Due to COVID-19 our staff is tele-working. For questions, email academy@gmu.edu. All private lessons and classes are now online.

Piano Level 1 for Adults

Fall 2020 registration is open!



Level 1 Piano Class, designed for adults with little or no previous keyboard experience, is an introduction to the piano and basic music reading/theory. Students will have the opportunity to interact with other students and share their musical successes, challenges, and reflections in a supportive and encouraging environment. A portion of each class will include individual instruction and practice time. If you have always wanted to play the piano, or just want to try something new, this class is for you!

Note: Students are responsible for purchasing their own Piano Lesson Book (see requirements below).


Ages:  16+
Time:  6:00 – 7:00 pm EST
  Mondays, Oct. 5 – Nov. 30, 2020
Skip Date:  Nov. 23
Tuition:  $228
Location:  Zoom (Details provided in Welcome Letter)


Sample Schedule

6:00 pm – 6:10 pm
Welcome and Warm-ups
6:10 pm – 6:50 pm
Guided Lesson and Presentations
6:50 pm – 7:00 pm
Wrap up and Review




Registration is closed.






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.










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