Will Doran

Will D.

Knoxville, TN
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About

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

Teaching since:
2010

Have you ever hoped to learn piano but didn't know where to start? Whether you (or your child) want to learn classical, jazz, pop, gospel or rock, I have experience performing and teaching many different styles of keyboard and piano. I've taught piano for about 8 years to ages ranging from 4 to over 60! It's never too late to start.

I have a master's degree from UT in jazz piano and a bachelor's in classical piano from James Madison University. I've played in a wide variety of bands and ensembles, ranging from pop cover bands to reggae groups, jazz trios and classical ensembles. In addition, I have more than eight years of experience teaching piano to students of all ages, young to old. Whatever style you're hoping to pick, I can help you learn and understand the music you play so that you can really connect with the music.

I focus my lessons towards what the student wants to accomplish. If you want to learn a song, I will find the music for you or transcribe it from the recording and write an arrangement for you. I also try to give my students an understanding of music so that they can connect more deeply with what they play and make their learning of future music easier.

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Experience

Piano Teacher
Jun 2014 - Jul 2017
Knox Music Studios

Full time private piano teacher, including creating my own lesson plans and transcribing/arranging music for my students. I had between 20-35 students a week, teaching classical, pop, and jazz.

Jazz Graduate Teaching Assistant
Aug 2013 - May 2014
University of Tennessee

I worked as a Teaching Assistant at the University of Tennesse, which mostly consisted of 10 hours/week of coaching small jazz ensembles.

Education

Master of Music in Jazz Studies
Sep 2012 - May 2014
University of Tennessee
Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance
Sep 2007 - May 2011
James Madison University

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Mandarin Chinese
Professional Proficiency

Photos & Videos

Photo by Will D.

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This is me playing at a gig a few Christmases ago.

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Me (on the left) playing with a jazz fusion group at a bar in Knoxville, TN.

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