Piano Practice

 Our Music Programs 

Our music program addresses all three levels of learning music, which you may find remarkably similar to the steps of learning any language:

1.

Learning the musical alphabet and music reading:
We start simple and move boldly into more advanced reading techniques as the student advances over the years.

2.

Understanding the compositional tools of the music: Like grammar, we need to understand how music is composed. Once we understand and master certain building blocks (like scales and chords), music becomes easier to perform.

3.

How to communicate with music: Just like oration or public speaking, we now are ready to perfect the skill of performing with persuasive expression.

Our teachers are ready to carry out these steps with your child both in-person and virtually.
Check out our teacher’s professional musical accomplishments on our NCAC Music Faculty page.

Expanding Horizons

Your child’s musical training is essential. In addition to gaining the joyful skill of creating beautiful music, the study of music develops the brain, training it to work on many level simultaneously, and engages both hemispheres of the brain, developing those electrical connections needed for fuller thought processing.

Music Programs

 
 
For those who prefer one-on-one lessons, our Music Academy offers lessons of excellence. Our goal is not to teach the pieces, but rather the skills that allow a student to learn music quickly on their own. 
We teach a variety of instruments,
including:
  • Piano
  • Voice
  • Trumpet
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Clarinet
  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • English Horn
  • Guitar
Students will learn:
  • Timing and Rhythm
  • Technique
  • Sight-Playing
  • Fingering
  • Ear training and sight singing
  • The art of practicing efficiently
  • The art of memorization
  • The art of performance

A unique feature of our approach includes a Monthly Music Fest every fourth week. Each month at our Monthly Music Fest, students meet for 1 hour and 30 minutes to perform for one another, play speed games to fine-tune their music theory skills, learn more about the great composers, develop friendships, and use their music money (earned through their weekly accomplishments) at the monthly Music Market. What a great opportunity to combine world-class instruction with interactive activities to develop the extraordinary in every student!
 
Individual lessons are available Monday - Friday, 2 PM - 8 PM. 
Registration:
To register and set a lesson time, please complete the following registration forms and email a picture or scan to msgeorgia@neighborhoodcreativeartscenter.org. We accept students all year long and prorate tuition and materials costs appropriately.
Individual Students above Pre-K:
Child Individual Lesson 2021-2022 Registration
Child Individual Financial 2021-2022 Agreement
Child Individual Attendance 2021-2022 Agreement
Get to know our faculty on our Music Faculty Page.
Tuition:
  • 30-minute lessons for 33 weeks of instruction*/ 10 low monthly payments of $115 per month.
  • 45-minute lessons for 33 weeks of instruction* / 10 low monthly payments of $150 per month.
  • Tuition will be prorated for those who join us later in the term.
  • Materials Fee: $140 per year, includes all music, additional fees, and other learning aids.​
*Instruction includes Monthly Music Fest every fourth week in place of an individual lesson.
**25% discount applies to second set of individual lessons of equal or lesser value.​
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Individual Music Lessons

Pre-K Music Programs

Ages 4-5 (This program is customized for students not yet of Kindergarten age in 2021-2022.)
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This amazing program is customized for students who are ready to leap into learning piano at this young formative age. Each individual lesson combines beginning piano skills with joyful games that teach the fundamentals of music reading, rhythm, sight-singing, and ear training. Students will work on a grand piano. The earlier your child starts, the easier it is to build good practice habits and an aptitude for music. 
 
A unique feature of our approach is our Pre-K Piano Party. This group lesson takes the place of the individual lesson every fourth week. Our Pre-K Pianists will meet for 1 hour every fourth Thursday, 4:30-5:30, to play games to fine-tune their knowledge of the keyboard, learn how to read notes on the staff and distinguish different rhythms, as well as discover music through music and movement. As your child progresses, we will add a performance portion to the Piano Party, allowing them to perform for other students and parents. These experiences allow your child to develop into a full musician: performing, listening, appreciating, and experiencing music at a level appropriate to his/her understanding and development. Truly, a solid foundation and love for music are essential to your child’s musical success.

 

Your child will be prepared to participate in our beautiful Christmas Recital and Summer Extravaganza Recital. Parents may choose to accompany their child to their individual lesson, however, Pre-K Piano Parties are led jointly by Ms. Georgia and our PreK Piano teachers and parents only need to be present for the performance portion (first 20 minutes) of the Piano party.

Students will learn:

  • Finger numbers

  • Piano topography and all key names

  • Rhythmic pattern recognition including all note values

  • White Key names

  • Notational reading (direction of letters on staff)

  • Singing and Movement

  • Correct hand shapes/technique

  • Group and solo performance experience

Individual lessons are available Monday - Friday, 3 - 7 PM.
Registration:
To register and set a lesson time, please complete the attached registration forms and email a picture or scan to msgeorgia@neighborhoodcreativeartscenter.org. We accept students all year long and prorate tuition and materials costs appropriately.
Pre-K Piano 2021-2022 Registration Form
Pre-K Piano 2021-2022 Financial Agreement
Pre-K Piano 2021-2022 Attendance Agreement
Get to know our faculty on our Music Faculty Page.
Tuition:
  • 30-minute lessons for 33 weeks of instruction*/ 10 low monthly payments of $100/month

  • Materials Fee: $120 / term, includes their book, CD, additional fees, and other learning aids.

  • Tuition will be prorated for those who join us later in the term.

We offer a 25% discount for those who take individual lessons for two separate instruments at Ms Georgia's Creative Arts Academy! We also offer a 15% discount for those who pursue art classes in addition to individual music lessons.**
*Instruction includes Monthly Music Fest every fourth week in place of individual lesson.
**25% discount applies to the second set of individual lessons of equal or lesser value.
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Suzuki Strings: Violin, Viola, Cello

The Suzuki Violin & Viola School offers a worldwide respected curriculum based on the teaching method created by the Japanese violinist Shinichi Suzuki who believes, “If a child hears fine music from the day of his birth and learns to play it himself, he develops sensitivity, discipline and endurance. He gets a beautiful heart.”

The MGCAA Suzuki Program includes:

  • Private lessons starting at 4 years old

  • Correct posture and holding position

  • Ear training and listening

  • Tonalization

  • Learning music by heart

  • Memorization of solo repertoire

  • Monthly group lessons to supplement individual lessons

  • Regular public performances and recitals

  • Retaining and reviewing repertoire​

Further details about the Suzuki program:


Every Child Can Learn

More than fifty years ago, Japanese violinist Shinichi Suzuki realized the implications of the fact that children the world over learn to speak their native language with ease. He began to apply the basic principles of language acquisition to the learning of music and called his method the mother-tongue approach. The ideas of parent responsibility, loving encouragement, constant repetition, etc., are some of the special features of the Suzuki approach.

Parent Involvement

As when a child learns to talk, parents are involved in the musical learning of their child. They attend lessons with the child and serve as “home teachers” during the week. One parent often learns to play before the child, so that s/he understands what the child is expected to do. Parents work with the teacher to create an enjoyable learning environment.

Early Beginning

The early years are crucial for developing mental processes and muscle coordination. Listening to music should begin at birth; formal training may begin at age three or four, but it is never too late to begin.

Listening

Children learn words after hearing them spoken hundreds of times by others. Listening to music every day is important, especially listening to pieces in the Suzuki repertoire so the child knows them immediately.

Repetition

Constant repetition is essential in learning to play an instrument. Children do not learn a word or piece of music and then discard it. They add it to their vocabulary or repertoire, gradually using it in new and more sophisticated ways.

Encouragement

As with language, the child’s effort to learn an instrument should be met with sincere praise and encouragement. Each child learns at his/her own rate, building on small steps so that each one can be mastered. Children are also encouraged to support each other’s efforts, fostering an attitude of generosity and cooperation.

Learning with Other Children

In addition to private lessons, children participate in regular group lessons and performance at which they learn from and are motivated by each other.

Graded Repertoire

Children do not practice exercises to learn to talk but use language for its natural purpose of communication and self-expression. Pieces in the Suzuki repertoire are designed to present technical problems to be learned in the context of the music rather than through dry technical exercises.

Delayed Reading

Children learn to read after their ability to talk has been well established. in the same way, children should develop basic technical competence on their instruments before being taught to read music.​

Individual violin lessons are available Monday - Friday, 5 PM - 8 PM.
 
Get to know our faculty on our Music Faculty Page.
Registration:
Please complete the following forms  and return to the Neighborhood Creative Arts Academy or email completed documents to msgeorgia@neighborhoodcreativeartsacademy.org:
Pre-K Students:
Pre-K Violin 2021-2022 Registration
Pre-K Violin 2021-2022 Financial Agreement
Pre-K Violin 2021-2022 Attendance Agreement
Tuition: ​
  • 30-minute lessons for 33 weeks of instruction*/ 10 low monthly payments of $100 per month.
  • Tuition will be prorated for those who join us later in the term.
  • Materials Fee: $120 per year, includes all music, additional fees, and other learning aids.
Individual Students above Pre-K:
Child Individual Lesson 2021-2022 Registration
Child Individual Financial 2021-2022 Agreement
Child Individual Attendance 2021-2022 Agreement
Tuition: ​
  • 30-minute lessons for 33 weeks of instruction*/ 10 low monthly payments of $115 per month.
  • 45-minute lessons for 33 weeks of instruction* / 10 low monthly payments of $150 per month.
  • Tuition will be prorated for those who join us later in the term.
  • Materials Fee: $140 per year, includes all music, additional fees, and other learning aids.

Violin Rentals: Brobst Violin Shop

We highly recommend Brobst Violin Shop in Alexandria, Virginia. Their violins are of the highest quality, which is crucial. A high-quality instrument holds its tuning well and gives your child a better quality of sound. Beginning violinists rely on their teacher to tune their instrument, so it is important, as they develop their listening skills, to hear the correct pitch for the notes they are playing all week long. Also, it is difficult to manage the bow and hold the violin, however, a higher quality violin will reward them with a lovely full sound despite their lack of experience. This is very rewarding for the student and all who are listening!

More Information:
We offer a 25% discount for those who take individual lessons for two separate instruments at NCAC! We also offer a 15% discount for those who pursue art classes in addition to individual music lessons.**

​*Instruction includes Monthly Music Fest, which includes a group ensemble experience,  (1 hour and 40-minute lesson) every fourth week in place of the individual lesson for that week.

**25% discount applies to second set of individual lessons of equal or lesser value.
Girl Playing Violin
 

Choir: Children's Voices of Southern Maryland

Join our tuition-free choir program, Children's Voices of Southern Maryland,  where we have three amazing choral groups for kids who love to sing and move with the music, ages 4-16. Young singers will love this high energy exciting musical experience! 


Children’s Voices of Southern Maryland’s mission is to inspire and educate children musically, building a community through singing. Children’s Voices of Southern Maryland instills the joy of singing and builds confidence in children by teaching techniques of healthy singing and rudiments of music. We engage choristers through diverse uplifting repertoire, movement,  and interaction. We carefully choose repertoire that is character building and confidence-boosting, as well as fun to perform! 

 

Register now and find out more at our website: childrensvoicessomd.org

Due to the delicate situation of COVID-19 and its variants, CVSM is not currently meeting. If you are interested in joining CVSM, please subscribe to CVSM through their website. Thank you!

 

Band and Orchestra: Charles County Youth Orchestra

 

If your child is interested in joining a group of like-minded young musicians for a high-quality ensemble experience, check out  Charles County Youth Orchestra, where you will find band, preparatory and intermediate string ensembles, and a full orchestra program. 

Chamber Music Ensemble for All Ages

Let’s have some musical fun together! Ensemble experience is one of the most rewarding and valuable aspect of music study. Our customized Chamber Ensembles give musicians of all ages the chance to play with other talented musicians, hone rhythmic and listening skills and perform in ensemble recitals. Please complete the registration form below and email it to msgeorgia@neighborhoodcreativeartscenter.org. We will be in touch!

Chamber Music Ensemble Registration Form

 

Our Virtual Lesson Program

Is traveling to lessons just one more thing to do?

Virtual lessons are a great option!