Current Openings

Sunday, March 26, 2023 | News

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

As we look towards spring, we find ourselves with a mostly full schedule, without any "prime time" openings left. We do still have space most weekdays at/before 3:30, including morning slots on Tuesdays.

LONG-TERM PLANNING We do expect to have plenty of space for new students to join us over the 2023 Summer Session (starts June 19) and especially during the 2023-24 School Year (starts August 25). We begin accepting registrations from new students starting June 2, but we welcome your general questions and inquiries at any time of the year.

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. 

REMOTE LESSONS If you're interested in hybrid or remote lessons, you should give special consideration to our wonderful teachers Ziwei Zhou and Aphrodite Mitsopoulou. Both these fine teachers have plenty of space and flexible scheduling for mostly-remote lessons. Remote students have access to both in-person and Zoom workshop classes as well as in-person studio recitals, all of which are free and included within our regular tuition.

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. Typically, we schedule Level 1 classes Saturdays at 9:30 and Wednesdays at 5:00 PM and Level 2 classes Saturdays at 10:30 and Thursdays at 5:00 PM.  Details and confirmation on times/days will be available after May 1, with registrations accepted first come first served starting June 2.  

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.

2023 Studio Honors Recital

Wednesday, March 22, 2023 | News

Our Studio Honors Recital will be Sunday April 16 at 1:30 PM at the Woman's Club of Arlington. We'll be joined by 22 faithful intermediate+ level students of all ages and our teacher Wendy Yun Chen will present selections by Scarlatti and Schumann as well. Guests are welcome! 

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.

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. 

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. 

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.  

2022 Summer Recital

Thursday, June 16, 2022 | News

What a joy it was to be back in-person and indoors for our first "traditional" recital in over two years! On Saturday, June 11, we held five different recital groups at Cherrydale United Methodist Church. The day included 92 performing students from age 5 to 19 including three kindergarteners and three high school seniors. 

Memorial Day Break 2022

Tuesday, May 17, 2022 | News

The Studio will be closed for Memorial Day Break all weekend from Friday May 27 through and including Monday May 30. The Studio re-opens on our usual school-year schedule Tuesday May 31. 

Spring Break 2022

Tuesday, March 29, 2022 | News

The Studio will be closed for Spring Break from Monday April 11 through and including Sunday April 17 2022.

Winter Break 2021

Sunday, December 19, 2021 | News

The Studio will be closed from Monday December 20 through and including Sunday January 2 for Winter Break. We re-open on our usual school-year schedule starting Monday, January 3, 2022.  

Winter Mini-Recital 2021

Sunday, December 12, 2021 | News

The Studio will be closed for Winter Mini-Recital on Sunday, December 19. Non-performing students and alumni are invited to attend the recital. Students: check your email for more details. 

Thanksgiving Break 2021

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 | News

The Studio will be closed for Thanksgiving Break Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, November 24 to 27. We are open as usual on Sunday November 28.

Labor Day Weekend 2021

Friday, September 3, 2021 | News

The Studio will be closed for Labor Day Weekend, Saturday September 4 through and including Monday September 6. We re-open on our new School Year schedule starting Tuesday, September 7. 

Summer Recital 2021

Monday, June 21, 2021 | News

Due to the coronavirus situation, we weren't comfortable hosting our usual Summer Recital indoors...but we also were tired of videos and Zoom! On Saturday, June 12, we held this annual event outdoors in the park behind the Studio building! Over the course of the day, we were joined by 86 student performers! Participating students represented all ages and levels, including adults. While we hope to go back to a traditional indoor recital someday, we were overflowing with joy to see so many students sharing their music live and in-person. 

Memorial Day Weekend 2021

Thursday, May 27, 2021 | News

We will be closed for the Memorial Day Weekend break from Friday May 28 through and including Monday May 31. We re-open on our usual school-year schedule on Tuesday June 1. The old school-year schedule continues through and including Sunday June 20. 

Spring Break 2021

Monday, March 29, 2021 | News

The Studio will be closed for Spring Break from Monday March 29 through Sunday April 4. We re-open on our usual school-year schedule beginning Monday, April 5.