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Meet Jean

Jean Dorney, piano teacher at WAM


Piano lessons.

Jean Dorney has a B.A. in Piano Performance and 30+ years of studio teaching experience, with a special interest in the development of technique. Her teachers include Dorothy Taubman of the Taubman Institute for Piano and Heidi Mayer of Chicago.

Ms. Jean enjoys working with all ages, four and up, and developed the popular Piano for Pleasure Continuing Education program for adults at UWM-Washington County. She served as Staff Accompanist at the Hennepin Center for the Arts and the String Academy of Wisconsin. As the “go-to” accompanist for Menomonee Falls School District, she has coached many students to State honors. Jean plays professionally across the Milwaukee metro area and was honored to play for the Milwaukee Art Museum’s Rashid Johnson Installation “Hail We All Sing Joy.”

As a member of the National Federation of Music Clubs, Jean offers two recitals per year, plus various competitions and programs as they come up. She teaches General Music K-8 during the day and currently has openings for piano lessons Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Wisconsin Academy of Music.

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Jean is not only an amazing teacher, friendly, nurturing, and patient but is also good at gauging her student’s level of knowledge and flexibility. Her passion and commitment to her students is evident. Jean sees each student as an individual and draws upon their strengths to teach them in ways that work best for them. As a result of Jean’s lessons, I’ve seen a marked improvement in my son’s concentration, self-esteem, and confidence.”
Milwaukee, WI
"Jean is an upbeat, organized teacher who develops inspiring relationships with her students and their parents. Her ability to connect with her students and her talent at teaching simple concepts as well as more advanced pieces, are both truly superior. … excellent communicator…. Jean has taught my granddaughter piano for 2 years and we are so very proud of her accomplishments. She loves music and she loves Ms. Jean! I recommend Jean to you without reservation!"
Milwaukee, WI
"I would like to thank you. You have sparked the love of piano playing that was dying in our son. He enjoys playing piano again, and I never have to nag him about practicing!"
Richfield, WI
"I learned more from Jean in one lesson than I did in all my years of piano lessons as a child!”
Sandie, Adult Student
Milwaukee WI
"Jean Dorney taught my daughter piano for 8 years. Over the years, her skills progressed from Level 2 to college readiness. Her repertoire included all major music periods and she performed on several occasions in recitals, at church services, in the high school “Jazz ‘n Java” show and 6 years in Solo & Ensemble festivals where she earned 1 and *1 scores. Jean is dedicated to teaching strong fundamental skills which paid off as my daughter learned increasingly technical pieces. Jean has excellent rapport with my daughter, knowing when to challenge her and when to let her explore new types of music. I often regarded her as a coach as well as an instructor. I have and will continue to recommend Jean as an exceptional piano instructor!”
Menomonee Falls
"Looking for a great piano teacher? Jean Dorney. BEST in town. Contact her."
Milwaukee, WI
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