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 several 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 schedule on Fridays and Mondays between 8:30 AM and 11:00 AM.
𝅗𝅥 When can we start? All of our openings above are be available for you to start lessons today. However, we can also consider a January start date depending on your individual needs.
A handful of students have earned our in-house Studio Award, which we call the Studio Star. TThe following students went the extra mile by completing a broad checklist of tasks and activities and have earnedTHE ORIGINAL STUDIO STAR!
Karthik Thyagarajan and Alex Xu (Year 1), Vihaan Mathur and Anne Severino (Year 2).
And a special congratulations to Eliana Rougle who completed the checklist for the fourth and final year and earned a unique-in-the-world handmade plaque commemorating her achievement!
Additional category awards went to: Karthik Thyagarajan, Priya Perakam,andOwen Rollins (Most Workshop Performances) and to Eliana Rougle and Noah Tennenbaum (Performance Achievement*).
We would so enjoy the opportunity to recognize more students next year! Check out the short info sheet and see the different award categories via "For Our Students" in the menu.
*Performance Achievement award is available to students earning honors or awards in four+ outside events. (WOW!)
Our unusual group-based beginner program, which we call Bright Starts, is off and running for the 2019-20 school year! Read more about the program via Our Programs in the menu.
Most classes are full or nearly full but we always welcome inquiries. Students may transfer into an existing class at any time, pending availability and a good age/level fit.
Level 1 classes started from September 15, 2019. Level 2/3 classes started from September 3. Transfer students will be accepted into the Level 1 and 2 classes until mid-March 2020. Transfers accepted into the level 3 class until January 2020.
Have questions? Call us! We're happy to talk about your individual needs and about all our programs.
♪ Level 1 ♩ Saturdays 9:30 to 10:25 ♩ Ages 5 to 8 ♩ Instructor: Horowitz ♩ May be full, waitlist is available
♪ Level 1 ♩ Wednesdays 5:00 to 5:55 ♩ Ages 6 to 8 ♩ Instructor: Horowitz ♩ May be full, waitlist is available
♪ Level 2 ♩ Saturdays 10:30 to 11:40 ♩ Ages 6 to 9 ♩ Instructor: Horowitz ♩ May be full, waitlist is available
♪ Level 3 ♩ Saturdays 11:45 to 12:55 ♩ Ages 7 to 10 ♩ Instructor: Horowitz ♩ Two spaces remain!
Level 2 and 3 classes include access to optional supplementary individual lessons (weekly or bi-weekly) at a reduced cost.
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).