Donna Wynn
Springfield, OR
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Donna Wynn

Donna W.

Springfield, OR
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I have been teaching and performing for over 20 years, and I really love sharing the music with students. Fiddle and folk music is fun music for dancing and singing. I play and teach Celtic, Old-Time, Bluegrass and other styles to students of all ages. Learn by ear and by note. Whether you are an absolute beginner, returning to music after a break, or you know some tunes and want to learn more, I can help you find your "voice" on the fiddle. We call it "PLAYING" , so come and Fiddle For the FUN of it!

About Donna W.

I love teaching and sharing my love for music. I have taught violin/fiddle to students as young as 3, and as old as 92, and had fun with all of my students. I love seeing the enthusiasm grow in absolute beginners, adults as well as children, and encouraging them to find their own joy in music. I help students gain more confidence in playing with school groups, and playing with friends in jam sessions or chamber music. I have had students play in fiddle contests, and take First Place, in their division.

I am a retired public school Music teacher, and have taught students for many years, from kindergarten through high school.

I also arrange music, writing exercises or tunes specific to a student's needs, or transposing a tune into the keys where a student can play more easily, to find the joy of PLAYING and then become comfortable with reading the notes.

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Joanne
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Donna is very personable, encouraging and helpful.

Posted Jun 13, 2021
Anastasia M.
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Donna is a very caring attentive teacher. She is very inspiring and full of knowledge. We see progress right away. I highly recommend Donna for violin lessons. She provides a fun learning experience!

Posted Apr 17, 2021
Meg
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She knows how to identify what style of learning is appropriate. She knows how to listen, and how to determine what the goals are. She doesn't impose an agenda, but is committed to helping the learner acquire technical skills while making lessons fun and productive. Top marks!

Posted Oct 10, 2020
Mercedes
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I have been blessed with knowing Donna and taking lessons from her for 10 years. She is extremely skilled, patient, and a joy to work with. She has taught me so much and I always look forward to my lessons.

Posted Oct 1, 2020
Linda
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Donna came highly recommended by an employee at a nearby music store. She has been great at engaging my teenage daughter in her violin lessons - both with continuing the Suzuki program, and diversifying into fiddle music. Donna is patient and fun and seeks to lead through inspiration, which works really well for my daughter, who is talented but not particularly disciplined about practice. My daughter always looked forward to lessons with Donna - even on Saturday mornings! When we moved to online lessons because of the Covid stay-at-home order, Donna kept the lessons interesting and they have had a nice rapport. Donna has a way of fitting a lot of instruction into a lesson without it feeling boring or labored. She's really helped my daughter appreciate music, not just play the violin.

Posted Sep 29, 2020

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Experience

Fiddle Musician
Sep 2010 - Present

Oregon Old Time Fiddlers Association

Donna is currently playing fiddle with the Oregon Old Time Fiddlers and has for over 10 years. She has been on the faculty of the West Cascades Fiddle Camp Near Eugene for 9 years, as well as competing in the Willamette Valley, Oregon State and Washington State Fiddle Contests. She has played Scandinavian music for the Junction City Scandinavian Festival, and Bluegrass and Celtic music anytime she can. She also performs on violin and viola with string quartets, trios and duos, as well as orchestras and pit orchestras for musicals in California and Oregon.

Music Teacher
Aug 2001 - Jul 2017

Public and Private Schools in the Eugene, Oregon area and in Santa Cruz, Monterey and Salinas areas in California

Donna has taught music in the Eugene, Oregon area for many years, in public schools and private schools, as well as in her studio. Her students have participated in performances for schools, Senior Living facilities, fiddle contests and other opportunities. She has also been a Strings Specialist for Youth Music Monterey, in South Monterey County, California, with classes in seven elementary schools and two middle schools and two high schools over five years. Donna has taught Elementary general music, Band and Strings in Elementary and Middle schools, both public, and private, and High School Band and Choir.

Education

Teaching Credential in Music
Sep 1989 - Jun 1995

University of California at Santa Cruz

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

German

Limited Proficiency

Spanish

Limited Proficiency

Certifications

Oregon Teacher License in Music
May 2014

Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission

Awards

2nd Place, Oregon State Fiddle Contest
Aug 2012

Oregon Old Time Fiddlers Association

Affiliations

Oregon Old Time Fiddlers Association
Dec 2010
The Oldtime Fiddlers Association is a nonprofit organization with representation across the nation. As our motto states, the organization is dedicated to the perpetuation and promotion of oldtime music. Oldtime music is loosely defined as that played on traditional instruments dating from the first half of the 20th century and earlier. Many of the tunes we play date from the 18th century and even earlier.

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