The Metropolitan School of the Arts - formerly the Metropolitan Fine Arts Center - was founded more than 14 years ago. This multidisciplinary performing-arts organization takes a holistic approach to teaching and encouraging performance-arts skills, creating performance opportunities in dance, music, and theater for a diverse population of students of all ages and abilities. Its students have gone to perform on Broadway, at The Juilliard School, and in highly esteemed companies, such as the Mark Morris Dance Company, The Washington Ballet, and Ford's Theater and Signature Theater. Youth programs include year-round programs in dance, theater, music, music-theater, and acting, as well as a performing-arts program in the summer, all for children as young as 2. Adult classes range from basic to advanced, including ballet, jazz, and tap lessons, plus yoga and ballet-barre fitness workouts.
Childhood choirs sparked a lifelong love of music in accomplished teachers Reggie Jackson and Kevin Johnson. At CTM Studios, they combine their dual passions for song and education during lessons focused on piano, voice, guitar, and violin, as well as various woodwind and brass instruments. Available to students of all skill levels for group and private lessons, Reggie and Kevin help pupils master their instruments by teaching everything from basic scales to advanced soloing technique. Besides instilling the tenants of craft, both instructors strive to make their students confident performers by employing methods less startling than randomly setting off pyrotechnics during lessons.
At Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, students can learn to throw a pot. But no clay will be harmed during the process, as "throwing a pot" in ceramics terms means making a pot on a ceramics wheel. And the arts center has plenty of wheels to practice with.
For the center's students, who range from pre-K kids to adults, opportunities to try other disciplines abound, too. Since 1972, the teachers have been sharing passions that range from dance and visual arts to music and photography. They encourage students to expand their creative horizons in classes that cover such topics as theater, graffiti art, creative writing, and ballet. They even teach students to develop photos in the center's darkroom, which is 100% free of monsters and boogeymen. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop also offers tuition assistance and payment plans if necessary.
In a CBS piece entitled "Best Places for Guitar Lessons in D.C.," the following was said of Georgetown Guitar Academy: "If you want to learn classical guitar from the best in D.C., Piotr Pakhomkin is certainly one of them."
A Russian-American guitarist, Pakhomkin has won first place at a number of international competitions. He's also dazzled crowds and pupils at renowned venues across the globe as a solo recitalist, concerto soloist, and masterclass instructor. Today, inside of his spacious, 1,100-square-foot studio, Piotr trains both beginners and professional-level students the ways of classical, Spanish, and acoustic guitar. He also offers online lessons to international students, which means that they don't have to travel to the states or learn via really loud, transatlantic yelling.
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Weekly group piano classes provide students who have not studied music previously with an introduction to music at the piano. Students develop a strong foundation in rhythm, note reading, and basic technique that leads to successful private study.
Do you provide any materials? What should your students expect to bring?
Each student is provided with his or her own digital piano in the classroom and learns how to develop critical listening skills and proper pianistic habits.
Showcasing their tonal talents from the Washington D.C. area to their latest Houston-area locale, the staff of Just Rock Enterprises helps guests live their musical dreams by offering private lessons in voice, piano, stage choreography, and songwriting. Instructors customize lessons to fit each student’s needs, offering unique ways of imparting knowledge such as conducting lessons via Skype or by corralling several interested parties into small-group summer camps.