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Dawnn passed a background check that includes a SSN verification, national criminal record check, and sex offender registry search. Learn More
Dawnn delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 6+ and special needs

Teaching since:
June 2009

I absolutely love teaching music. I have experience teaching children as young as 6 and adults age 55. I have 18 years of experience playing music. The instruments I have experience playing are violin, viola and cello. I have been teaching for 9 years. I am Assistant Conductor of the Crossroads Youth Orchestra.

In 2013 I received my Bachelors Degree in Instrumental Music and Music Theory from Bluefield College. I have played for the Rappahannock Youth Symphony and the Bluefield College Orchestra and I have in duets and trios with members of the Roanoke Symphony. I live in Virginia and have played for local wineries, art museums and restaurants; I also play weddings, dinner parties and private events.

I enjoy playing music, because music echoes the soul and releases the mind. Everyone may speak a different language, but all musicians speak the same language of notes and rhythm. I have always enjoyed playing string instruments, because they are so powerful.

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My lessons are tailored to the needs and interests of each student. If a student is involved in school music ensembles, we will work with their lesson books from school in addition to material outside of the books, including Essential Elements 2000, and teacher-created materials. We will focus on building proper tone production and individual technique - something that often is difficult to learn in a large ensemble setting.

I can start a beginner student on any classical string instrument (violin, viola, cello). I can begin a student and work with them through their all levels of method books.

For advanced students, I work from selected etude books on developing advanced skills and can work with students on audition pieces for honors bands/orchestras or college auditions and specialized magnet schools.

My lessons are a half-hour or 60 minutes once a week unless otherwise agreed upon on a per student basis.

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Experience

Conductor
Sep 2016 - Present
Crossroads Youth Orchestra

Instructor/Performer
Jun 2010 - Present
Softspoken Music Notes, LLC

Provided lessons for students 6 and up. Performed for weddings and engagements and various venues. Performances with the Roanoke Symphony.

Education

Bachelors of Arts in Instrumental Music and Music Theory
Aug 2009 - May 2013
Bluefield College

Photos & Videos

Warming up before a summer brunch event.

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An awesome cello I got!

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The Word Became Flesh night 2. My favorite performance so far!

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25 Reviews

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Kayla Jun 7, 2017
Cello · Online

Courtney M. May 30, 2017
Violin · Online

Juli May 11, 2017
Violin · Online

Dawnn is a very focused teacher. I am learning a lot. She is very gracious regarding my errors. She provides music for me. As a disabled person with cognitive difficulties, she works with me to find creative ways for me to learn. She has gone out of her way to provide learning tools. I always look forward to my lessons. I highly recommend her for learning disabilities!

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Megan N. Feb 25, 2017
Cello · Online

Dawnn has lots of patience. She's a great teacher. She makes learning music fun again for my daughter. As a parent, I appreciate Dawnn's flexibility in scheduling and knowledge of the cello. I would highly recommend Dawnn!

Milana Feb 14, 2017
Violin · Online

Dawn is such a wonderful teacher! She is teaching violin and cello to my children and easily transitions between their individual needs and personalities. They love working with her and eagerly await lessons each week. We are so happy to have found her.

Harrison Feb 11, 2017
Violin · Online

Dawnn is such a great teacher and she knows what she is talking about. She is very committed to her students and wants to make sure they succeed. Quite a lovely personality and is very relatable.
---Kennedy Jones :)

Teresa G. Feb 9, 2017
Cello · Online

It was a great pleasure meeting Dawnn. She has a winning personality and a great smile. I feel we will get along great. I am looking forward to working with her and learning the cello again.

Sahana L. Feb 1, 2017
Violin · Online

Excellent!

Sarah P. Jan 20, 2017
Cello · Online

I really like Dawnn! She is easy to talk to and made me feel comfortable with this subject that I know nothing about. She is very knowledgeable, and good at explaining. I'm really looking forward to future lessons!

Slade J. Jan 14, 2017
Violin · Online

Vert realistic with expectations and patient with beginners.

Danielle Jan 9, 2017
Violin · Online

Dawn is a great teacher. She understands that I am a working professional and she set goals for me that can fit into my schedule. I look forward to more lessons.

Wendy C. Dec 19, 2016
Cello · Online

This was my first lesson with Ms Dawn and it went really great. I am really looking forward to learning with her.

Wendy C. Dec 19, 2016
Cello · Online

Juli Dec 13, 2016
Violin · Online

She is a "real" person, articulate and personable. I am very much looking forward to working with her.

Miranda Dec 12, 2016
Viola · In home

My daughter (very shy) had he first lesson today. She was very happy with Dawn.

Miranda Dec 12, 2016
Viola · In home

My daughter (very shy) had he first lesson today. She was very happy with Dawn.

Jalexa Dec 5, 2016
Violin · In studio

I cannot find a way to communicate with you regarding my disability. Your profile states "special needs", and I need to know if your abilities will work with my disabilities. I can't communicate without buying the package. My email is chatbratstar@yahoo.com. This review is not a review but it is the only thing I can think of to get through. I played for 20 years as a young woman.

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Ines M. Sep 19, 2016
Cello · Online

I really like learning with Dawn. I am from Germany so to have a lesson in English was new for me and I think she was very patient with me ^^. Well done

Praful A. Aug 17, 2016
Violin · Online

Really excited about learning violin from Dawnn

Anna A. Jul 27, 2016
Violin · In home

We have been receiving lessons from Dawnn since the first week of June; I am very pleased! She is instructing my 7 year old daughter, who is improving each passing week. Dawnn is gentle and soft-spoken and is great at allowing the child to lead and progress at their own pace. We intend to keep the lessons coming!

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Rochelle D. Jul 19, 2016
Violin · Online

My first lesson with Dawn went surprisingly very well. I am hearing impaired with a cochlear implant. We talked about my strengths & weaknesses & frustrations as a violin player with a hearing loss. She seemed to understand & then assigned some music & scales to practice for next week. I'm looking forward to our next lesson! I had no problems communicating with her. I was skeptical it would work but at this point I'm excited & pleased.

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Sonia O. Jul 6, 2016
Violin · Online

Dawnn was able to discuss where my strength and weaknesses were and to develop a long term goal to help bridge the gap. She is very caring and is a good listener, she will help me to develop into a stronger violinist. Great instructor.....

Ashley M. Apr 8, 2016
Violin · In home

Great experience for my Granddaughter, this was her first lesson but Dawnn made her feel very comfortable. Dawnn is personable, friendly, professional. I think we made the right choice.

Ashley M. Apr 8, 2016
Violin · In home

Dawnn hit it off with my Granddaughter right away. This was her first lesson with Dawnn but when the lesson was over Ashley was beaming. Right now she only has 1/2 lessons with Dawnn but if her other lessons go this well we will be signing up for Ashley to have 1 hour lessons. Great experience, I think Dawnn is the right choice for Ashley. Very personable, friendly, professional.

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Holly L. Feb 2, 2016
Violin · In home

Holly, and all of us, absolutely LOVE Dawn. She is great with kids and very patient and understanding. She makes it fun and has a great outlook.

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