Piano Discoveries Level 2

Spring 2021 Registration is Open!



Sing. Play. Learn.

This 12-week ONLINE class is an excellent introduction to the piano and basic musical concepts through singing, playing, keyboard exercises, and games. Students will have daily written theory and practice assignments and will learn to read music and play a variety of songs along with their peers. Through singing and playing, students will be able to learn music at a comfortable pace. The teacher will do an individual assessment for each student throughout the class, and students will have access to supplemental materials and videos during the session.

Students will need to have a piano or keyboard at home, a reliable internet connection, a phone or tablet on a tripod or table, and some assistance from a parent or caregiver to set up for class and help with practice.

After completion of this class, students will be very well prepared for beginner piano playing and will easily be able to transition into private piano lessons.


Ages: 6 – 9 (rising 1st-grade minimum)
  Tuesdays, February 16 – May 18, 2021 (12 weeks)
Time:  4:30 – 5:30 pm EST
Skip Dates:  March 30  |  April 6
Tuition:  $352 (A $10 late fee will be added after Sunday, March 14)
Location:  Zoom (Details provided in Welcome Letter)
Required Books: No books required. Digital materials provided through course Dropbox.


Sample Schedule

10 minutes
Welcome and Warm-ups
20 minutes
Piano Games and Presentations
20 minutes
Group Activities
10 minutes
Wrap-up and Review



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Michelle Richardson
Academy Teaching Artist
Read about Ms. Richardson

Michelle Richardson holds a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music from George Mason University where she studied with Dr. Anna Balakerskaia. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree, continuing her studies with Dr. Balakerskaia. Ms. Richardson is a sought after soloist, chamber musician, and accompanist in the Metro D.C. Area. Highlights of her solo and chamber performances include her solo debut with the George Mason Symphony Orchestra playing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2, chamber recitals at the Lyceum in Alexandria, the “Music with the Angels” Concert series at the Church of the Holy City, Fairfax County “Spotlight on the Arts” festival, as well as at George Mason’s All-Steinway Concerts and ARTS By George series. In the summer of 2010, Ms. Richardson was invited to attend the Orfeo International Music Festival in Vipiteno, Italy. There, she was featured on multiple programs as a soloist and was a finalist in the Orfeo International Music Competition. In May of 2013, Ms. Richardson was a featured soloist in the GMU School of Music Honors Recital. Additionally, she is a frequent performer in area churches including Community of Faith United Methodist Church, Leesburg Community Church, Galilee United Methodist Church, and Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church. She is also a sought after accompanist for local recitals and student solo events.

In addition to her performing, Ms. Richardson has been an active teacher in the area for the last eight years. Along with her performance bachelor’s degree, she completed all the coursework toward a music education degree. In August of 2015, she was faculty on the Corcoran Chamber Music Institute (formerly known as the Summer Piano and Chamber Music Institute at George Washington University). She currently is adjunct faculty at George Mason University where she teaches keyboard classes throughout the year. She also is an active faculty member at the Mason Community Arts Academy at George Mason University, where she teaches at summer piano programs, group classes, and maintains a large piano studio of all ages throughout the year. She is experienced teaching all levels of piano and has prepared students for successful auditions to their top choice music schools with scholarships.