Enriching the experience of childhood through engagement in the fine arts is a goal common to most parents, and of course music and arts education is one significant path toward that end. To achieve the best results and maximize the investment that parents are making, however, students must develop very specific skills during their music lessons.
At The Violin & Piano Studio, students have fun as they engage in the arts while building skills, taking on new challenges, and harnessing their mental focus. Empowering each student to become, in effect, his or her own teacher during home practice sessions, is one of Ms. Mauroschadt's hallmark teaching objectives. As students learn how to get results on their own (through the study of violin, viola, piano, drawing or watercolor lessons) — rather than remaining passively dependent upon the instructor from week to week — their practice becomes increasingly more effective and enjoyable. That's one of the many reasons why The Violin & Piano Studio is known for offering quality music and art education, as it is grounded in this proven philosophy of learning,
At the urging of several parents, Ms. Mauroschadt added lessons in classical drawing and watercolors to the Studio's offerings, drawing on her background in visual art and design. After attending the rigorous Communication Arts & Design Program at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, she founded Janice Mauroschadt Design, a design and branding firm in Washington, DC. Some of the firm’s notable clients included Georgetown University, The Folger Shakespeare Library, The World Bank and The International Monetary Fund. As an art instructor, Ms. Mauroschadt shares her love for reality-based drawing with her young students and adapts academic drawing techniques to help children engage both their creative and intellectual energies in interpreting the real world.
The most effective instructors know their craft well and have educational credentials to support the services they offer. They are not only trained in how to effectively communicate to their students, but they also learn about developmental appropriateness in conveying information for the best results. Many times, inadequate communication goes undetected and despite the fact that the teacher thinks the student has "gotten it", the sad reality is that he/she hasn't. Consequently, home practice is confusing to the student because they are unclear what the objectives are of their private practice at home. The great playwright, George Bernard Shaw, couldn't have said it better: "The single greatest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place". You will discover that at The Violin & Piano Studio, there is great care taken to ensure that professional and effective communication takes place and that it inspires, motivates and empowers each student to practice intentionally and confidently — in order to achieve maximum results.
Many parents make the unfortunate mistake of choosing teachers based primarily on cost, only to find out that the lessons proved unprofitable for the student, returning little value for the investment. Our tuition here at the Studio, however, is reasonable & competitive, even as the calibre of instruction repeatedly exceeds clients' expectations. We invite you to give us a call and explore our tuition options (434.465.5646). You will be delighted to know that our tuition rates are reasonably structured to meet a variety of budgets.