PROGRAMS

We offer custom-tailored online and in-person lessons for Piano, Harpsichord, Harp, Musical/Theater Vocal Coaching, and Commercial Vocal Consulting. We focus on:

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

  • We teach with the long-term goal in mind of training students to be diligent in how they learn. Through sharp observation, clear communication and excellence in our fields, we train our students to become self-aware, skilled musicians

 

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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Harp lessons

Harp is now being offered! Please let us know early if you are interested, as we are only accepting a select number of individuals for this program. 

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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.

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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 Lessons-Only/Adult Course students

Level 2: Recommended for Intermediate-level students

Level 3: Recommended for Enrichment Course students

Commercial 
Vocal
Consulting

These lessons are for commercial musicians, touring artists, for those wanting to start their own musical group, or maybe just need assistance taking their act to the next commercial level. Our instructors have extensive experience in the commercial music industry and touring in various genres, in addition to having obtained higher level degrees. 

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 Folk, 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. 

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Recitals

We hold recitals for both piano and vocals for our students in the winter and spring. All courses include 2 recitals.

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, upon request.

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Course Events

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

 

*Any Lessons-Only Course students that would like to attend a specific Course Event, please let us know and you may attend for a one-time flat-rate fee or earn 1 Free event for every registered student referral.

*Adult Course, Enrichment Course, and Director Apprenticeship students are NOT required to attend Course Events and may request to have select Course Events integrated into their weekly curriculum.

*The Director Apprenticeship is only offered for Piano Students.

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

  • Adult Course: Students may attend 2 Adult-only Soirées.

  • Enrichment Course: Students get 4 Course Event Credits to choose from:

    • Masterclasses

    • Workshops

    • Creative Workshops

    • Lecture-Recitals

    • Performance Classes (Ages 17 & under) / Soirées (Ages 18 & over)

    • Internal Competitions

  • Director Apprenticeship: Students may attend an unlimited number of events + Custom-tailored internship for qualifying applicants.