PIANO ACADEMY ONLINE
Piano Academy Online will feature a rich musical experience for students ages 8-18 with a minimum of two years private lesson experience. Students will socialize and learn from each other online through daily group activities such as Q&A sessions, Faculty Performances, Master Classes and more. This program includes many of the exciting aspects of previous years adapted for a virtual experience. The week will culminate in an online recital including live and/or pre-recorded performances. (Note: Adult guidance and technology support may be required for younger students)
Students will rotate throughout small sessions each day that will include:
- Two 30-minute private virtual lessons per student per week.
- One hour of monitored individual practice time
- Live and Pre-recorded Lectures on special topics such as music theory, music history, and more!
- Access to daily online Theory Exercises and Sight Reading Exercises.
Ages: 8 – 18
Dates: See below
Times: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm (M-F)
Location: Online (Details provided in Welcome Letter)
- Computer, tablet, or smart phone with internet access and audio/video capabilities
- Keyboard or piano set up in a well-lit, quiet environment
- Students are encouraged to set up their devices to allow instructors to view hands at the piano during lessons.
- Instructors will provide an introduction/tutorial video for students to practice an optimal setup.
Recommended for best experience, but not required
Co-Director/ Instructor: Michelle Richardson
Academy Teaching Artist
Read about Ms. Richardson
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.
Co-Director/ Instructor: Misha Tumanov
Academy Teaching Artist
Read about Mr. Tumanov
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.
Instructor: Faith Zúñiga
Academy Teaching Artist
Read about Ms. Zúñiga
Ms. Zúñiga performed Prokofiev Concerto No. 1 and Beethoven Concerto No. 5 with the Mason Symphony Orchestra in 2014. She was a 1st Prize winner in the 2014 George Mason University Concerto Competition. She also won 1st Place in the 2013 UIUC Clara Rolland Undergraduate Piano Competition. Additional competition awards include Semifinalist in the Victor Elmaleh Concert Artists Guild Competition, Semifinalist in the Byrd International Piano Competition, and 2nd Place in the American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition.
Ms. Zúñiga took part in the inaugural edition of the Valencia International Piano Academy in Spain, where she studied with teachers from Juilliard, Peabody, and the Madrid Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia. A native of Illinois, Faith has performed in Costa Rica, Italy, Spain, and the United States.
Ms. Zúñiga is a Doctor of Musical Arts student at George Mason University, where she studies with Dr. Anna Balakerskaia and teaches as a Graduate Lecturer. She has studied at the Conservatory of East Central Illinois; the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan; the Instituto Superior de Artes in San Jose, Costa Rica; the Conservatorio Benedetto Marcello in Venice, Italy; the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Indiana University at South Bend.
“My daughter enjoyed the keyboard repertoire class and the private lessons.”―Mason Summer Piano Academy 2019 ParentSee More Testimonials
“My favorite part was the four semi-private (2 students) professional lessons. I also loved the t-shirt that the students received. Kudos to the designer.” – Mason Summer Piano Academy 2018 Parent
“I really appreciated the opportunity provided for my child to see a wide variety of style and performance.” – Mason Summer Piano Academy 2017 Parent
“My favorite part was getting a chance to work with new teachers and to meet other kids very interested in piano.” – Mason Summer Piano Academy 2017 Participant
- Be sure to check our FAQs and policies and procedures regarding registration, withdrawals, refunds, curriculum, technology and more for summer programs.
- All students will receive a Welcome Letter via email at least 1 week before the program starts with all necessary details including camp schedule, supply list, web links, etc.
- For additional information, please contact the Academy at email@example.com.