Karen Donato

Violin, Viola Teacher

Karen Donato

SAA Member


Canton, MI
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I have been teaching privately since 1999.  Currently, I have a violin and viola studio at my home in Canton, MI, where I teach students ranging from age 4 through adult of all proficiency levels. I teach preschool music at Children’s Garden Montessori School in Canton, and elementary music at the Renaissance Homeschool Group in Farmington Hills. Other experience includes coaching youth orchestras, chamber groups, and orchestral soloists.

Lessons are tailored to the student’s needs.  I combine traditional Suzuki methods and repertoire with traditional theory and rhythmic study, and also include fiddle tunes and contemporary music.  Students are encouraged to participate in the direction of their studies by suggesting music to work on and even writing their own music.  We have a studio recital once a year.

My students enjoy playing in many local ensembles: school orchestras in Plymouth-Canton, Wayne-Westland, and South Lyon; the Dearborn Youth Orchestra program, and the Michigan Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. Graduates of my studio have gone on to play with various college-level ensembles, including the University of Michigan Life Sciences Orchestra and the University of Rochester Chamber Orchestra.

I hold a Master of Music Degree in Violin Performance from The University of Michigan.

I am currently accepting new students, including homeschool students and adult players. Please contact me for more information. To learn more about me, please visit www.karendonato.com.