Piano Level 1 for Adults

Adult 16+  |  In-Person

Spring 2022 Registration is Open!


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Try Something New!

Level One Piano class, designed for adults with little or no previous keyboard experience, is an introduction to the piano and basic music reading/theory in a supportive and encouraging group environment. A portion of each class will include individual instruction time, with practice time on a digital piano the entire class. If you have always wanted to play the piano, or just want to try something new, this class is for you!

Note: Beginning Piano for Adults 55+ is also available for students ages 55 and up with discounted tuition.


Ages:  16 +
Time & Dates:
  See below
Tuition:  $285 + $25 music fee
Location: Mason Community Arts Academy Building in Fairfax, VA



Session I: Tuesdays
6:00 – 7:00 pm
March 22 – May 31, 2022 (10 weeks)
Skip Date: April 5

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Session II: Thursdays
5:30 – 6:30 pm
February 17 – April 28, 2022 (10 weeks)
Skip Date: April 7

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Dr. Yerin Choi
Academy Teaching Artist
Read about Dr. Choi

Dr. Yerin Choi, a native of South Korea, is a dedicated educator and has been teaching piano for more than twenty years to students of a variety of levels and ages. She has taught both individual and group classes in art high schools and universities to music majors and non-major students. She is also grateful to have been chosen as a doctoral Graduate Teaching Assistant for Keyboard Studies at George Mason University while completing her doctoral degree.

An active soloist and chamber musician, Dr. Choi has performed many solo and ensemble concerts across the United States and Korea. She was chosen as a finalist in the Carmel Piano Competition in California, and won top prizes in competitions in Korea as well. Dr. Choi has been selected as a winner of Mason’s annual concerto competition and performed Bach’s Keyboard Concerto in D Minor with the Mason Symphony Orchestra in 2016. Additionally, she was invited to perform as a piano concerto soloist with the Friends & Family Chamber Orchestra in 2017. She was also selected to perform as a solo pianist in Mason’s Grand Piano Celebration, Arts by George, and numerous additional performances at George Mason University. She is currently a member of the Ahrya Trio performing in Washington D.C area.

Dr. Choi completed her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance at Ewha Womans University in Korea, and earned her Master of Music degree in Piano Performance at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music. At USC, she studied under the guidance of Dr. Stewart Gordon. Dr. Choi recently earned a Doctor of Musical Arts with a concentration in Piano Performance at George Mason University under the tutelage of Dr. Linda Apple Monson.

Misha Tumanov
Academy Teaching Artist
Read about Mr. 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 Mr. 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. Currently, Mr. Tumanov is a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Maryland, under Dr. Larissa Dedova, where he is recording works of the early Soviet Avant-garde, including Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Myaskovsky, Feinberg, and Roslavets.

Mr. 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.

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

Mr. 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.

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








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