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Deanna O In HomeHome In StudioStudio
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Instruments: Piano
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Gospel, Musical Theater, Showtunes, Spirituals, Swing, New Age, Samba, Bossa Nova

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Deanna O In Home In Studio
Instruments: Piano
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Gospel, Musical Theater, Showtunes, Spirituals, Swing, New Age, Samba, Bossa Nova

Where I Teach:
In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 5-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:

University of New Mexico, English/Psychology Bachelors Degree

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Perform weekly for a local French Restaurant

Played for many weddings and funerals

Give four recitals per year for my students

 

Overview:
I've been playing piano for 45 years, and have taken private lessons a total of 15 years with three different teachers.  Music is my passion, and so is teaching, so it brings me a lot of joy to share this with my students.  Music has taken me down many avenues in my life, starting at a young age.  My family are all musicians, so it has been a constant in my life.  At one point I played for church, and as a teenager I played for a ballet class.  Like I mentioned before, I've done many weddings and funerals, and look for any opportunity to play piano.
EXPERIENCE
I've been teaching piano for 13 years, and was trained to do so by a woman who is skilled in the art of pedagogy.  That was my first job, and later on I opened my own private studio.  At one point I've had up to 45 students, and I've enjoyed working with all of them.  I give recitals 4 times a year which helps me see progress in my students.  We've tried all kinds of performances, some with themes.  The last one I did was a recital with only 70's pop and rock songs.  They really enjoyed that one!
METHODS USED
The beginning students always start in a book, which is usually John Thompson's "Teaching Little Fingers to Play", or for the older students, "Bastien's Book for Older Beginners."  As they move along, the students often have an idea of what they want to play, and often bring me music, especially the adolescents.  I can determine more upon working with the student over time. I definitely customize my lessons for each student, and don't compare one to the other.  Some of them have been my students from early childhood to high school graduation.  
LESSON STYLE
I have a great rapport with the students because we both generally want to be there.  I have learned a lot about myself over the years about the various ways people learn.  One cannot approach every student with the same program.  Some are more visual and love to read music, some have a great ear and can play back something they only have heard once.  I try to be aware of strengths, and work on the things that need more focus. The most important thing to me is that the students will always remember piano lessons as being a great experience no matter what avenue it eventally takes them to.
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Theodore Heard

5

Deanna has been a good piano teacher for me and I have learned a great deal in a short period of time. I enjoy our lessons very much. I'm grateful for her instruction.

Review posted on Jun 27, 2018

Angelica Osorio

5

She is pretty amazing and takes her time to teach my daughter. We absolutely adore her.

Review posted on May 11, 2018

Walter Dehority

5

Deanna teaches our 3 children (6,8 and 10) and myself (44). She is very patient with the children, helps them play music they are interested in, and keeps learning fun. Our children love working with her. She has also done a great job helping me to re-learn piano as an adult. Would recommend her

Review posted on Sep 19, 2016

Holly Spackman

5

Ms. Deanna O. is a wonderful teacher. Flexible, sweet, encouraging, and extremely talented, Deanna has a gift not only with the piano but as a teacher as well. I have learned so much in the short time I've been with her. Every beautiful song in my repertoire is thanks to her enthusiasm and boundless amounts of patience.

Review posted on Jul 26, 2016

Walter Dehority

5

Deanna has done great with our girls. They are improving, love to play and practice without any prompting. They love working with her.

Review posted on Oct 28, 2015
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