With less stress and more freedom available, summer is a great time to pick up a new hobby. Thanks to these local music schools and programs, learning how to play a new instrument, training your vocal chords or performing in a group has never been so easy. Whether your kids are just starting out or want to further their education, here are some businesses in Northern Virginia that are here to help.
The Music School at Jammin Java
For children who are completely obsessed with all things music, this school is the one to go to. Located directly above a club featuring nationally touring acts on a regular basis, your child will be learning bass, drums, guitar, piano, voice or even songwriting from talented musicians in an environment dedicated to the art of performance. // 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna; prices vary
NM Productions, Inc.
Whether you are just starting out or are looking for informed vocal guidance, the staff at this performing and visual arts company in Fairfax County is here to help. The studio offers workshops in acting, as well as individual voice training in a variety of genres, including opera, jazz, pop and more for individuals 13 years of age and older. // 5305 Queensberry Ave. N., Springfield; prices vary
Let’s Play Music
While learning music is hard, it’s also a much more natural skill to grasp if taught from a young age. Through the studio’s various programs, children will learn the foundation behind it all. The “Let’s Play Music” class, for example, will help your children learn technical skills through play, via its three-year musical theory program that begins when children are 4 years old. // 707 W. Broad St., Falls Church; prices vary
Summer Arts at Mason
From instrumental band to music production, the George Mason Community Arts Academy has a course for any interest your child has. In various sessions offered from June through August, kids and teens ages 5 to 18 will have the opportunity to learn basic and advanced skills for their desired instrument, as well as how to express themselves through the arts. // Mason Community Arts Academy: 4260 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax; tuition fees vary
Create More Music Studios
This studio makes it easy for your children to learn a new instrument, train their vocal chords or practice in an ensemble, thanks to its university-trained musicians and comprehensive program. For private lessons, instructors will come to your home in the NoVA region on a weekly basis with a curated lesson plan, specific to the student. Traveling one week for summer vacation? No problem, as Create More Studios offers Skype lessons, too. // Main office: 25343 Patriot Terrace, Aldie; prices vary
Spread across five campuses in the area, including the Westover campus, Levine Music offers music instruction through a variety of programs to individuals ages 4 to 100. Whether you’re interested in receiving solo vocal lessons or joining a jazz ensemble, this school has it all. Plus, financial aid is available. // Westover Baptist Church: 1125 N. Patrick Hendry Drive, Arlington; tuition varies
Contemporary Music Center
For about 30 years, Contemporary Music Center’s two locations have been epicenters for musical performance. While both facilities hold shops for guests to buy the newest instruments, they also hold a combined 27 private studios, where they are able to teach students of all levels how to play their choice of 20 different instruments, ranging from piano to banjo. // 14155 Sullyfield Circle, Chantilly; 4410 Costello Way, Haymarket; prices vary
Alexandria Music Company’s 2019 Summer Music Camp
This summer, sign your children up for an unforgettable camp experience at Alexandria Music Company. Available to children ages 6 to 16, the two July sessions (July 15 to July 19 and July 22 to 26) will let your performer practice their skills in a group setting. There are also individual lessons available, including voice, for beginner and advanced levels for those who want one-on-one sessions throughout the year. // 1502 Belle View Blvd., Alexandria; summer camp is $300-$350, lessons are $45-$80
Arts and Mind Academy
This unique company will bring the music to your door, thanks to its dedicated music instructors who have a strong passion for the arts. The company’s four pillars—learn music at your convenience, develop the whole child, play the music you love and create together—will inspire your child, no matter their skill level or desired instrument. // Any home in the NoVA region; $40-$240 per month
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