Danielle Fagan

Danielle F.

Virginia Beach, VA
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Danielle delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Females 4+, males 4 to 17 and special needs

Teaching since:
2011

Hello! My name is Danielle and I'm a 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

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Experience

Strings Instructor
Mar 2017 - Present
Great Neck Community Music School

This wonderful music school is geared towards low income families - I love helping to spread music to anyone and everyone!

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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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Education

Bachelor of Music - Concentrations in Music Performance and Music Education
Aug 2010 - Dec 2014
James Madison University

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Sword of Honor
Apr 2014
Sigma Alpha Iota
Winner of the Samuel G. Cross Scholarship for Music Education
Apr 2012
Dr. Robert McCashin

Affiliations

American Volleyball Coaches Association
Sep 2015

Our mission statement is to advance the sport of volleyball with AVCA coaches at the epicenter of leadership, advocacy and professional development.

American Orff-Schulwerk Association
Sep 2015

The American Orff-Schulwerk Association is a professional organization of educators dedicated to the creative music and movement approach developed by Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman.

Our Mission is to demonstrate the value of Orff Schulwerk and promote its widespread use; to support the professional development of our members; and,
to inspire and advocate for the creative potential of all learners.

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National Organization of Women
Sep 2012

As the grassroots arm of the women’s movement, the National Organization for Women is dedicated to its multi-issue and multi-strategy approach to women’s rights, and is the largest organization of feminist grassroots activists in the United States. NOW has hundreds of chapters and hundreds of thousands of members and activists in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Since our founding in 1966, NOW’s purpose is to take action through intersectional grassroots activism to promote feminist ideals, lead societal change, eliminate discrimination, and achieve and protect the equal rights of all women and girls in all aspects of social, political, and economic life.

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American String Teachers Association
Sep 2012

The American String Teachers Association, founded more than 60 years ago, is a membership organization for string and orchestra teachers and players, helping them to develop and refine their careers. ASTA's members range from budding student teachers to artist-status performers. The organization provides a vast array of services, including instrument insurance, an award-winning scholarly journal, discounts on publications and resources, annual professional development opportunities, and access to collegial network of colleagues throughout the string profession.

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Sigma Alpha Iota (ΣΑΙ)
Jan 2012

Sigma Alpha Iota is a professional International Music Fraternity for women. Formed to uphold the highest standards of music and to further the development of music in America and throughout the world, it continues to provide musical and educational resources to its members and the general public.Sigma Alpha Iota operates its own national philanthropy, Sigma Alpha Iota Philanthropies, Inc.

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Photos & Videos

One of my awesome students performing in a recital at a packed restaurant (and me playing the piano)

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Playing violin for a wedding at the Lesner Inn

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Performing for my final recital to receive my Violin Performance degree.
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17 Reviews

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Amanda May 16, 2018
Fiddle · In home

Very patient and knowledgeable. Can’t wait to learn more!

Brenda G. Apr 30, 2018
Viola · Online

Awesome teacher!

Teri Feb 1, 2018
Violin · Online

Chloe M. Sep 17, 2017
Violin · In studio

My daughter just had her first lesson with Danielle, I was very nervous about her first lesson bc while I want her to learn, I want her to have fun. She learned a lot in one quick lesson and is anxious to practice and come back for her next lesson!

Lily Aug 10, 2017
Viola · In home

Great instructor. Our daughter loved her lesson and can't wait for her next one!

Jessica May 12, 2017
Violin · In studio

Danielle is great! Fun yet challenging lessons.

Trixia May 12, 2017
Violin · In studio

Miss Danielle has been a blessing to our family! My girls (14 and 5) have a lot of anxiety and special needs, and Danielle has been patient and kind. They have learned so much in a short period of time.

Nicole May 12, 2017
Violin · In studio

Danielle has been very patient with my daughter and has not only taught her how to play the violin, she has increased her confidence in herself as she is learning. I would highly recommend Ms. Danielle to anyone who is thinking about taking music lessons.

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!

Kellie Lucas Sep 23, 2016
Violin · In studio

Danielle was very professional. My kids enjoyed her way of teaching and learned a lot.

Kellie Lucas Sep 23, 2016
Violin · In studio

Danielle was very professional. My kids enjoyed her way of teaching and learned a lot.

Robert B. Aug 28, 2016
Violin · In studio

My son really enjoyed his first lesson and looking forward to the next one.

Maegan B. Jul 26, 2016
Violin · In studio

Great teacher!

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!

Alan Thomas Jun 28, 2016
Violin · In home

Danielle is a wonderful, energetic and engaging teacher. My children LOVE going to their lessons.

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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