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Deanna delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
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Ages 4+ and special needs

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I am an enthusiastic teacher that offers lessons for aspiring violin and viola players. While I am based in Copenhagen, I am able to teach students anywhere in the world through online video lessons.

I believe that a student is capable of doing anything, and that musical ability can be taught to anyone who works diligently. I teach each student according to their unique set of skills and challenges and help them understand how to build upon them.

It is my goal as a teacher to:

1. Engage my students’ creativity and nurture their self-expression
2. Build a foundation of solid instrument technique so that any type of expression is possible.
3. Help build discipline through time management and organization techniques to achieve weekly goals.
4. Learn body awareness through use of the Alexander Technique

I have worked with students from age 3 to age 76, and I know that ANYONE can learn to play well. I have taught students who are on the Autism spectrum, students who have had learning disabilities. With diligent work and excellent guidance, any student can learn to become a wonderful musician!

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Violin and Viola Teacher
Jan 2004 - Present
Private Studio

A native Texan, Deanna Said, was introduced to music in the public schools at around the same time she was introduced to line dancing. Her passion for music quickly developed, and at age 16 she began viola lessons. She went on to complete degrees at the San Francisco Conservatory, University of Nevada Reno, and most recently from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. She believes in the transformational power of music, and, in the summer of 2015 was performing quartet outreach concerts in neighborhoods throughout Chicago as part of the Grant Park Music Festival. An avid orchestral performer, she has played in dozens of orchestras. Most recently, she was a member of the Evansville Philharmonic (IN) and the Owensboro Symphony (KY). She adores playing chamber music and her festival appearances include Aspen Music Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Roundtop Music Festival among others. She has studied with many wonderful teachers including Catherine Van Hoesen, Ed Gazouleas, Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio and Jodi Levitz. She lives in Washington D.C. and is on faculty for the DC Youth Orchestra Program and a member of the contemporary string quartet, Rogue Collective. In the 2017-18 school year, Deanna will be a Fulbright Grant recipient. She will be studying and performing in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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Performance Diploma
Aug 2014 - Aug 2016
Indiana University- Jacobs School of Music
Masters of Music Performance
Aug 2008 - May 2010
University of Nevada Reno
Bachelors of Music Performance
Aug 2004 - May 2008
San Francisco Conservatory of Music


Limited Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


Fulbright Grant
Jan 2017
US Fulbright Commission
Sierra Arts Fund Grant
Jan 2012
Sierra Arts Fund
Best Graduate Musician
Mar 2010
University of Nevada Reno


American Viola Society
Jun 2015

The American Viola Society is a nonprofit organization of viola enthusiasts, including students, performers, teachers, scholars, composers, makers, and friends, who seek to encourage excellence in performance, pedagogy, research, composition, and lutherie. United in our commitment to promote the viola and its related activities, the AVS fosters communication and friendship among violists of all skill levels, ages, nationalities, and backgrounds.

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American String Teachers Association
Jan 2012

The American String Teachers Association, founded more than 60 years ago, is a membership organization for string and orchestra teachers and players, helping them to develop and refine their careers. ASTA's members range from budding student teachers to artist-status performers. The organization provides a vast array of services, including instrument insurance, an award-winning scholarly journal, discounts on publications and resources, annual professional development opportunities, and access to collegial network of colleagues throughout the string profession.

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Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc.
Jan 2010

The Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc. is the not-for-profit organization officially licensed to support, guide, and promote Suzuki education in North, Central, and South America. The SAA was founded in 1972 and currently has about 8,000 members.

Photos & Videos

My Performance of Hindemith's Viola Sonata Op. 11, No. 4 (2nd and 3rd movements).
Photo by Deanna S.

Photo by Deanna S.
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2 Reviews

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Kwamel Aug 3, 2017
Viola · Online

I took a couple viola lessons from Ms. Deanna last year and it was an excellent experience. Ms. Deanna is an amazing teacher who teaches with great clarity and detail. She not only helped perfect my viola technique, she also taught me how to practice effectively. She taught me several time management methods and how to practice exactly what I need to practice with the limited time I have. With these methods, I am able to approach new music quickly and efficiently.

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Rashida Aug 1, 2017

Deanna is an awesome person and phenomenal teaching artist. I will be providing students to her for this new endeavor as she studies abroad furthering her talent and skills. I look forward to her return to the DC area and working with her in the near future.

Great Job Deanna!

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