Will Doran

Will D.

Knoxville, TN
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I will teach you theory so that you can better understand the music you play and hear. I tend to focus on finding ways to apply the theory we focus on so that you can be more creative in music that you create. Whatever you'd like to focus on, from the basics of chords all the way through complex harmonic substitutions or 12-tone set theory, I can help you learn and understand music in a way that will hopefully enrich your experience with music!

About Will D.

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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Will is a good teacher. My young one loves studying with him.

Posted Jun 20, 2019

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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.


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



Fluent / Native Proficiency

Mandarin Chinese

Professional Proficiency

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