Dawnn Fletcher

Dawnn F.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
1 hour lesson with music theory, performance tips, and of course playing music!
I have been teaching for 6 years. In 2013 I received my Bachelors Degree in music 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 enjoy playing music, because music echoes the soul. Everyone may speak a different language, but all musicians speak the same language of notes and rhythm.

About Dawnn F.

I have been playing violin, viola and cello for 20 years at the age of only 27. I am the Principal Conductor of Ovation Youth Symphony Orchestra. Previously, I was the Assistant Conductor of the Crossroads Youth Orchestra. I have been teaching for 10 years. I have experience teaching children as young as 6 and adults age 70. My lessons include the fundamentals of the instrument as well as fun songs and activities to keep the lesson interesting.

In 2013 I received a Bachelors Degree in Law as well as 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 have play 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 a 30 or 60 minute once a week unless otherwise agreed upon on a per student basis. 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 Suzuki, as well as 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 beginning student on any classical string instrument (violin, viola, cello). When I begin with students 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.

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Wendi ..

Fantastic teacher. Great feedback and classes tailored to where the student is in progress.

Posted Jan 8, 2020
Jacqueline S.
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Dawnn is an excellent instructor and I will continue lessons with her.

Posted Nov 18, 2019
Linda
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Posted Nov 3, 2019
Elena Z.

We have been with Dawnn for a couple of years now. Originally, the purpose of us hiring her as a violin teacher was to get my son into the string orchestra. Promise fulfilled and my son got into the orchestra. Besides, we really appreciate Dawnn for her commitment, punctuality, and proficiency. Her skill and expertise are producing wonderful fruits in my son's musical accomplishments . Thank you so much!

Posted Nov 3, 2019
Lorelai
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I like that she helped me fix what I was doing wrong. She is very patient with me. I really enjoyed our first class and look forward to continuing to learn from her.

Posted Jul 2, 2019
Triniti
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First official lesson and I already feel comfortable thanks to her instruction. Looking forward to seeing how much I progress.

Posted Jun 12, 2019
Lindsey B.
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Dawn was great! Walked me through any questions I had and taught me how to be comfortable with my instrument as a very very beginner who had never even held a cello before. She is kind and patient, fun and makes the lessons stress- free and without pressure. She is very approachable and helps to reach my personal goals. Highly recommend

Posted May 21, 2019
Linda
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Posted Dec 2, 2018
Valerie M.
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Excellent teacher. Patient, intuitive and effective.

Posted Nov 23, 2018
Malex
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Posted Oct 14, 2018
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Posted Oct 6, 2018
Lindsey B.
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Dawn is very kind, encouraging, and patient as well as knowledgeable. She is assisting me in achieving my goals At a speed that is tailored to me as an individual not in a cookie cutter way. I am enjoying learning how to play the cello and she has been a large part of that

Posted Oct 4, 2018
Gracie
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Great lessons! Very patient with little people.

Posted Sep 23, 2018
Lindsey B.
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Dawnn is very kind, patient, friendly, and down to earth. Was a great first lesson and I'm really looking forward to continuing my cello lessons with her :)

Posted Sep 18, 2018
Shanti K.
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AMAZING

Posted Sep 16, 2018
Elena Z.
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My son has gone through his first package of 15 violin lessons with Dawnn, and now continuing his learning with her. She seems to know how to approach and fix a problem in a professional way, very punctual, and committed. My son has definitely improved his violin skills and we see much hope for him entering the orchestra next school year. I definitely recommend Dawn as your violin instructor.

Posted Mar 24, 2018
Malex
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Nice, patient, and competent! She is simply awesome!

Posted Mar 24, 2018
Valerie H.
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I love Dawnn! A wonderful teacher...

Posted Feb 13, 2018
Elena Z.
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Awesome. My son has taken four lessons so far. I see a tremendous progress already. He now has a direction, knows areas that require improvement, and instruction on how to improve those areas. Thanks Dawnn!

Posted Feb 11, 2018
Robert
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This was our fist lesson in a package of 15. Dawnn seemed to know what she was doing and established connection with the student right away. She identified the problem with the student's playing and knew what steps needed to be taken to solve it. Happy with the first lesson! Thank you!

Posted Feb 2, 2018
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Posted Jan 27, 2018
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Posted Jan 27, 2018
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Posted Sep 18, 2017
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Posted Sep 18, 2017
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Posted Sep 10, 2017
Vince
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Dawn was very friendly and good about making sure my son had goals for his next lesson that were reasonable.

Posted Aug 11, 2017
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Posted Aug 11, 2017
Valerie H.
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Love her and she doesn't make me feel stupid since i am 58 and taking lessons for the first time. Totally loving this decision and this instructor. I will be paying for five more lessons. Thank you Ms. Dawnn!

Posted Aug 8, 2017
Valerie H.
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I love my new teacher!!!!

Posted Jul 25, 2017
Diana
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My daughter just had her first lesson with Dawnn and we both could not be more impressed. She is a true professional with abundant patience, knowledge, encouragement and intuition. Within an hour, she guided my daughter from her original anxiety to learning two new songs (after a month of not practicing since school ended). Her positive demeanor helped boost my daughter's confidence and now she is looking forward to continuing to learn and grow with Dawnn. I am grateful to have found such an excellent teacher.

Posted Jul 17, 2017
Christopher
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First lesson was a great success, better than I ever could have anticipated. Dawnn is patient and expresses herself clearly.

Posted Jun 29, 2017
Kayla
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Posted Jun 7, 2017
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Posted May 30, 2017
Juli
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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!

Posted May 11, 2017
Megan N.
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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!

Posted Feb 25, 2017
Milana
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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.

Posted Feb 14, 2017
Harrison
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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 :)

Posted Feb 11, 2017
Teresa G.
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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.

Posted Feb 9, 2017
Sahana L.
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Excellent!

Posted Feb 1, 2017
Sarah P.
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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!

Posted Jan 20, 2017
Slade J.
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Vert realistic with expectations and patient with beginners.

Posted Jan 14, 2017
Danielle
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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.

Posted Jan 9, 2017
Wendy C.
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This was my first lesson with Ms Dawn and it went really great. I am really looking forward to learning with her.

Posted Dec 19, 2016
Wendy C.
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Posted Dec 19, 2016
Juli
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She is a "real" person, articulate and personable. I am very much looking forward to working with her.

Posted Dec 13, 2016
Miranda
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My daughter (very shy) had he first lesson today. She was very happy with Dawn.

Posted Dec 12, 2016
Miranda
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My daughter (very shy) had he first lesson today. She was very happy with Dawn.

Posted Dec 12, 2016
Jalexa
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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.

Posted Dec 5, 2016
Ines M.
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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

Posted Sep 19, 2016
Praful A.
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Really excited about learning violin from Dawnn

Posted Aug 17, 2016
Anna A.
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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!

Posted Jul 27, 2016
Rochelle D.
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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.

Posted Jul 19, 2016
Sonia O.
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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.....

Posted Jul 6, 2016
Ashley M.
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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.

Posted Apr 8, 2016
Ashley M.
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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.

Posted Apr 8, 2016
Holly L.
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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.

Posted Feb 2, 2016

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Experience

Owner & Conductor
Aug 2019 - Present

Orchestra

Instructor/Performer
Jun 2010 - Present

Music Studio

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

Conductor
Sep 2016 - May 2019

Crossroads Youth Orchestra

Education

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

Bluefield College

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

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