Ezra Donner

Ezra D.

Ypsilanti, MI
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Ezra’s mission as a teacher is to foster excellence, nurture talent, and help develop musical literacy at all levels of experience. He has taught music theory and appreciation at Indiana University and Washtenaw Community College, and piano to students of all ages since 2009.

Ezra’s piano students have consistently received Superior and Excellent ratings at State and local music competitions including: MMTA Student Achievement Testing, Sonata/Sonatina Festival, the GVSU 20th & 21st Century Music Festival, and the NFMC Gold Cup Program.

Believing that a thorough grounding in the fundamentals of Western music is beneficial for all musicians, Ezra structures his lessons to include a mixture of performance, technique, sight-reading, and musicianship skills.

Ezra has the following tools available to use during lessons: beautiful brand new Kawai K-15 piano, artist bench, extensive library of piano sheet music.

About Ezra D.

Ezra D. has been teaching private lessons since 2009 and is currently teaching lessons at his home studio and online. Ezra has helped students refine their technique, improve their sight-reading, gain confidence performing, and enrich their lives with music.

Ezra earned his Doctor of Music Degree in 2015 from Indiana University and his Bachelor of Music with High Honors in 2008 from University of Michigan. Ezra looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals with a teaching style that is results-driven, personable, and custom-made for each individual based on the student's goals and interests.

*** Specialties ***
Classical Piano technique & repertoire; composition; ear-training and music theory

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Laura
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Ezra is currently teaching my six year old son and I on the piano. He is extremely knowledgeable about all facets of the piano (eg, history, theory, fundamentals, artistry, technique, etc.). I have played piano in the past, but he is expanding the depths of my understanding of it. Ezra is able to be patient with my son, while still holding him to a certain expectation. His love and appreciation of music is apparent. I would highly recommend him.

Posted Jan 18, 2021
Robin
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Ezra has been an excellent instructor for my daughter over the past few years. She has grown from a fledgling beginner to a confident young player, gaining skill and confidence as well as an appreciation for music. Ezra balances encouragement with high expectations that help her to improve. I would highly recommend lessons with Ezra to anyone looking to gain proficiency and joy in playing the piano!

Posted Jul 6, 2020
Doreen
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Ezra has challenged my 13-year-old son over the last 2 years! We are so pleased with the progress our son has made with a variety of piano pieces - classical as well as "popular." He has kept our son actively playing and progressing impressively with his piano skills! He communicates with parents frequently, and he connects and understands how to tap into a student's potential! We have been impressed with his teachings! Highly recommend him!

Posted Jul 6, 2020
Linda
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Our son Henry (8) has taken piano lessons from Ezra for the last few years. During that time, he has progressed from playing basic notes to playing real music and developing an appreciation for piano. Ezra is the perfect mix of firm & fun + encouraging & educational. His love of music and commitment to sharing his knowledge with others is apparent. Henry is lucky to have him as a teacher.

Posted Jul 5, 2020
Laura
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My son (10 years old) has been taking piano with Ezra for three years. Ezra is patient and warm but also has very high standards and expectations, which is crucial for young musicians. I've seen so much growth in my son's playing and his enjoyment of practicing. I highly recommend his teaching.

Posted Jul 5, 2020
Claire D.
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Ezra is patient and exceptionally gifted at explaining complex topics to students of all levels. His own excellence as a performer and composer make him capable of addressing both performance technique and academic musical concerns with great specificity and clarity. And he's just a nice guy!

Posted Feb 9, 2016

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Experience

Instructor of Piano
Jul 2017 - Present

Ada Conservatory of Music

Part-Time Music Faculty
Jan 2020 - Apr 2020

Washtenaw Community College

Instructor of Piano
Nov 2016 - May 2017

LYRIQ Music School

Associate Instructor of Music Theory
Sep 2009 - May 2014

Indiana University Jacobs School of Music

Pianist
May 2006 - Jul 2008

Interlochen Center for the Arts

Music Director and Pianist
Jan 2007 - May 2008

University of Michigan Gilbert and Sullivan Society

Education

Doctor of Music
Sep 2011 - May 2014

Indiana University

Master of Music
Sep 2009 - May 2011

Indiana University

Bachelor of Music with High Honors
Sep 2004 - May 2008

University of Michigan

Awards

Finalist
Oct 2015

2nd Annual G. Gershwin International Music Competition

Winner, Respighi Prize
Oct 2013

Chamber Orchestra of New York

Semi-finalist
Mar 2013

American Prize Competition

Second Prize
Mar 2013

Music Teachers’ National Association Composition Competition

Finalist
Jan 2007

University of Michigan Concerto Competition

Affiliations

Music Teachers National Association
Aug 2017
The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Sep 2006
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.
American Composers Forum
Sep 2004
The American Composers Forum enriches lives by nurturing the creative spirit of composers and communities. We provide new opportunities for composers and their music to flourish, and engage communities in the creation, performance and enjoyment of new music.

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