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Brambleton Piano Studio is a private music studio that was founded in the Brambleton subdivision of Ashburn, Virginia. Established in 2008, this studio offers individualized beginner, intermediate, and advanced lessons to children and adults. Our professional instruction is one-on-one and provided by classically trained musicians with years of teaching experience.

  • Lessons are held year-round
  • Every instructor in our studio teaches piano, but we also offer voice, guitar, and harp lessons.
  • We teach students of all ages, starting at the age of 3
  • Our students perform two recitals per year
  • Ribbons and trophies are awarded to students twice per year
  • Our instructors have experience preparing students for the National Piano Certification Exam
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CodingTalented Instructors

Brambleton Piano Studio is a team of eight highly qualified instructors with a wide range of expertise and teaching styles. Our instructors work together toward the common goal of developing a high level of musicianship in our students and community.

After the initial assessment, every student is matched to the right teacher to ensure the longevity of the teaching experience and a proper skill development. Even though each student has an individual teacher, we are like one big family! Joining our studio is a great way to make friends and meet people who are truly passionate about music. Join our Facebook page for studio news and updates.

Our instructors have been certified by the Royal Conservatory of Music to train students for the National Piano Certification Exam. Students interested in this program should speak with the studio director.

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IdeasThe Benefits of Piano

Private piano lessons are a widening experience that increases personal awareness, happiness and fulfillment.  Lessons are also a great foundation for young minds. Learning to play the piano, and the self-discipline of practicing, is helpful in preparing for complex tasks in both work and life. 

Parents who wish to give their children the rewarding gift of piano lessons will discover them to be unique and tailored to each student.  Each weekly lesson provides a comprehensive foundation of musicianship skills in a fun and engaging environment.

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Our Philosophy

To put it simply, we love teaching piano! We introduce children to music through a combination of playing and singing and keep our lessons fun so they look forward to each session. Our adult students are allowed to explore their musical preferences and set the pace as they perfect their technique.

We have learned that each student learns a little differently and that it helps to stay flexible in methodology and approach.  Some students are a bit more playful, some are emotional performers, and some quickly focus on theory and artistry.  Based on our early assessments, we adapt the lessons to fit their character. All students are introduced to Mozart, Beethoven, Bach and other classical composers early in their lessons to help them build up an appreciation for the great composers.

We have also found that students practice more when they are studying the music that speaks to them. They will have the opportunity to play contemporary music from all parts of the world. This approach enables students to be more creative, find the emotional elements in the music, and become versatile musicians.

While this studio offers several performance opportunities per year, we teach with the intent that our students will enjoy playing piano throughout their lifetime. Music is a disciplinary field that requires patience, commitment, and practice. It is also a great gift, a long lasting experience that should make the pianist happy.

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Private lessons are given on a weekly basis and last for 30, 45, 60 or 75 minutes.

We believe in a well-rounded approach that trains students not only as pianists, but as musicians. Lessons are geared towards improving piano proficiency and musicianship, while incorporating elements of music theory, history, and composition. This offers a musical foundation that will serve our students in whatever musical path they choose to follow.

Prices & Tuition

Lesson Duration Recommended Level Price Per Lesson Montly Tuition*
30 minutes Beginner $35 $140
45 minutes All levels $50 $200
60 minutes Intermediate to Advanced $63 $252

* Monthly tuition rates depend on the number of lessons taught per month (4 on average).
** 60 minute lesson times may be scheduled as a one hour block, or as two separate 30 minute lessons per week. We have found this to be especially helpful for beginner and intermediate students who want to progress more quickly, or younger students who have a hard time practicing at home!


Our music curriculum is modeled after the Royal Conservatory's Music Development Program. This curriculum provides a standard of musical achievement for the entire country, allowing students to track their progress through each level while striving for excellence.

We only allow students to advance to the next level if they have completed the music requirements set by the Royal Conservatory (in both performance AND music theory).

Although the teaching style is tailored to fit each student's needs, we make sure to cover all of the following key areas of music education:

  • Piano facility and technical skills
  • Music theory, vocabulary and terminology
  • Performance skills and chances to perform at concerts
  • Sight-reading skills
  • Historical literacy
  • Composition, ear training, and improvisation

Marisela Smith

Founder & Director

Marisela Smith, our studio's founder and director, began playing piano when she was 6 years old under the tutelage of Professor Sidonia Stern. Mrs. Stern was a renowned german instructor who focused heavily on theory and agility, nurturing Marisela's raw talent for music from an early age. She then attended the National Music Conservatory in Caracas, Venezuela where she was classically trained and learned performance, composition, theory, and music history.

Mrs. Smith first began teaching piano in 1982 after moving to the United States to study at the University of Pennsylvania. Her passion was to teach young students, which allowed her to develop the versatile and enjoyable teaching methods used at Brambleton Piano Studio. In her own words "It seems to me that music is a great gift, that it enriches lives, and that it should always be fun!"

In 2008, Marisela Smith founded Brambleton Piano Studio. It has since expanded to include 3 branches with more than 200 students and 8 classically trained, full-time piano instructors and supporting staff. Mrs. Smith is a loving, lively teacher who instills a love for music in each of her students. Her goal is to help each student be the best they can be, for she believes that the skills acquired while learning to play an instrument have a positive impact on the individual's academic and personal life.


Anya Muravyova

Music Instructor

Mrs. Anya Muravyova specializes in teaching piano, guitar, and voice lessons. She began her training at a very young age after revealing a rare talent for music which allowed her to join Ukraine's National School of Music for gifted and talented children. She now holds a Master's Degree in Music from the National Music Academy in Ukraine, has performed extensively in both Ukraine and Russia, and has more than 12 years of experience teaching piano.

Anya finds it important for her students to explore the emotional elements of their repertoire while working on performance skills. She believes a good musician should breathe life into the piece they're playing and use it as a form of expression. Her piano lessons focus on technique and dexterity while including elements of jazz improvisation, composition, and accompaniment skills.

Mrs. Anya's musical skills don't stop at solo performances. She has experience managing orchestras, vocal ensembles, and choirs, and performed as a member of a rock band! In addition to teaching piano, Anya is also available to teach classical and electric guitar, rock, flamenco, and jazz. Her lessons can be in English, Russian, and Ukranian. She teaches students of all levels and ages.


Luis Vasquez

Music Instructor

Luis Vasquez in an inspirational pianist, instructor, composer, and arranger with more than 30 years of teaching experience. His passion for music developed at a very young age when he began studying piano, theory, harmony and counterpoint in Venezuela, first at the “Escuela de Música Padre Sojo” (a Music Conservatory under the direction of the renowned Venezuelan musicologist and composer José Antonio Calcaño), and afterwards at the IUDEM (University Institute of Music Studies).

Luis’ unique talent for music coupled with his extensive conservatory training allowed him to attend the Berklee College of Music. He currently holds degrees in Performance as well as Composition and Arranging.

Luis was as a Tenor at the “Capella de Caracas” Choir and has participated in several tours in Venezuela, the Caribbean Islands and Europe.

Luis’ lessons are geared towards training, challenging, and motivating pianists to excel in the Music Development Program. His students are accepted through teacher recommendations and auditions only.


Marisa Sprowls

Music Instructor

Marisa began studying with Karen Christiansen under the Suzuki Method at the age of six and continued for the next eight years. In middle school, she began teaching herself to play guitar and developed songwriting and recording techniques. At the nationally-recognized Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Marisa sang Mozart’s Requiem in choir, performed Sondheim and Bernstein in musical theatre, and in her senior year became musical director and principle arranger for the school’s female a cappella group. Marisa excelled in AP Music Theory and would go on to complete all of her major’s music theory requirements in her first year of college.

Marisa’s passion for the piano was rekindled at the College of William & Mary where her studies with Dr. Maria Yefimova culminated in a senior piano lecture recital on Chopin and Romanticism. She graduated in May 2012 with a B.A. in Music and Psychology having acquired substantial experience working with children ages three to fourteen. Her last two summers have been dedicated to teaching piano, guitar, SAT and TJ exam prep. Marisa delights in helping students discover what they can achieve with her encouraging and fun-loving style. She is thrilled to join Brambleton Studio in guiding and inspiring the next generation of music-makers.


Olga Schwarz-Kovalchuk

Music Instructor

Olga received her  Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from the Syktyvkar  college of Music in Russia. She started her music education at the Ryazan School of Music for talented children at six years old. Some of her professors included those from the renown Moscow State Conservatory, and she received chamber music coaching.

Mrs. Kovalchuk uses original exercises that integrate technical and artistic training for pianists. In addition, she puts a lot of emphasis on the expression of emotion through music.

She was a teacher and an accompanist at the Music School for children in Russia for 10 years. Many of her students have gone on to festivals, participated in competitions, and performed  in solo recitals. She believes music should be something people share with each other and an important aspect if that is being comfortable performing for others.


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42573 Regal Wood Drive
Ashburn, VA.

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