Rosanna Durst

Rosanna D.

Dallas, TX

About Rosanna D.

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Rosanna teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: August 1999
Last sign in: Yesterday

Overview

Please note: I am only able to accept new students requesting lesson times prior to 3pm on weekdays. Thanks!

I have been teaching music students since my high school years in the late 1990s. Although I am primarily a high-level clarinetist, I have developed strong piano skills and can "double" on several other woodwinds. My primary clarinet/woodwind teacher at university was Alex Fields, who studied with renowned woodwind pedagogue and method writer Himie Voxman. I consider myself a "second-generation" Voxman student! Mr. Fields' influence pervades my teaching style, as he was a master of using creative methods to gain the desired effect. The university I attended is known for its high-quality music degree programs. Over my 20+ years of performance experience, I've played in a huge variety of situations; from unaccompanied soloist to piano accompanist to church praise band to full orchestra and community band. This has given me an integrated understanding and appreciation for various styles and types of music.

I am known among my students for my patience, flexibility, and ability to individualize my style. I teach primarily from a traditional classical background and take students in the direction of the genre(s) they want to pursue. I teach all of my students, and particularly my pianists, about chords to give them the resources to read lead sheets and improvise at more advanced levels. I try to combine the best elements of different styles to build versatile musicians who are intrigued rather than intimidated by new concepts. Everyone gets sight reading and ear training instruction. I incorporate technology, such as mobile apps, to help students master concepts. I lay these foundations early, tailoring my methods to each student's unique learning style and goals. I teach to help each student reach their own potential, to better themselves, to give back to their communities, and to appreciate and enjoy music for the rest of their lives. Music instruction is proven to sharpen the mind for all ages, and is especially beneficial to those with cognitive issues. I worked in healthcare for many years, and this experience makes its way into my teaching style as well.

Safety: I request that another person be somewhere in the home during lessons for all children under 18 and for all male students.

Practice: I expect students to practice regularly and I teach them how to practice well! With younger students I use a record-keeping system encouraging 5 weekly practice sessions of a length proportional to attention span.

Photos and Videos

My performance of the Arioso from Cantata BWV 156 by JS Bach, on piano in December 2016.

Experience

Private Music Instructor
Jun 1999 - Present
Independent Contractor

Began teaching clarinet, saxophone, and piano lessons beginning in 1999, continuing to the present. Experience with individuals, various group configurations, and master classes.

Directed Teaching Student
Jan 2007 - May 2007
Bob Jones Academy

Comparable to a student teaching experience, but with individual pedagogy focus. Assisted middle school band director with woodwind students. Taught individuals and small groups and ensembles. Assisted saxophone students to significantly improve overall band grade. Conducted small ensembles for end of semester testing.

Education

Bachelor of Music, Orchestral Instrument Performance
Jan 2003 - Dec 2007
Bob Jones University
Secondary Education: Music/English
Jan 2001 - Dec 2002
Pillsbury Baptist Bible College

Languages Spoken

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Collegiate Woodwinds Alternate/2nd place
Nov 2007
SCMEA
South Carolina Collegiate Honor Band
Oct 2006
SCMEA
University Commencement Competition Finalist
Apr 2003
Bob Jones University
Solo and Ensemble Recognition
Feb 2002
TMEA, MMEA
Minnesota All-State Band: Principal Clarinet
Aug 2001
MMEA

37 Reviews on Rosanna D.

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Tosh May 12, 2017
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John F. Apr 6, 2017
· Piano · In home Very personable, clearly knowledgeable. Targeted the lesson and assigments to my level!
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suzanne Apr 4, 2017
· Classical Piano · In home She's fabulous!!! Very competent and thorough!
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Trish Apr 3, 2017
· Piano · In home We love Ms. Rosanna! She is helping my daughter so much! She is patient and kind and not demanding or fussy, she makes the lesson a pleasant experience and my daughter enjoys her time in lessons. She is improving more now than ever. I highly recommend Ms. Rosanna.
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Cathy G. Feb 21, 2017
· Piano · In home Rosanna is an excellent instructor. She acknowledges the level and challenges of the piano student allowing input from the student to meet personal challenges. No question goes unanswered. I always look forward to my lesson.
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Baskar M. Jan 6, 2017
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Angela N. Jul 19, 2016
· Piano · In home We like Her .she is a good and patient piano teacher .
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Cate B. Jun 28, 2016
· Piano · In home Great experience so far!
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Sofia L. Jun 17, 2016
· Piano · In home The girls loved it!
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Jennifer Jun 13, 2016
· Piano · In home Rosana is personable, made me very comfortable. As an older student, I was apprehensive, but she immediately gave me confidence in pursuing lessons I've wanted to schedule for many years. I look forward to my future lessons. With her encouragement, I will practice daily and look forward to my next lesson.
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