PROGRAMS

We offer custom-tailored online and in-person lessons for piano and vocals.

Our students range from ages 5 to 80 years old, from beginners to advanced levels. 

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.

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.

piano ACCREDITATION EXAMS

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. 

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.

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 Masterclass and 1 Performance class. 

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

FALL

SPRING

Workshop: Vocals

Subject: Marketing

Date: October 10, 2020

Time: 4pm

 

Workshop: Piano

Subject: The Architecture of Composition

Date: Fri, October 16, 2020

Time: 7pm

Lecture Recital: Vocals

Subject: Touring

Date: October 17, 2020

Time: 4pm

Performance Class: Piano

Subject: Classical Performance Conditioning

Date: Sat, November 14, 2020

Time: 3pm

Lecture Recital: Piano

Subject: The Art of Interpretation

Date: Fri, December 4, 2020

Time: 7pm

Lecture Recital: Vocals

Subject: Artist Management

Date: December 5, 2020

Time: 4pm

Workshop: Vocals

Subject: Song Writing (Processes, Production, Engineering)

Date: December 12, 2020

Time: 4pm

Lecture Recital: Piano

Subject: Brahms Ballade No. 1

Date: Spring (Pending)

Time: Pending


Workshop: Piano

Subject: Complex Rhythms

Date: Spring (Pending)

Time: Pending

Masterclass: Piano

Subject: Students Perform for Master Pianist

Date: Spring (Pending)

Time: Pending

Masterclass: Vocals

Subject: Stage Lighting/Live Audio

Date: Spring (Pending)

Time: Pending


Performance Class: Vocals

Subject: Stage Presence

Date: Spring (Pending)

Time: Pending

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