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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17 Reviews on Dawnn F.

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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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Miranda Dec 12, 2016
Viola · In home
Verified Student
My daughter (very shy) had he first lesson today. She was very happy with Dawn.
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Miranda Dec 12, 2016
Viola · In home
Verified Student
My daughter (very shy) had he first lesson today. She was very happy with Dawn.
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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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