PROGRAMS

We offer custom-tailored online and in-person lessons for Piano, Harp, and Vocals. We focus on:

  • Instilling a strong, detailed musical foundation that enables students to become independent learners

  • Our goal is not to command, but to guide through sharp observation, clear communication and excellence in our fields

  • We teach with the long-term goal in mind of training students to be diligent in how they learn, whilst giving them the solid training they need to become skillful

 

Our unique SCM course pathways were designed by our talented and experienced faculty to give students a structure for their progress and a learning environment that nurtures creativity, intellect, and artistry. Our students range in age from 5 to 80 years old, from beginners to highly advanced levels. For Adult Students in particular, we are one of metro-DC/Northern Virginia's top music centers.

 

We host multiple events throughout the year in which students can learn from each other and experience a deeper quality of learning than your standard lesson program may offer. When you join SCM, you become part of a creative, artistic community, and that is life-changing.

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piano lessons

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 focus on excelling dedicated students who love learning and have a passion for creativity. Technique is addressed to facilitate each student's abilities at the piano, and is crafted carefully depending on long-term goals.

A variety of styles may be covered depending on each student's interests/instructor recommendation. For piano, we can cover Classical, Contemporary, Jazz Fundamentals and Popular Music. Music Theory, Songwriting, Technology, Improvisation, stage performance, and Composition may be integrated into all lessons according to the student's stylistic area of focus.

piano ACCREDITATION EXAMS

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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

Vocal Lessons

Our students review fundamental basics, healthy habits are formed, and vocal mapping is explored. Instructors ensure proper form, technique, theory, biological vocal mechanics, and dynamics by studying these subjects in-depth. 


A variety of styles may be covered depending on each student's interests/instructor recommendation. For vocals,

we cover Rock, Pop, R&B, Post-Hardcore, Metal, and Acoustic vocal studies. Music Theory and Composition are integrated into all lessons according to the student's stylistic area of focus. 


For those wanting to start their own band or need assistance taking their group to the next level, our instructors have extensive experience in the commercial music industry and touring in various genres, in addition to having obtained higher level degrees. 

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Recitals

We hold recitals for both piano and vocals for our students in the winter and spring. All courses include recitals, which consist of Soirées for Adults & Galas for children. 

Recitals are open to the public and well-attended with a wide variety of performance levels and repertoire.

 

Professionally filmed/edited videos of each participant will be available for purchase.

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Course Events

Workshops, Lecture Recitals, Performance Classes, and Masterclasses make up our Course Events. These come as part of the Intermediate and Artistry Courses. 

  • Basic Course: Students may attend an event for a flat-rate or earn 1 Free event for every registered student referral in either Piano or Vocal studies. 

  • Intermediate Course: Students may attend 1 Performance class and 1 Workshop. 

  • Artistry Course: Students may attend 1 Masterclass, 1 Performance class, 1 Lecture Recital, and 1 Workshop.

  • Director Apprenticeship: Students may attend 2 Masterclass, 2 Performance class, 1 Lecture Recital, and 1 Workshop. 

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SPRING

Workshop: Vocals

Subject: Marketing

Date: Sun, October 9, 2022

Time: 4pm

 

Workshop: Piano

Subject: The Architecture of Composition

Date: Sun, October 16, 2022

Time: 5pm

Lecture Recital: Vocals

Subject: Touring

Date: Sun, October 16, 2022

Time: 4pm

Performance Class: Piano

Subject: Classical Performance Conditioning

Date: Sat, November 12, 2022

Time: 5pm

Lecture Recital: Piano

Subject: The Art of Interpretation

Date: Sat, December 3, 2022

Time: 5pm

Lecture Recital: Vocals

Subject: Artist Management

Date: Sun, December 4, 2022

Time: 4pm

Workshop: Vocals

Subject: Song Writing (Processes, Production, Engineering)

Date: Sun, December 11, 2022

Time: 4pm

Lecture Recital: Piano

Subject: Brahms Ballade No. 1

Date: Sat, January 2, 2022

Time: 5pm

 

Workshop: Piano

Subject: Complex Rhythms

Date: Sat, January  5, 2022

Time: 5pm

 

Masterclass: Piano

Subject: Students Perform for Master Pianist

Date: Sat, March 12, 2022

Time: 5pm

Lecture Recital: Piano

Subject: The Art of Interpretation

Date: Sat, March 19, 2022

Time: 5pm

Masterclass: Vocals

Subject: Stage Lighting/Live Audio

Date: Sun, April 3, 2022

Time: 4pm

Performance Class: Vocals

Subject: Stage Presence

Date: Sun, April 10, 2022

Time: 4pm

Workshop: Piano

Subject: The Architecture of Composition

Date: Sat, April 16, 2022

Time: 5pm

Performance Class: Piano

Subject: Classical Performance Conditioning

Date: Sat, April 23, 2022

Time: 5pm