Denise Rooney
Palm Springs, CA
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Denise Rooney

Denise R.

Palm Springs, CA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate

About Denise R.

I've always had a love for music. When I was 8 years old, I taught myself how to read music before my first piano lesson because I was so excited to learn. I continued taking piano lessons throughout my school days and became involved in choir in high school.

When I began college I decided to study business. I auditioned for choir and realized that my dream was to become a music educator. I graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. I studied piano, voice, clarinet, and music education. I had a lot of experience playing the piano and singing that I decided to learn the clarinet and join the concert band so I could have band experience. I was also involved in hand bell choir and continued to perform with the choir after I graduated.

After graduating, I taught piano at various private elementary schools throughout San Diego. I also had the wonderful experience of being the pianist and vocal soloist at my church. I was a substitute teacher for 8 years and had the opportunity to work with students from preschool to high school and was able to use my knowledge of each age group and school curriculum in teaching music. I had a great experience teaching music and movement for 3 years at a Montessori school from preschool to 3rd grade. Each age group had their own special qualities. Now I'm focusing my attention on private lessons teaching in person and online as well as my own professional development as a musician and an educator.

"Great works are performed not by strength, but by perseverance" - Samuel Johnson

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are tailored to each individual student's needs. I think everyone is special and has their own unique way of learning and customized lessons should reflect that. I believe that music theory is important and I include that in lessons. For piano lessons I mainly use Alfred's piano books and Faber Piano Adventures. In each lesson I will demonstrate the necessary skills in order for the students to feel comfortable in taking the music home to practice. For voice lessons I include vocalizations, vocal technique, and song study.

I want students to have fun with music. I am very patient and I think it's important to encourage and praise students. I hope to instill the desire to learn in each student.

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." - Eleanor Roosevelt

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in the living room, piano for piano lessons

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide a portable keyboard.


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17 Reviews
Darryl G.
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Denise is patient and kind. She explains and demonstrates concepts in a clear manner. Beautiful voice too!

Posted Aug 23, 2020
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Such a sweet teacher and so good with children.

Posted Feb 18, 2020
Michelle S.
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So talented and easy to understand. She is amazing! Glad I decided to do this for myself.

Posted Jan 26, 2020
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Denise is a wonderfull teacher. She is very patient and kind. She is very welcoming and professinal. I would definitaly recomend her 100%

Posted Apr 10, 2019
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Denise is the perfect instructor for me.

Posted Jul 25, 2018
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Denise seems to be an excellent teacher . My "re-introduction+ to the piano is proving quite gratifying under her instruction and with her support.

Posted Jul 8, 2018
Daniel J.
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I’m a beginner so Denise gave me a cd to practice my breathing and warm ups even when I’m not with her. THis was my first voice lesson so I don’t have much to compare her too but in my opinion she’s was very professional. I’ll deffinetly be going back to her In the future.

Posted Mar 9, 2018
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Denise was very helpful and I look forward to my next lesson. Since I've never taken lessons before I have no idea how to rate her but she's very good I think and knows what she's doing.

Posted Jan 9, 2018
Samara B.
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Very easy going and engaging. My granddaughter says that she really likes her better than her other teacher.

Posted Jul 6, 2017
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Denise is amazing my boys really love going to piano. She is so patient with them and great at teaching them.

Posted May 26, 2017
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Denise is amazing!! So kind and patient and my kids really enjoyed it.

Posted Apr 14, 2017
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I'm an adult beginner and Denise was very patient with me. I'm looking forward to future classes with her.

Posted Mar 29, 2016
Yvonne C.
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I really liked Denise's teaching style. She's very thorough and exceptionally nice. I'm looking forward to continuing my lessons with her and learning more.

Posted Feb 26, 2016
Mary Z.
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Denise was an amazing teacher. She is very patient, prepared and professional. She did an amazing job with my son who is special needs. She really knows how to approach students with a disability and knows just how to cater to what they need. I would highly recommend her for any student.

Posted Feb 18, 2016
Richie K.
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Extremely patient and professional.

Posted Nov 23, 2015
Michael S.
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Denise is a very easy going teacher. Denise is very relatable to my teen daughter an I love how punctual and attentive to our lesson schedule Denise is. Great teacher!

Posted Apr 14, 2015
Brian F.
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Denise has a very peaceful demeanor about her that makes children feel comfortable and at ease. My daughter enjoys the instruction she receives, and the way she receives it from Denise. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a comfortable environment for their children to learn.

Posted Nov 7, 2014


Aug 1989 - Jun 1994

Point Loma Nazarene University

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