Paula D.Born : Arlington, VA


Voice, Piano, Guitar, Flute


Classical, Jazz, Blues, Rock, Folk, Pop, Broadway, Country, World

About Paula D. Download Resume

Paula is a professional musician and teacher living and working in the Washington DC area. She is a classically trained singer and has performed and studied music in various parts of the world including Ghana - West Africa, Spain, Australia, Canada, and throughout the United States. Paula holds a Teacher's license in the state of Virginia for K-12 general music as well as a certification in West African Therapeutic Drumming Instruction. Paula has taught general music in the Fairfax County school system, and currently teaches voice, piano, guitar, and the djembe (West African drum). She has worked with a wide range of ages and abilities, including those with mental, physical, and behavioral disorders. Paula received her Bachelor of Music in Music Education with a concentration in Vocal/Choral studies from Virginia Commonwealth University's School of the Arts.

Why I Work Well with Kids

I bring enthusiasm, energy, and joy into every lesson I teach, and I always provide an element of choice for my students so they feel ownership in their practice. I enjoy incorporating a variety of games and exercises to keep my students energized and challenged!

Most Influential Bands / Musicians

Esperanza Spalding, Kathleen Battle, Lalah Hathaway, Becca Stevens, Snarky Puppy, Incubus, James Taylor, Stevie Wonder, Mary Chapin Carpenter


Reading, exploring, anything outdoors, meditation/yoga, painting/drawing

Favorite Movies

Good Will Hunting, Remember the Titans, Chocolat, The Titanic, Mighty Joe Young

Places Traveled

Morocco, Ghana, Portugal, Australia, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Canada, Mexico

Special Needs Students

During my time as an Elementary Music Teacher, I worked closely with students on the autism spectrum, students with ADD/ADHD, students with dyslexia, and a variety of other diagnoses. Additionally, I hold a certification in West African Therapeutic Drumming Instruction, which gives me the resources and techniques to use music as a resource and outlet for those who need it most.


Fairfax, McLean, Arlington, Alexandria, VA, NE, SW, Georgetown, DC

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