Piano Discoveries Level 2

Piano Discoveries Level 2

Ages 6 – 9



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Level 2 introduces more difficult concepts in music and at the piano. Major and minor tonalities are identified and explored, keyboard harmony is further developed in chords and broken chords, as well as scales and keys are introduced in musical pieces and exercises. Pieces are longer and more difficult than Level 1, but musical learning and expression are explored through singing, listening, and group playing in class each week.

After completion of this class, students will be very well prepared with the necessary basics for beginner piano playing, and will easily be able to transition into private piano lessons.


Ages:  6–9 (rising 1st-grade minimum)
Time:  Mondays, 5:00–5:45 PM
Dates: September 26, 2022–January 23, 2023 (15 weeks)
Skip Dates: Dec 19, Dec 26,  2022 & Jan 2, 2023
Tuition:  $427.50 + $25 music fee
Location: Mason Community Arts Academy Building in Fairfax, VA





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Kelly Nam Piano Lessons

Dr. Kelly Nam
Academy Teaching Artist
Read about Dr. Nam

Dr. Kelly Nam (formerly Soonsook Myung), who lives in Northern Virginia, holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance and Pedagogy with minors in Music Theory and Music History from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a Master’s degree in Piano Performance from the University of Indiana, Bloomington. As a winner of the 2005 Wisconsin Beethoven Competition and many international and national piano competitions, such as the Tenth Age and Musical Journal Competition in Korea, Dr. Nam has appeared as soloist, collaborator, duo-pianist, accompanist, and lecturer throughout the United States. Internationally, Dr. Nam played Chopin concerto No.1 with Korean Symphony Orchestra at Seoul Arts Center in 2001 and made numerous appearances in concert halls worldwide. As a critical pedagogy scholar, Dr. Nam has been a frequent contributor to the CMS, College Music Society and the MTNA, Music Teachers National Association. For her brilliant research in the field of music education and assessment, Dr. Nam was awarded 2010 National Teaching Scholar by Carnegie Academy for the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Prior to joining Mason Community Arts Academy at George Mason University, Dr. Nam taught at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT and the University of Wisconsin, Madison in Madison, WI.


Dr. Misha Tumanov
Academy Teaching Artist
Read about Dr. Tumanov

Born in Ukraine, Misha Tumanov started his musical education in Costa Rica at the Instituto Superior de Artes and the Pre-College Program of the National University studying with Dr. Alexandr Sklioutovsky. After Dr. Tumanov graduated with honors from the National University at age seventeen, he continued his studies with Dr. Ray Kilburn at Ball State University, receiving a Master’s Degree and Artist Diploma in piano performance.  Dr. Tumanov earned his Doctoral degree at the University of Maryland, under Dr. Larissa Dedova, where he recorded works of the early Soviet Avant-garde, including Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Myaskovsky, Feinberg, and Roslavets.

Dr. Tumanov has taught in the DC area since 2010. Previously, he taught at the National University of Costa Rica, the Instituto Superior de Artes, and Ball State (both private lessons and group classes). Mr. Tumanov has also taught group classes at George Mason University and the University of Maryland. He has been often invited back to Costa Rica to work with students preparing for competitions and major performances, most notably the International Competition of Slav Music 2009 and 2010, where the students received two Second Prizes and one Third Prize. Mr. Tumanov’s students have performed at the Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, as well as prominent local venues.

Dr. Tumanov’s experience as a teacher ranges from 4-year-old beginners to advanced adults. Dr. Tumanov is passionate about guiding his students to find their own artistic voice and discovering the joy of music.

Dr. Tumanov has participated in masterclasses with such distinguished pianists and teachers as Gyorgy Sandor, Alexander Braginsky, Alexander Kobrin, Jerome Rose, and Jonathan Biss. In 2006 he released a CD featuring works by Bach, Mozart, Chopin, Schumann, and Rachmaninov.

Dr. Tumanov is a frequent performer at festivals and conferences, both as a solo and collaborative pianist, including the International Double Reed Society conference, MTNA, Piano Technicians Guild, and Orfeo Music Festival in Italy. He has been a featured soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, the National and Youth Symphony Orchestras of Costa Rica, as well as the Ball State Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Tumanov has won numerous awards and competitions, including second place at the East-Central Division of the MTNA National Competition, the Indianapolis Matinee Musicale, and 1st Prize at the Pinault International Competition in New York.

In addition, Dr. Tumanov is the pianist/organist and Concert Series Coordinator at the United Christian Parish in Reston, VA.











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