Patricia Dolan Piano

Lessons

in Georgetown, TX

In-Person Lessons
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Patricia Dolan Piano
Lessons

Georgetown, TX

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Who, What and When

CHILDREN -- TEENS -- ADULTS

  • Beginner to advanced

  • 5 year olds and up (reading age)

  • Beginning adults and those returning-to-the-piano

  • Music theory, sight reading, ear training

  • Solid keyboard fundamentals

  • Classical curriculum plus options for popular, jazz, religious, duet and 2-piano music

  • Winter and spring recitals

  • Side-by-side studio grand pianos

  • Studio hours:  9 am to 7 pm

When considering a younger child's readiness for lessons, their reading level and ability to focus is critical.  I highly recommend exposing younger students to singing, movement and rhythm.   There are many excellent programs for that.

Young and old can reap great benefit by studying the piano.  And the key to success is a teacher who can make well-paced lesson material  fun and interesting.

My Teaching

Music has always been an important part of my life.  From my youth I have taken every opportunity to spend time on the piano.  And, like yours, my music education continues.  Although I hold degrees in piano performance and sacred music, I continue to learn and grow as a pianist. 

 

There is so much music to enjoy - the pursuit of it will lead you down paths you never knew existed!  My piano studies made it easy piano to learn  string bass in 6th grade.  Playing bass gave me experiences playing with fellow musicians in orchestras, concert bands, small string and jazz ensembles.  God has blessed each one of us with a voice.  Singing in ensembles and choirs, and studying conducting, gave me skills needed to direct choirs, which I did for many years - in church and schools.  Ensemble experience broadened my abilities to include accompanying vocalists, instrumentalists, and choirs.   I accompany high school students in-person at UIL solo competitions as well as record accompaniments for student use.  So you can see how learning the piano can lead you in interesting directions.

For over 30 years I've taught students the skills necessary for playing the piano.  We use the best materials - old and new which includes classical, jazz, pop and church music.  I want students to acquire skills needed for lifelong involvement with music.

 

Encouraging results are the result of establishing a comfortable but challenging learning pace for each student.  I take into consideration the student's innate abilities and musical interests.  Lesson content includes note reading, sight reading, theory, ear-training, techniques of the time periods (playing styles of baroque, classical, romantic and contemporary periods), a playing knowledge of chords, as well as music history.  With these skills one can easily play a variety of music.  The two grand pianos in the studio allow us to ex[ore two-piano literature as well as concerti.

 

As asked, I help students to choose and prepare music for special school and church events.  I provide three recitals every year, and students have the option of participating in festivals and events hosted by the Austin District Music Assn. / Texas Music Teachers Assn.  

 

Depending on your love for animals, you may meet Piper, one of my two Pembroke Welsh corgis.  He greets students at the door and lays near the piano as they play.  Bigby, his brother, is very shy but you may only catch a rare glimpse of him.  Morley, my cat, occasionally comes by the studio to see what's happening.

Those who become musicians express music from their hearts.   British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams said, "The art of music above all the other arts is the expression of the soul of a nation."   May the art of the piano bring beauty to the soul of our nation.

 
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Testimonials

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  "I want to take a moment to say how happy and grateful we are that you are my son's piano teacher.  You know when to push him and what he's capable of.  We appreciate how devoted and dedicated you are to your students from lessons, to planning and coordinating recitals, to zoom lessons, to handling everything for the festivals and to how kind and patient you are with your students.  We don't say it enough but wanted you to know that we love and appreciate you so much!"

A note from a local high school orchestra director after recording accompaniment tracks for UIL soloists:  "Thank you for taking the time to make this work.  Alyssa played beautifully and the parts fit together perfectly.  Thank you so much."
 
"My son started piano lessons with Mrs. Dolan last year, and we are amazed at how much he has learned in only six months.   She is very patient and clearly has a passion for music and for teaching."  

"Mrs. Dolan is an amazing piano teacher.  My daughter surpassed in 9 months what took me 3 years to learn when I was taking piano!" 

"Thank you for giving the gift of music to our daughter.  She has found joy, confidence and strength.  You’ve given her more than 30 minutes a week and we are so grateful." 

"Your confidence in my son's ability is pulling him forward with his skills just like I'd hoped.  You are the perfect teacher for him!" 

"Mrs. Dolan is an awesome instructor! From the time we met, I had a sense of a great teacher student connection.  One of my retirement goals was to invest in a piano and learn to play.  This would be a challenge for sure but Mrs. Dolan has accepted me as a challenge and I am expecting my love for piano music and Mrs. Dolan's teaching skills will fulfill my dream of playing the piano.  The best is yet to come!!!" 

"I recommend Mrs. Dolan highly.  I hadn’t played in 40 years and am happy with my progress."

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