for 3 years to over 50 students. I am very experienced in assisting students in recognizing and notating everything from single notes and chords to complex passages of music. I have many useful learning materials and know effective methods for achieving aural recognition.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule a lesson, please do not hesitate to contact me!
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Roli July 27, 2018
· Piano · In studio
awesome first lesson, Daniel is super nice and helpful
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Lynn August 1, 2016
· Music Theory · Online
Highly recommended! I took online and Skype lessons for about one year with Daniel. He is an excellent and very patient teacher. I am a pianist with no previous training in theory and ear training, but through his tutoring I was able to learn the basics of these subjects.
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Keith July 25, 2016
· Music Theory · In studio
Daniel is very helpful, nice and knowledgeable. He taught me how to read music and do chord analysis. Always very clear.
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Buffalo, NY 14260
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About Chet D.

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Buffalo, NY
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Hi, my name is Chet. My students call me "Mr. Chet." I have been teaching piano, keyboard and synthesizer since 2005. Originally from near Portland, Oregon, I took courses from the Berklee School of Music in Boston and have been playing professionally since just out of high school. You wanna know how to get those professional-sounding licks into your playing? I can help you do that. Most sheet music is so bare-bones that it almost doesn't sound like the song- together we will learn how to beef it up. My lessons are meant to be fun while you learn- and they are because they are written just for you. I have a pretty laid-back teaching style, but if you think you can just goof off, you'll find out differently really quickly.
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Chet D.

Chet D.

Buffalo, NY 14207
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About Kelcie H.

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Grand Island, NY
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I am a classically trained pianist, originally from Buffalo, NY. I began piano lessons at age 4, and I have lots of experience performing as both a solo and collaborative artist.
I graduated from The Crane School of Music in 2012 with a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, with a Minor in Music Business and Concentration in Piano Pedagogy.
In 2013, I moved to Los Angeles and studied Keyboard Technology at Musicians Institute for about one year to learn more about performing in contemporary styles, recording, music technology and synthesis.
Since then, I been performing, teaching, and working as a session musician in the Hollywood area.
I love working with other musicians and helping people learn music of all genres! Please contact me to schedule a lesson!
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Mirta Calderon March 18, 2017
· Piano · Online
Kelcie is a great teacher!!!! I am enjoying my lessons and I feel a great progress with every lesson I take. Thanks Kelcie!!!!
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Angie March 12, 2017
· Synthesizer · In studio
Kelcie was amazing!!! She gave me absolutely everything I needed for sound design with a synthesizer. Now I can make all the dragon noises I want!!! Raaaawr!!
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Kathi March 12, 2017
· Piano · In home
Really enjoy my lessons with Kelcie. Learning more than I ever thought I could.
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Kelcie H.

Grand Island, NY 14072
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About Laurie P.

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Buffalo, NY
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I am a professional trombonist and pianist and have three degrees from the University of Michigan, including a D.M.A. in Trombone Performance. I have taught piano since I was 16 and have accompanied singers and instrumentalists in concerts. For many years, I was a trombonist in the Sarasota Orchestra and previously was Assistant Professor of Trombone at Miami University.

I have started many students on trombone and tuba, as well as piano.
Students will find me to be encouraging, yet demanding. I cater to different learning styles and strive to learn how each student learns best.
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Maggie January 11, 2018
· Piano · In home
I loved my first lesson with Laurie! She taught me more in one hour than I could have imagined - and in a sweet and caring way!
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Laurie P.

Laurie P.

Buffalo, NY 14201
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About Johan S.

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Johan here and I love music! Nice to meet you fellow music lover.

I have been involved in music since I was just a child. It started with learning piano, then guitar, ukulele, mandolin, harmonica, djembe and so many more.

I’ve continued to learn and perfect my craft by being apart of different types of bands from small to large with varying genres of music. I also formalized my music education with a bachelor of Art in Music. Did I mention I’m also quite a harmonizer? Sign up today and maybe I’ll throw in some tips with your instrument lesson.
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Christine April 25, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Johan is great with kids! My son is a very active child, and he was able to make the lesson fun and engaging. More than that, I enjoyed seeing Johan be creative, listen to the child, and make music fun, more than being it a lesson (per say). I highly recommend Johan!
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· Piano · In home
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Joon March 22, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Johan is talented, passionate, and an all around positive force that everyone needs in an instructor. He can help you discover what it is you really want to get out of piano/music, and then guide you to where you want to go.
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About Liana R.

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Buffalo, NY
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Classically trained violinist since age 9, I currently teach private violin lessons from my home. I graduated from Clarence High School with fond memories of violin, the orchestra, and music.

I have auditioned for and was accepted into the 2005 NYSSMA All State Orchestra and 2005 NYSSMA All State Chorus.

As a professional violin teacher, my students enjoy the music and the learning process just as much as I did growing up. My teachers have put much into me at school and I want to take the opportunity to give back, and put into our youth the same techniques and motivation for playing violin as I learned.

I strive to let them play as much as possible rather than talking their ear off. I teach what I was taught and more , more of what I’ve learned through the years of practicing in my room at home. I love to see my students’ faces
when learning something new just clicks for them — it makes me work even harder to see their success in that technique or song they are working on. Practice doesn’t come easy and I like to assure my students with helpful reasons AND ways to practice at home. Because practice makes perfect.
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Dilnoza July 6, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Liana has been teaching my daughter since she first began playing. She lenient with scheduling and is always understanding when we need to cancel last minute. My daughter started leagues behind her peers and quickly caught up with help from Liana. I would definitely recommend her!!
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Buffalo, NY 14225
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About Donna D.

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I have been playing the guitar and writing music for most of my adult life. I started lessons when I was 13 years old, and continued lessons for 7 years. I started teaching guitar when I was 16 years old and was privileged to have taught dozens of people throughout my career. For the last few years I have focused on perfecting my craft of songwriting and have had some success. Now, I want to pay it forward. Whether you're just starting out learning the guitar, or you want to learn to write music, I would be honored to be your teacher.

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Stricken with spinal meningitis at the age of 18 months, Donna lost 60% of her hearing. Regardless, music has always been special in her life, remembering “composing” symphonies in her head as early as 5 years old. Being a child of the 60’s, the biggest influence in Donna’s life musically
was the Beatles, couple with a strong exposure to the classics. Being unbearably shy and self-conscious due to her disability, Donna’s entire world exploded at the age of 13 when she started playing the guitar and writing music. Determined to set an example for other people with disabilities, she put together several bands over the next 30 years, acquiring local success with Buffalos’ first all female country band, touring all over Western New York and Pennsylvania. Besides being the leader of the band, Donna played the guitar, banjo and wrote all the bands original music. Due to the success of her last band “Sweet Phantasy” Donna was featured in a half hour television special focusing on her ability to perform and write music, despite her hearing loss. Now with her performing days behind her, Donna is concentrating all her creative abilities on perfecting her craft of songwriting. Having written 100’s of songs over the years, she is writing new and re-writing some old, having them produced and recorded in Nashville for that pure country sound. Tapping in to the wisdom that comes with experience, her music now has taken on a new life, and richness of its own. “Now, I tell it like it is because I’ve been there, done that, and have a lot to say”. Her song "TRY" was released in July 2017 by recording artist Mia Kylie Ditta, opening up a slew of new and exciting projects and co-writes in the works.
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Bob July 6, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Donna is a fantastic guitar teacher! After just a few short lessons I've learned so much I honestly cannot believe it. I've always wanted to learn how to play guitar and finally decided to hire a teacher. There's nothing like one-on-one personal instruction. I would highly recommend Donna to anybody that is interested in learning to play a guitar.
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