Warren McDonald began his musical journey at an early age. His early influences were his mother who was trained as a classical pianist / visual artist and father who played Johnny Cash and Ventures tunes on the guitar. Growing up music was always in the air. From Debussy, Ravel, Tchaikovsky to folk, country, pop and rock artists of the day.
Warren played in his first bands during Junior High School. He continued playing in local bands through his high school years. After high school there was a shift towards formal classical studies at the college level. As a student, he was fortunate enough to study with Frank Kimlicko at Tyler Jr. College and Enric Madriguera at Eastfield College.
A highlight of his college years included a trip to Spain and Italy for further musical studies under the guidance of Professor Enric Madirguera now at University of Texas Dallas. During the trip Warren was able to perform in masterclasses taught by virtuosos Jose Tomas and Alirio Diaz.
Warren earned his Bachelor of Music Degree at the University of North Texas, Denton, TX, considered by many one of the top ranked colleges of music in the United States. In addition he twice completed teacher training in the Suzuki guitar method under the direction of Frank Longay, Norma McNamara, Bill Kossler and Seth Himmelhoch at Inter Mountain Suzuki Institute in Park City Utah.
Warren is also a member of the Plano Music Teachers Association which offers many opportunities for his students to participate in recitals, festivals, performance and composition competitions, theory and music history exams and the like.
He has been teaching music since the early 1990s starting at Allen Music, Brook Mays Music Company, Music Conservatory of Texas and now as a studio owner in Allen, TX. Warren has participated in numerous groups and performed in diverse stylistic settings including folk, acoustic, classical soloist, jazz, blues, pop and rock.