Franconia Fine Arts

Franconia Fine Arts

5.0 (8)
1 hire on Lessons.com
1 employee
9 years in business

About this pro

Thanks for checking out my profile!  I started my studio in 2010, and have taught beginners to early advanced students of all ages.  My aim is to nurture the mind, spirit, and the talent of each student to foster a lifetime love of music.  I provide on-on-one coaching and teach in accordance with his/her interests and learning style.  I also teach music theory, ear-training, sight-reading, technique, technical exercises, composition, and music history.  Students are taught a variety of musical genres, including jazz, pop, world, folk, and classical.  

We perform a lot!  2019/2020 performance opportunities include:

Springfield Music Club Jazz Festival (11/9/19)
Fall Studio Recital (11/23/19)
Spring Studio Recital (3/8/20)
Virginia Federation of Music Clubs/Springfield Music Club Spring Festival (3/13 & 3/14/20)
Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music Piano Examinations (November 2019 and May 2020)
Final Studio Recital and Awards Ceremony (6/7/20)

teach on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Life Community Church Alexandria, and Wednesdays and Saturdays in my home in Kingstowne.  On Fridays I travel to students’ homes.  

My studio is federated with the Virginia Federation of Music Clubs under the Springfield Music Club, of which I am the President (www.springfieldmusicclub.org).  

Www.franconiafinearts.com

Facebook:  Franconia Fine Arts

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I enjoy teaching people to do two of the things I love most in the world - playing piano and making music with others.

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Alexandria, VA 22315
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8 Reviews

5.0

  • Jay Weszelovszky

    My daughter, Vivian has been taking piano lessons from Ms. Lisa Thomas for last 4 years. Vivian describes Ms. Lisa as fun, friendly, patient and the best teacher. Vivian's favorite part of Ms. Lisa is that when she starts new songs, she often demonstrates the piece, record it and email it to her so she can listen and review how it supposed to sound like. Vivian likes to play Hymn during offering at our small church. Ms. Lisa has been great in helping to perfect the songs. I highly recommend Ms. Lisa as a piano teacher and am envious of her future students who can experience her contagious passion and love of music first hand.

  • James MacFarlane

    Lisa is a fantastic teacher. She really takes the time to understand her students' unique strengths and talents and teach to those strengths. At the same time, she understands her students' challenges and areas that may need improvement, and she helps students to address those areas with patience, support and creativity. My daughter has learned so much from Lisa and has grown tremendously as a musician while studying with her.

  • Jackie L

    Ms Lisa is an excellent teacher, she is patient, easy to understand and always willing to work around our schedule. She has been my son's piano teacher for four years. We are happy and would highly recommend her.

  • Jon Day

    Ms. Lisa has trained our son for the past four years. During that time, he has really grown to love piano and while achieving some remarkable goals and earning a high score 'distinction' rating on his recent ABRSM (Royal Schools of Music) exam. Ms. Lisa really understands how to both train and motivate children with a variety of techniques and positive reinforcement.


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FAQs


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

The first lesson is a free meet-and-greet/mini lesson.  I engage the student to ascertain what his or her goals for piano study are (even if it's just to have fun).  Then I show the student the materials and books I will recommend.  Finally, I explain the studio policies and determine the length of time for each lesson (usually 30 minutes for beginners, 45 for late beginner through early advanced).  


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have studied piano performance and pedagogy with nationally-recognized pedagogues.  I am currently studying performance and pedagogy with master teacher and Virginia Music Teachers Association President-Elect Mr. Narciso Solero in Arlington VA (www.narcisosolero.com).


Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

$30/30 minutes, $45/45 minutes, $60/60 minutes.


How did you get started teaching?

I was performing at church and teaching classroom music and was asked by several parents if I would teach their children lessons.  There were soon so many requests that I began taking students.  I was able to leave the classroom job and focus on just teaching piano in 2010.


What types of students have you worked with?

Three year old beginners to adults of every level of ability.  I currently do not teach three year olds, preferring to start with Kindergarten students at the earliest.


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

In March 2019, all fifteen of my students who participated in the Piano Solo event at the Virginia Federation of Music Clubs Festival received Superior ratings.

In May 2019, two of my students passed the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music Grade 2 and Grade 3 Piano Examinations with Distinction.  

I am always fond of the Spring Recital and Awards Ceremony, where I shower all my students with praise and encouragement.


What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Look for someone you will enjoy taking lessons from and who will motivate you to do your homework.  Your teacher should help you discover what makes you "tick" and give you the music and skills you need to become the musician you want to be.  Make sure he or she is someone you can feel free to talk to about concerns you may have or the direction your music study is going.


What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

"Am I willing to put in the work to do this to the best of my abilities?"

"Will I follow the teacher's instructions and make sure I understand what he or she is asking me to do?"