Davis Dorrough
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Davis Dorrough

Davis D.

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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Nationally Certified Teacher of Music and Master of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy with 15 years of teaching experience. In addition to teaching, I currently serve as National Certification Chair of the Music Teachers National Association Certification Program. As an expert teacher in the field of music teaching, I frequently give presentations and workshops at music conferences across the U.S.

What to Expect When Taking Lessons With Davis:
•Students reaching their maximum potential through proven teaching methods
•Healthy posture, piano technique, expressive playing, creativity, efficient practice, and well-rounded musicianship
•Positive learning environment where I work hard to deliver engaging experiences and connect with students
•Professional plan of study and careful leveling and planning for each student's custom-tailored curriculum
•Working on the music the student enjoys playing!
•Having fun!

What to Expect with My Online Studio Setup:
•Professional video, audio, lighting, multiple camera angles, highest-speed internet
•iPad Pro and Apple Pencil for screen sharing
•Sample recordings, supplementary teaching videos, and online resources
•Check out the Virtual Studio Tour Video on my profile!

Contact me today to set up your first lesson! Students of all ages and skill levels welcome!

About Davis D.

Davis holds a Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma and is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music through the Music Teachers National Association. He has formerly taught at the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma Baptist University.

As a performer, Davis has performed in solo and collaborative recitals both locally and abroad. In 2012 he performed at the Classical Music Festival in Eisenstaedt, Austria where he had the opportunity to perform at the Esterhazy Palace. In July 2016, Davis performed at the Saarburg International Chamber Music Festival in Saarburg, Germany. He has studied the Taubman approach to piano technique at the Golandsky Summer Institute held at Princeton University.

He is a frequent presenter at conferences and workshops across the U.S. and has spoken at the Music Teachers National Association Conference, National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, MusicEd Connect Conference, and the Oklahoma Music Teachers Association Conference. His recent webinar for MTNA attracted over 500 live viewers.

Davis is the current chair for the National Certification Board of the Music Teachers National Association.

He has been a recipient of several national awards and grants, including the MTNA MarySue Harris Studio Teaching Fellowship, Piano Technicians Guild Foundation Scholarship, and the National Piano Foundation Scholarship, and the MTNA Foundation Fellow Award.


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8 Reviews
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Truly enjoying lessons with Davis. Very helpful and understanding. Takes his time to explain various concepts that tie into my goals. Easy to work with, sends follow-up notes quickly. I have some experience but mostly self-taught. He's been helpful with technical knowledge while sharing practical ideas I can implement right away. I've been able to improve a lot faster since I started my lessons.

Posted Aug 2, 2021
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As an older, beginner student, now 72, I appreciate Davis’ teaching to my specific needs for the past three years. My need, or quirkiness, was to learn music theory because I had to know the history of music and circle of fifths in order to understand the mechanics of the piano while I was learning to play. As a retired ICU nurse, rationale matters! To me anyway. Plus it helped me to read and understand music much faster. He recommended the college level music theory course books and continues to oversee my work and reinforce understanding. He’s so patient! I told my husband that I’d follow my hairdresser anywhere, Now, I say that about my piano teacher! I started at his studio in Edmond, Oklahoma and now I’m remote learning in his new studio in Cincinnati, Ohio. Davis is irreplaceable.

Posted May 11, 2021
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Davis is a wonderful and talented instructor. He tailors lessons to fit the students needs and teaches with great passion and patience. My daughter has been taking piano lessons from him for almost three years and she enjoys every lesson with Davis. Greatly appreciate!

Posted May 3, 2021
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Davis has many special gifts, but best of all, he is patient. He shows compassion and gives kind thoughtful feedback to his students. He is flexible and let’s the students play the type of music they are interested in to help build confidence and that also encourages practice!

Posted May 1, 2021
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The best things about taking lessons with Davis D. is his ability to understand each of his student's needs, give thoughtful advice, and instill confidence and a love for piano performance. Taking lessons with Davis is a worthwhile and enjoyable experience.

Posted Apr 29, 2021
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Davis Dorrough is an excellent piano teacher for students of all ages! He makes the online lesson experience simple from a technology perspective and is constantly innovating to add value to the experience.

Posted Apr 28, 2021
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Davis is a very professional, efficient and an excellent piano teacher. He sees to it that Zophia is able to do her lessons properly and correctly even though the lesson is on-line and most importantly she understands her piano lessons very well. She always looks forward to her class every time. I recommend Davis 100% !

Posted Apr 28, 2021
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I went to graduate school with Davis, ran a music studio with him for several years, and have co-presented at national music education conferences with him. You won't find a teacher more dedicated to excellence at every level. Davis in constantly researching and innovating to find the best resources and teaching methods to equip his students for success. He also knows how to make lessons and learning fun! I definitely recommend lessons with Davis.

Posted Apr 26, 2021

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MTNA National Certification Board, Chair
Mar 2021 - Present

Music Teachers National Association

Service roll involving the oversight of the MTNA national certification program.

Private Piano Teacher
Aug 2006 - Present

Piano Studio

I have taught privately for 15 years and worked with hundreds of students, many of which have won competitions and received awards. Some have gone on to start their own careers in music.

University Instructor
Aug 2011 - May 2013

University of Oklahoma

Taught group and private classes to university music students.


Master of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy
Aug 2011 - May 2013

The University of Oklahoma

B.A. Piano
Apr 2006 - May 2010

Arkansas Tech University



Limited Proficiency


Golandsky Summer Workshop in Taubman Method, Princeton University
Jul 2015

Golandsky Institute

Nationally Certified Teacher of Music
Aug 2013

Music Teachers National Association


National Piano Foundation and the NAMM Foundation Scholarship
Mar 2017

National Piano Foundation

MarySue Harris Studio Teaching Fellowship Award
Mar 2014

Music Teachers National Association


Oklahoma Music Teachers Association
May 2013
MTNA has cemented its role as an organization essential not only to the professional and individual well-being of music-teaching professionals, but also a vital partner in their growth and development. It provides both a collective voice for teachers worldwide and a powerful alliance with a highly prestigious and influential group.
Music Teachers National Association
May 2008
The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.

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