Welcome to the Northern Virginia School of Music
WE NOW HAVE TWO LOCATIONS!!
The NOVA School of Music is proud to announce the addition of a second location in the Aldie and Chantilly area. We are located at:
Good Beginnings School
24194 Millstream Drive
Aldie, VA 20105
Shepherd Gate Church
4310 Pleasant Valley Road
Chantilly, VA 20151
Mylinda Dockery founded and ran two community music schools in NC and KY for 22 years before relocating to NOVA. She has over 30 years of teaching experience in the Suzuki and traditional piano methods for ages 4–adult.
She received her Bachelor of Music from Salem College in Winston-Salem and her Master of Music in organ performance from the North Carolina School of the Arts where she was awarded the Kenan Scholarship for outstanding talent. She has studied from Jane Carlson of the Juilliard School of Music and holds a certificate from L'Academie De Musique De Sion, Switzerland.
Mylinda has performed over 3,000 concerts throughout the southeast, New York and Europe as both a soloist and a chamber musician. She is excited to be bringing quality music education and performance opportunities to our area and spreading the joy of music throughout our community and beyond. Come join us at NOVA School of Music where melodies and magic meet!
Northern Virginia (NOVA) School of Music was founded in March, 2017 to offer quality music instruction and performance opportunities on piano. The growth was amazing and was filled to capacity with a waiting list by January, 2018!
In fall, 2018, a piano lab was installed at our Aldie location. The school expanded its offerings to include an extensive array of early childhood music and piano classes (see tab for class descriptions & schedule), along with private lessons on piano, violin, guitar, drums and voice! We now have another branch at Shepherd Gate Church, 4310 Pleasant Valley Rd., Chantilly for your convenience.
Class offerings includes piano classes for children (ages 4-10), piano classes for "Tweens & Teens" (ages 11-15) & Piano for Adults, along with Musikgarten classes (ages 1-5 years) and private lessons on piano, violin, guitar, drums and voice.
All ages and levels are welcome. Come join us and discover the world of music and the joy it can bring to your life!
Private lessons run on a semester basis costing $160 monthly for a thirty minute weekly lesson. Lessons for 45 minutes are $220 per month. Discounted rates are available for multiple family members. Fees are pro-rated once the semester begins, so don't wait to get started!
group piano CLASSES
Petite Pianists (Ages 4-5) & Piano Foundation (Ages 7-10)
Our exciting piano-based program for the young child helps to introduce the world of music through fun interactive activities. Musical concepts such as note reading, ear training, rhythm, harmony, singing, and ensemble participation are introduced laying a strong foundation for future private piano & dance studies. Equipment: A small keyboard is needed for practice at home.
Piano Time for "Tweens" & Teens Ages 11-15
A fun and exciting way to learn the fundamentals of the piano in a group setting! The course will offer note reading, ear-training, rhythm, harmony, singing and ensemble participation. It lays a strong foundation for future private lessons for those just starting their musical training. Equipment: A small keyboard is needed for practice at home.
Piano for Adults
Recreational music making (rmm) is sweeping the country where adults are finding a way to full-fill their dream of learning to play the piano in a fun-filled, non-threatening environment. RMM is a lifestyle - a lifestyle that brings many non-musical benefits to the participant. RMM classes are not about the final product as much as they are about the joy found in the process along the way. Classmates encourage and support one another as they make music together. Public perception about the talent required to play a musical instrument has kept people from trying. We believe that every life needs music and anyone can learn to play. The desire to play is the only pre-requisite to this RMM program. Come give it a try. You will be glad you did!
Private lessons run on a semester basis costing $160 monthly. Fees include 16 private lessons, 2 studio classes & recital. Lessons for 45 minutes are $220 per month. Fees are pro-rated once semester begins. Don't wait to get started!
Nova Children's Choir Ages 7 -12
Participates will sing varying styles of music from around the world. Instruction in proper body alignment, breathing, basic vocal techniques, and musicality will be the main focus during rehearsals. Basic music theory, rhythm and note reading will be taught in order to develop a well-rounded musician. Percussive instruments and movement will be incorporated for a fun-filled singing experience!
EARLY CHildhood MUSIC programs
Toddler Music for Ages 1-3 (Parent participation) $160 for 10-week session
These weekly classes are action-filled for toddlers that are full of energy, often on the move and eager to explore and learn. The children will sing, chant, move, dance, listen, and play simple instruments, all activities that bridge the natural connection between music and movement. Each lesson features movement activities for coordination, body awareness and control, exploration of space, and instruments such as rhythm sticks, jingles, rattles, drums, and resonator bars.
Family Music for Ages 1-5 (Parent participation) $160 10-week session
These classes are designed for families with multiple children that desire to make music class a "family affair!" The children will sing, chant, move, dance, listen, and play simple instruments, all activities that bridge the natural connection between music and movement. Each lesson features movement activities for coordination, body awareness and control, exploration of space, and instruments such as rhythm sticks, jingles, rattles, drums, and resonator bars.
Cycle of Seasons for Ages 3-5 $160 for 10-week session/Materials $45.00
Celebrate your child’s growing independence and love of the outdoors with activities involving the four seasons. Developed to build attention and self-expression, activities include singing, chanting, moving, focused listening, musical games, exploring musical instruments, creative movement, and storytelling. The Cycle of Seasons nurtures your growing child’s ability to use language and participate in dramatic play within a musical context.
Private Lessons Offered on Piano, Strings, Guitar & Voice Ages 5-Adult
Mylinda Dockery has over 30 years teaching experience in the Suzuki and traditional piano methods for ages 4 – adult. She received her Bachelor of Music from Salem College in Winston-Salem and her Master of Music in organ performance from the North Carolina School of the Arts where she received the Kenan Organ Scholarship for outstanding talent. She also holds a certificate from the L'Academie De Musique De Sion, Switzerland. Mylinda has performed over 3,000 concerts throughout the southeast, New York and Switzerland as both a soloist and a chamber musician. She has a passion for teaching and helping students of all ages discover the joy of music.
Krystal McIntosh started clarinet studies at the age of 10 and continued to study and play throughout her middle and high school years in Chantilly, VA. Ms. Krystal has been working for LePort Montessori Schools since 2016 as an Assistant Teacher for the Toddler Program and has received her certification in early childhood music. She is very excited to intertwine her love for music and early education at the Northern Virginia School of Music!
Matt Duis is a classically trained guitarist with over 25 years of experience in studying, performing, and teaching private lessons. Matt attended Wheaton College Conservatory of Music as a classical and jazz guitar performance major. He has attended master classes with world renowned classical guitarist Christopher Parking at Wheaton College and Montana State University Department of Music. Although Matt is classically trained, he enjoys all styles of music. From the beginner to advanced, he looks forward to sharing his knowledge and helping the student reach their highest potential and full-fill their musical goals and aspirations!
Mika Condo holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance, studying with Dr. John Salmon, and Master of Music Degree in Piano Pedagogy from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has over 10 years of teaching experience and has enjoyed teaching in the Washington D.C. area since 2013. She teaches various skill levels from beginner to advanced and students of all ages. She is an active member of NVMTA (Northern Virginia Music Teachers Associations) and many of her students have been participating in local piano festivals and competitions.
Lisa Singer graduated from the University of Dayton with a Bachelor of Music and a Minor in Psychology. Originally from Ohio, she was a church musician there for 29 years, directing four choirs (including a children’s choir). Mrs. Singer has over 30 years of teaching experience (private lessons, ensembles, youth show choirs, choral directing, musical theater directing, etc.). She continues to be active as a church musician in addition to enjoying her students (currently teaches piano, voice, saxophone, beginning ukulele/guitar). She works with all ages (beginners to advanced levels) and has a music therapy background for students with special needs.
Sheen Hsin began her piano studies at age 8. She participated in festivals and Piano Guild auditions growing up. In 2000, she received a scholarship to attend the prestigious Brevard Music Camp. Later, she studied and received a Bachelors of Music degree from George Mason University. She has twenty years experience in teaching piano and actively prepares her students to achieve high ratings in NVMTA-NFMC spring festival solo, music theory and hymn events. She has additional training to help children succeed that are on the spectrum or struggling with ADHD. In her spare time, she enjoys composing hymn arrangements and original pieces.
Good beginnings school
24194 Millstream Dr
Aldie, VA 20105
SHEPHERD GATE CHURCH
4310 Pleasant Valley Rd
Chantilly, VA 20151
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NOVA School of Music offers two convenient locations for music learning.