DeAnna Howe
Portland, OR
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DeAnna Howe

DeAnna H.

Portland, OR
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have a strong background in music theory. My doctoral dissertation was analytical in content. I love music theory - it is like solving puzzles! If you want to learn about theory in an exciting and fun way, I would love to help you!

About DeAnna H.

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 excel in competitive and non-competitive events. Many go on to successful careers in music.


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Most single productive day I’ve had at the piano.

Posted Apr 6, 2020
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DeAnna has excellent credentials as a pianist and music theorist, but more importantly for me she is a patient teacher and good communicator who works hard to ensure that I learn and understand even the most basic skills and techniques. She is also fun to talk to and be with, and her love of music is infectious. She is an excellent teacher for an older student, and I imagine for younger ones too.

Posted Feb 13, 2019
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Deanna was great! Nice, patient, encouraging, and knowledgeable. I learned basic technique which already has me feeling more comfortable. I'm looking forward to progressing and confident I've made the right choice.

Posted Dec 15, 2017
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Very good experience. DeHanna took her time to reach a comfortable start . Very good first lesson. Looking forward to more lessons

Posted Jul 15, 2017
Remi Adam A. H.
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Remi my grandson enjoy his piano class very much. Especially when Remi got home he practice or continue the song he did with his he appreciate himself because it sounds beautiful. We grandparents are very proud to here a lovely melody he played.
The instructor is very good and patient with Remi, she makes sure she gets through him in her own special way.
Very grateful,
Remi's grandparents.

Posted Mar 4, 2017
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My grandson seems to enjoy it, it's the first class and I hope he'll continue the positive behavior I'd seen on him toward his piano.
I appreciate the instructor very much and I believe that Remi will gain something better from his piano.

Grateful, Remi's grandmother.

Posted Mar 2, 2017
Anshuman S.
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DeAnna is very professional, knowledgable and and excellent music teacher.

Posted Feb 14, 2017
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DeAnna was great! As a more experienced student I thought it might be challenging to find an instructor that could teach me things. I was wrong, DeAnna is perfect!

Posted Jan 13, 2017
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Really knows her stuff, patient and a great sense of humor

Posted Jan 7, 2017
Jessica M.
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I started taking lessons from DeAnna about a month ago and I can really feel myself fall in love with learning to play Piano again. I am looking forward to practice every night and lessons every week with her. DeAnna is a very patient and encouraging teacher. I really like that her lessons are structured and she has very specific tasks (that are obtainable) for me to complete every week. I am really looking forward to taking many more lessons from her!

Posted Sep 30, 2016
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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!

Posted Sep 5, 2016
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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!

Posted Sep 5, 2016
Helen N.
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Today is my first lesson, I found Deanna to be a caring professional

Posted May 3, 2016
Ben Wolf
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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!

Posted Jan 1, 2016

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Sep 2001 - May 2005

Tempe Symphony Orchestra

Teaching Assistant
Sep 1987 - May 1996

University of Texas


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



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Professional Proficiency


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


Fulbright/ITT Award to Austria 1984
Feb 1983

Institute of International Education

Winner Jefferson Symphony Young Artist Competition
Oct 1982

Jefferson Symphony


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
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
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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