I studied piano in Germany where I was born and raised. Currently I am enrolled in college here in the United States to finish my degree in Music Therapy.
I have extensive experience working with students of all ages, and at all levels, and offer custom-tailored piano instruction. My students have participated in the Arizona Study Program, festivals, competitions, recitals, group lessons, rehearsals, and other performance opportunities.
For several years I was the accompanist for the Scottsdale Symphony. There I premiered a Symphonic Suite by Columbian composer Jose Rafael Guerrero Villota. Also, I accompanied the world-renowned cellist Vagram Saradjian. In addition, I played and accompanied works by the famous Russian composer Karen Khachaturyan, whom I also had the pleasure of meeting personally.
I have served as Chairman of PMTA's Performance Plus. For this group I organized performance opportunities for the local piano instructors in a friendly and relaxed performance environment. I talked and lectured about performance anxieties and other related topics.
Currently I live in the United States with my four children, but travel back to Europe in the summers to visit my family in Germany.
My daughter Christina was born with Down-Syndrome. When I was first told by the doctors about this, my world fell off its axis, and I cried for many months. But God makes no mistakes, and Christina is my sweet little Angel, who taught me the most important lesson in life: Unconditional Love. Without her I would have never seen her beautiful world, and I would have never learned all those important lessons about Faith, Hope and Love.
These little children are sprinkled throughout our midst to remind us what life is really all about and how we should treat others.
I give private piano instruction to typical kids as well as to those with disabilities. Also, I am the CEO of Music Transforms You, LLC, a company that produces CD's and educational material, and is devoted to empowering parents around the world who have a child with special needs. I provide coaching, seminars and encouragement, with the integration of music, to get through the day-to-day struggles and challenges that we all experience on the "road of life" with our special child.
"Where words fail, music speaks." By interweaving beautiful music we can connect our different worlds in the most wonderful and unspeakable way. That's the magic and mystery of music, because it comes from the heart and speaks to the heart.
Please visit my website and take a moment to learn about the different programs I offer: http://DanielaClapp.com.
Music Transforms You