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Doniell C.
Spokane, Washington
Piano from an expert with 20+ years experience teaching, 30+ years of playing
***Please contact me with "Ask a Question" prior to signing up for lessons!*** Piano lessons are a joy to teach! Let me inspire you. Within the first few lessons, you'll know terminology and piano basics such as rhythm and body placement, and as time goes on you'll be able to play classics, standards and more. I typically use method books combined with traditional repertoire. Currently I only teach from Alfred's Basic Piano Library (Adult & Child), or Piano Adventures (Adult & Child) for method. If you're seeking non-method, please send me a detailed message on the "Ask a Question" feature. ***My Equipment*** Extended upright Knabe Yamaha Digital Piano YPG-625 Skype, Zoom or FaceTime iPhone, Laptop, Kindle Fire Printer/Scanner/Copier and high speed internet connectivity Digital and traditional ticking metronomes Flashcards and numerous other learning materials and aids Extensive Music library with 550+ Books and sheets ***At the lesson*** During the lesson, students will begin with a performance of the material they have completed throughout the week. Corrections may be made. Students may have to repeat assignments until they are played satisfactorily - this is common. Then, writing assignments will be graded. Online students will submit writing assignments online through e-mail prior to the lesson, and will be given their grades at the lesson. Next, new material and concepts will be covered. Following the introduction of the week's work, there may be quizzes, flashcards, games, ear training, and composition assignments. Online students are required to write and keep track of their own assignments. At the end of each lesson I reserve time for Q&A. Bring any and all questions to your lesson. If you think of them during practice, write them down and bring them up here. All students under the age of 12 taking online lessons must have an adult nearby during the lesson for technical assistance and/or behavior support if required. All students under the age of 8 must have a parent/guardian sit in on lessons - both for online and lessons in my home. This is so that they can listen and be able to assist their student at home. This may include help with reading assignments, help with understanding assignments, physically assisting students (lifting a wrist, carrying materials, etc.) Online only students MUST have the following: Online Video platform (tablet, computer, etc.), a quiet room or environment in which lessons are conducted, a full-sized piano or weighted electric/digital piano, printer/scanner/copier, Pencils and Highlighters, an assignment notebook, and method books (purchased by the student). ***Practicing*** I require all students to practice each piece of music at least 3 times through every day. 30-60 minutes for students aged 10 and older, each day. Students aged 5-10 should practice between 15-30 minutes each day. Practice time does not include written, reading, or listening assignments. These should be done prior to or in addition to any practicing. ***Materials*** This will be determined by the student's needs and goals, but the following is a general list of what to expect to purchase and/or use. -Method books (these must be purchased by the student and available at every lesson, or the lesson may be canceled without refund) -Theory and/or Notespeller books -Repertoire Books -Technic Books -Etude or Progressive Study books -Sheet Music -Notebook for assignments -Pencils and Hi-Liters ***Policies*** All students will receive a copy of my policies prior to lessons, and must sign an agreement that they will follow said policies regarding situations such as canceling lessons, etiquette, and more BEFORE Lessons can be booked.
About Doniell C.

My name is Doniell and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2002 and have loved helping my students appreciate, understand, and be inspired by music. I'm a helpful and compassionate person and my teaching style is informative, determined by the student's needs and goals, and a combination of traditional and contemporary. I have played piano over 35 years, and compose my own music during spare time. I look forward to helping you reach your goals! ***Please contact me via "Ask a Question" PRIOR to setting up lessons!***

Levels taught

Teaches all skill levels

Teaching since

Teaching since 2002

Education

Bachelor of Arts in Humanities

Teaches ages +

Teaches ages 5+

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Speaks English, German

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Doniell C.
Spokane, Washington
Piano from an expert with 20+ years experience teaching, 30+ years of playing
***Please contact me with "Ask a Question" prior to signing up for lessons!*** Piano lessons are a joy to teach! Let me inspire you. Within the first few lessons, you'll know terminology and piano basics such as rhythm and body placement, and as time goes on you'll be able to play classics, standards and more. I typically use method books combined with traditional repertoire. Currently I only teach from Alfred's Basic Piano Library (Adult & Child), or Piano Adventures (Adult & Child) for method. If you're seeking non-method, please send me a detailed message on the "Ask a Question" feature. ***My Equipment*** Extended upright Knabe Yamaha Digital Piano YPG-625 Skype, Zoom or FaceTime iPhone, Laptop, Kindle Fire Printer/Scanner/Copier and high speed internet connectivity Digital and traditional ticking metronomes Flashcards and numerous other learning materials and aids Extensive Music library with 550+ Books and sheets ***At the lesson*** During the lesson, students will begin with a performance of the material they have completed throughout the week. Corrections may be made. Students may have to repeat assignments until they are played satisfactorily - this is common. Then, writing assignments will be graded. Online students will submit writing assignments online through e-mail prior to the lesson, and will be given their grades at the lesson. Next, new material and concepts will be covered. Following the introduction of the week's work, there may be quizzes, flashcards, games, ear training, and composition assignments. Online students are required to write and keep track of their own assignments. At the end of each lesson I reserve time for Q&A. Bring any and all questions to your lesson. If you think of them during practice, write them down and bring them up here. All students under the age of 12 taking online lessons must have an adult nearby during the lesson for technical assistance and/or behavior support if required. All students under the age of 8 must have a parent/guardian sit in on lessons - both for online and lessons in my home. This is so that they can listen and be able to assist their student at home. This may include help with reading assignments, help with understanding assignments, physically assisting students (lifting a wrist, carrying materials, etc.) Online only students MUST have the following: Online Video platform (tablet, computer, etc.), a quiet room or environment in which lessons are conducted, a full-sized piano or weighted electric/digital piano, printer/scanner/copier, Pencils and Highlighters, an assignment notebook, and method books (purchased by the student). ***Practicing*** I require all students to practice each piece of music at least 3 times through every day. 30-60 minutes for students aged 10 and older, each day. Students aged 5-10 should practice between 15-30 minutes each day. Practice time does not include written, reading, or listening assignments. These should be done prior to or in addition to any practicing. ***Materials*** This will be determined by the student's needs and goals, but the following is a general list of what to expect to purchase and/or use. -Method books (these must be purchased by the student and available at every lesson, or the lesson may be canceled without refund) -Theory and/or Notespeller books -Repertoire Books -Technic Books -Etude or Progressive Study books -Sheet Music -Notebook for assignments -Pencils and Hi-Liters ***Policies*** All students will receive a copy of my policies prior to lessons, and must sign an agreement that they will follow said policies regarding situations such as canceling lessons, etiquette, and more BEFORE Lessons can be booked.
About Doniell C.

My name is Doniell and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2002 and have loved helping my students appreciate, understand, and be inspired by music. I'm a helpful and compassionate person and my teaching style is informative, determined by the student's needs and goals, and a combination of traditional and contemporary. I have played piano over 35 years, and compose my own music during spare time. I look forward to helping you reach your goals! ***Please contact me via "Ask a Question" PRIOR to setting up lessons!***

Levels taught

Teaches all skill levels

Teaching since

Teaching since 2002

Education

Bachelor of Arts in Humanities

Teaches ages +

Teaches ages 5+

Speaks

Speaks English, German

Speaks

Has background check

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My two boys have been taking lessons with Mrs. Cushman for 4+ years. They are both highly energetic and one of them has difficulty with patience and attention span. Mrs. Cushman is understanding but also pushes and inspires when it is needed with all kinds of exercises for strengthening fingers to correct form to games for remembering notes and timing. Mrs. Cushman's composition background offers flexibility for student's to explore the world of chord theory and this can enhance students' ability to play in a band, compose their own music and understand music at a deeper level, if that is the parent or student's desire. Still, if student's enjoy competition, Mrs. Cushman has the connections and ability to support this endeavor. Please note that we have attended in person for many years but recently moved away and the boys still want to continue with her online, which is going well.

Posted Feb 28, 2022
Teacher's Studio

My daughter took piano from Doniell both in the studio and online. Doniell did a great job of motivating our daughter and making learning fun! She is also great at communicating with parents about expectations and goals for the lessons.

Posted Feb 25, 2022
Teacher's Studio

My 8 year old son has been taking lessons virtually with Doniell for almost a year now. Doniell has been very accommodating with our schedule. I’m amazed how much my son has already learned. We will definitely be signing our younger son up for lessons with Doniell when he gets old enough.

Posted Feb 25, 2022
Piano Teacher
Jan 2011 - Present
Cushman Music
Owner and operator of private studio for students in the Spokane metropolitan area. I teach piano, music theory, and ear training.
Piano Teacher
Jan 2007 - Jun 2010
Private Studio
Owner and operator of private studio for American dependents living abroad in Germany serving the U.S. Goverment or Armed Forces.
Piano Teacher
Jan 2002 - Jan 2007
Freelance
Freelance tutoring and lesson teaching.
Praise Team Member
Jan 1995 - Aug 2002
Word of Life Church of God
Back-up pianist, synthesizer, and choir member.
Musician
Feb 1999 - Feb 1999
Tacoma Pantages Theatre
Pre-Show musician for Katia Skanavi.
Bachelor of Arts in Humanities
Aug 2008 - Nov 2011
University of Maryland, University College
Music Education
Aug 2002 - May 2005
Washington State University
English
Fluent/ Native Proficiency
German
Limited Proficiency
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Music Teachers National Association
Jun 2010
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Instructor details
Classical Piano
Teacher's Studio
Teacher's Studio
SEE MAP
S Tekoa
Teaches Online
Teaches Online
Work hours
M
T
W
T
F
S
S
Times are shown in your local timezone (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Pricing
30 minutes
$36
60 minutes
$70
New Student Special
First 3 lessons
$30