Our school focuses on excelling dedicated students who are determined and have a passion for creativity. While we believe in a strong foundation of the fundamentals, we strive to use our concentrated knowledge to encourage artistry in all students. You'll get to play on some of the finest instruments in the DC area, including a Model D Concert Grand Steinway, and also use the latest technology in advanced music software. We aim to nurture your ability to listen and understand the difference between just playing notes vs. making genuine music. We develop artistry.
We focus on private lessons for piano, which consist of individually tailored instruction and planning. Our instructors are highly specialized in classical piano and hold Master's & Doctoral degrees from top international conservatories. We also host fully-catered group performance soirées, galas, and special events. Our students range from ages 5 to 80 years old, from beginners to advanced levels. Whether you or your children are looking for beginner lessons or are just wanting to improve technique, our faculty has diverse and experienced backgrounds that will help you achieve your goals. We have a thriving community of adult students at all levels in the Northern Virginia/DC area.
A variety of styles may be covered depending on each student's interests/instructor recommendation. For piano, we cover Classical, Contemporary, & Jazz Fundamentals. Music Theory, Songwriting, Technology, Improvisation, stage performance, and Composition are integrated into all lessons according to the student's stylistic area of focus.
These examinations are designed to provide an opportunity to students to demonstrate their acquired knowledge, creativity, music literacy, ear skills, sight reading, and artistry in the subjects of music theory, performance, and history. Many musical exams encourage rote memorization and “teaching for the test”. At SCM we nurture creativity through a steadfast foundation of rigorous technical and theoretical constructs. The SCM "Pianist Accreditation Exam" takes knowledge further by testing a student’s ability to apply learned concepts in a creative and practical manner.
There are no additional fees for taking an exam. The duration of testing will be billed at your standard hourly rate, depending on which course you are currently enrolled. SCM provides a renowned standard of music achievement, therefore all levels of examinations will require a minimum of 80% of total marks, to successfully pass.
There are 3 levels of exams, based on difficulty. At each level, a Diploma can be earned by successfully completing a series of performance evaluations and written tests:
Level 1: Recommended for Basic Course students
Level 2: Recommended for Intermediate Course students
Level 3: Recommended for Artistry Course students