“... their jaws DROPPED when my daughter sat down to play!” actual quote from one of our parents

Welcome to my website!  On April 30, 2018, Peninsula Music in Poquoson became a memory.  Thanks so much for a great 15 years serving the music students and families of Poquoson and the surrounding areas.

For those of you who don't know me, I have been teaching music privately for about 25 years.  Prior to that, I worked professionally as a performer and composer, and had the privilege of traveling around the country full-time, working with many great people.  We moved to Virginia in 2002 and I opened Doug Norton Music in Poquoson, as a piano repair shop and music teaching studio.  The business grew and evolved into Peninsula Music, and at one time, we had two locations, about 15 employees, and served about 200 students a week in a variety of private and group lesson programs.

In 2017, I decided that I wanted to get out of the retail music store business (which had been in a decline for many years due to competition from large online and mail-order retailers), and I started making the transition into being primarily an educator and mentor, and that will be my role going forward.  I am a very strong proponent of education; my college academic background is in Special Education, and I have taken the teacher assessments to be certified in K-12 special education, as well as K-12 music education.

If you’re interested in music lessons, please send me an email and let me know.  I teach piano, guitar, and bass guitar.  In addition, online lessons are available for piano students.  We have a great program that works very, very well, so if travel time or distance is an issue for you, then I have the perfect solution.   Contact me for details!

If you're interested in recording or sound production, I have a very, very capable recording studio, and can help you with a variety of sound recording and editing projects.  Please contact me for details.  Regretfully, I do not have the space or the resources to record full bands, but solo and duo performers are very welcome.  I can also do audiobooks and voice-over work for you.

I am also a qualified and experienced piano tuning and repair technician, and that used to be a large portion of the retail business.  However, I have stepped away from that line of work in order to focus my efforts 100% on education.  Please email me and I can give you a recommendation for a technician in your area.

Thanks again so much for visiting!