Piano Discoveries Level 1

Piano Discoveries 1

Ages 6-9


In this Level 1 beginner class, students will learn the musical alphabet at the keyboard in a limited hand position. As students learn the keys, they will also begin reading music on the staff. Students will become familiar with piano through games and exercises in class, along with some written theory practice for home. Through singing and playing, students will be able to learn music at a comfortable pace. This class continues with a Level 2 class in the Fall semester.

Lesson books and class materials provided.

Ages: 6-9

Dates: Week of February 6 – May 24, 2023 (15 weeks)
Section 1: Mondays, 5:00 – 5:45 pm
Section 2: Wednesdays, 4:45 – 5:30 pm

Skip Dates:
Section 1: April 3
Section 2: April 5

Tuition: $452.50

Location: Mason Community Arts Academy Building in Fairfax, VA

Covid Safety Information

Section 1: Mondays, 5:00 – 5:45 pm

Section 2: Wednesdays, 4:45 – 5:30 pm

Program Faculty

Piano Teacher Fairfax VA

Mehrnoush Aghagholizadeh
Academy Piano Instructor

Mehrnoush Aghagholizadeh was born in Tehran, Iran, she began her musical journey by taking the Orff method classes for children at the age of six. She was introduced to different music instruments such as xylophones, metallophones and glockenspiels plus singing and dancing. At the age of seven she started taking piano lessons with Reza Elhamian, a graduate of the Goldsmiths University in London, UK. Mehrnoush got her bachelor’s degree in piano performance from the University of Art and Architecture where she worked with the renowned Armenian pianist Gagik Babayan. During her years in Tehran she was active as a piano teacher, chamber and solo musician.

Mehrnoush holds a second bachelor’s degree in piano performance from the University of Central Florida where she studied with Dr. Yun-ling Hsu. In Florida she continued performing, accompanying as well as teaching as a private teacher and group piano lessons instructor. She had numerous performances with the UCF piano department. She had the opportunity to perform at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Arts in Orlando, FL. She had the privilege to attend master classes around the world with the great concert pianists such as Oleg Poliansky, Kevin Ayesh, Andre Laplante and David Gross.

Mehrnoush is currently doing her master’s degree in Piano Pedagogy at the George Mason University studying with Dr. Anna Balakerskaia. She wants to be a solo pianist as well as being a full-time piano teacher because she considers teaching as her passion. Teaching at the UCF summer camp 2017 with Dr. Yun-ling Hsu, was a life changing experience for her, where she had the chance to work with a group of students from early childhood to pre-college for two weeks working on piano technique, theory and ear-training as well as performer wellness. Mehrnoush is currently based in Falls Church, VA where she works as a part-time piano instructor.

Kelly Nam Piano Lessons

Dr. Kelly Nam
Academy Teaching Artist – Wednesday

 English (fluent)  |  Korean (fluent)
Musical Styles: Classical, Jazz, Modern, Game Music, Film OST
Specialized Skill Levels:  All
Suzuki Method:  Available, Books 1-7

Dr. Kelly Nam 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 of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Indiana, Bloomington. She also holds a Bachelor of Music from Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea.

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. Recent venues where she performed includes concert halls at George Mason University in VA, Alfred University in NY, Quinnipiac University in CT, and Elon University in NC.

As a critical pedagogy scholar, Dr. Nam has been a frequent contributor to the College Music Society and the 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. Besides offering piano studio courses at MCAA, she teaches game music composition, sound design, and digital audio editing at George Mason University.


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