Danielle Fagan

Danielle F.

Virginia Beach, VA

About Danielle F.

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Danielle teaches: Females 4 and up
Males 4 to 16
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Teaching since: 2011
Last sign in: Yesterday

Overview

Hello! My name is Danielle and I'm a classical strings teacher (don't worry - I teach the fun stuff too!). I've been playing violin since age 5, viola since age 13, and 'cello since age 18. I have Bachelors Degrees in Violin Performance and Music Education from James Madison University, and I play both Violin and Viola in Symphonicity, the volunteer orchestra in Virginia Beach.

I've taught everything from private lessons to private school to public school and am a truly passionate teacher. I currently teach general music, choir and strings at an elementary school but I love to fill my nights/weekends with private students - that's where the real fun is!

I've taught ages 4-44 and all skill levels. I take particular pride in developing technique and fundamental skills while keeping lessons light hearted and fun! It is my ultimate goal to spark a love and passion for music in each of my students.

I always encourage students to explore music on their own and bring me repertoire that they'd like to play (from their favorite movies, TV shows, video games, etc.). Those are a great and engaging supplement to the solo repertoire I choose!

Send me a message to get to know more about me and my teaching. I look forward to hearing from you!
Musically,
Danielle

Experience

Strings Instructor

Sep 2015 - Present
Music Makers

Music Makers is a rock school in the Hilltop Area of Virginia Beach. Although they focus on guitar, drums, guitar, piano, vocals, etc., I'm proud to be their strings teacher 1 day per week!

Music and Strings Specialist

Feb 2015 - Present
Princess Anne Elementary School

During the school year, I serve as the General Music and Strings Teacher at Princess Anne Elementary School. I teach PreK-5th Grade General Music, 4th-5th Grade Chorus, and 5th Grade Strings. Because of this, I am only available nights and weekends during the school year, but I am free for daytime lessons all summer!

Private Strings Instructor and Chamber Music Coach

Aug 2014 - Present
The Music, Staff, Inc.

The Music Staff, Inc. is a privately owned music school in the Western Branch area of Chesapeake, VA. While I was finishing up my student teaching in Virginia Beach I was able to teach here in the evening. This business is where I get many of my administrative ideas and policies - this is a wonderful place. The owners are retiring and I myself am looking to teach closer to home, so now I am available to you instead!

Camp Counselor/Strings Coach

May 2011 - Present
JMU Spring String Thing

The JMU Spring String Thing is an amazing weekend-long orchestra camp for middle and high school students. Students spend the weekend learning music in a skill-appropriate orchestra, staying in the JMU Dorms, participating in social events, and concluding with a beautiful concert for the parents. I have counseled this event, serving as both a counselor and as a section coach with the students, for the past 6 years. I have no plans of leaving this amazing event!

Private Violin/Viola Instructor

Aug 2013 - May 2014
Shenandoah Valley Academy

While a student at JMU, I was hired by the Shenandoah Valley Academy, a nearby boarding school for high schoolers. Students are able to take music lessons as an elective class, and I served as adjunct faculty at the school to teach those students.

Group and Private Strings Instructor

Aug 2011 - May 2013
JMU String Project

The JMU String Project is run by the String Education department at JMU. Students from the Harrisonburg/Rockingham Area are able to participate group and/or private string lessons at almost no cost in an area where strings are not present in the public schools.

Education

Bachelor of Music - Concentrations in Music Performance and Music Education

Aug 2010 - Dec 2014
James Madison University

Awards

Winner of the Samuel G. Cross Scholarship for Music Education

Apr 2012
Dr. Robert McCashin
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9 Reviews on Danielle F.

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Annie Sep 25, 2016
Violin · In home
My son has been playing violin for close to a year now. He has been lucky enough to have Danielle as his instructor that whole time. She makes the lessons fun but challenging. She is extremely encouraging. My son is on the shy side, so when I saw him take the stage to play a solo at the end of the school year, it was awesome. She is a wonderful teacher!
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Caroline Sep 24, 2016
Violin · In home
She's an amazing violinist and a wonderful person! She has taught me so much and is amazing at what she does! She also is a very fun person to be around and to play with!
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Kellie Lucas Sep 23, 2016
Violin · In studio
Danielle was very professional. My kids enjoyed her way of teaching and learned a lot.
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Kellie Lucas Sep 23, 2016
Violin · In studio
Danielle was very professional. My kids enjoyed her way of teaching and learned a lot.
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Robert B. Aug 28, 2016
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
My son really enjoyed his first lesson and looking forward to the next one.
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Maegan B. Jul 26, 2016
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Great teacher!
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Kara Jun 28, 2016
Violin · In studio
Danielle exhibits a wealth of knowledge on the violin. She makes learning very fun and is a joy to be around while teaching. I would recommend her over anyone to take you to the next level. Danielle is amazing!
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Alan Thomas Jun 28, 2016
Violin · In home
Danielle is a wonderful, energetic and engaging teacher. My children LOVE going to their lessons.
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Felix Jun 28, 2016
Violin · In studio
Danielle is great! She's very friendly, all the kids love her. And She really cares about kids learning, she puts a lot of time and energy into her students.
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