Summer Piano Adventures




In this fun one-week program, students will be introduced to the piano, musical notation, rhythm, fingering, and the musical alphabet through games and exercises. They will learn songs on the piano and perform in class groups. One part of the program time will be spent in the piano lab (one child per piano), and the other will be in an open classroom space where students will explore other musical activities through singing and movement. Students will be introduced to classical composers and different musical genres, and they will compose their own short pieces to perform in the final presentation.  



Ages:  6-9 years
Dates: June 24-28 OR July 8-12, 2019
Times:  9:00 a.m.–12:00 n (M-F)
Tuition:  $230 per week
Location:  Mason Community Arts Academy Building in Fairfax
Extended Day option not available for this program

Each weekly section has an 8-child maximum, so reserve your spot early!


June 24-28, 2019
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July 8-12, 2019
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Piano students with advanced beginner, intermediate or advanced skills should join our Mason Summer Piano Academy for ages 8-18.


MichelleLaurent_headshot Director/ Instructor:  Michelle Richardson
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Michelle Richardson holds a BM and MM 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. Michelle 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 Conerto 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, Michelle 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, Michelle 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, Michelle 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 Potomac 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 scholarship.







To register by phone or request a paper registration form, please call the Academy office at 703-993-9889.



My son had been hating piano lessons before camp. Piano camp changed all that. He came home every day from camp and said how much he loved it! He now loves the piano and wants to keep going! It’s all because of the wonderful teacher!” – Summer Piano Adventures 2018 Parent

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“I loved how excited my son was after class and how happy he was to go back.” – Summer Piano Adventures 2017 Parent