Theresa Dossa

Theresa D.

Rosedale, MD

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About

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

Teaching since:
September 1996

I am a former instrumental music teacher in the Catholic school system. I have been teaching in some way, shape or form for the past 20 years. My methods of teaching vary depending on the student and what they need to succeed. I make myself available between lessons via text, phone and email for questions regarding the lesson. Please let me know if you have issues with animals, I can put them in another part of the house. I have both cats and a dog. All of which are friendly.

Experience

Private Lesson Teacher
Sep 1996 - Present
Self employeed

I have been teaching since 1996, starting at my local elementary school as an after school program for students that would otherwise not be able to afford lessons. After I was hired as a school teacher, I stopped teaching private lessons until 2008. Since then I have maintained my studio with a min. of 15 students with varying instruments.

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Musical Instrument Supervisor/ Teacher
Jul 2009 - Sep 2012
Best Buy

One of my most memorable students had physical and mental difficulties which made it hard for him to communicate using words. After only one lesson, the student's mother (a college professor) was surprised to see a vast improvement. She had never seen him respond to any other teacher the way that he responded to my teaching.

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Music Teacher
Jan 2001 - Jul 2008
Instrumental Music Program

I taught grades 3-8. I taught all woodwinds, brass, percussion, piano and recorder. A former student from one of my schools is the recipient of the Rhodes scholarship and is currently attending Dartmouth College. Many of my former and current students have also recieved scholarships to different high schools for music.

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Education

Bachelor Degree in Music
Sep 1998 - Jun 2001
University of Maryland Baltimore County
Associate Degree in Music
Sep 1995 - Jun 1998
Essex Community College

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Stand training
Aug 2012
Archdiocese of Baltimore

This certifies me to work with children in the church and school. Anyone that has contact with children must have this course completed. I have recently updated my certification and have taken extra courses involving bullying and how to identify and protect students.

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Photos & Videos

Me

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At the Gibson guitar factory in Nashville.

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Practicing her scales

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Studio

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Trying to be a big kid.

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I got this.

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17 Reviews

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shiela marie summers Oct 18, 2017
Drum · In studio

Theresa does a wonderful job guiding me along in my lessons. She carefully watches my technique, suggesting slight changes I can make in order to improve my style.

Charles I. Mar 25, 2017
Piano · In studio

Enjoyed the lesson. Received new perspective on concept practice and theory. Looking forward to my next lessons.

Norah B. Mar 15, 2017
Violin · In studio

This was my daughters first lesson and she came away loving it!

Matt Feb 16, 2017
Violin · In studio

He loves it

Hannah P. Oct 24, 2016
Piano · In studio

Shes very sweet and reach out to me more than what I expect for my first day in class.

sofia Aug 23, 2016
Oboe · In studio

Theresa is well versed in many different instruments. Her teaching skills are exceptional. Smart and easy going

James B. Aug 16, 2016
Guitar · In home

Daughter is learning so much and she enjoys the teaching method that Theresa uses.

Gerard C. Jun 5, 2016
Guitar · In home

Theresa is a human encyclopedia of musical knowledge. She is patient, understanding and is willing to take the time to break down a particular element of learning so it it's more readily understandable to a student trying to learn a new instrument. I highly recommend her to anyone who wants to learn most any instrument since she teaches so many different ones.

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Avril D. May 17, 2016
Piano · In studio

Great a working with and engaging kids! Only knocked down one star because the toddler daughter can be a little distracting during lessons....but otherwise, Theresa is great!

Kurt Mar 27, 2016
Piano · In studio

My daughter thoroughly enjoys taking lessons from Theresa. She is energetic and enthusiastic when teaching. She really wants my daughter to learn how to not only play the piano, but to really enjoy playing the piano.

Kelly Feb 2, 2016
Flute · In home

I enjoy Theresa's style. She has excellent knowledge and skill and is able to teach while giving the student confidence in a short amount of time. I played piano and violin when I was young. I am learning to play the flute as an adult and appreciate Theresa's teaching style.

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Alec D. Nov 16, 2015
Euphonium · In studio

Although my son has an attention deficit problem and some other learning disabilities, Theresa is very patient and is an effective teacher- I am pleasantly surprised by my son's progress.

Alec D. Nov 16, 2015
Euphonium · In studio

Although my son has an attention deficit problem and some other learning disabilities, Theresa is very patient and is an effective teacher- I am pleasantly surprised by my son's progress.

Vincent F. Oct 21, 2015
Piano · In studio

Nice teacher

Jordan T. Jul 7, 2015
Piano ·

She was very nice & informative. She greeted me at my car & invited me in with a smile. I believe my experience with learning the piano will be a geese journey. She is a great teacher.

Preston S. Mar 19, 2015
Drum · In studio

Theresa is very accommodating with Preston and makes the drum lesson fun. He enjoys it very much!

Pat Z. Dec 27, 2014
Flute · In home

I find Theresa to be almost like a kindred spirit. Not only does she have MUCH knowledge of her artistry but, of course, shares my love for music, children, animals, crafting, sports etc. In addition, she has great patience with me which has enabled me to learn an artistry that I never really thought to be possible. I am VERY pleased with her instruction.

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