All-Studio Recital: June 10 2023

Thursday, May 25, 2023 | News

Join us for our all-Studio recital on Saturday June 10 2023 at Cherrydale United Methodist Church in Arlington (3701 Lorcom Lane). 

Guests of all kinds are welcome! This includes your friends, grandparents, etc., but also all of our non-performing students and families. Come on out and see what you could be doing next year! A festive sweets reception will follow each group. 


9:30 AM ♪ Younger 

11:00 AM ♪ Middle 

12:30 PM ♪ Middle

2:00 PM ♪ Younger

3:30 PM ♪ Older (teens & adults)

Participating students have already signed up and been notified of their performance times. If you signed up to perform, you should have already received this information. 

Participating students must play their recital piece(s) at a rehearsal, which are on June 3rd and 4th. Sign up using the online Calendar. 

Participating students will receive additional information on small details (appropriate dress, reception help, etc.) at or after the rehearsals.

Everyone will be able to see who is playing and at what times in the online Calendar (will be updated on June 6).

Student Honors: RCM Exams 2022-23

Monday, May 22, 2023 | Student Awards and Honors

Several students have earned honors in this rigorous but non-competitive event! Unlike most festivals and contest, students need to do more than play one or two pieces, but also to demonstrate a broad base of skill at each level. Learn more about it via rcmusic.com

♪ Ethan Williams ♪ First Class Honors at Level 2 (May 2023)

♪ Kavya Thyagarajan ♪ First Class Honors with Distinction at Level 5 (April 2023)

♪ Mateo Mulato ♪ First Class Honors at Level 2 (April 2023)

♪ James Yao ♪ First Class Honors at Level 7 (April 2023)

♪ Sakura Sasaki ♪ First Class Honors at Level 2 (March 2023)

♪ Owen Horgan ♪ First Class Honors at Level 1 (February 2023)

♪ Noa Herzog ♪ First Class Honors with Distinction at Level 3 (January 2023)

♪ Alex Lin ♪ First Class Honors at Level 2 (December 2022)

♪ Ben Beloe ♪ First Class Honors with Distinction at Level 4 (December 2022)

♪ Sarah Hellman ♪ First Class Honors with Distinction at Level 3 (December 2022)

♪ Sakura Sasaki ♪ First Class Honors with Distinction at Level 1 (November 2022)

♪ Adrian Jeon ♪ First Class Honors with Distinction at Level 1 (October 2022)

♪ Mateo Mulato  ♪ First Class Honors at Level 1 (September 2022)

♪ Jamison Cheng ♪ First Class Honors with Distinction at Level 1 (September 2022)

♪ Kaitlin Nguyen ♪ First Class Honors at Level 4 (October 2022)

♪ Aruni Veluri ♪ First Class Honors with Distinction at Level 7 (September 2022)

2023 Sonata Festival

Sunday, May 21, 2023 | Student Awards and Honors

Congratulations to our students who participated in Sonata Festivals this spring!

Aruni Veluri and Caeli McIntosh earned the top rating of Superior at Springfield Music Club Sonatina/Sonata Festival. 

Michael Nguyễn and Leah Weber earned the top rating of Superior at Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association Sonata Festival. In addition, Michael received the designation of Honors and performed in the Sonata Festival Honors Recital at George Mason University. 

Memorial Day Break 2023

Thursday, May 18, 2023 | News

We will be closed for Memorial Day break from Friday May 26 through and including Monday May 29. We re-open on our old school year schedule Tuesday May 30 and remain open every day until the end of the term on June 18. 

Current Openings

Monday, May 15, 2023 | News

We accept new students year-round, subject to availability. 

SUMMER AVAILABILITY We will be open all summer on a flexible sign-up schedule. If you want to start lessons during the summer session, yes you can! 

LONG-TERM PLANNING We expect a tight schedule on the 2023-24 School Year (starts August 25). But we do expect to have some openings for both new beginners and transfer students with experience. We begin processing registrations from new students starting June 2, so if you'd like to reserve a space, now is the best time to get in touch!  As always, we also welcome your general questions and inquiries. To receive a registration form, please contact us. We'll send one to you! 

IN-PERSON LESSONS In most cases, we are teaching in-person teaching in our beautiful Falls Church studio! A few students may choose remote lessons or a mix of remote and in-person instruction. 

BRIGHT STARTS GROUP CLASS OPENINGS The next opportunity to join the Level 1 (new beginner) class for ages 5.5 to 8 will be in September 2023. We also expect openings for lightly to moderately experienced students ages 6.5 to 9 in the Level 2 class in September. We tentative plan for Level 1 classes Saturdays at 9:30 and Wednesdays at 5:00 PM and Level 2 classes Saturdays at 10:30 and Mondays at 5:00 PM.  

IF YOU ARE LOOKING TO BEGIN LESSONS... For your convenience, we try to summarize current openings here. But the best way to find out about openings is to just get in touch, now! Regardless of what today's openings are...we always want to hear from interested students/parents in the community. Sometimes, we have flexibility which goes beyond what we can post here. Contact us! We'd love to hear from you.  

AGES/LEVELS All our openings are available for all ages and levels.

Studio Masterclass : April 20 2023

Monday, May 1, 2023 | Student Awards and Honors

On April 30 2023 we hosted a Master Class at the studio featuring local legend and longtime independent teacher Nancy Breth. Congratulations to the fine students who stepped up to perform! 

Leah (Sonatina, Kabalevksy) 

Helena (Invention in E Major, Bach)

Karthik (The Spruce, Sibelius)

Eliana (Nocturne in E-flat major, Chopin)

Alex (Ritual Fire Dance, de Falla)

2023 Studio Honors Recital

Monday, April 17, 2023 | News

Our Studio Honors Recital was held Sunday April 16 at 1:30 PM at the Woman's Club of Arlington. We enjoyed performances from 21 faithful intermediate+ level students of all ages as our teacher Wendy Yun Chen.  

Spring Break 2023

Tuesday, March 21, 2023 | News

The Studio will be closed for Spring Break Monday April 3 through Sunday April 9. We will be OPEN as usual April 1 and 2, and from April 10 onward.

NFMC Festival 2023

Monday, March 13, 2023 | Student Awards and Honors

On March 10 and 11, 2023, many of our students participate in NFMC Festival, hosted locally by Springfield Music Club. In this nationally sponsored, locally run event, students play two pieces from memory for comments and a rating. The event is non-competitive and accessible to a wide range of students/levels. The following students earned the top rating of Superior:

Samiya Bhuvanagiri ♪ Graham Halvaksz ♪ Sarah Hellman ♪Noa Herzog ♪ Owen Horgan ♪ Liam Horgan ♪ Helena Horowitz ♪ Ryo Lee ♪ Caeli McIntosh ♪ Keshavan Nair ♪ Kaitlin Nguyen ♪ Gizem Onerci ♪ Priya Perakam ♪ Ryan Qi ♪ Eliana Rougle ♪ Pelin Sarac ♪ Sakura Sasaki ♪ Lucia Severino ♪ Anne Severino ♪ Anastasia Vassilopolous ♪ Aruni Veluri ♪ Ethan Williams. In addition, Karthik Thyagarajan received the top rating of "Superior" on both his solo pieces and his concerto, the first movement of Mendelssohn's piano concerto in g minor. 

2023 Golden Key

Monday, March 6, 2023 | Student Awards and Honors

Congratulations to Pelin Sarac who was awarded Super Bronze in this competitive video-entry event! 

Student Honors: Bach-Baroque Festival 2023

Monday, February 27, 2023 | Student Awards and Honors

On February 18 2023, Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association hosted the annual Bach-Baroque Festival. Students had the opportunity to present two works from the Baroque era (1600-1750) and also had the chance to try their music out on a harpsichord. The following students earned the top rating of Superior: Helena Horowitz ♪ Eliana Rougle ♪ Leah Weber ♪ James Yao. In addition, Helena and Leah were awarded Honors and performed in the Honors Recital on Saturday February 25.

Winter Recital 2022: December 17

Sunday, December 18, 2022 | News

We were joined by 92 performing students and hundreds of family and friends at our annual Winter Mini-Recital on Saturday December 17 2022 at Cherrydale United Methodist Church in Arlington. We enjoyed well-prepared and communicative performances from students aged six to adult. And we really enjoyed the return of our traditional cupcake reception! 

To those who joined us as either performing students or guests: thank you for your dedication, support, and for sharing your music! To those who did not join us: you are warmly welcome next time! We hope for a formal summer recital in early to mid June. 

Current students can see a list of what was performed under Online Resources inside the Student Portal. 

2022 Winter Break

Saturday, December 17, 2022 | News

Compliments of the Season to you and your family! Here is our 2022 Winter Break schedule: 

OPEN through and including Friday December 16

CLOSED for regular lessons/classes on Saturday December 17. Come join us at our Mini-Recital! 

OPEN Sunday December 18

CLOSED Monday December 19 through and including Sunday January 1

OPEN AS USUAL Monday January 2 and thereafter. 

Thanksgiving Break 2022

Friday, November 11, 2022 | News

The Studio will be closed for Thanksgiving break from Wednesday November 23 to Saturday November 26. We will be open on Monday/Tuesday November 21 & 22 as well as Sunday November 27. 

Student Honors: VMTA Fall Festival 2022

Monday, November 7, 2022 | Student Awards and Honors

On November 5, 2022, Virginia Music Teachers Association (VMTA) held their first in-person Fall Festival event since 2019. Participating students presented two pieces from memory. One piece in contemporary style; the other piece in historic style. The following students received the top rating of Superior in this non-competitive event:

Helena Horowitz ♪ Zachary Moeller ♪ Kaitlin Nguyen ♪ Priya Perakam ♪ Aruni Veluri ♪ Leah Weber ♪ James Yao

Halloween Break 2022

Wednesday, October 19, 2022 | News

The Studio will be closed all day and all evening on Monday, October 31 for Halloween. Lessons/classes resume on Tuesday November 1. 

Fall Workshops Open for Sign-up!

Saturday, September 17, 2022 | News

The first portion of our fall Workshop schedule (now through 12/11) is OPEN FOR SIGN UP! Current students: find the sign-up from the Calendar view within the Student Portal. New students: contact us to register! Our unique workshop program is the heart of our studio and all classes are free and included within our regular tuition rates. 

Student Honors: RCM Exams 2022-23

Monday, September 12, 2022 | Student Awards and Honors

Congratulations to Aruni Veluri who recently participated in her RCM Piano (practical) Exam at Level 7 and was recognized with First Class Honors with Distinction. Learn more about this rigorous yet non-competitive evaluation program via: https://www.rcmusic.com.

Labor Day Break 2022

Wednesday, August 31, 2022 | News

The Studio will be closed for Labor Day break Saturday Sunday Monday September 3 through 5. We re-open on our new school-year schedule starting Tuesday September 6. 

Coronavirus Operating Status

Friday, August 26, 2022 | News

IN-PERSON LESSONS While the Studio remains open by appointment only, we are available to teach in-person lessons for all students. If you want to come in-person, yes you can! If you are a new or prospective student, just contact us to make an appointment. We can meet you in-person at the Studio for your FREE interview and/or for your lessons. 

REMOTE LESSONS While the Studio is open for in-person lessons and most students are choosing to attend in-person, we are able to switch your lesson to remote-status whenever it is necessary (48 hours notice, please). We also are continuing to teach remotely for those students who prefer or require that option.

MASKS We have transitioned to a more-flexible mask policy. As of this update [8/26/22] masks are optional. Individual teachers retain the right to request that any student wear a mask in the individual lesson. And of course, your teacher will wear a mask in the individual lesson if this is your preference. Our mask status may change in the future based on local conditions and public health guidance.

GUESTS/WAITING ROOM We have a large and comfortable waiting room and practice nook and it's open and available for your comfort! You may also choose to bring a reasonable number of guests (i.e. a friend or your siblings) with you.  

WORKSHOP CLASSES Workshop classes are meeting in-person. We also continue to offer a limited number of remote workshops.