Musicianship Class Online

Ages 12-18  |  Online

Spring 2022 Registration is Open!


COVID Safety Guideline: Please be assured that all in-person programs will follow strict safety protocols required by George Mason University and are subject to pivoting to all virtual platforms if health and safety conditions warrant. Required protocols will include masks, physical distancing, Mason COVID health checks, and more. Please visit our COVID Safety Guidelines for all in-person programs. We will be routinely updating the information as it evolves. Stay informed by visiting our website and looking out for email alerts and other Academy communications.


All Levels Are Welcome!

This insightful course is perfect for teenage music students who have some basic note-reading ability and musical understanding, and who want to develop and improve their overall musicianship skills. The class will cover topics in music history, music theory and composition, instrumentation, orchestration, musician wellness, and expressive playing.

Each week students will cover topics in sight-reading, sight-singing, listening to composers and compositions from Baroque to the present day, all while building on their music theory and history knowledge. The class will culminate in a short composition project for a single instrument, and students will be guided through every step of the process!

Note: This class is a great supplemental class for students taking regular private lessons. Younger students who are interested should inquire at for permission.


Ages:  12 – 18
Dates:  Mondays, March 7 – May 16, 2022 (10 weeks)
Time:  4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Skip Date:  April 4
Tuition:  $285
Location:  Zoom (Details provided in Welcome Letter)



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Radina Dosseva Piano Lessons
Dr. Radina Dosseva
Academy Piano and Composition Teaching Artist
Read about Dr. Dosseva

Dr. Radina Dosseva was born in Sofia, Bulgaria, where she began her music studies at the age of 5. She lived for several years in Africa with her family, where she learned about different types of music and cultures. In 2003 she moved to the United States with her family and in 2008 she completed her music education at the Levine School of Music and her high school education at George Mason High School.

She went on to receive her Bachelor’s degree with a double major in Music and Sociology from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, followed by a Master’s degree in Music Theory and Composition from East Carolina University in North Carolina. Dr. Dosseva then continued her studies and received a second Master’s degree in Piano Pedagogy from George Mason University in Virginia.

In 2016, she was a recipient of the Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts Scholarship for the Mason Community Arts Academy, where she currently works as a piano teacher. Dr. Dosseva received her doctoral degree in piano pedagogy from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where she studied piano with Dr. Nikita Fitenko and piano pedagogy with Dr. James Litzelman.

Dr. Dosseva is a member of MTNA, NVMTA, and BMI, and is a music theory, composition, and piano teacher in the Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. areas. Dr. Dosseva has extensive teaching experience, both in the classroom and private settings, and she welcomes students of all ages and levels.

In addition to teaching, playing the piano, and composing, Dr. Dosseva also played prima domra for 10 years in the American Balalaika Symphony under the direction of Peter Trofimenko. Dr. Dosseva has performed in numerous concerts of the orchestra in the Washington, D.C. area.

Dr. Dosseva joined the Washington Balalaika Society in 2019, and has already performed in several concerts of the orchestra.








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