About Bonnie P.

Bonnie teaches: Females 5 and up
Males 5 to 14
Teaching since: February 2014
Last sign in: Yesterday

Overview

Bonnie started piano at age 4, clarinet by third grade, and oboe in the 8th grade. In High School, she played oboe, bagpipes, and saxophone in the jazz band winning the Best Jazz Soloist Award. She also won the Young Artist Competition and played with the Tampa Symphony. While attending USF, she continued to perform with the Tampa Symphony and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She then attended the University of Michigan and received her Master of Music degree and performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and many chamber groups in the area.

In 2003, she created the Pop Oboe series with 4 CDs, a member of the Recording Academy and had her cds on the Grammy Nomination list.

Now in the Orlando area, she is a freelance musician and has performed at Universal, The Museum of Art, The Winter Park Art Festival,and many more.

In 2012, she created a piano curriculum that uses animals to teach note reading and piano. Creating this curriculum makes learning music FUN!

All along the way, she was teaching private music students, Kindermusik and also Homeschooling her three children for 10 years.
Using several curriculum for phonics, and reading, while Homeschooling, is why she is offering this service through Take Lessons.









*** Lesson Details ***
FUN and More FUN can be expected with the background of Kindermusik and Homeschooling! Bonnie has learned that students best respond to learning if the environment is FUN and engaging. Through homeschooling and her years of teaching background, your students can expect LOTS of PATIENCE because Bonnie relates to each student and how they learn best on an individual level. Every student has a different way they learn, and Bonnie quickly tunes in to their way of learning.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Oboe, Recorder,Bagpipes (chanter), Flute, Keyboard
Student should have their own instrument

*** Travel Equipment ***
Keyboard for Piano
Student should have their own instrument

*** Specialties ***
Pop, Rock, Classical

Photos and Videos

My very own colorful animal curriculum for piano.

Experience

Second Oboe

Sep 1976 - May 1979
Tampa Symphony

Education

Master of Music

Sep 1979 - Aug 1980
University of Michigan

Master Degree in Music

Aug 1979 - May 1980
University of Michigan

Languages Spoken

english

Fluent / Native Proficiency

english

Professional Proficiency

Awards

Grammy Nomination List

Feb 2010
The Recording Academy

Affiliations

Music Teachers National Association

Feb 2015
MTNA

The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.

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29 Reviews on Bonnie P.

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Lucretia H. Dec 9, 2016
Piano · Online
Verified Student
My kids really enjoy Bonnie! She is very patient and she can flow with my kids. My kids really love Bonnie's unique piano approach and has taken off with really getting piano for the first time. Highly recommend.
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Emily Jul 11, 2016
Oboe · In home
Verified Student
Very helpful! Thank you for working with us when we were running late. I learned a great deal and look forward to working with Bonnie in the future.
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Greta May 28, 2016
Oboe · Online
Verified Student
She was nice and understanding.
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Victor Apr 6, 2016
Piano · Online
Verified Student
Wonderful! Really made our six year old son comfortable!
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Jessie Y. Mar 26, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Highly recommend Bonnie. We have had over 50 lessons with Bonnie over the last 2.25 year period. My girls started with her when they were just 4 years old. Her program works. She created a fantastic and fun program with color coded animals that is great for all ages. I have friends who have never had a music lesson in their life and they can pick up her books and start playing right away. Her piano books also make great gifts for small children.

Taking lessons at her house
She has a lovely waiting room with comfortable chairs and toys. If you're Florida acclimated, bring a sweater!

Taking lessons online:
Though they are incredibly convenient, online lessons do not work well with my girls.
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Andrea M. Jan 21, 2016
Piano · In studio
If I could give her 6 stars I would! Bonnie was a great teacher with an amazing personality. I liked how Bonnie truly cares for her students and cares about teaching in a very professional manager. Best teacher ever!
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Mary D. Dec 26, 2015
Piano · Online
Verified Student
Bonnie is great. A wonderful teacher for both me and my daughter.
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Triston L. Dec 20, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
She is very patient with my 3 year old son. She is very encouraging and engages him when he needs redirection with his short attentions span. I could not have asked for a better instructor. I appreciate everything she is doing for us.
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Balkiz Nov 24, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
She is really nice and makes you feel really comfortable! Going great so far!
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Kamille A. Nov 11, 2015
Piano · Online
Verified Student
I was a little hesitant about online piano lessons, but Bonnie is a great instructor and has made Kamille feel very comfortable as if she is right there with her. Kamille is enjoying the lessons and I am very happy also.
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