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Welcome to the Northern Virginia School of Music 

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WE NOW HAVE TWO LOCATIONS!!

The NOVA School of Music is proud to offer two convenient location in the Aldie and Chantilly/South Riding area. We are located at:
 

Good Beginnings School
24194 Millstream Drive
Aldie, VA 20105
Shepherd Gate Church
4310 Pleasant Valley Road
Chantilly, VA 20151

Winter/Spring Semester  Registration in Progress!!

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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!

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We are excited to announce three new faculty allowing us to begin accepting new students. Please enroll now before we hit our compatcity!
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In March 2017, Stone Ridge Piano Studio opened its door and began offering quality music instruction and performance opportunities. The growth was amazing and was filled to capacity with a waiting list by January, 2018! 

 

In fall, 2018, it became NOVA School of Music and 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! 

Class offerings includes piano classes for children (ages 5-10), piano classes for "Tweens & Teens" (ages 11-15) & Piano for Adults, along with Musikgarten classes (ages 1-5 years).

 

All ages and levels are welcome. Come join us and discover the world of music and the joy it can bring to your life!

About Us
 

Private Instruction

Private lessons run on a semester basis costing $160 monthly for a thirty minute weekly lesson. Lessons for 45 minutes are $220 per month and an hour per family is $300 per month. Fees are pro-rated once the semester begins, so don't wait to get started!

Group Piano

Classes/LESSONS

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group piano CLASSES(ON HOLD UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO COVID)

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!

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VOICE lessons

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VOICE LESSONS

Private lessons run on a semester basis costing $160 monthly per half hour. Lessons for 45 minutes are $220 per month and an hour per family is $300 per month. Fees are pro-rated once semester begins. Don't wait to get started!

Nova Children's Choir Ages 7 -12 (ON HOLD UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE )
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!

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Early Childhood Music Classes
on hold until further notice due to COVID

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Toddler Music for Ages 1-3 (Parent participation) $210 for 12-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) $210 12-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  $210 for 12-week session/Materials $45

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     

 

Private lessons starting age 5 - adult.

Give your child the opportunity to thrive in middle school orchestra by having years of lessons and ensemble experience before Loudoun County orchestra programs begin in 6th grade!

Strings

Beginning Strings Upper Elementary 

Ages 9 – 12

Instruments: Violin, Viola, Cello 

Max Enrollment: 15

Class time:  Thursday 4:45-5:25 ( 6 weeks)

Cost: $120 (includes recital on 5/28).  Those enrolled in private lessons at NOVA Music cost if $60.

Materials:

  • Instrument rental from local music store

  • Book:  Essential Elements 

  • Music Stand

  • Chair 

  • Shoulder Rest (violin/viola)

  • End Pin (cello)

  • Rosin

Students will learn the basics of playing a stringed instrument including note reading, rhythm and playing as an ensemble. 

Group Classes begins March 17!

Beginning Strings Lower Elementary 

Ages 6 – 9

Instruments: Violin, Viola, Cello 

Max Enrollment: 15

Class time: Thursday 4:00-4:40  (6 weeks)

Cost:  $120 (includes recital on 5/28) for students enrolled in private lessons at NOVA Music cost $60.

Materials:

  • Instrument rental from local music store

  • Book:  Essential Elements 

  • Music Stand

  • Chair 

  • Shoulder Rest (violin/viola)

  • End Pin (cello)

  • Rosin

 
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INSTRUCTORS

Mylinda Dockery (piano, organ, early childhood music) 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.

Andrew Goldstein (voice, piano, saxophone) is an active singer and teacher in the northern Virginia and DC area. He has sung with Maryland Lyric Opera and the Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center. Andrew has taught K-12 general music, band, and chorus in Fairfax and Loudoun County public schools.

Under the direction of Grammy award-winning conductor Robert Shafer, Andrew sang with Shenandoah's Conservatory and Chamber Choirs in Rome, Venice, Florence, and Assisi, Italy and at the Strathmore Performing Arts Center in Maryland. He played saxophone in Shenandoah's wind ensemble, performing at the Virginia Music Education Association conference.

With his Master's degree in Voice Pedagogy and Bachelor's in Music Education, Andrew hopes to share his love for music with his students and educate them in the importance of being a well-rounded musician.

Mika Condo (piano) 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.

Grace Seong eun Kim has taught over 50 years with a passion to show students of all ages the joy of learning music. She has an undergraduate degree from Chongshin University of Seoul, Korea, a Master's from the Juilliard School of Music, NYC and three years toward her doctorate at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.

She is a highly accomplished artist with a love of teaching students of all ages and levels the joy of music and the art of performing!

Kara Kaiser (strings) has over 15 years of professional experience teaching music to children and adults of all ages. She holds a Bachelor’s in Music Education and a Masters in Teaching. She worked in the Fairfax County Public School system teaching strings from 2006 – 2015 and has continued teaching as a private instructor. While in the school system she gathered invaluable experience in learning to teach varying abilities including students in advanced academics, intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilities and physical or emotional disabilities.

As a string specialist she enjoys sharing the beauty of violin, viola, cello and bass. Using a diverse range of methods, Kara caters to the unique abilities of each student. She believes that everyone, regardless of age, is capable of creating music and that developing an appreciation for music is the heart of music education. 

Gabe Jones (drums, guitar & bass) founded Jones Studio in 2017. Before that, he played in multiple professional bands in D.C. and Kentucky. He studied jazz drums at University of Louisville and has taught drums and guitar for 9 years. Gabe is skilled in many genres including jazz, rock, blues, to name a few. He has performed at venues across the east coast and recorded extensively. He enjoys teaching all ages and sharing his knowledge to inspire his students to achieve their musical goals!

Michael Caracciolo is a professional classical guitarist who graduated summa cum laude with a Master’s in Music from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (‘19) and a Bachelor’s in Music from George Mason University (‘17).  He studied guitar with Clare Callahan and Larry Snitzler, both students of Andrés Segovia, and also with Matt Trkula.  Michael has performed in masterclasses for Oscar Ghiglia, Celino & Lito Romero, Jason Vieaux, Carlos Perez, Julian Gray, Matt Palmer, Andrew Zohn, Nigel North, Ben Verdery, and Colin Davin.  While at CCM, he also developed a love for early music while studying Renaissance lute and vihuela with Rodney Stucky as well as baroque performance practice with Dr. Michael Unger.

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OUR LOCATIONS

Good beginnings school

24194 Millstream Dr
Aldie, VA 20105
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SHEPHERD GATE CHURCH

4310 Pleasant Valley Rd
Chantilly, VA 20151
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We're in your neighborhood!

NOVA School of Music offers two convenient locations for music learning.