Lola McDonald

Lola M.

Front Royal, VA
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Lesson Details

Music Theory

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Music theory can be a daunting and sometimes unpleasant element of learning an instrument, whether it's piano, guitar, bass, or your voice. I love teaching the elements of music theory in a fun, easy to understand way. If you want to improve your ability to understand and learn music theory, come see me!

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Lola teaches



Lola delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
May 2002

I have more than 30 years of musical experience. I’ve taught guitar, piano, bass, and theater in private schools, art schools and I’m currently teaching at Classic Axe Guitar Gallery in Gainesville, VA. I’ve taught over 250 students in all levels of experience, tailoring each lesson to fit each student, covering all genres, so that learning their instrument is fun. It’s been exciting to see some of them become music majors, some of them become performers, and some using their skills and gifts to teach others. I love teaching and sharing my musical knowledge with people of ALL ages. I believe anyone can learn music, with the right approach and encouragement. Nothing gives me more pleasure than watching my students accomplish more than they ever dreamed possible.

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Aug 2008 - Present
Classic Axe Guitar Gallery

I teach individual private lessons to students 5 and up on piano and guitar. Each student has their own lesson plan and we tailor lessons to fit the musical interest/genre that you love most. This makes learning fun and easier to meet goals. My students love their lessons almost as much as I love teaching.

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Music Therapy
Sep 1981 - May 1982


Fluent / Native Proficiency

Photos & Videos

My band at Hard Times Cafe - just before going on.

Hey, let's learn something new today!

Playing at JAXX - My purple 12-string baby!
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12 Reviews

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Barb C. Jan 11, 2019
Piano · Online

Lola and I connected right away, and she takes the time to get to know me and my goals. We had a very successful first lesson, and look forward to more!

Gary Nov 23, 2018
Country Guitar · In home

Very excited about her lesson plan.

Deserai Feb 16, 2018
Acoustic Guitar · Online

Lola was amazing and very personable :) she made me feel at ease on wanting to learn a new instrument

Jack Jan 4, 2018
Acoustic Guitar · Online

She is awesome!

Skylar Dec 29, 2017
Piano · Online

Fantastic first lesson - look forward to next week!

Paula W. Jun 23, 2017
Guitar · Online

Perfect in everyway possible. #1 being listening skills !

rose Mar 22, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · Online

Lola is great!She is an excellent guitarist.

Heather E. Mar 15, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Lola has been my guitar teacher off and on over the past 18 years. She has always made understanding easy, fun, and interesting. She has taught me not only how to play but also how to teach so that I can use my passions the way she has! I've never had a more devoted teacher!

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Brannigan Mar 11, 2016
Piano · In home

Lola is teaching piano to my 8 year old son and 10 year old daughter. She is an excellent teacher: extremely patient and thorough, with a terrific personality.

Sophie M. Feb 12, 2016
Piano · In studio


Stephen C. Feb 18, 2015
Guitar · In studio

I am new to the guitar and I have to say Lola is making it an enjoyable experience. She does an exceptional job of explaining steps and pushes the student to progress. I couldn't of asked for a better instructor.

Julie D. Jan 26, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

I loved taking guitar lessons with Lola! She's excellent with beginners of all ages. I've seen her coax actual chords out of clueless eight-year-old and empower adults to take the stage for the first time ever. Lola is a wonderful encourager and always easy to work with.

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