Lola McDonald
Front Royal, VA
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Lola McDonald

Lola M.

Front Royal, VA
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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!

About Lola M.

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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17 Reviews
Harry C.
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Wonderful experience. Very helpful

Posted Apr 26, 2021
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Can’t say enough about Mrs Lola ! My daughter Kenzie is learning so fast and is super excited about her lessons.

Posted Oct 6, 2020
Martha M.
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She is the worst tried calling her multiple times never answered only took my money doesn't want to return it or return my calls the worst !! Experience I have ever had.. My daughter was very excited and you made this very stressful gor her..

Posted Sep 28, 2020
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Lola is a professional at what she does. From the moment I walked into my first lesson, I could tell she was very knowledgeable about music. Beyond music, she is a very kind and welcoming woman who is patient and understanding. She talks with you and really cares about what you're saying. She is a great teacher for anyone of all levels of experience in music and I recommend her for everyone.

Posted Jan 9, 2020
Mina Saremi
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Great Lessons! Really fun & keep you motivated. Lola is an awesome teacher!

Posted Sep 30, 2019
Barb C.
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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!

Posted Jan 11, 2019
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Very excited about her lesson plan.

Posted Nov 23, 2018
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Lola was amazing and very personable :) she made me feel at ease on wanting to learn a new instrument

Posted Feb 16, 2018
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She is awesome!

Posted Jan 4, 2018
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Fantastic first lesson - look forward to next week!

Posted Dec 29, 2017
Paula W.
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Perfect in everyway possible. #1 being listening skills !

Posted Jun 23, 2017
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Lola is great!She is an excellent guitarist.

Posted Mar 22, 2016
Heather E.
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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!

Posted Mar 15, 2016
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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.

Posted Mar 11, 2016
Sophie M.
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Posted Feb 12, 2016
Stephen C.
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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.

Posted Feb 18, 2015
Julie D.
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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.

Posted Jan 26, 2015

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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.


Music Therapy
Sep 1981 - May 1982




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