Fermata Music Studio
We are the premier Arts Integration Learning experience in Rockville. This means the curriculum is based on crossing over different types of knowledge to contextualize music in every day life! For example, students learn about the anatomy of the ear ( and how Beethoven went deaf) as well as physics of sound (and how it impacts the voice) in relation to their music repertoires. Classical music is stuck in the dark ages, so we make it fun!
I got my undergrad degrees from the University of Maryland in 2018 in Piano Performance and Music Education. In my practicum teaching, I saw bored kids in their music classes struggling to care about the material being taught. Furthermore, I was one of those kids who refused to practice because I was overwhelmed with how rigid and boring the system was. So I crafted my own curriculum that focuses on students' involvement in their own learning and seeks to get kids to explore, ask questions, and most importantly, want to learn!
I've been teaching piano for over 6 years, and voice for 3. Last year, the studio moved to a new location and since then we have doubled our student base! We have a grand piano and an upright so students get to experience both, in our convenient location in the heart of Rockville. Students of all ages and experience levels are welcome! Check out our website fermatamusicstudio.com or find us on Facebook @fermatamusics. Looking forward to working with you!
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
The first year is the most difficult: we get into a routine and learn about effective practice strategies and how to implement them. Music is like learning a new language, and practice gives you the tools to succeed!
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
My teaching style is very much informed by the experience I had as a young piano student, training under a very traditional Russian concert pianist. Those lessons were designed to hone my performing skills to a razor edge, at the expense of all other facets of musical instruction. I had a rough experience, because I felt like I didn’t understand the relevance of the music I was playing, or even the theory behind it.
It wasn’t until the university level that the “big picture” fell into place, and I began to understand the place of music in my life and the wider world. I went on to pursue dual degrees in Piano Performance as well as Music Education from the University of Maryland. It was there in my practicum teaching that I first experienced "Arts Integration Learning."
I believe that musical education must be well-rounded. While instruction styles that exclusively train performance skills have impressive results, they rarely instill a life-long love of music. An effective musical education promotes the exploration of a wide variety of musical concepts from a young age.
One of the essential things that define a child’s future success is whether they become an “autonomous learner,” able to motivate themselves to learn without constant outside encouragement and enforcement. Cognitive science has shown that anyone can become an autonomous learner, and I believe in using music education to set each one of my students on that path, toward their own progress and success.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
Yes, pricing and all my studio policies can be found at fermatamusicstudio.com/policies