EASTERLY MUSIC STUDIO
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 Summer 2018 Camps begin on June 4, 2018.
Registration starts March 1, 2018.
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 To register for 2017-2018, click on Contact Link Above.

832-723-6208
easterlymusicstudio@gmail.com

OUR HISTORY & FUTURE
         Easterly Music Studio, originally founded in 1993, has the longest running music program in the Friendswood Area


Donya' Easterly, Founder
Easterly Music Studio was originally founded in 1993,  quickly growing in size an relocating to two commercial locations from 1993 to 2003, with 11 faculty members, an office staff, and 300 families participating in music instruction each week at our facility in the heart of downtown Friendswood.  In 2004, Easterly Music Studio closed when a once in a lifetime opportunity presented itself to the entire Easterly family.  Donya' Easterly would accompany her own three children, (ages 5, 8 and 11) joining the cast and crew of the Troika Entertainment International Broadway Asia Tour of "The Sound of Music" from 2004 to 2006.  All three Easterly children were cast as Gretl, Marta and Friedrich, performing in 276 shows throughout Asia in major theatre venues in China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong.  In 2004, Donya' moved to Asia.

Upon returning to the states, Donya' offered music coaching to several select former students, teaching them privately at her home studio in Friendswood.  In the Spring of 2016, Donya'  officially re opened Easterly Music Studio where she now provides piano, voice, preschool piano, and choral instruction each week.  By September 2016, Donya' once again had a waiting list of students wanting to join Easterly Music Studio.

Donya' Easterly was born in Baltimore, Maryland. Growing up in a musical family,  there was never a day without music. Her parents played many instruments and passed their love of music on to Donya' and her siblings. She was the daughter of ministers and also grew up with a strong church music background.  At a young age, Donya' knew she wanted to teach music.  She has vivid memories of teaching  piano pieces to her elder baby sitters when she was only seven years old. Dallas Girls Chorus, summer music camps, school musical productions  and weekly piano and voice lessons filled her week. 
 
In high school, Donya' became interested in field of  music therapy which was a brand new field at the time.  That interest continued when she attended Baylor University to major in music. Donya' spent her undergraduate years volunteering  with music therapist, Mary Jo Ard  in Waco ISD assisting in events like the Very Special Arts festival held each Spring.  Donya' was granted special permission by Baylor to spend half of her student teaching under the instruction of Mary Jo Ard at Dripping Springs Special School in Waco I.S.D, delving more into music therapy.  The other half of her student teaching was spent in music education.
 
Donya' graduated from Baylor University in 1988 with a Bachelor of Music Education degree specializing in piano, voice and choral music. Donya' taught K-12 music instruction in Waco, Alvin and Clear Creek I.S.D.  She also taught private music instruction at Westminster Christian Academy in Houston.
 
 Today, Donya' continues to teach piano privately; homeschool her youngest daughter (now in highschool);volunteering in her community with organiations like  suitcase4soldiers (founded by her oldest daughter)  and Trinity Oaks Retirement Center. Donya' also accompanies for events like UIL.
 
Donya' is  actively involved in the education consulting business having worked in the past  for companies like MacMillan McGraw Hill and Prepcube where she presented pedagody and technology workshops to Texas Music Educators throughout the state of Texas.  Donya' continues to mentor other educators at the beginning of their careers providing consulting services as they establish their own music and or education businesses. She serves as a mentor to young homeschool families starting their homeschool journey and is very active in Gulf Coast Christian Home Educators Association.

Donya' believes that learning is meant for a life time. Therefore, she participates in continuing education courses every year through attending music conventions,  music workshops, classes for music educators, homeschool conventions and courses for homeschool educators. 

Donya' is a degreed music teacher in the State of Texas with a valid Texas teaching certificate to teach all levels of music education, K-12.  Donya' also holds certification in all levels of the Mayron Cole Piano method and Kindermusik. Donya' completed training in the  Classical Conversations curriculum and participates in homeschool conventions and continuing education courses for the homeschool teacher and parent.
 
Donya' holds membership in  Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Private School Music Educators Association, Choristers Guild, Texas Music Teachers Association, Gulf Coast Christian Home Educators Association, Baylor Alumni Association, Mu Phi Epsilon Alumni Association and Alpha Delta Pi Alumni Association..  In her spare time, Donya' enjoys working in her flower and vegetable garden, playing with her dogs (DaVinci, CeCe and Ruthie), and spending time with her family.
 
"To know your future, you must know your past." George Santayana.  The future is bright for Easterly Music Studio in 2017.  Mrs. Easterly is entering  new phase of life as her youngest child will graduate from high school in the next year.  If someone would ask of her, "What will you do when your children are all gone and you have an empty nest?", her reply would simply be " while I miss my own children dearly, my life is forever filled with  children as I have an entire family of students that now spans two generations.  As long as there are children to teach, Donya' will always know what to do."
 
 
 
 
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HOW DO I REGISTER

New Students interested in Easterly Music Studio should complete the contact form  on our website.  Complete the questions and submit the form.  Donya' Easterly will receive your contact information and be in touch with you within 24 hours with registration informationand paperwork. All students must complete an Easterly Music Studio Registration form for 2017-2018, a Student Schedule Availability Form, pay a Registration fee of $15 and pay the Yearly Material/Technology fee in order to complete registration.  Current Students are allowed to register in March 2017. New Students may register beginning April 2017. All students are required to take one summer camp or 4 summer lessons.  Private piano an voice instruction or choir rehearsals are held weekly from August 21, 2017 to May 11, 2018.  
                
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near FM 528 and Friendswood Lakes
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  1. Donya' Easterly, age 3 years old
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Piano Lesson Time

Theory Time Fun - Games 

Donya' Easterly
          Age 3

​Recital

'Mary Easterly,
daughter of Donya' Easterly
performing at age 5 in Shanghai, China "The Sound of Music"  Broadway Asia tour.

Grace Notes Ensemble Rehearsal Time

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATION










Professional Memberships, Certifications and Awards

 
Texas Music Educators Association                    Texas Private School Music Educators Association      Texas Music Teachers Association
Choristers Guild                                                     Gulf Coast Home School Educators                                Mu Phi Epsilon
Baylor Universty Alumni Association                  Alpha Delta Pi Alumni Association 
Kindermusik Maestro Award
Certification All Levels of Mayron Cole Piano Method
Certification All Levels of Kindermusik
Texas Educator Certification All-Level Music Pre-K - 12

  
 

ENDORSEMENTS


"Ellie loved her week of singing. The experience has really brought out a new
side in her. She sings all the time now - in her room, in the car, in the shower! "


Cassie Jones, Grace Notes Ensemble parent. 2016 -2017

"I absolutely LOVE Easterly Music Studio and Donya! I was blessed to have taken from her all through middle school, jr. high school, and high school. I learned so much and that I was capable of so much more than I ever thought possible! Now, 17 years later, my son expressed that he wanted to play the piano. I looked around and imagine my excitement and delight to learn that Donya was still teaching! It was a no-brainer! He has been taking now for almost a year and has flourished into a great little (beginning, for now) pianist, and he absolutely LOVES it, and Donya. I can't imagine my musical life without Easterly Music Studio. Such wonderful memories and experiences."

Cassandra (Kennedy) Murrel,  Current piano parent (2016-2017 and

                                                       former  piano student (1993 - 2000)