Harmonia School provides private and semi-private lessons, as well as group classes, for all instruments and voice. Our programs are designed for ages 3 through adult.
Students may begin studying piano at Harmonia as young as age 3 ½. Beginning students can take the Harmony Road method group classes, or start with private lessons.
- Violin – Students may begin studying violin as young as age 3 ½. Violin instruction is offered by way of private lessons, or as part of Harmonia’s Little Fiddler program.
- 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, as 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.
WOODWINDS & BRASS
- Trumpet • Flute
- Trombone • Clarinet
- French horn • Saxophone
Recommended age for beginning woodwind and brass lessons is 8-9. This age restriction is due to the size of the instrument, as well as the need for more mature lung capacity.
Most teachers recommend starting formal voice lessons after a child’s voice changes in puberty. However, children can start as young as age 6 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 and notation, as well as basic musicianship.
Private Instrument & Voice Lessons
Private lessons provide students with individual instruction with one of Harmonia’s talented faculty members. Lessons 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 who can best 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.
Suzuki Strings Program (Violin & Cello) new!
With the Suzuki approach, based on the “mother- tongue” method of learning, children learn music in the same way they learned to speak their language.
Because it involves the student at a very young age, the Suzuki method differs from traditional methods of teaching instrumental music.
The Suzuki string program at Harmonia includes weekly private lessons and biweekly group classes.
Learn more here: http://harmoniaschool.org/suzukiviolinandcello/
Music Lessons with a Friend
A great program for students of all ages to take lessons with a friend or a sibling. The students must be similar ages/levels. These semi-private lessons are available for all instruments. Students will participate in all recitals.
Group Music Lessons
Many students are highly motivated by group instruction. Group classes consist of similar ages and levels of abilities, and students 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. The curriculum is designed to help children discover the world of music through motivating materials and activities. These classes contribute naturally to the development and learning styles of young children. 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, ensuring clear understanding for both parent and child. Hearing, feeling, moving, singing, creating, sharing, reading, and playing music are all emphasized. 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 4½ – 6)
- The Young Musician I & II (ages 6 – 7)
Violin or Cello Group
A perfect blend of Suzuki and Traditional violin or cello training for young students, this course is an introduction to the violin or cello in a small group setting. Students will learn to care for their violins/cellos, 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 3 – 5)
- Young Violinists (ages 5½ – 7)
- Group Cello (ages 4-6)
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)
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.
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.
Students are responsible for daily practice, timely attendance, and the required lesson materials. To develop good work habits and self-discipline, a regular practice time should be set aside each day. Beginners are expected to practice every day in order to keep up with the curriculum. Consistent attendance will aid in musical success; do not skip a lesson because your child has not practiced or does not want to come. Fluctuations in interest are perfectly normal and should not signal an end to the musical training of your child. Please consult your teacher before making any decisions about lesson termination.
Call Harmonia School today to schedule private music or voice lessons!