DeAnna Howe

DeAnna H.

Sunnyvale, CA

About DeAnna H.

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DeAnna teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: January 1982
Last sign in: 2 days ago

Overview

Hello! I have been teaching piano since 1982 when I finished my degree in piano performance. I also have a Doctorate in Piano Performance, and have an artist diploma from the Mozarteum Academy in Salzburg, Austria. However, I think what makes me special is that I combine a friendly approach to teaching with high standards. My students do well in competitive and non-competitive events. And, they have fun!

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Experience

Pianist

Sep 2001 - May 2005
Tempe Symphony Orchestra

Teaching Assistant

Sep 1987 - May 1996
University of Texas

Education

Artist Diploma

Sep 1984 - May 1997
Mozarteum Academy of Music

Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance

Sep 1987 - May 1996
University of Texas

Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance

Sep 1978 - May 1982
University of Colorado

Languages Spoken

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

German

Professional Proficiency

Certifications

National Guild of Piano Teachers

Jan 2016
American College of Musicians

The National Guild of Piano Teachers is the largest, non-profit organization of piano teachers in the world. The piano Guild, a Division of the American College of Musicians, was founded in 1929.

Suzuki Teacher Training

May 1982
University of Colorado

Awards

Fulbright/ITT Award to Austria 1984

Feb 1983
Institute of International Education

Winner Jefferson Symphony Young Artist Competition

Oct 1982
Jefferson Symphony

Affiliations

Music Teachers' Association of California

Sep 2015

MTAC aspires to be the recognized leader in (1) Student Programs, which make a positive impact in the quality of music education and in the lives of music students; (2) Member Programs, which inspire quality teaching, the pursuit of ongoing teacher education and member involvement with community outreach; (3) a thriving Foundation, which funds Student Programs and member needs through its investments, donations, and grants.

California Association of Professional Music Teachers

Jul 2014
CAMPT

CAPMT is the California State Affiliate of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA). CAPMT is a 501(c)(3) non-profit music teachers organization of over 1,000 members, teaching in independent studios, private and public schools, conservatories, colleges, and universities throughout California.

Music Teachers National Association

Sep 1988
MTNA

The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.

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4 Reviews on DeAnna H.

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Junko Sep 5, 2016
Piano · In studio
My daughter started taking piano lessons with DeAnna about a month ago. She has been really enjoying DeAnna's lessons and I can already hear that she has improved quite a bit. DeAnna is warm, caring, and patient. Her lessons have a good balance of technique and musicality. She gives very specific practice plans every week that are easy to follow. We are so glad we found her!
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shelly Sep 5, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
As a complete beginner, I really had no idea how to begin with piano. I'm so glad that I found DeAnna and have her as my piano teacher! She's really patient, knowledgeable and always makes sure the lesson is well organized. Before the first lesson, she sent me a list that needs to be prepared before first lesson. I could feel she must be very experienced at that time, and it turned out to be true in the following lessons!

She's a really good teacher. Not only her piano teaching skill is perfect, but also she treats her student very kindly and always smiles and encourages me. I appreciate her a lot, cuz she helps me to keep my learning enthusiasm, which makes me feel I can finally become an amateur pianist! Haha

Thank her a lot!
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Helen N. May 3, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Today is my first lesson, I found Deanna to be a caring professional
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Ben Wolf Jan 1, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
DeAnna breaks her teaching down into segments focusing on smaller aspects, such as technique (scales and arpeggios), reading, theory, and repertoire, which I find to be pleasantly approachable in addition to giving me concrete smaller goals to work toward every week. The pieces I learn for repertoire span many historical styles, including classical, Baroque, and even some modern pieces (which are usually arrangements I've found online of songs I enjoy).

Before I started lessons with DeAnna, I had some musical skill but not to the level I wanted. One of those songs I wanted to learn to play had a section so difficult as to seem impossible every time I tried to play it. With DeAnna's help, I was able to master that song in 4 months, to the point where I can play it through on a whim, completely memorized. And even of the songs we haven't gone over, I'm confident I can handle them on my own, using the approaches DeAnna has taught me.

In addition to her skills as a teacher, DeAnna is quite personable and patient, reasonable in her expectations yet encouraging me to push myself even more, understanding when life interferes with practice, and just all-around fun to work with. I'm always looking forward to the next lesson!