Our school-year schedule started September 3 and while most "prime times" slots are currently full, a few openings remain, which we have listed below. 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.
♩ Weekday early/mid-afternoon starting at/before 3:30: For adults, home-school, and those with daytime flexibility, we welcome you and we have many possibilities for placements Monday through Friday.
♩ Evenings around 8:00 PM: For adults, high-school, and night owls: we have space for a later evening lesson on Tuesdays and Fridays.
♩ Saturdays: We have just a few slots left including early morning (around 8:30) and midday (around 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM).
♩ Weekday mornings: Valerio Pajon offers times to schdule on Friday between 8:30 AM and 11:00 AM.
On Thursday, July 25, a number of our students performed in support of MusicLink Foundation at Mosaic District, an outdoor shopping destination and neighborhood near the Studio in Fairfax County. In addition to the chance to share their music in public in a casual and informal setting, students also supported this worthy program. Read more about MusicLink at musiclinkfoundation.org/. This event was also supported by the Mosaic District and Jordan Kitts Music.
Ages of our students ranged from 8 to 18 years old! Our participating students: Noa Herzog, Helena Horowitz, Eli Lang, Aiden Lu, Keshavan Nair, Bejoy Sen, Noah Tennenbaum, Hannah Wang, Philip Wang, Alex Xu, and Angelina Yoha.
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
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.