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Donna W.
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In each piano lesson, we begin with the basics of note-reading, rhythms, and techniques. Then we put these things into practice using a variety of music styles throughout a series of books, as well as individual pieces determined by the teacher and the student according to the student's level, needs, and preferences. For younger students I generally use a lot of the Faber Piano Adventures books, along with several of their supplemental materials. I am also well-versed in the Bastien Piano Basics books. For teen and adult students, I use the Bastien Adult or Alfreds Adult piano books, and usually try to include the Fundamentals of Piano Theory as well.
About Donna W.

I have been teaching music for 23 years, both in private lesson and classroom settings. I have a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Shenandoah University & Conservatory and I have experience teaching all age groups, from age 3 through senior adults, and every age in between. I enjoy teaching students with a variety of abilities and backgrounds, including students with special needs. While I generally use specific curriculum materials, I can also tailor that curriculum to the individual needs of every student. I try to keep things fun by incorporating music learning games into the lessons and I encourage my students to try to step out of their musical comfort zones and try new things. I enjoy seeing a student's confidence grow as they learn and be creative! Every student is capable of learning something about music and being successful at it!

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Donna is professional and an excellent teacher. She quickly assessed what I needed from our first few lessons. I am excited about the progress I have already made and look forward to each lesson. Thank you Donna for helping me get back to basics without feeling like I'm starting over.

Posted Nov 17, 2021
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Donna is super kind and encouraging, and she is also a great teacher.

Posted Mar 12, 2021
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Very personable and a skilled instructor. Very good at finding an appropriate learning pace for my 12 year old

Posted Jan 15, 2021
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Experience
Private Music Teacher
Oct 2015 - Present
Music & Arts
I have taught private piano, voice, and beginner flute lessons and have had great success keeping a full schedule of a variety of students. Among those students are several very young children, ages 4-6, as well as all ages up through adults. I have also worked with several special needs students of varying challenges throughout the years, using music to reach them on their level.
Classroom Music Teacher
Sep 2001 - Present
Church School
At a private church school, I teach general music classes to grades K-8. I teach the basics of note-reading, rhythms, and music theory in a group/classroom setting, while incorporating singing, playing a variety of classroom instruments, composing, music games, and dances.
Private Music Teacher
May 2001 - Jul 2017
Melodee Music
I taught private piano, voice, and beginner flute lessons here at Melodee Music, a local music store in my area, for 16 years. I taught students ages 5+ and I also held a Summer Music Camp for kids there for a few years.
Private Music Teacher
Jun 1998 - Jul 2010
at home
I started teaching private lessons while I was in college earning my degree. I mostly traveled and taught in the students' homes before creating a studio in my own home, where I developed my skills as a teacher and learned how to organize my lessons and which methods worked and which did not.
Education
Fundamentals of Music Theory
Mar 2018 - Apr 2018
University of Edinburgh through Coursera Online
Bachelors in Music Education
Aug 1996 - May 2000
Shenandoah University & Conservatory
Languages
English
Fluent/ Native Proficiency
Certifications
Music Education & Special Needs Study Group
Mar 2020
Berklee College of Music
This was a fifteen hour course intended to provide educators with unique learning opportunities to develop their skills in working effectively with students with special needs in the music classroom, ensemble, and studio settings.

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