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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 affordable and 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 six 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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Lessons

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 Student Level (Recommended) Price Per Lesson Montly Tuition*
30 minutes Beginner $30 $120
45 minutes Beginner-Intermediate $45 $180
60 minutes Beginner-Intermediate-Advanced** $55 $220
75 minutes Advanced $70 $280


* 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!

Curriculum

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

Books & Materials

  • Most of our students use Faber’s Piano Adventures series, which is highly recommended by our instructors. We require their Lesson Book, Theory Book and Technique & Artistry Book. Often times an instructor recommends other supplemental books or materials if the student is struggling with a certain aspect of music. We also take into account the fact that some students may prefer using a different series. The instructors factor in each student’s individual needs and preferences when they create a lesson plan.
  • Some of our intermediate and advanced students choose to register in the Music Development Program (MDP) early in the term. Our MDP students are being classically trained as we prepare them for the National Piano Certification exam administered by the Royal Conservatory of Music. These students have moved from using the Piano Adventures Series, to the Celebration Series Perspectives used to teach at the Royal Conservatory of Music.

  • To read more about the Music Development Program and its levels, visit: musicdevelopmentprogram.org

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Marisela Smith

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 2 branches with more than 80 students and 4 classically trained, full-time piano instructors. 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.

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Anya Muravyova

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.

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Marisa Sprowls

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.

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Luis Vasquez

Luis Vasquez is 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. 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.

Since Luis works with the most advanced students in our studio, his lessons are geared towards training, challenging, and motivating, pianists to excel in the Music Development Program. His students are accepted through teacher recommendations or auditions only.

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Graciela Mujica

Graciela is a 26 year old pianist with more than 20 years of training. She taught over 50 students of all levels and ages at our studio in Ashburn, VA before relocating to San Francisco for medical school.

Ms. Graci began her piano instruction at age four in Venezuela, where she attended the prestigious Emil Friedman conservatory. While studying piano as her main instrument, Graciela also took violin and voice lessons. She's performed dozens of solo concerts and has played with fellow musicians in orchestras.

After moving to the United States she continued her musical studies at Levine School of Music while double degreeing in Neuroscience and Psychology at the University of Maryland. There, she was awarded the Academic Excellency Award before graduating in 2010.

Graciela is a Music Development Program certified instructor with outstanding technique and performance skills. While she challenges and pushes students to their limits, she does so by inspiring them with her fun, energetic personality. Her teaching style is a delicate blend of patience, creativity, and an understanding of child psychology.

Graciela is the only traveling instructor affiliated with our studio, which means she will go to her student's homes for lessons. She currently teaches in San Francisco.

Contact her at graci.mujica@gmail.com or 301-283-1994 to schedule a trial lesson.

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Abigail Palmer

Abigail Palmer received her bachelor’s degree from Shenandoah University in 2010 where she majored in music therapy and minored in piano. She is an experienced instructor and performer specializing in the application of Music Therapy, which has made her very aware of the emotional state of the musician.

Abigail began playing the piano when she was 5 years old and enrolled in harp lessons shortly afterwards. While harp and piano are her major instruments, she is also proficient singer, guitarist, and percussionist, and has experience with a wide range or musical styles. Abigail can be seen playing Celtic music with her family every year at the Maryland Renaissance Festival. She was the first harpist in the Shenandoah Conservatory Orchestra for all four years present in college and she currently performs with the Bethesda United Methodist Church Orchestra several times a year.

In addition to her interest in Celtic and Classical music, Abigail enjoys composing her own songs and encourages students to do the same. Her most recent album and production, Sow Hope, reflects her views of music as a form of self-expression and a tool to speak when someone is without words. Given her background in music therapy, she likes to know why people love music and what gives them that inspiration to practice, and work that inspiration into teaching with each individual learner.

Locations

Brambleton Piano Studio in Brambleton, VA
42510 Legacy Park Drive
Ashburn, VA.

This is the main location of our piano studio, which was founded in 2008. We are not far from the intersection of Ryan Road and Belmont Ridge Road. The studio is across the street from the tennis courts.


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Brambleton Piano Studio in Haymarket, VA
4003 Latham Drive
Haymarket, VA.

Starting in 2013, we now offer our students a second location in Haymarket, VA.


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Brambleton Piano Studio in San Francisco, CA

One of our instructors and studio managers moved to The Fillmore neighborhood of San Francisco, CA. She currently teaches piano throughout San Francisco.

Contact her directly at graci.mujica@gmail.com or 301-283-1994 to schedule a trial lesson.


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Get in Touch With Us

To learn more about Brambleton Piano Studio and schedule your free assessment lesson please contact us via phone or e-mail.

Phone number:

(571)-244-2852
(301)-283-1994 (SF Bay Area)

E-mail:

brambletonpiano@aol.com

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