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 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.

Telling Colorful Stories: Our Calling as Teachers and Performers

As busy music teachers, often wearing a variety of hats during the course of each week, we’re confronted with a long list of priorities. Many of them are practical: managing our studios as businesses, teaching technique and good practice habits, planning our activities for the school year and during the summer, maintaining communication with parents, perhaps even running a website. But whenever possible, it’s good for us to consider the origins of music as a means of communication and expression, and our roles as keepers of the tradition of storytelling through music. We’ll take a brief look at the role music played in the lives of important figures in other creative fields, and recall some literary movements that helped inspire some of the greatest piano literature, specifically that of Robert Schumann. Then we’ll reflect on how a literary perspective might enrich our students’ (and our own) musical imaginations.

All are invited:  Next General Business meeting and Program: 
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
9:30 a.m. Coffee and Refreshment, networking
10:00 a.m. Business Meeting
10:45 a.m. Performance

John Paul Healey has been adjunct professor of Music at George Mason University’s School of Music since 2004, teaching piano and various music courses to undergraduate and graduate students. He performs regularly there with students, colleagues and solo in the various performance venues on campus. He has been a faculty presenter in GMU’s Piano Pedagogy Seminars since 2009.

Dr. Healey has earned piano performance degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Texas Christian University and Truman State University in Missouri, each time receiving full scholarship awards. Further studies in performance brought him to the Luzern Konservatorium’s Master Classes in Chamber Music (Switzerland) and the Internationaler Kammermusikkurs at Schloss Weinberg (Kefermarkt, Upper Austria). He has performed solo, concerto, chamber and orchestral concerts in America and Europe, including performances of the Holocaust composer Viktor Ullmann’s piano music in German and Austrian synagogues. Locally, he has been heard in such venues as the Cosmos Club, the National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC), the Lyceum and the George Washington Masonic Memorial (Alexandria, Va.), Harmony Hall (Fort Washington, Md.) the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, and McNeir Recital Hall, on the campus of Georgetown University. A recording of his performance there with the Novella Chamber Players was featured in February 2011 on Classical WETA’s Front Row Washington series.

He has also been a visiting professor of piano at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a faculty member of the Middlebury College German for Singers summer program (Middlebury, Vt.). He has been chosen as a featured performer and a master class clinician at the Virginia Music Teacher’s Association state convention. An enthusiastic chamber musician, he collaborates with members of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, Air Force Band and the President’s Own in chamber recitals. He has been involved with the Levine School of Music Strings/Strings Plus summer programs since 2003, either as an accompanist, chamber music coach, or artist-in- residence. He came to Northern Virginia as an independent music teacher in 1997, and often serves as an adjudicator for various local competitions and festivals. Dr. Healey is a past president (2005-7) of the Northern Virginia Music Teachers’ Association. He lives in Alexandria, Va. with his wife, Carolyn and two sons.