Don Strong

Don S.

Minneapolis, MN
Teaching Locations:
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Teaching Locations:
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Profile-location-home Student's Home
Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Discover your true voice and how to support it!

About Don S.

Upbeat, fun and patient. Professional performer/teacher with a BA in music (with honors) and English from Wesleyan University, graduate study in music education from University of St. Thomas and film production/screenwriting with honors from Minneapolis College (MCTC). Don
specializes in helping you to unleash your creativity and self-expression. Guitar, songwriting, composition/music production (Garageband, etc), computer-based "beat-making", ensembles, and pop vocal coaching.

Many years experience in K-12 music and digital media technology (audio and video) working with gifted/talented and special needs students as well as in-school artist residencies. Adult students are a specialty and are most welcome!

*** Lesson Details ***
In individual lessons, instruction will be tailored to the individual desires and needs of each student. Fun "family-style" lessons with parent(s) and young children are also a new option.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Guitars, ukuleles, bass guitars, strum-sticks, various percussion instruments, various keyboards, synthesizers and music composition/production software and amps.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Teacher brings instruments/supplies/books as needed, and can arrange to provide instruments for students as well.

*** Specialties ***
Individual or group instruction in folk, jazz, blues, rock, guitar/vocal performance coaching, songwriting, lyric writing, instrumental improvisation, digital media production/composition, iMovie, Garageband, "beat-making" and therapeutic music for youth, adult and special needs students.


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12 Reviews
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Don is a super experienced musician that promotes local singer songwriters. He is very flexible with his schedule and lesson plans.

Posted Jun 5, 2018
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Don was very kind, patient, and encouraging. He brought over a lot of his own materials so it was much less stressful trying to find things to do.

Posted Sep 15, 2017
Barbara K.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Don does an outstanding job! He is able to connect authentically my son and customized the lessons to fit his learning style and needs. Don has drawn so much out of him musically and has also built a community of students that play together. He makes the lessons fun and engaging. He has opened up my 7-year old to the joy of playing and performing and has helped create a love of music. I highly recommend Don as a music teacher.

Posted Jun 26, 2017
Benjamin L.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Don was very patient with my son. He not only taught my son to play the Ukulele but also answered his numerous questions about video production.

Posted Jun 25, 2017
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Don is prompt, knowledgeable and fun to take lessons from.

Posted Sep 26, 2016
Rick B.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Good start

Posted Sep 5, 2016
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Don was excellent! We arranged for lessons to take place in our home which was super convenient. Don worked with both my daughter and myself weekly. His lessons were both fun and challenging. Highly recommend working with Don! Fun for all ages.

Posted Jun 9, 2016
Profile-location-home Student's Home

I wanted to learn an instrument at the age of 65 with my 5 year old grand daughter. Don was excellent at starting us out slow which allowed us to enjoy the experience and feel successful! He was so easy to work with and he is experienced working with all ages! I highly recommend him.

Posted May 30, 2016
Geoff Davis
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Don has been a great vocal/guitar coach. He's knowledgeable, of course, but he's also very helpful, patient and flexible.

Posted May 25, 2016
Amanda J.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Don was a great instructor. I only had a limited amount of time to dedicate to learning the Ukulele during the summer, but he helped me meet and exceed my goals. He is very friendly and personable. I highly recommend anyone interested in lessons that they give Don a try.

Posted Jul 19, 2015
Lauren F.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

This has been a truly enjoyable experience.

Don was teaching several of my charter high school students in guitar/vocal and music production. After a quick observation of his classes, I signed up for lessons as well. I am an adult student and have been taking guitar/vocal performance lessons with Don for three years. This has been a truly enjoyable experience. Don combines proper technique with enough creativity to make our lessons fun. Don is an inspirational teacher. He tuned into my musical tastes and tailored his lessons to my desires. I highly recommend Don to any adult or youth students interested in furthering their skills and enjoyment of music performance.

Posted Jun 12, 2014
Sage H.

Family Fun on Ukelele and Strumstick

Don has been wonderful to work with as a Ukelele and Strumstick instructor. I had an idea to get music lessons for my husband and 5 year old daughter as a Christmas gift. The thought was to have special Daddy and daughter time; sharing something that my husband loves to do. Don has worked with us to create a whole experience for them around music lessons. Don has succeeded in building an environment for our daughter to enjoy the music lesson experience. The first time she played 'hot crossed buns' brought a tear of joy to my eyes. He has even included me in the group lessons on Strumstick. My husband has expanded his knowledge of musical instruments and enhanced his playing skills with Don's skillful instruction. Don has made the whole experience delightful for our family.

Posted Mar 28, 2014

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Producer / Director
May 2014 - Present

Songwriters Circle / Twin Cities LLC

Organizer and lead A&R/artist coach for the non-profit organization Songwriters Circle / Twin Cities LLC. Producer of monthly songwriter forum meetings, songwriter showcases and songwriter open mics. Producer of LET THEM SING a 2016 compilation of 16 songs by 12 Minneapolis-based songwriters--

Teacher / Performer / Music Producer
Oct 1993 - Present

DSP / Chanhassen Melody

Teacher / Performer / Music Producer

Theatrical Director / Drama Teacher
Aug 2015 - Jun 2016

Cristo Rey High School Twin Cities

Teacher of senior elective high school drama class and director of spring 2016 musical production of Wizard of Oz


A.S. Producing for Cinema (with honors)
Aug 2012 - May 2013

Minneapolis College

A.S. Screenwriting (with honors)
Aug 2005 - May 2007

Minneapolis College



Limited Proficiency


Professional Proficiency


Advanced Video Editing and Production
Jun 2009

Minneapolis Television Network

completed Advanced Video Editing and Production program course


Givens Foundation Writers Fellowship (2008)
May 2008

Givens Foundation


National Education Association
Oct 1996
The National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA's 3 million members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 communities across the United States.
National Association for Music Education
Oct 1996
Founded in 1907, NAfME is among the world’s largest arts education organizations. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers.

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