Patricia Dolan Piano

Lessons

in Georgetown, TX

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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

  • Lesson Readiness

  • When considering a younger child's readiness for lessons, their reading level and ability to focus is critical.  Many high school students enjoy adding music to their busy lives (visit my Soundcloud tracks to hear samples).   Young and old can and should take up the piano for all it's benefits.  Fun, interesting, and well-paced lesson material are keys to success.

 

My Teaching

Music will always be an important part of my life.  From my youth I looked for every opportunity to spend time on the piano.  And my music education is ongoing.  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 learn - it can lead you down a "rabbit trail" you never imagined!  With piano as my first and forever love, my rabbit trail lead to learning the string bass in 6th grade.  That lead to playing in orchestras, bands, small string  and small jazz ensembles.  Ensemble experiences helps me as a choir director, directing choirs of all ages in church and schools.  The ensemble experience helps me be a better piano accompanist for soloists, and choirs.  Currently I apply my piano skills to honing my own skills by continued work on the works of great composers, teaching privately, playing for high school students in UIL competitions and church services, weddings/funerals.  With so many virtual events, I have learned much about the technology to make that happen.  I also record accompaniments for students to use in UIL competition.

I love teaching students the abilities they need to be involved with music.  My hope is that when they leave me they have the desire to continue broadening their love for music and especially the piano throughout their lives.   To find their own "rabbit trails."

 

To be effective in my teaching I aim to establish a comfortable but challenging learning pace based on student's inherent abilities and musical interests in mind.  Fundamental skills such as note reading, sight reading, theory, ear-training, techniques of the masters, playing styles of the different musical time periods, a playing knowledge of chords, and music history will equip them for a life of music.  With these skills one can easily add light jazz, popular and sacred music, as the student prefers.  With 2 grand pianos I happily offer two-piano repertoire as well as concerti - a valuable ensemble experience.

 

I assist students in choice and preparation of music for special school or church events.  The students perform in studio recitals:  spring and winter plus the annual Summer's End Recital.   Students have the option of participating in festivals and events hosted by the Austin District Music Assn. and Texas Music Teachers Assn.  

 

My two Pembroke Welsh corgis, Piper and Bigby, are my other passion!   Piper loves students and stays nearby as they play their music.  Bigby is shy but you might catch a glimpse of him every now and then!  Morley, my cat, occasionally comes in the studio to see what's happening.

Those who become musicians express music from their hearts.   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.

 

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.  A. (student) 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 65 years and am happy with my progress."

Patricia Dolan Piano

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in Georgetown, TX

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