Join us for a special three week mini-session to sample our Early Childhood and Elementary Music classes this January. Learn more about Winter Sampler ECEM classes.
Children ages 1 - 6 years and their families will enjoy our Early Childhood and Elementary Music classes. Carefully designed for each child's age group and developmental level, our classes inspire creative learning as students enjoy singing, moving and playing instruments.
Discover Music Therapy for a loved one with special needs
Music Therapy uses music as a tool to help individuals - from children to seniors - transform and improve the quality of their lives, while addressing each individual's needs.
Contact us to get started with a pack of 4, 6 or 8 Music Therapy Sessions.
Attend a Levine Performance
Levine is proud to offer a series of performances and master classes ranging in style from virtuoso piano and chamber music to jazz, rock and cabaret. Please join us for an upcoming event:
January 26, 7:00 PM - War of the Romantics: Brahms vs. Liszt Maryland Campus, Strathmore Featuring pianists and Levine faculty artists Wen-Yin Chan and Alex Peh.
February 10, 1:00-5:00 PM - Cogen Concerto Competition NW DC Campus Hear Levine's rising stars perform piano and instrumental concertos and compete in three age divisions.
March 15, 8:00 PM and March 16, 11:00 AM - GuitarFest with Sharon Isbin Church of the Epiphany and NW DC Campus Internationally renowned classical guitarist Sharon Isbin will present a concert on Friday evening followed by a master class with Levine's guitar students on Saturday morning.
This holiday season give your loved ones a music experience that they will never forget!
Holiday Lesson Packs of 4, 6 and 8 lessons
Giving an instrument as a gift this holiday season? Pair it with some introductory lessons. Want to try a new instrument? Try a Lesson Pack to get started.
Lessons are offered in 22 instruments and voice. Lessons are geared towards the specific goals, needs and aspirations of each student regardless of experience or age. More information.
Early Childhood and Elementary Music Winter Samplers
Shopping for a special gift for a niece, nephew or grandchild? Try a "Winter Sampler" Early Childhood and Elementary Music class.
Children ages 1 - 6 years and their families will enjoy our Early Childhood and Elementary Music classes. Carefully designed for each child's age group and developmental level, our classes inspire creative learning as students enjoy singing, moving and playing instruments. Learn more about Winter Sampler ECEM Classes.
Music Therapy 4, 6, or 8 Session Pack
Looking for a unique gift for a loved one with special needs? Contact us for a pack of 4, 6 or 8 Music Therapy Sessions.
Music Therapy uses music as a tool to help individuals - from children to seniors - transform and improve the quality of their lives, while addressing each individual's needs. Learn more about Music Therapy.
Congratulations to Act Two @ Levine Artistic Director Kevin Kuchar who has been nominated for Best Director of a Musical for the 2012 Broadway World Washington DC Awards for last fall's production of Spring Awakening. Act Two @ Levine is the only musical theatre education program nominated in this category.
Getting Started and Next Steps: Exciting Group Classes for ages 5 - 12
Does your child want to sing or learn an instrument in a fun and encouraging environment? The following group classes are excellent introductory options. Each class is designed to build a solid musical foundation and develop the skills necessary for private study, while helping students explore their creativity in a nurturing group setting.
Musical Journey (ages 6-7) This class explores the music and languages of many different countries and cultures. In today’s global community, music is the perfect conduit to promote respect and understanding of many cultures and at the same time introduce new musical concepts.
String Orchestra for Beginners (ages 6-8) Inspired by the “El Sistema” model of the Venezuelan Youth Orchestra System, young string players are introduced to their instruments (violin, viola, or cello) through an orchestral experience. The group environment has proven to be an encouraging and rewarding experience for young beginners.
Group Piano (ages 6-9) This class provides students who have not studied music previously with an introduction to music at the piano. Utilizing an acoustic piano, students develop a strong foundation in rhythm, note reading, and basic technique that leads to successful private study the following year.
Music Moves (A-D) (through age 7) The Music Moves series provides a solid foundation in music literacy to prepare children for individual instrumental lessons, and provides an enrichment experience for children already studying an instrument. Based on the approach of composer Carl Orff, these classes center on movement and focus on things children like to do: sing, chant rhymes, dance, and play instruments.
Building Musical Bridges (ages 7-9) “Bridging” our Elementary Music classes with private instrument study, this class offers older children more structured learning of complex musical ideas, note-reading and basic theory. Students develop and perform in multiple disciplines including singing, Orff instruments, composition, basic percussion and movement/dance.
Drums Around the World (ages 7-11) This class is an excellent way to get started with percussion and is an appropriate next step for recent graduates of Early Childhood and Elementary Music classes. Students explore percussion instruments from around the world in a relaxed and encouraging setting.
Beginning Harp Sampler (ages 7-12) This class provides students with the opportunity to try out the harp before committing to private lessons and instrument rental/purchase. Using harps at Levine, students explore the instrument’s history, proper playing posture, hand position, and introductory technique.
Treble Voices (ages 7-12) This vocal enrichment program teaches students the musicianship skills and character building required for ensemble singing. Students learn basic vocal technique, music theory, and sightsinging, which are skills that are vital to their development as young musicians.
Children’s Chorus (ages 8-12) This performing ensemble focuses on developing age-appropriate vocal technique and musicianship skills through children’s choral literature. Benefits of this chorus include attaining artistic integrity, musicality, ensemble experience and musical literacy all while the students gain confidence, make friendships and find their own voices through music.
Beginning Guitar Class (ages 8-12) Start your guitar study by learning to play great songs from around the world with confidence and competence. Learn the fundamental habits of great guitar players while mastering note reading, basic melodies, right-hand fingerpicking technique, arpeggio patterns, chords, and strums.
Vocal Basics for Young Singers (ages 9-12) This class teaches young singers to use their voices in ways every musician needs to know: proper vocal technique (breath and line), part-singing (ear and harmony work) and basic music reading. All of these skills will greatly enhance and accelerate readiness for chorus auditions, school musicals, and private lessons.
View all of Levine's Programs to learn more about our departments and group classes for all ages.
Musician, composer, and educator Chris Brown began teaching at Levine in Fall 2011. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, he previously taught at the Academy of Contemporary Music in London, England, the leading undergraduate school of contemporary music in Europe. Chris teaches electric and upright bass, guitar, ensembles, composition and recording arts as well as the Louise P. Zanar guitar classes at THEARC. Music technology plays a big part in the lives of musicians today, which has led Chris to also teach GarageBand, Protools, Logic Studio and Ableton Live at Levine.
Chris is drawn to teaching because he enjoys helping students grow, both musically and personally. "I love to see the sheer joy when a student discovers a new way of expressing themselves through music," he explains. In addition, Chris encourages and inspires all of his students to not be afraid of making mistakes, keeping the focus on being playful and expressive.
Many students come to playing bass after exploring another instrument first, typically guitar, cello, drums or piano. Electric bass students can begin whenever they are physically strong enough to hold the strings down – typically at least 9 or 10 years old though there are many different sizes of instruments to accommodate younger musicians or those with smaller hands.
Technology offers today’s students numerous unlimited opportunities. Chris explains, “we seem to live in the future now and it's important to enable the next generation of musicians to explore these new vistas. So many new creative options are now available to anybody with a home computer, tablet or mobile phone in terms of recording, composition, performance, study/practice and of course music distribution and marketing.” Learning how to use the software turns your computer into a recording studio, composer’s desk, practice room or multimedia art installation.
The Levine Presents 2012-2013 performances series is titled Patrons, Rivals Friends: Bringing Musical Scenes to Life.
Inspiration comes to an artist in various forms. Often it appears out of the necessity of pleasing a patron. Sometimes it comes from an exceptionally fertile period for artists when creative minds meet and inspire or challenge each other. Sometimes it’s driven by historical events either in reaction, protest or celebration. This season Levine will explore the many sources of artistic inspiration while recreating scenes in the history of artistic expression.
We hope you will join us for these concerts, master classes, lectures and special events - most of which are free of charge to Levine students.
The following students have been selected to participate in the 2012-2013 Honors Program. Many congratulations to these students and their teachers!
Briana Applewhite, Piano - Student of Naira Babayan Michelle Armstrong-Spielberg, Guitar - Student of Doug Rogers Tahana Augustin, Voice - Student of Joyce Lundy Zane Begun, Guitar - Student of Doug Rogers Robert Belson, Guitar - Student of Franco Platino Andrew Capasso, Flute - Student of Rebecca Collaros Nathaniel Castro, Cello - Student of Margaret Ayre Alistair Coleman, Piano - Student of Pamela Sverjensky Fiona Cunninghame-Murray, Violin - Student of Elizabeth Kim Vinson Do, Piano - Student of Alex Peh Geneve Dubberly, Violin - Student of Hae Soon Hahn Will Edwards, Piano - Student of Pamela Sverjensky Zoe Fong, Violin - Student of Jorge Orozco Avery Gagliano, Piano & Violin - Student of Marina Alekseyeva & Jorge Orozco Victoria Graf, Piano - Student of Darya Gabay Alex Hamburger, Flute - Student of Karen Johnson Ellie Hasenberg, Piano - Student of Laurie Hudicek John Janezich, Piano - Student of Grace McFarlane Audrey Kim, Flute - Student of Martha Ethington Joonyoung Kyun, Cello - Student of Philip von Maltzahn Peri Leighty, Violin - Student of Alexandra Mikhlin Alex Lim, Piano & Cello - Student of Karen Bartman & Emily Yang Jack Ludwig, Oboe - Student of Kenneth Stilwell Jonathan Maranville, Guitar - Student of Franco Platino Nathaniel McLean, Violin - Student of Susan Katsarelis Julian Naimon, Cello - Student of Aron Rider Gregory Osborne, Piano - Student of Alex Peh Zachary Page, Piano - Student of Melinda Baird Marc Pavan, Voice - Student of Joyce Lundy Cao Linh Pham, Piano - Student of Soyoon Yim Jackson Pope, Violin - Student of Susan Katsarelis Jessica Schwartz, Piano - Student of Mikhail Volchok Sabrina Shuster, Violin - Student of Sarah Foard Cinnamon Sipper, Piano - Student of Sayaka Jordan Adam Stambouli, Piano - Student of Alex Peh John Stricklett, Piano - Student of Mikhail Volchok Fujia Sun, Piano - Student of Wen-Yin Chan Keiju Takehara, Piano - Student of Pamela Sverjensky Yukino Takehara, Violin - Student of Ricardo Cyncynates Alexander Tsereteli, Piano - Student of Cecilia Cho Erin Walk, Flute - Student of Joyce Bennett Jennifer Wang, Piano - Student of Anna Ouspenskaya Marisa Wright, Piano & Composition - Student of Artur Aksenov & Sis McKay
The Honors Program at Levine is a merit-based program designed to enrich the musical development of Levine’s exceptionally gifted students by providing opportunities for them to enhance their musical education, gain inspiration through association with a community of like-minded students, and represent Levine as ambassadors of excellence.
Act Two @ Levine is the strongest and most innovative musical theatre educational presence in the region. Levine’s highly qualified and experienced faculty, under the Artistic Direction of Kevin Kuchar, provide students with professional level vocal instruction and theatre training. In addition, each student will gain practical experience in all aspects of a production from audition to performance.
New Pre-Professional Program
(High School Students)
Act Two @ Levine is proud to announce the launch of our new musical theater Pre-Professional Program!
Students accepted into this highly selective program will stage three black box productions - Rent, Bat Boy, and Next to Normal - over a ten month program period.
Students will participate in "touring style" performances throughout the metro area - including THEARC and Woolly Mammoth theatres, take part in master classes led by highly qualified professionals in the field, participate as apprentices in the creation process and much more! Learn more.
Interested students must complete the online application. Selected applicants will be invited to audition on September 10 or 24.
Fall Mainstage Production: Blood Brothers
(Middle and High School Students)
Blood Brothers is a haunting rags to riches tragedy of our times. A woman with numerous children to support surrenders one of her newborn twins to the childless woman. The boys grow up streets apart, never learning the truth but becoming friends and falling in love with the same girl. One prospers while the other falls on hard times. A narrator warns that a price has to be paid for separating twins: the lives of the blood brothers, who die on the day they find out they are related. Learn more.
Fall Early Childhood and Elementary Music Sampler Classes
Join us for a special three week mini-session to sample our Early Childhood and Elementary Music classes before the fall semester begins. Our group classes inspire creative learning as students enjoy singing, moving and playing instruments.
Classes will take place on Wednesdays August 29, September 5 and September 12.
NW DC CAMPUS
Building Blocks for Babies (4 months - 1 year), 9:45 - 10:30 AM Music Time for Toddlers (1 - 2 years), 10:30 - 11:15 AM Round We Go (2 - 3 years), 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM Adventures in Music (3 - 4 years), 3:30 - 4:15 PM Exploring Music (4 - 5 years), 4:15 - 5:00 PM Discovering Music (5 - 6 years), 5:00 - 5:45 PM
Adventures in Music (3 - 4 years), 3:15 - 4:00 PM Exploring Music (4 - 5 years), 4:00 - 4:45 PM Discovering Music (5 - 6 years), 4:45 - 5:30 PM Building Musical Bridges (6 - 8 years), 5:30 - 6:15 PM
The study of music theory provides the foundation for a deep understanding of music as a language, creating a knowledgeable and discerning audience of music lovers who attend concerts, create, listen, play and study music over a lifetime. At Levine, Music Theory courses are not strictly college level studies; the ...
Summer is the perfect time to expand your musical horizons and discover something new!
Levine offers classes, workshops, boot camps, and lesson packages for students of all ages, from babies and toddlers to seasoned music lovers.
New this summer: