About Me

HI!

I'm a private music teacher in Alaska, teaching in a very small town in the rainy southeastern part of Alaska known as the "Panhandle."

My town is in the Tongass National Forest, a rainforest.

And does it ever rain!

And snow...


My family and I live in an even smaller town (population less than 30, at last count) just across the water from the BIG town.

Our home is a cabin, off-the-grid, and we provide our own electricity, heat, and water.

To get to the bigger town nearby to conduct our businesses (my husband is also self-employed), we don life-jackets and drive a small open skiff across the water to town.

Sometimes it's a lot like camping out!

However, we have the modern amenities... laptop computers, internet hookup, etc. (Though my old Uncle Bud, himself a "rolling stone" who collected no moss, once said that the greatest luxury in the world was HOT RUNNING WATER... and I believe him, having endured frozen pipes more than once in the last few years.)

Perhaps there's a bit of a rebel in people who end up "pioneering." 

In addition to buying a cabin in an inconvenient, if beautiful, location so we could afford to live on a beach with the woods behind us, we have also home-schooled our girls, in spite of my music degree which would have allowed me to teach in public school. 

All of our kids now have children of their own, and look like they'll be "doing their own thing", as well!

Since getting my degree in Music Education years ago from Seattle Pacific University, I have taught private piano off and on. Mostly off, while our daughters were small, but now pretty much year-round and with a full schedule, since moving back "home" to Alaska.

While I started out just teaching private piano, I gradually became comfortable teaching voice, and then beginning guitar, and most recently, violin (or fiddle, really).

Our home is filled with books, music, our favorite movies (still The Lord of the Rings, Pride and Prejudice, Braveheart, etc.), a wood cook stove, two cats, and a Labrador.

Actually, the dog stays outside. This is a small cabin!

My music studio is small, too...

It's an old Norwegian-style house common in this Norwegian- heritage fishing town, just big enough for my grand piano and a few comfy chairs.

On my home page I say that there is no music store within a hundred miles...true, though not as the crow flies, perhaps. 

We are surrounded by mountains and water, and flying or boating is the only way to reach the closest towns to us!

But still this is a beautiful place to live. Hard-working, and sometimes hard-living, this town has some of the nicest people you could ever hope to meet.

I feel very blessed to live here, and share music with those I can.  I hope you find the music I share on this site useful, fun, and even beautiful.

Thanks for stopping by!   Dana

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Recent Articles

  1. Ding Dong Merrily On High, Free, for Piano and Voice

    Ding Dong Merrily On High for voice, piano, & leads, with two new simpler versions. You will be surprised how EASY the elaborate-sounding chorus really is!

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  2. America the Beautiful, a Song of Thanksgiving

    America the Beautiful expresses wonder & thanksgiving. Now with a new EASY PIANO arrangement in two keys.

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  3. WIN BIG With the Easy New Lake Pirates

    TODAY gave one of my youngest students the newest and easiest version of The Lake Pirates. SCORE!!! HE READ "THE LAKE PIRATES STRAIGHT" THROUGH. AMAZING. He was very excited about it, too! I almost ha…

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  4. Free Printable Piano Sheet Music - Three Versions, The Lake Pirates!

    Free printable piano sheet music for early to late beginners. Now with a Middle C arrangement with pirate lyrics! Very easy to late elementary.

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  5. The Snowman Theme: Walking In the Air Piano Music

    This sparkling piano arrangement of the main musical theme from The Snowman will win your students' hearts and imaginations with its beauty.

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  6. Storybook Love - "The Princess Bride" Movie Soundtrack Music

    Storybook Love - Mark Knopfler's "The Princess Bride" movie soundtrack music is one of the prettiest movie themes ever. Now in the key of C!

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Just the Black Keys, a piano song book for young beginners.

Just the Black Keys

This book is available as a digital download  from this site, and also from Amazon as a paperback!

This is the perfect easy start for little pianists.

And when they start reading white-key notes on the staff, this is a fun easy resource to say each week, "Choose a new black-key song at home this week and figure it out to show me next lesson!"  They will be spending more time at the piano.

The Adventures of Tonsta, Volume 1, is a book about a young boy travelling over mountains and fjords from village to village, encountering trolls and helping folk in distress.

The Adventures of Tonsta

A perfect read aloud storybook
for little boys or girls. 

The Adventures of Tonsta highlight the travels of a very young boy with a good heart, who goes about helping folk in trouble.  

With a red cap on his head and a sack of tools slung over his shoulder, Tonsta seems to meet people in distress wherever he goes.

Lots of trolls in this book - including one who gives him a Christmas gift!

Available at Amazon

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About the Author

Dana Thynes

Hi, I'm Dana!  (Say that like "Anna".)  I'm the owner of Music-for-Music-Teachers.com.

Like some of you, I've been playing the piano since early childhood, and added a few other instruments along the way, plus an interest in arranging and composing music.

You can find out more about me and the reason for this website at my About Me page.