Piano Discoveries Level 1

Ages 6 – 9  |  In-Person

Spring 2022 Registration is Open!


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Sing. Play. Learn.

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.

Note: If your child is slightly younger or slightly older than the range for this class, please contact us at academy@gmu.edu to discuss the best placement for your child.


Ages:  6 – 9 (rising 1st-grade minimum)
 Wednesdays, February 9 – May 25, 2022 (15 weeks)
Time:  4:45 – 5:30 pm
Skip Date:  April 6
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.









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