Donna Wotring
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Donna Wotring

Donna W.

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I begin by focusing on the basics of the flute, such as knowing the parts of the flute, how to hold the flute with good posture, making that first sound, having the correct embouchure, and some breathing techniques. Then we progress to learning basic note-reading and rhythms, while incorporating several beginner flute fingerings, then moving on to learning simple songs.

I typically use the Accent on Achievement series for flute or the Rubank flute series or a combination of the two, depending on the student's ability/level.

If the student plays in band at school, we may also take time to work on music for that as well, giving the student the individual attention that they may miss in a group/classroom setting. Flute lessons are also a great way to keep up with practice when school is out for holiday breaks or summer.

About Donna W.

I have been teaching music for 21 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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Linda
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Posted Sep 7, 2020
Salome
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As an adult student, I have a toddler and a busy schedule (FT job). I've been taking the Flute lessons with Miss Donna since last May (over a year now). I really appreciate Miss Donna's understanding and flexibility towards my schedule. Also, since we are now having online sessions, she records videos of herself playing the notes for me and sends them to me so I can have the opportunity of practicing duets with her when I have some downtime (mostly late at night). Thank you very much, Miss Donna, for supporting me to pursue my dream of playing the flute. I’ve come a longggg way since last year and this couldn’t have been achieved without your great teaching style, support, patience and wonderful attitude.

Posted Jun 2, 2020
Nicole I.
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Donna is a really wonderful teacher! She is in tune with your needs as a student and facilitates your lessons accordingly. She also takes the time to listen to your goals as a student as well as your interests in music to play. She teaches with thoughtfulness, patience, and kindness. I would highly recommend her for your piano instruction.

Posted Apr 22, 2020
Sowmya
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Awesome instructor!!!!

Posted Apr 17, 2020
Salome
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Great experience with high learning quality, as interactive as our in-person sessions. Thank you Ms. Donna!

Posted Apr 12, 2020
Karen
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We’ve been taking lessons with miss Donna for over two years now. We just started online lessons this week and had a great experience! She is patient with our kids and works with us to what will work the best for their personalities. We highly recommend her!

Posted Apr 8, 2020
Shreya N.
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Awesome video and audio quality! Donna was fantastic! We have booked another package of classes with her!!! The ease and convenience are awesome!!

Posted Mar 31, 2020
Beth
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Posted Mar 30, 2020
Chun
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I'm very happy I've found Ms. Donna for our daughter's piano lessons. It's been a joy watching my little girl learn how to play. Ms. Donna is also very responsive and keeps a open line of communication. I would highly recommend her!

Posted Feb 7, 2020
Heather

Ms. Donna has made our daughters first piano lessons such a positive experience. Our daughter has not only learned so much in a short time frame, but also enjoys going to lessons. Highly recommend!!

Posted Dec 31, 2019
Sowmya
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My special needs daughter has been taking piano and voice lessons for the past 5 years and we couldn’t have found a better instructor for her!!!! She’s patient, gentle, warm, kind, professional, courteous and always pleasant!!!! She’s very accommodating and understands my daughter’s strengths and deficits and challenges her accordingly!!! She is super organized and always on top of things whether it’s reminders, cancellations or make up classes...She’s very accessible and personable!!! She’s is an accomplished singer and pianist. She also teaches the flute and I have seen her students perform beautifully at recitals!!! She gives her students opportunities to perform to strengthen their confidence, performing skills and stage presence!!! I would highly recommend her any day!

Posted Dec 30, 2019

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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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