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Danette Whelan's Piano Studio Warren, New Jersey
Contact Details
Name:   Danette Whelan
Phone:   (908) 883-0799
Email:   danettewhelan5@yahoo.com
Website:   Click here to go to my website
Facebook:   Click here to go to my Facebook page
Twitter:   Click here to go to my Twitter page
Last Update:    2016-05-18 18:17:17
Area
  
Warren, Basking Ridge, Bridgewater, Watchung, Far Hills, Green Brook, Long Hill Township.

Description

Biography:

"I have over 30 years of experience teaching piano, theory, composition, improvisation and ensembles for the motivated student. My students compete in state competitions and have performed in winner's recitals at various venues, including Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, Westminster Choir College, Drew University and Kean University.

My teaching is based on encouragement, positive guidance, and nurturing the love of music. As a result, my students are eager to progress and are happy to attend their weekly lessons. I also love to compose piano and ensemble pieces for early intermediate thru advanced levels. My pieces can be found on my website, http://danettewhelanmusic.com. "

Ms. Whelan began her piano studies at the age of 7. She performed her first solo recital in 1971 at the age of 14. She was also a soloist with the Livingston Symphony in 1971 and in 1973.

Ms. Whelan received her B.A. in Piano Performance from Douglass College (Rutgers University).

Video
 
Video:  
Date:  2016-05-18 08:52:33
Description:  A late intermediate-early advanced piece from the collection, The Gift.


Testimonials
 
Name:  Anne Levy
Title:  Mrs Whelan - A Gifted Teacher
Testimonial:  How can I describe your teaching style !!!!

Through all these years (almost 10), you have taught Leah the skills in order for her to discover MUSIC... You have given her the tools to be able to master piano pieces but also and what is the most important for me, is that she has learned how to listen to herself and is now able to appreciate her own interpretation on a piece after being guided by you.

For us, your relationship with Leah was not just a piano teacher and her student, you have given her self confidence, about what she could accomplish (from winning a piano competition) to enjoying playing in front of total strangers. You have given her the gift of enjoying music and using it in her own emotional development . You also have guided Leah in all different forms of music from classical to more contemporary and even introduced her to composition which allowed her to win this past year at Carnegie Hall.


 
Name:  Karen Chi
Title:  Mrs. Whelan - Teacher, Mentor, Friend
Testimonial:  Mrs. Whelan took me under her wing when I was in 6th grade and ever since, she has been my teacher, mentor, friend, and inspiration.

Over the years, Mrs. Whelan has redefined my perspective of and purpose for playing the piano. The first question she ever asked me – besides the one asking me to play a piece for her – was: “Why do you play piano?” I remember this moment so well because I was unable to answer, in part because I was shy but more so because I had previously only known practicing piano for auditions and competitions and not for the sake of playing an instrument I enjoy.

Mrs. Whelan changed this for me. She taught me to view practice and lessons as “an investment”, not as a means to reach a short-term goal; and since, I have come to love playing the piano more and more.

Mrs. Whelan is unlike any other piano instructor. She has her own, special teaching style. She doesn’t simply sit, listen to us play, and then offer her advice afterward; she is completely engaged in the music. And, she always engages us too! She will enthusiastically conduct us through the song or sing the notes to make us focus on melody and harmony or even impersonate people and act out her interpretations of the music, all to help us understand what we play and why we play it a certain way.

There is hardly ever a dull moment during our lessons together and as a senior, I know for certain that I will miss my weekly hour piano lesson. However, thanks to Mrs. Whelan, I will definitely continue to play and practice the piano whenever I can to fulfill the investment I have made with her.



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