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Deanna V.

Music Chairperson and Adjudicator's studio is taking new students.

Music Chairperson and Adjudicator's studio is taking new students.

$68/hour

  • 156 hours tutoring

About Deanna


Bio

Hello!
Music is a great way to stimulate your mind and soul.
I've been teaching piano since 1979 and expanded to other instruments from there. I started my training with my mother in a full pedagogical method: performance, but also theory, harmony, and ear training,

After a few years of teaching and more education I began to play professionally with many different instruments; Piano, Cello, Alto & Baritone Sax, Voice, Keys, Percussion, Electronics, Mandolin and Banjo.
I have had...

Hello!
Music is a great way to stimulate your mind and soul.
I've been teaching piano since 1979 and expanded to other instruments from there. I started my training with my mother in a full pedagogical method: performance, but also theory, harmony, and ear training,

After a few years of teaching and more education I began to play professionally with many different instruments; Piano, Cello, Alto & Baritone Sax, Voice, Keys, Percussion, Electronics, Mandolin and Banjo.
I have had the wonderful pleasure of traveling most of the world to perform music of my composition and others.

Six years ago I was asked to come back and teach here in Chicago and this had been such a joy! My teaching started here with General Music and varied instruments (I currently play 15). I work with individual students as well as pairs, ensembles and even a bilingual choir. depending on the needs of my students.

I am a National Federation of Music member and judge, and the Downtown Chicago Chairperson of the National Guild of Musicians.
In so, I can prepare and enter students in competitions of great respect and merit.

Music truly stimulates the brain and soul and is a gift that lasts forever. Depending on the student and situation it can help with language, mathematics, coordination,concentration, and group interaction and problem solving. But mostly, it enriches the life experience and is a universal language that connects people from all over the world.
See how I can help you to untangle this language into ease satisfaction, and fun!


Education

BFA Middle Tn State University
undergrad
VanderCook Colege of Music
EdD

Policies

  • Hourly Rate: $68
  • Rate details: Discounts for families with more than one student.
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 1/8/2014

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Subjects

Homeschool

Piano

Piano

I have been teaching classical piano since 1979 with students of all ages and goals. My goals as a teacher are to help the students to understand the expanse of this percussion instrument. There are so many different ways to understand and play this instrument. For instance, how does your approach to the keys change the mood or style? As you increase your general knowledge of piano and it's diversity you can then focus on which styles you prefer. The different periods of composition, including other styles, jazz, country, pop, spirituals. Is your goal to become a great soloist, accompanist, ensemble player, or choir or chorus leader? What is the difference when playing for competitions, recitals, rock bands, your family, or yourself? Do you want to learn how to write and play your own compositions? Are you a flute major who "has" to take piano? All avenues can be explored with joy as your skills increase.

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Piano

Piano

I have been teaching classical piano since 1979 with students of all ages and goals. My goals as a teacher are to help the students to understand the expanse of this percussion instrument. There are so many different ways to understand and play this instrument. For instance, how does your approach to the keys change the mood or style? As you increase your general knowledge of piano and it's diversity you can then focus on which styles you prefer. The different periods of composition, including other styles, jazz, country, pop, spirituals. Is your goal to become a great soloist, accompanist, ensemble player, or choir or chorus leader? What is the difference when playing for competitions, recitals, rock bands, your family, or yourself? Do you want to learn how to write and play your own compositions? Are you a flute major who "has" to take piano? All avenues can be explored with joy as your skills increase.

Music

Ear Training,

Ear Training

Ear training is a wonderful way to help understand this language of music with more ease and success. Some advances as a musician provided with good ear training are: Do you know when you are "in tune"? Can you recognize intervals by listening, as well as by sight- improving faster sight reading and ensemble work, especially with creating or learning harmony parts. Can you distinguish different tempos (steady beat vs. tempo variations) dynamic changes (forte vs. piano, crescendo vs. diminuendo),(Legato vs. Portamento) etc. The better you can hear theses differences you can do these differences and your music will come alive!
General Music,

General Music

This area of study can have many facets. What makes a good song? What are all those crazy symbols? What is rhythm, tempo, legato, and why does it matter? Which beats should I clap on? Where do I put accents? What are the different style changes of different cultures? How can music change moods? We can explore many of these things and more!
Music Theory,

Music Theory

Theory can be a daunting subject for many, but as you start to decipher the meaning or all the symbols, and terms you will have a much broader pallet to use to become as versatile as musician as you want to be. Music is a language, and as such is most powerful when understood and executed appropriately. Step by step this language is begun and expanded until you can really understand how different composers use these symbols to effect the beauty and meaning of different pieces. Whether you are just a beginner, or need more knowledge to enter into a music school, or want to write your own songs, I can help. I've been reading music and writing music since I was four years old, not all theory HAS to be mastered to be a good musician, but the more you know, the more versatile player or listener you can become. The more you understand this language of music the more you can notice and understand different styles and nuances and the world of music opens up to you more fully. Let's get started!
Piano,

Piano

I have been teaching classical piano since 1979 with students of all ages and goals. My goals as a teacher are to help the students to understand the expanse of this percussion instrument. There are so many different ways to understand and play this instrument. For instance, how does your approach to the keys change the mood or style? As you increase your general knowledge of piano and it's diversity you can then focus on which styles you prefer. The different periods of composition, including other styles, jazz, country, pop, spirituals. Is your goal to become a great soloist, accompanist, ensemble player, or choir or chorus leader? What is the difference when playing for competitions, recitals, rock bands, your family, or yourself? Do you want to learn how to write and play your own compositions? Are you a flute major who "has" to take piano? All avenues can be explored with joy as your skills increase.
Sight Singing

Sight Singing

This process is focused on the process of matching music reading with the skills of quality singing and an understanding of the music piece as a whole. A general understanding of tempo, dynamics, and inflections are necessary to excelling in this area. If you understand a piece by just looking at a page you will have much more success at accomplishing your goals in any music situation, whether singing show tunes, pop songs, or ensemble work with your church or chorus group.

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Piano

Piano

I have been teaching classical piano since 1979 with students of all ages and goals. My goals as a teacher are to help the students to understand the expanse of this percussion instrument. There are so many different ways to understand and play this instrument. For instance, how does your approach to the keys change the mood or style? As you increase your general knowledge of piano and it's diversity you can then focus on which styles you prefer. The different periods of composition, including other styles, jazz, country, pop, spirituals. Is your goal to become a great soloist, accompanist, ensemble player, or choir or chorus leader? What is the difference when playing for competitions, recitals, rock bands, your family, or yourself? Do you want to learn how to write and play your own compositions? Are you a flute major who "has" to take piano? All avenues can be explored with joy as your skills increase.

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Ratings and Reviews


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4.9 (75 ratings)
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Reviews

Friendly

Even though it was a short session, she was really nice and friendly and you can also tell that she knows what she is talking about!

Lilibeth, 1 lesson with Deanna

The best

I've been taking lessons with Deanna for about two months and it's the best part of me week. She's knowledgeable, kind, patient and really listens to what you want to get out of the lesson. She has a breadth of knowledge and can help you learn any style you want, while also teaching theory if you so choose. If I could give her six stars, I would!

Rozita, 32 lessons with Deanna

Knowledgeable and fun

Deanna knows her stuff, and she is great at sharing that knowledge with her students. She tailored the lesson to my ability level, goals, and personality. Her friendly demeanor made the lesson fly by, and I look forward to training with her this summer.

Michelle, 5 lessons with Deanna

So great!

I've only had one lesson so far, but I can tell Deanna is a great tutor. Very experienced and active in the music scene. She focused on what I want to learn and how we can get there and was very patient, as my formal music education is seriously lacking. I'm very excited to continue my lessons with her.

Paige, 44 lessons with Deanna

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Deanna V.

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