Donna Dutchess

Donna D.

Angola, NY
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Donna delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 8+ and special needs

Teaching since:
2000

I have been playing the guitar and writing music for most of my adult life. I started lessons when I was 13 years old, and continued lessons for 7 years. I started teaching guitar when I was 16 years old and was privileged to have taught dozens of people throughout my career. For the last few years I have focused on perfecting my craft of songwriting and have had some success. Now, I want to pay it forward. Whether you're just starting out learning the guitar, or you want to learn to write music, I would be honored to be your teacher.


Biography

Stricken with spinal meningitis at the age of 18 months, Donna lost 60% of her hearing. Regardless, music has always been special in her life, remembering “composing” symphonies in her head as early as 5 years old. Being a child of the 60’s, the biggest influence in Donna’s life musically was the Beatles, couple with a strong exposure to the classics. Being unbearably shy and self-conscious due to her disability, Donna’s entire world exploded at the age of 13 when she started playing the guitar and writing music. Determined to set an example for other people with disabilities, she put together several bands over the next 30 years, acquiring local success with Buffalos’ first all female country band, touring all over Western New York and Pennsylvania. Besides being the leader of the band, Donna played the guitar, banjo and wrote all the bands original music. Due to the success of her last band “Sweet Phantasy” Donna was featured in a half hour television special focusing on her ability to perform and write music, despite her hearing loss. Now with her performing days behind her, Donna is concentrating all her creative abilities on perfecting her craft of songwriting. Having written 100’s of songs over the years, she is writing new and re-writing some old, having them produced and recorded in Nashville for that pure country sound. Tapping in to the wisdom that comes with experience, her music now has taken on a new life, and richness of its own. “Now, I tell it like it is because I’ve been there, done that, and have a lot to say”. Her song "TRY" was released in July 2017 by recording artist Mia Kylie Ditta, opening up a slew of new and exciting projects and co-writes in the works.

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Experience

Song of The Year songwriting contest 2018
May 2018 - Jul 2018
Song of the Year Contest

The Song of the Year songwriting contest has awarded Donna the Semi-Finalist placement in the song contest for her song "Bad Day Good". Song of the Year receives entries from all over the world and only the top songwriters receive a Semi-Finalist placement in the songwriting competition.

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Leader of the band Sweet Phantasy
Jan 1980 - Feb 1987
Sweet Phantasy

We were an all female country band that toured all over New York state and Pa.

Education

Associates Degree in Accounting
Sep 1986 - May 1989
Hilbert College
Study of the Guitar
Jan 1963 - Jan 1970
Private teachers

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Semi-Finalist
Jul 2018
Song of the Year Contest

The Song of the Year songwriting contest has awarded Donna the Semi-Finalist placement in the song contest for her song "Bad Day Good". Song of the Year receives entries from all over the world and only the top songwriters receive a Semi-Finalist placement in the songwriting competition.

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Awards

Winner
Aug 2015
The Akademia Music Awards

Affiliations

Nashville Songwriters Association International
Jan 2013

The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) is the world’s largest not-for-profit songwriters trade association. Established in 1967, the membership of more than 5,000 active and pro members spans the United States and six other countries. NSAI is dedicated to protecting the rights of and serving aspiring and professional songwriters in all genres of music.

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BMI
Jan 2012

Broadcast Music Inc. was founded in 1939 by forward-thinkers who wanted to represent songwriters in emerging genres, like jazz, blues and country, and protect the public performances of their music. Operating on a non-profit-making basis, BMI is now the largest music rights organization in the U.S. and is still nurturing new talent and new music.

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Photos & Videos

Introduction to me
This song I wrote is my anthem....
Photo by Donna D.

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Photo by Donna D.

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My song "What Am I 'Sposed To  Do?"
Me and my goldendoodle Lacey.

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Amelia is 9 years old and the perfect student.  Her mind is like a sponge and a complete pleasure to teach!

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Television interview with my band Sweet Phantasy.
A song I wrote when I was 13. Unfortunately still very relevant today.
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1 Review

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Bob Jul 6, 2018
Acoustic Guitar · In home

Donna is a fantastic guitar teacher! After just a few short lessons I've learned so much I honestly cannot believe it. I've always wanted to learn how to play guitar and finally decided to hire a teacher. There's nothing like one-on-one personal instruction. I would highly recommend Donna to anybody that is interested in learning to play a guitar.

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