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    JD DorlandOffering private lessons in
    University Place, Washington
    About MeContact Me

    My name is JD Dorland. I teach piano and also perform in various settings. I lead my own jazz trio and lead worship for my local church in the Puyallup area. I have a BA in Music from Pacific Lutheran University. I teach a wide variety of styles and really try to coach the student into the musician that they want to be.

    I have been teaching full time now for the last 5 years. I teach at a local music store and from my home studio. I've taught all ages from 5 on up to "do not ask" ages. My approach to teaching is very straight forward. I want the student to be able to enjoy playing music, and I also want them to have a grasp on how music works and how to play with other people.

    The methods for achieving this vary depending on the students background and experience. I use method books to a degree, especially at the beginning. I encourage the students to know how to read music. Learn the chords and scales, and how to apply them. We will look at classical music to how to play with just a lead sheet (single melody and chords), to even just words and chords.
    The overall goal is to coach and create a well rounded musician out of any student.

    Again, I teach from a local music store and my home studio in University Place, WA. For my home lessons I charge $88 a month, this is a gauranteed 4 30 minute lesson agreement where the student comes to my studio. If there is a fifth week in the month I leave it up to the student/teacher's choice. I will also do a non-commital agreement for lessons.

    For audio and video demos, and other information about me, please feel free to check out my website at

    If you are in the Puyallup, WA area, I teach from Ted Brown Music there and you may feel free to contact them with any questions about charges and schedules. Note: If you have found me via Ted Brown Music, I will not take you as a home student.