Donna founded Piano Keys 4 Kids to help students learn the fundamentals of musical concept and theory to help establish a basic to intermediate level of competency in piano, choir and percussion. Donna has managed a Piano Studio and has been teaching private piano lessons for 30 years.
GLEE CLUB DIRECTOR
Taylor Simpson is an operatic lyric soprano and music educator based in the D.C. Metropolitan area. She holds a Bachelors of Music from Liberty University and Masters of Music from George Mason University.
As a teacher, Taylor focuses on musicianship, foundational music theory, and proper technique. In addition to her work with Piano Keys 4 Kids, Taylor is a piano and voice faculty member at Harmonia School of Music and Art in Vienna, VA, and also the Music Director of the Arlington Children’s Chorus.
LEAD PIANO INSTRUCTOR
Gabriella is a fourth year at the University of Virginia, double majoring in Music and Studio Art. She has been a part-time instructor at Piano Keys 4 Kids since 2013. She studied piano with the owner, Donna Hancock, since she was 6 years old, up until she graduated from Herndon High School in 2015. She still continues to utilize this incredible skill of playing the piano in her everyday life as a student at UVA.
Samuel plays a variety of instruments including piano, guitar, and percussion/drum set. His skills on keeping a rhythm, understanding rudiments, and keeping pace as a drummer guided him to help teach percussion classes to bring the concepts of drums and rhythm to students.
By playing multiple instruments, Samuel understands what it takes to be successful on a drum set as well as in a percussion ensemble.