Studying Music at Harmonia
Harmonia offers private lessons, semi – private lessons, and group classes, including beginner and enrichment classes for teens and adults. Our programs are designed for all ages and abilities.
Students may begin studying piano at Harmonia as young as age 3 1/2 as part of the Harmony Road method group classes or in private lessons.
Our Harp program is for students with no musical experience to students who wish to learn and reinforce fundamental skills to become a professional performer. A small harpsicle or grand-harpsicle will be recommended for younger students. Adult students will need a grand-harp.
- Violin – Students may begin studying violin as young as age 3 ½ as part of Harmonia’s Little Fiddler program or in private lessons.
- Viola & cello – Recommended age for beginning studies in viola and cello is 5 years old.
- Guitar – Recommended age for beginning guitar lessons is 7 years old. Guitar playing requires a fair amount of pressure on the fingertips. A smaller guitar and nylon strings are recommended for an enthusiastic younger guitar student.
- French horn
Recommended for beginning woodwind and brass lessons is 8-9, due to the need for additional lung capacity and the size of the instrument.
Most teachers recommend starting formal voice lessons after a child’s voice changes in puberty. However, children can start as young as six with general singing lessons that do not involve formal vocal technique. Voice lessons with a younger student involve learning to sing on pitch, basics of breathing, rhythm, notation, and basic musicianship.
Private Instrument & Voice Lessons
Private lessons provide students with individual instruction with one of Harmonia’s talented faculty members and are geared towards the specific goals, needs and aspirations of each student regardless of experience or age. For new students, we arrange individual placement to match you with the right teacher to meet your individual musical needs.
Private lesson students can participate in a variety of performance opportunities at Harmonia including:
- Studio workshops
- Performance classes
- Chamber music opportunities
- Formal recitals
Private lessons are available throughout the year.
Lesson with a Friend
(semi-private lessons) A great program for students of all ages to take lessons with a friend or a sibling. The students must be similar ages/levels. Offered for all instruments. The students will participate in all recitals.
Music Theory I & II
Music Theory is essential to understanding the structure and form that exists in the pieces musicians learn and perform. This comprehensive program will prepare students for certification with NVMTA (Northern Virginia Music Teachers’ Association) and ABRSM (Royal School of Music). Students will receive in-depth instruction in the areas of ear training, melody, harmony, rhythm, form, and expression. A skill assessment may be given prior to enrollment to determine the appropriate level of study.
Music Group Classes
Many students are highly motivated by group instruction, consisting of similar ages and levels of abilities, and enjoy the social interaction it provides. After two to three semesters of group classes, students are encouraged to progress to individual lessons.
- Group classes consist of 4 or more students.
- Students are responsible for daily practice, timely attendance, and the required lesson materials.
- Parents participation recommended
The Harmony Road Method is an exciting, comprehensive music program, designed to help children discover the world of music through motivating materials and activities, which develop the whole child. Emphasis is placed on:
- Ear Training and Solfege Singing
- Movement and Rhythm Awareness
- Keyboard Activities and Pitch
The Harmony Road Method consists of group lessons that include parent involvement in each lesson insuring clear understanding for both parent and child. Hearing, feeling, moving, singing, creating, sharing, reading, and playing music. Children absorb and store musical patterns and concepts for enjoyment and growth in all of their musical endeavors.
- Music in Me & More Music in Me (ages 3 – 4)
- Harmony Road I, II & III (ages 41/2 – 6)
- The Young Musician I & II (ages 6 – 7)
A perfect blend of Suzuki and Traditional violin training for young students. This course is an introduction to the violin in a small group setting. Students will learn to care for their violins, proper positions and posture, simple rhythmic patterns to be played on open strings, introductory melodies and basic note reading. Parent’s attendance and participation is encouraged.
- Little Fiddlers (ages 4 – 6)
- Young Violinists (ages 7-10)
Learn the basics of guitar playing in a fun, group environment. Students will learn how to strum chords, play songs and read music. This class builds a strong foundation by introducing students to basic melodies and rhythmic patterns.
- Young Beginners (ages 8 – 13)
- Adult Beginners (ages 14 – adult)
Get together with other musicians to experience the fun of playing in an ensemble. Students can improve their instrumental and listening skills by harmonizing with other musicians. Formed with 4 or more students of similar skill and age.