About Dawnn F.

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Dawnn teaches: Ages 6 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: June 2009
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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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21 Reviews on Dawnn F.

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Milana Feb 14, 2017
Violin · Online
Verified Student
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.
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Harrison Feb 11, 2017
Violin · Online
Verified Student
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 :)
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Teresa G. Feb 9, 2017
Cello · Online
Verified Student
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.
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Sahana L. Feb 1, 2017
Violin · Online
Verified Student
Excellent!
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Sarah P. Jan 20, 2017
Cello · Online
Verified Student
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!
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Slade J. Jan 14, 2017
Violin · Online
Verified Student
Vert realistic with expectations and patient with beginners.
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Danielle Jan 9, 2017
Violin · Online
Verified Student
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.
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Wendy C. Dec 19, 2016
Cello · Online
Verified Student
This was my first lesson with Ms Dawn and it went really great. I am really looking forward to learning with her.
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Wendy C. Dec 19, 2016
Cello · Online
Verified Student
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Juli Dec 13, 2016
Violin · Online
Verified Student
She is a "real" person, articulate and personable. I am very much looking forward to working with her.
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