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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.
All are invited:  Next General Business meeting and Program: 
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
9:30 a.m. Coffee and Refreshment, networking
10:00 a.m. Business Meeting
10:45 a.m. Program:

October 24 General Meeting and Program


How to Engage and Inspire Teens through Ensemble Playing

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Pedagogue Carmen Hall, NCTM, will share her secrets of working with ensembles. She will bring a high school piano quartet all the way from Utah to perform for us! Learn from both teacher and student perspectives how four instrumentalists found a new passion for music through ensemble playing.Carmen is currently working on a doctoral program at the University of Utah and plans to address the topic of chamber music and the precollege student in her dissertation. She is working with two trios for her first doctoral recital in November. She has had her students participate in piano ensembles and other chamber music ensembles and finds these groups beneficial in retaining and expanding the musical experience of precollege students. (Carmen’s bio is attached below)

Masterclass Opportunity

Carmen Hall is available for Masterclasses with your solo, ensemble, or chamber groups which include piano on Wednesday afternoon/early evening on October 24th. Classes are $125/hour.Location TBD (possibly your studio depending on distance and number of classes you register for)  Registration and payment deadline is October 17, Questions:

Biography:  Carmen

Carmen Hall, NCTM is currently a Doctoral Student at the University of Utah.  She has a Masters Degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Brigham Young University where she studied with Paul Pollei, founder of the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition.  She teaches in American Fork, Utah.  Her students have become piano majors, some receiving full music tuition scholarships at a university level.  Others have presented recitals on Temple Square in Salt Lake City and received honors and awards in festivals and competitions at state and local levels.

Carmen most recently participated in Summerfest at the University of Utah and won first place in Video Teaching and first place in Collaborative Piano.  She also won first place in the Utah International Youth Piano Competition (Adult Division).  She has performed with the Timpanogos Symphony Orchestra as winner of their Concerto Competition, Adult Division.

She founded Young Pianists International in 1996 with the goal of sharing cultural experiences and performance opportunities with other music students throughout the world.  The group has travelled to China (1996, 1997), Japan (1997, 2014), Mexico (1998) and Oregon (2002, 2009, 2016) and Virginia (2018). 

Carmen is a permanently certified member of Music Teachers’ National Association and also a member of Encore Music Teachers Organization in Utah Valley where she serves as the Theory and Ear Training Evaluation Chair.