68 Years of Outstanding Music Education

The Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association, voted the top local Music Teachers Association 2004 by the Music Teachers National Association, provides diverse educational opportunities for teachers and students in pursuit of personal growth in music.  Its mission:  to stimulate the study and enjoyment of music, to broaden the vision and expertise of its members, to promote musical culture in the community, and to reinforce the objectives of its state and national organizations.  Join!

Our members offer music lessons in cello, clarinet, flute, French horn, guitar, harp, organ, piano, viola, violin,  strings,  trumpet, voice, and more in Alexandria, Arlington, Ashburn, Centreville, Chantilly, Fairfax, Great Falls, Herndon, Leesburg, Loudoun, McLean, Oakton, Reston, Sterling, Vienna.

April 7-8 Alan Fraser Mini Institute 

Canadian pianist, pedagogue and author Alan Fraser is best known for his landmark work, The Craft of Piano Playing, which examines the innate structure and function of the human hand to help pianists replace tension and over-relaxation with effective hand activation. Initially designed to help top-flight pianists add a further dimension of virtuosity and expressiveness to their technique, his approach known as Craft of Piano Method empowers even amateur and beginning pianists because it deals with aspects of human structure and function we all share.

Fraser has drawn on his early studies with pioneer pianist and psychologist Phil Cohen of Montreal, side trips into Tai Chi and Feldenkrais Method, and a 20-year collaboration with the Croatian virtuoso Kemal Gekic to develop this innovative approach to piano technique. He now lives in Serbia where he is Professor of Piano and Feldenkrais Method at the Art Academy of the University of Novi Sad. He concertizes and gives master classes worldwide, and continues to write and develop new pedagogical materials related to Craft of Piano Method. More at www.alanfraser.net.

Please join us for the April  7-8 Mini Institute at Woman’s Club of Arlington  1:00-5:00 pm
Registration information:   Fraser Mini-Institute Registration

Candidates for Open NVMTA Positions

Vice President Nominee:  Nancy MacArthur Smith

Soprano Nancy MacArthur Smith is known to Washington area audiences for her performances of early music, art song, and musical theater.  She has performed with Carmina, The Washington Kantorei, Armonia Nova, The Orchestra of the 17th Century, and Washington National Opera. She has soloed in requiems by Rutter, Brahms, Faure, and Mozart, as well as Handel’s Messiah, Schubert’s Mass in G, and Vivaldi’s Gloria. She toured the United States and abroad with the Soldiers’ Chorus of the U.S. Army Field Band, and has performed in and directed many musicals, most recently Ragtime with Bay View Summer Music Festival in Michigan.  Ms. Smith has been a performing member of the Friday Morning Music Club since 1986.  She serves as Secretary on the board of the Virginia National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and maintains an independent voice studio in Clifton, Virginia.  Her students have won many competitions and scholarships.  Ms. Smith has a B.A. in English and Music from Hope College in Michigan, and pursued graduate studies in Vocal Performance at the University of Illinois.  After moving to Washington, D.C., she continued her studies with Martha Randall, Gillian Cookson, and George Gibson.  A long time member of NVMTA, Ms. Smith has been a Co-Chair for the Voice Achievement Awards for over 20 years, and chaired the Judged Recitals for Voice.  For more information, please visit her web site at www.nmacsmith.musicteachershelper.com.


Treasurer Nominee:  Lori Santos

Lori Santos has been an active member of the Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association since 1995.  She has served as chairman for the Northern District Auditions for the past 11 years, and has been chairman of the Fall Festival for three years.  Lori has also served as Vice President of NVMTA, Member-at-Large of NVMTA, and state coordinator for the MTNA Student Composition Competition.  She was appointed treasurer in July 2015, and was elected to a full term in 2016.

Lori earned a B.A. in piano performance from Frostburg State University, and an M.M. in piano pedagogy from Catholic University of America.  In between college and graduate school, she continued her piano studies with various piano instructors at Southern Methodist University, University of North Texas, and Peabody Conservatory.

Lori has had a full-time piano teaching career in Northern Virginia for the past thirty years.  She also has had work experience in banking and mortgage banking.  In addition to maintaining a full teaching studio, she currently works part-time as the payroll specialist for a staffing agency in Annandale.


Member-At-Large Nominee:  Julie Slingerland

Julie Slingerland, a long- time member of NVMTA and piano teacher in Annandale, VA, graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Music degree, and from Teachers College of Columbia University with a Master of Arts degree.  After graduating she worked as a public school music teacher in the New York State school system.

In NVMTA Julie has been chairman of General Recitals, Fall Festival, Keyboard Skills, Piano Concerto Competition, and was the founder and first chairman of the Sonata Festival.

She has served on the NVMTA Elected Board as president, president-elect, secretary, and treasurer, and is a past treasurer of the Virginia Music Teachers Association and the Washington Music Teachers Association.