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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.