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Now Enrolling for Fall 2019

  Monday, June 24, 2019 | News

We have completed registrations processing for our returning families and in addition to Bright Starts group class openings (below) we are now enrolling new individual-lesson students of all ages and levels into our 2019-20 School Year schedule, which starts September 3. An earlier start may also be possible on our flexible summer schedule.


♩ Weekday early/mid-afternoon starting at/before 3:00: For adults, home-school, and those with daytime flexibility, we have many possibilities for placements Monday through Friday.

♩ Weekday after-school openings at/after 4:00 PM: A very few openings remain Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

♩ Evenings at/after 7:00 PM: A very few openings remain on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays. 

♩ Saturdays: We have many openings including the possibility of scheduling siblings concurrently or back to back between 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM.

♩ Weekday mornings: Valerio Pajon offers times to schdule on Friday between 9AM and 11AM.


For your convenience, we post updated openings to this space on occasion. But we always welcome your inquiries, regardless of what today's openings may be. Contact us! We'd love to talk more about your specific and individual needs.

Fall Bright Starts Beginner Classes Announced

  Tuesday, June 11, 2019 | News

We are now accepting registrations for our unusual group-based beginner program which we call Bright Starts. Read more about the program via Our Programs in the menu. Registrations are processed first come first served and most of these class will fill to capacity. (Max of 7 per class.) 

Level 1 classes start from September 15, 2019. Level 2/3 classes start from September 3. Have questions? Call us! We're happy to talk about your individual needs and about our programs. 

♪ Level 1 ♩ Saturdays 9:30 to 10:25 ♩ Ages 5 to 8 ♩ Instructor: Horowitz

♪ Level 1 ♩ Wednesdays 5:00 to 5:55 ♩ Ages 6 to 8 ♩ Instructor: Horowitz

♪ Level 2 ♩ Saturdays 10:30 to 11:40 ♩ Ages 6 to 9 ♩ Instructor: Horowitz

♪ Level 3 ♩ Saturdays 11:45 to 12:55 ♩ Ages 7 to 10 ♩ Instructor: Horowitz

Level 2 and 3 classes include access to optional supplementary individual lessons (weekly or bi-weekly) at a reduced cost.

Student Honors: RCM Exams May 2019

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 | Student Awards & Honors

Congratulations to the students who participated in RCM exams in May and June 2019. Unlike a traditional festival, recital, or competition, in this non-competitive event, students prepare a comprehensive program, which includes three or more repertoire pieces, etudes, scales and skills, sight reading, and more. The program is administered by the Toronto-based nonprofit music school Royal Conservatory of Music. Exams are offered locally throughout the U.S. and Canada. Read more about the program at rcmusic.com.

♪ Level Prep B ♪ Helena Horowitz ♪ First Class Honors with Distinction

♪ Level 1 ♪ Hannah Wang ♪ First Class Honors

♪ Level 5 ♪ Carl Lechner ♪ First Class Honors

♪ Level 5 Practical + Level 5 Theory Vihaan Mathur and Alex Xu ♪ First Class Honors

♪ Level 6 Practical + Level 6 Theory ♪ Shreya Singh ♪ First Class Honors

Summer Recitals 2019: A Joyful Finish to our School Year

Monday, June 10, 2019 | News

We celebrated the end of our School Year with five recitals on June 8 & 9 at The Falls Church Episcopal. Our youngest performer was five years old and our oldest was eighteen. 122 students presented 169 different pieces. And no recital lasted more than 70 minutes! How gratifying it is for us to see our youngest beginners presenting themselves with confidence and our most advanced teens presenting a program full of demanding masterworks…all in the same weekend! To all our students and parents: we are grateful for your participation but also…for your support to us and to music. We thank you for making music—and our little studio—a part of your journey! To anyone else who might be reading this: you should join us next year! Our recitals are free and open to the public with no fees and no ticketing for students or guests.

Summer Recitals: June 8 & 9 at The Falls Church

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 | News

You are invited! We'll be celebrating our students and our learning with program of short (45 to 75 minute) recitals. Guests, friends, and family are all invited. Our recitals are also open to the public. All recitals are free with no ticketing and no fees for participating students.  

Read more about how we organize our recitals and what we aim to accomplish from For Our Students in the Menu.

Group A ♪ June 9 at 2:30 𝅗𝅥 Group B ♪ June 9 at 4:00 𝅗𝅥 Group C ♪ June 8 at 3:00 𝅗𝅥 Group D ♪ June 8 at 5:00 𝅗𝅥 Group E ♪ June 8 at 7:00

Groups are in rough age order, with our youngest students age 5 to 8 playing in group A and our high school students playing in group E.

Studio Holiday: Memorial Day Break 2019

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 | News

The Studio will be closed all weekend, from Friday May 24 through and including Monday May 27. Come back ready to finish the year strong starting Tuesday May 28. 

Student Honors: NVMTA Achievement Awards & WMTA Hartman Awards

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 | Student Awards & Honors

Congratulations to our student Noah Tennenbaum who received Honorable Mention in the Achievement Awards contest run by Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association on May 4, 2019. In this demanding event, students perform three pieces and receive written comments from three notable judges. Noah performed Prelude and Fugue in D Major WTC 2 (J.S. Bach), Sonata in D Major Op. 10 No. 3 (Beethoven) and Gargoyle No. 3 (Lowell Lieberman). 

The following weekend, Noah earned the same award in the Hartman Awards contest run by Washington (DC) Music Teachers Association on May 12, 2019.

Student Honors: Studio Honors Recital 2019

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 | Student Awards & Honors

Seventeen students joined us and performed in our annual Honors Recital, held at the Studio on April 27, 2019. In addition to our performing youth, we were also treated to our teacher Winton Tin Vi La performing Mozart and Ravel. To learn more about our Honors Recital and how we select students for participation, find the info sheet via For Our Students in the menu. 

Congratulations to our performing students:

Morgan Atkinson (Prelude and Fugue in B-flat Major, BWV 866, J.S. Bach), Jeffery Chen (Reverie in f minor, Denis Alexander; Macedonian Mountain DanceAlan Hovaness), Eli Lang (Golliwogg’s Cake Walk, Claude Debussy) , Vihaan Mathur (Intermezzo in D-flat Major, Carolyn Setliff), Katrina Nelson (Gigue from Partita in B-flat Major BWV 825, J. S. Bach), Brandon Pak (Ballade, Op. 100 No. 15, Freidrich Burgmuller), Erin Pak (Minuet in G Major, J. S. Bach), Ai-lan Pho (Sonatina in C Major, Op. 36 No. 3: Allegretto, Muzio Clementi; New Kid on the Block, Jennifer Ecklund), Eliana Rougle (Nocturne in f minor Op. 55 No. 1, Frederic Chopin), Anne Severino (Bourbon Street Beat, Eugenie Rocherolle), Shreya Singh (An Elfin Round, Edward MacDowell), Noah Tennenbaum (Sonata in D Major, Op. 10 No. 3: Presto, Ludwig van Beethoven), Evan Thorn (Medieval Fair, Nancy Faber; Sarabande, William Gillock), Karthik Thyagarajan (Tarentlla, Albert Pieczonka), Alex White (Dream Shadows, William Bolcom), Alex Xu (Elite Syncopations, Scott Joplin), Angelina Yoha (Midwinter Nocturne, Gina Sprunger).

Student Honors: Bach Baroque 2019

Monday, April 8, 2019 | Student Awards & Honors

On April 6, 2019, Northern Virginia Music Teachers hosted its annual Bach Baroque Festival. In this event, students present two Baroque-era pieces. In addition, students have the opportunity to test out their pieces on a harpsichord. The following students earned the top rating of Superior: Noah Tennenbaum and Karthik Thyagarajan. Noah was also selected for the additional award of Honors and performed his piece, the Prelude and Fugue in D Major (WTC 2) at the Honors Recital on April 8. 

Studio Holiday: Spring Break 2019

Thursday, April 4, 2019 | News

The Studio will be closed for Spring Break from Monday April 15 through Sunday April 21. We will be open as usual April 12, 13, 14, and 22. Enjoy the break and come back ready to finish the year strong! 

Student Honors: Golden Key Music Festival 2019

Thursday, April 4, 2019 | Student Awards & Honors

Three of our students earned awards in the Golden Key Music Festival. For this event, student submitted a live and uncut video audition. The following students were honored with awards and have been invited to perform at honors recitals at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Owen Rollins ♩ Gold Medal

Anuragi Thapliya ♩ Silver Medal 

Philip Wang ♩ Silver Medal