Robin O'Donovan
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Robin O'Donovan

Robin O.

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Beginner, Intermediate
With over 15 years experience teaching children and adults, I focus on putting beginners and intermediates at ease with games and easy technique exercises. Once they are playing with ease, I teach them how to be comfortable and confident in front of any audience. I also encourage and teach improvisation and songwriting.

About Robin O.

A highly creative, loving, and energetic teacher, I focus on YOUR goals and inspire you with a fun approach. I invite you to step outside your comfort zone and discover and trust your natural abilities. A longtime video maven with a devoted social media following, I thrive on connecting with others through the camera. I taught piano lessons in students' homes for ten years and in studios for five years. We'll jump outside the book lessons to make connections between songs you're learning and, say, famous movie songs, pop songs, or folk songs. And I ALWAYS encourage improvisation and songwriting. Please see my songwriting and writing classes if you're interested. PLEASE NOTE: Due to my limited schedule, I only take students who are willing to practice as assigned. I can help make practicing fun and productive, but you have to do the work and show up to lessons prepared. I have always had a waiting list and will take the next student should your place open up due to not practicing.

A working songwriter and composer, I regularly take commissions and have begun co-writing an album with an up-and-coming pop artist. My piano songs have been praised by multi-Grammy-Award-winner Bruce Hornsby. I hold a degree in Music Therapy and am well experienced in holding space for my clients' emotions, while gently guiding them to harness feelings into positive experiences. As the former owner of a highly successful music school, I taught songwriting and improvisation to nearly all my young piano students, and they often proudly played their own compositions at recitals.


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Robin O'Donovan

Taught piano, composition, and songwriting to beginner to intermediate children in private studios and in clients' homes.

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Jan 1987 - Dec 1989

Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

Sightread historically accurate, now-defunct "figured bass" sheet music on reproduction harpsichords with a trio in front of historic area visitors. Part of a rotating troupe performing historically accurate line dances for visitors. Led visitor tours, answered questions about the life of genteel young people in late 1700s Williamsburg.


Bachelor of Arts in Music Therapy
Aug 1991 - Jun 1997

Queens University, Charlotte, NC

20 Continuous Years Classical Piano Study
Sep 1977 - May 1997

Private Instructors from Juilliard and Peabody Conservatories



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Songwriting Praised by
Jun 2001

Multi-Grammy-Award-Winning Bruce Hornsby

Full Scholarship Recipient
May 1991

Queens University, Charlotte, NC


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