With performances in Italy, the Netherlands, Hungary, and at Cornell University, Donna's never-ending passion for art is global in scope. Her diverse performing and teaching experience encompasses center stage at The Lied Center for Performing Arts and Music Teachers National Association National Conference as well as working in schools and assisted living facilities. Since joining the NAC roster, Donna has reached thousands of students and residents in dozens of venues.
Residencies designed to capture attention, ignite enthusiasm and inspire creativity!
With a master’s degree in performance and pedagogy and a bachelor’s degree in music education, Donna brings her talent, teaching skill and vibrant personality to grades K-12 and your community. Each residency (steeped with integrated curriculum) interconnects music with multi-media and experiential learning, which provides a unified focus and holistic understanding of music and its place in the world.
In each custom-designed residency, students participate in a variety of activities such as active listening, singing, hands-on creating, composing, dancing and performing. Donna's residencies are designed to be long-term, lasting learning experiences. Resources provided for each residency include comprehensive hands-on guides, discography, bibliography, web links, educational vocabulary lists, learning activities and assessments. Choose from the residencies below or contact Donna to create the tailor-made program that meets the distinctive needs of your community.
Music On the Trail: From Westport, Missouri to "Oregon Blue" join emigrants as they traverse the Oregon Trail. Primary-source journal entries and personal photos from Donna’s research transport students to the mid-1800’s as they sing American folk songs and experience the Oregon Trail. Classical music inspired by the folk songs is interwoven into the canvas of the covered wagon way of life. In 2017 this program was featured at OR~CA Trail Association National Convention and was an official NE150.org event at Cathedral of the Risen Christ School. (Target audience: K-12)
Halloween Music Meets the Masters: Using a Halloween theme as the catalyst for learning, students enter the “dark side” of classical genre masterworks. Students sing, dance, feel, create, discover, compose, arrange, and actively listen. Integrated curriculum provides a global cultural and historical perspective as information surrounding each composer and his home country is introduced. (Target audience: Grades 3-5)
It Was the Age of Revolution: Travel back to the Enlightenment where all things are possible! Experience the feelings and beliefs that spark revolution. Students explore how musicians and their instruments contribute to cultural change. The residency culminates with guided artistic choices as students compose their own work. Hear the revolutionary developments in the piano and feel the shift in eighteenth century thought as Donna invites students into the world of greats such as Beethoven, Haydn, and Mozart. References to her book, Discoveries from the Fortepiano (Oxford University Press, 2015), provide a deep and rich learning experience. (Target audience: High School)