Wednesday, September 30, 2020 | News
SCHOOL-YEAR SCHEDULE We began our new School Year schedule on August 29 and registration for new students will remain open on a rolling basis throughout the school year, subject to availability. We do still have "prime time" slots available Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. As usual, we still have many many earlier lesson slots at/before 4:00 PM weekdays plus Friday mornings still available.
IF YOU ARE LOOKING TO BEGIN LESSONS For your convenience, we post a summary of current openings to this space. But the best way to find out about openings is to just get in touch! Regardless of what today's openings are...we always enjoy hearing 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.
REMOTE/IN-PERSON We are now able to teach your individual lesson either remotely or in-person in our beautiful studio. Some students may also choose a mix of remote and in-person instruction.
All our openings are available for all ages and levels.
Coronavirus Operating Status
Wednesday, September 23, 2020 | News
REMOTE LESSONS The default location will be "remote" through at least December 31, 2020. For most students, remote lessons are going very well! Many students are able to receive a substantially equivalent service remotely and if this is the case for you, we encourage you to attend your lessons remotely.
IN-PERSON LESSONS We are now able to teach lessons in-person for anyone who requests this option. An additional waiver/policy document needs to be signed upon your first visit to the Studio. And of course we are following all "phase 3" guidelines from the Virginia Department of Health, including but not limited to the wearing of face masks, maintaining distance between teachers and students, and disinfecting shared equipment after each lesson. Our big studios (most with two pianos) let us spread out while still sharing the same room!
THE STUDIO IS OPEN BY APPOINTMENT ONLY If you are a current student and you want to attend your lesson in-person, just ask your teacher. Give at least 48++ hours notice. If you are a new or prospective student, we are happy to schedule a FREE interview/trial lesson by Zoom. Just contact us to make an appointment! Once you register for lessons, we will be able to meet you in-person at the Studio.
GUESTS/FAMILIES/WAITING ROOM We have a large and comfortable waiting room but unfortunately it must remain closed until further notice. Likewise with guests. In the past, we treasured welcoming guests into our Studio but for now, all appointments will be for a maximum of three people: parent, teacher, and student.
WORKSHOP CLASSES We will hold workshop classes (supplementary small-group classes) in a remote format through at least December 31, 2020.
BRIGHT STARTS CLASSES We've made the difficult decision to not offer any in-person Bright Starts (young beginner) classes during 2020-21. We continue to serve former Bright Starts students in individual lessons and we welcome those who might have consider a group class to instead consider individual lessons. We hope to resume in-person Bright Starts group beginner classes in September 2021.
Student Honors: 2020 Studio Stars
Saturday, September 12, 2020 | Student Awards & Honors
Congratulations to our 2019-20 Studio Star Award winners! This in-house award is based on simple objective criteria. You can read more about how to earn the Studio Star via For Our Students in the menu. The coronavirus situation reduced the number of students who were able to earn the award this school year, so we are especially pleased with the students who were able to find a way to sustain their achievement even with this year's disruptions.
WORKSHOP PARTICIPATION (5+ classes attended with 5+ different pieces performed from memory)
Helena Horowitz, Ada Kiefer, Priya Perekam, Karthik Thyagarajan, Hannah Wang, and Alex Xu
40 PIECE CHALLENGE (40 different pieces learned to completion)
Jamison Cheng, Liam Horgan, Helena Horowitz, Hong-duc Pho, and Hannah Wang