Darla Wilmot

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Newport News, VA

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Darla delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5 to 75

Teaching since:
June 1981

Hello, I am a professional musician with over 21 years of service as a military bandsmen. I've been stationed all over the world and have had the privilege to perform in some of the greatest concert halls. I love to work with students of all ages and can teach beginning-intermediate piano, and beginning-advanced flute. Prior to joining the military, I taught general music in the Texas Public School system. I have a bachelor€'™s degree in music education from the University of Texas at Arlington. I am a very active flutist in this area, performing with The Tidewater Winds, The Hampton Roads Philharmonic, and various small chamber groups.

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I believe in creating a very positive environment for my students. I am very patient and upbeat. Whether you are a beginner, or more advanced, I can tailor the lessons to your needs. I will give you a solid foundation in the fundamentals of music in a creative and fun way! I enjoy working with students of all ages. If you are just starting to learn, or have decided to come back to music lessons, I believe you will enjoy studying with me! ***Also, be advised, that if you are a beginner, I only teach 30 minute lessons! This is best for all beginners, whether a young student, or an adult student!! (Also, FYI, we do have cats in our home!)

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home studio with an upright piano for lessons.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Music stand, instrument and any books I recommend.

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General Music Teacher
Sep 1984 - May 1990
Eniis Independent School District

I taught Elementary music, grades Pre-K- 5th grade. I also taught recorder classes for 3rd grade, and choir for grades 4-5. Was responsible for Christmas, Spring, and all PTA programs for all grade levels.


Bachelor of Music Education
Sep 1980 - Dec 1983
University of Texas at Arlington


Bachelors of Music Education
Dec 1983
University or Texas at Arlington

Certified to teach music education to all levels, Kindergarten-Grade 12.


National Flute Association
Aug 1992

The National Flute Association, founded in 1972, is the largest flute organization in the world. Approximately 5,000 members from more than 50 countries join together in person, online, at conventions, informally and in forums, through publications and classrooms, in performance, in friendship and collegiality. Guided by its goals to encourage a higher standard of artistic excellence for the flute, its performers, and its literature, members include leading soloists, orchestral players, jazz and world music performers, teachers, adult amateurs, and students of all ages.

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Sigma Alpha Iota (ΣΑΙ)
May 1982

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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Tau Beta Sigma
Feb 1979

Tau Beta Sigma is a highly respected pre-eminent music organization comprised of over 160 collegiate chapters and more than 3,800 collegiate members with a balanced representation of women and men. Strong leadership thrives throughout our organization and we have a solid financial foundation. We cultivate and sponsor a variety of music education programs for our diverse membership and work closely with collegiate band directors. Our alumni association is an integral part of Tau Beta Sigma, promoting diversity efforts, social networking and assisting members in enhancing their professional leadership and employment possibilities after graduation from college. We are actively engaged in the community through music.

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Photos & Videos

Professional picture as soloist with The Hampton Roads Philharmonic!

This is a few years before I retired from the US Army TRADOC Band!

Waiting to begin a concert at The Ferguson Center, with the US Army TRADOC Band.

A student during our lesson!

This picture was taken when I was stationed in Korea with the 2nd ID Band at Camp Red Cloud! My husband was visiting!

Teaching two of my favorite students!
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9 Reviews

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Linda Apr 26, 2018
Flute · In home

Excellent instructor! Kasey is doing well with her.

Wanda Sep 16, 2017
Piano · In studio

Great experience!

LaDorna P. May 21, 2017
Flute · In home

I am near the top-end of her student's age bracket... I hope she increases her range in a year or two. I'm returning to lessons for my own enjoyment....and, in the first two weeks she taught more than a year with others. Specifically she showed me how to practice non-vibrato long tones to increase my volume and tone; she is helping me get solo pieces metrically correct, before I start adding the dynamics. And, she is helping to adjust my posture while playing,
I enjoy playing duets with her near the end of the lesson and hearing her play professionally at concerts around the peninsula.
I wish the lessons were longer.
I highly recommend her!

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Claire Dec 17, 2016
Flute · In home

She is the best flute instructor and flutist in the area. My daughter loves to learn from her.

Zavier Mar 12, 2016
Piano · In studio

She kept my son captivated and excited to learn.

Nancy I. Dec 5, 2015
Piano · In studio

I am returning to piano as an adult after many years away. Darla did a great job assessing and understanding where I am on the learning curve now and laying out a plan forward from there. She is very positive, encouraging and excited to teach others. I am looking forward to working with her to become a better player.

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Shannon M. Sep 21, 2015
Piano · In studio

Darla is a great teacher! My son has been taking lessons with her since he was 4 years old, he's 5 now, and I think that she is the best! I really like how patient she is with my son and the way she speaks to him just makes things click. Thank you Darla!

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Evelyn N. Mar 12, 2014
Piano ·

Learning is easy

Very professional in teaching works with students to ensure the learning experience is enjoyable.

DanteD Jun 18, 2012

Darla is a very good teacher, very kind ,and patience. Highly recommended!

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