Danielle Fagan
Virginia Beach, VA
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Danielle Fagan

Danielle F.

Virginia Beach, VA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I am a professional violinist who also holds a valid VA teaching license. I focus on student-centered learning to make sure everyone gets the instruction they need. Whether you're looking to start on the right foot, get ahead in school, or take your playing to the next level, I'm here to help!

About Danielle F.

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 elementary public school to high school orchestra and am a truly passionate teacher. I currently am a high school orchestra director and I love to fill my nights/weekends with private students - that's where the real fun is!

I've taught ages 4-74 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, no matter their ability or age.

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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Matthew A.
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Danielle was a very intuitive teacher- she listened to my goals, and helped provide me with a clear path toward them, conquering some of the basics, scales, pentatonic, and such... but also some of the more advanced nuances like harmonics and vibrato. If you are trying to learn violin or fiddle, I'd recommend Danielle.

Posted Nov 8, 2018
Rylee
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We had great encounter with Ms. Danielle. Lovely woman full of knowledge,personality, and a love for instruments. She has a way to convey her expertise to her students. Wouldn’t hesitate to utilize her in our future!

Posted Sep 30, 2018
Joyce
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Really enjoyed the first lesson and look forward to more. Danielle is knowledgeable, encouraging and friendly. I highly recommend her.

Posted Sep 28, 2018
Amanda
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Very patient and knowledgeable. Can’t wait to learn more!

Posted May 16, 2018
Brenda G.
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Awesome teacher!

Posted Apr 30, 2018
Teri N.
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Posted Feb 1, 2018
Chloe M.
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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!

Posted Sep 17, 2017
Lily
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Great instructor. Our daughter loved her lesson and can't wait for her next one!

Posted Aug 10, 2017
Jessica
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Danielle is great! Fun yet challenging lessons.

Posted May 12, 2017
Trixia
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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.

Posted May 12, 2017
Nicole
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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.

Posted May 12, 2017
Annie
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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!

Posted Sep 25, 2016
Caroline
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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!

Posted Sep 24, 2016
Kellie Lucas
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Danielle was very professional. My kids enjoyed her way of teaching and learned a lot.

Posted Sep 23, 2016
Kellie Lucas
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Danielle was very professional. My kids enjoyed her way of teaching and learned a lot.

Posted Sep 23, 2016
Robert B.
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My son really enjoyed his first lesson and looking forward to the next one.

Posted Aug 28, 2016
Maegan B.
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Great teacher!

Posted Jul 26, 2016
Kara
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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!

Posted Jun 28, 2016
Alan Thomas
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Danielle is a wonderful, energetic and engaging teacher. My children LOVE going to their lessons.

Posted Jun 28, 2016
Felix
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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.

Posted Jun 28, 2016

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Experience

Orchestra Director
Aug 2019 - Present

First Colonial High School

I am proud to be the Orchestra Director at First Colonial High School, teaching beginning, intermediate and advanced orchestra.

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!

Owner/Founder/Violinist
Jan 2015 - Present

757 Strings

In addition to lessons and my public school teaching, I enjoy playing music for weddings, parties and other events. My business, 757 Strings, is how I bring together musicians and clients to set their memories to music!

Orchestra Manager/Violin 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!

Music and Strings Specialist
Feb 2015 - Jun 2019

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!

Strings Instructor
Sep 2015 - Oct 2018

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!

Private Strings Instructor and Chamber Music Coach
Aug 2014 - Oct 2016

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!

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

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 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.
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.
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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