About Dawnn F.

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Dawnn teaches: Ages 6 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: June 2009
Last sign in: Yesterday

Overview

I absolutely love teaching music. I have experience teaching children as young as 6 and adults age 55. I have 17 years of experience playing music. The instruments I have experience playing are violin, viola and cello. I have been teaching for 9 years. 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.

*** Lesson Details ***
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.

Photos and Videos

Warming up before a summer brunch event.

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
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9 Reviews on Dawnn F.

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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
Verified Student
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
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Praful A. Aug 17, 2016
Violin · Online
Verified Student
Really excited about learning violin from Dawnn
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Anna A. Jul 27, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
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
Verified Student
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
Verified Student
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.....
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Ashley M. Apr 8, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
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.
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Ashley M. Apr 8, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
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
Verified Student
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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