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Classical | Contemporary | Jazz

Private lessons provide students with individual instruction with one of Harmonia’s talented faculty members. Lessons are geared towards the specific goals, needs and desires of each student, regardless of experience or age. For new students, we arrange a placement lesson to match you with the right teacher who can best meet your musical needs. Private lessons are available throughout the year.

PIANO

Students may begin studying private piano lessons at Harmonia as young as age 3 ½. Harmonia’s piano teachers are highly qualified to instruct students of all levels, beginner to advanced. Many faculty members specialize in areas such as early childhood education, jazz piano, classical studies, and contemporary styles.

VIOLIN, VIOLA, & CELLO

  • Violin – Students may begin studying violin as young as age 3 ½. 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

The recommended age for beginning guitar lessons is 7 years old, because guitar playing requires a fair amount of pressure on the fingertips. A smaller guitar and nylon strings are best for an enthusiastic younger guitar student.

WOODWINDS & BRASS

  • Trumpet
  • Trombone
  • French horn
  • Euphonium
  • Flute
  • Clarinet
  • Saxophone

Woodwind and brass lessons can be started at the ages of 8 or 9. This restriction is due to the size of the instrument, as well as the need for more mature lung capacity.

VOICE

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. These lessons do not involve formal vocal technique. Younger students will learn how to sing on pitch, as well as the basics of breathing and musicianship.

Performance Opportunities

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  • Juries
  • Formal Recitals
  • Studio Workshops
  • Honors Recital
  • Chamber Music Opportunities

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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.

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703.938.7301

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