Sequana Creative Studio

Sequana Creative Studio

5.0 (3)
1 employee
2 years in business

About this pro

For a serious instrumentalist, I supply lessons in classical & jazz, violin as well as piano, composition, and improvisation.  I also tutor music theory, and have fun with anyone wanting to enjoy music improvising with diverse home-mades, percussion instruments & ethnic musical instruments. 
    My specialty is improvisation, and I am great at rescuing adults  and teenagers who need a fresh approach to their training. 
Ofcourse, I can teach from scratch as well.
  30+ years as Director of Birmingham Suzuki Violinists, now operating Sequana Creative Studio, which is rich with Suzuki success, but now includes the opportunity to explore student interests in multiple styles and creative approaches.
     I also specialize in  electronic music and free improvisation on strings, percussion, and piano /keyboards for those who are ready to branch out in their process.
    Check out my professional work in performance and teaching. I would enjoy working with you.
www.ladonnasmith.com
www.birminghamsuzukiviolinists.org
https://www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LaDonna_Smith

I enjoy watching my student's enjoyment and success! Learning a musical instrument can be really fulfilling, and a great way to keep your brain and your co-ordination sharp and in shape.  I make sure lessons are enjoyable for myself as well as the student. Humor is always good, so we have fun. And work. And see results! And that's enjoyable! 

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Credentials

Mountain Brook, AL 35243
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3 Reviews

5.0

  • Kathleen Rose-Byington

    LaDonna gives each student personalized attention and fosters a lifetime love of music in her students. She both challenges and encourages at every step. Selecting LaDonna to be my daughter's violin teacher was one of my best parenting decisions.

  • Maya Kitchens

    I studied with Ms. LaDonna for 8 years and I wish I had her for more than 8 years. She is not only an excellent violin and piano player, but also an amazing teacher and mentor. She helped me find my passion for music and stick with it. When I have children, I want them to study with LaDonna. She is by far the best violin teacher out there and definitely one of the kindest people I've ever met.

  • Toby Conn

    I began to study music at the Sequana Creative Studio around four years ago now. I had been playing the violin since I was 6, but had never been trained classically and barely knew how to read music. My teachers barely pushed me and I began to lose interest in music. My band member, who I aspired to, told me about her amazing 10-year experience with Mrs. LaDonna! As soon as I began my lessons there, I progressed at an amazing rate and violin, to this day, is my strongest subject and passion. I am blessed to be able to work with her and enjoy every lesson. Along with a fantastic group of violinists and friends, a beautiful studio, convenient pricing and location, and expert teaching, I enjoy spending time with Mrs. LaDonna as each student is treated like family.



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FAQs


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

They contact me by email or message. I respond back, answer questions, and if we want to meet up for a free consultation in person, get started, that's what happens.
When our goals and chemistry combine for purpose, the rest is history!


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Bachelor and Masters Degree in Theory & Composition. Private study in violin, viola, piano since childhood. Professional performance, and pioneer of free improvisation in America. Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) teacher training & taught Suzuki Violin since 1987. 


Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

I do, but please get in touch personally for consultation and lesson fees.  [email protected] 


How did you get started teaching?

It's always been my chosen vocation. When you teach, you learn. When you learn, you share what you've learned! You teach!  It's the Chain of Life and knowledge. To grow, both student and teacher alike! The old saying is true, "Experience is the best teacher!"