Dana received her B.A from Mills College Major in Music, and a minor in French Studies. She then moved on to her M.M. from University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music. Dana studied the Keyboard Collaborative Arts and Suzuki ECC, Book 1,2,3.
Performance and Teaching Experience
Since completing her education, in addition to teaching Dana has performed as a solo and collaborative pianist, and in choirs around the world as singer, pianist and conductor. She enjoys bringing the music of less known composers to audiences, especially music by composers who are women.
Dana has been teaching piano for 20 years, to both children and adults of all levels and diverse cultural backgrounds. She started her piano studies in the Suzuki method as a 6 year old, and recently returned to the Suzuki method as a teacher. Dana is the parent of a child with special needs, and enjoys teaching students with special needs.
A US citizen, Dana grew up in Nepal and India. She continued to explore the world, living in Burkina Faso, Belgium and Bahrain and traveling in the Middle East and South Asia before settling in Bethesda, MD. Performing and teaching in several different countries has given her a unique set of qualifications for working in an international city such as the Washington DC metro area.
Dana joined Levine’s Suzuki Piano program in August 2018.
She says her favorite part of being at Levine is, “being part of a larger organization with the goal of bringing music to many different people. I look forward to collaborating with students and other teachers on many fun projects, and to learning from each other.”
Training in the Suzuki method has given me a new passion for teaching. Now I show rather than tell; praise rather than criticize; listen more, and encourage my students to learn through listening. Keeping the whole Suzuki triangle in mind, I help parents develop a positive musical relationship with their child, and help my students to enjoy making music while encouraging them to strive for excellence. This foundation prepares students for a lifetime of musical adventures!