Nebraska Authors

Donna Gunn

Born 1960 Lincoln, NE (USA)

Donna Gunn was born in Lincoln, NE and she has been a piano instructor for over 30 years. Her scholarly and historical performance work has been greatly influenced by her studies with Malcolm Bilson, a pioneering scholar-artist in the historical piano field. Her research has taken her all over including the Westfield International Fortepiano Workshop at Cornell University and Early Music Days as the Esterhazy Summer Palace in Hungary. She has taught workshops, seminars, and residencies for people of all ages and at all stages of learning throughout the United States

Places Lived

Lincoln, NE
Alexandria, LA
Kansas City, MO

Author Of

  • Music and Audio
  • Nonfiction


Pedagogical writing; Piano; Theory-Technique


Bachelor of Arts in Music Education Degree, 1981, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
Master of Arts Degree in Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy, 1985, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE


Founder and Director of Focus Piano
Piano Teacher
Performing Artist


Discoveries from the Fortepiano: A Manual for Beginning and Seasoned Performers. 2015.

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