Welcome to helenfall.com! Helen is a performer and instructor of viola, violin, chamber music, and orchestral music. Explore the site to find out more.

Helen Fall Performance Bio
For teaching information, please visit the Studio Resources page.

How Does Music Benefit the Brain?

Research shows that music greatly benefits the brain. Read the article.

Studies reveal musical training in childhood aids language learning ability

Just one hour a week of musical interaction greatly increases linguistic aptitude, even into adulthood. Read the article from The Strad magazine.

New Statistics Linking Music Education to Cognitive Development
It’s long been accepted that music education helps students become more prepared for a lifetime of learning. New studies now show statistical evidence linking music lessons to measurable gains in focus, discipline, and critical thinking, meaning the connection between music and learning is now stronger than ever. Read more.

That 'Useless' Liberal Arts Degree Has Become Tech's Hottest Ticket

From Forbes Magazine: Big tech employers are widening their hiring horizons beyond the STEM fields: science, technology, engineering and math. Larry Quinlan, Deloitte’s chief information officer, argues in favor of “STEAM,” in which the A stands for the arts. “It’s not enough to be technologically brilliant,” Quinlan says. “We need senior people who understand business processes, too.” Read more.

Arts Education Fuels the Economy

We all know that studying music and art is good for your brain, but did you know that the arts are also good for the economy? Read why here.

A Musical Fix for American Schools
From the Wall Street Journal: More evidence that keeping music programs in schools helps boost IQ, test scores, creative thinking for scientists, and the list goes on.


Performance Masterclasses #7 will be Sunday, March 5th and Wednesday, March 8th.  See Upcoming Events section on left side of this page for details.

UPCOMING STUDENT PERFORMANCES 

Sunday, February 26: VASTA Recital
Due to lack of participation, the Fall Studio will dominate this recital, as the only performers. Audrey, Clara, Isabella and Mia will play ALL of the selections they are scheduled to play in the March 10 Spring Festival! 

SPRING FESTIVAL INFORMATION
Spring Festival
Friday, March 10
6:30, 7:30 and 8:30PM (Click here for assigned times and rooms)
Columbia Baptist Church
103 West Columbia Street
Falls Church, VA
Click here for Festival instructions, directions, and map
PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING:
1. Original copy of your music with measures numbered in both margins.
Photocopies are NOT allowed!
2. Judges' comment sheets (2 per event)

Check the Studio Resources page for information and directions.

REMINDER!!
The Annual Spring Recital was rescheduled to TUESDAY, May 2 at 7pm.  See Upcoming Events section on left side of this page for details.

BREAK A LEG!!

KUDOS!!

Crystal and Tyler played well at the February 5 NVMTA General Recital

David and John stood out at the February 12 NVMTA Judged Recital

Later on February 12, Jason performed at the NVMTA Honors Recital, having been awarded Honors for his performance at the December 4 NVMTA Judged Recital

Brooke, David, and Jason performed in the Vienna Lions’ Club, James Bland Competition on February 18. Bravi to all three, who performed at their highest performance level, yet!! Special congratulations to Jason, who was awarded 2nd place! 

Bravi to all!!

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Bravi to the following Fall Studio Students for Successful Auditions and Performances in the following orchestras (2016-2017):

2017 Virginia All-State Orchestra
David and Brooke will be stand partners in the 2nd violin section.
Jason will play in the viola section.
Tyler came in as First Alternate Viola! WOW!!

2016 Northern SRO Orchestra
Brooke - Section First Violin
Jason - Assistant Principal Viola
Tyler - Section Viola

2016 North Central SRO Orchestra
David - 1st violin section

2016 District 12 Honors Orchestras
JDO - John

2016 DIstrict 11 Honors Orchestras
SDO - Audrey & Crystal

AYP Symphonic Orchestra
David - Co-Concertmaster
AYP Concert Orchestra
John - Principal Viola
AYP String Ensemble
Clara - Section 2nd Violin

Concertmasters and Principals
Audrey - Principal Viola, WT Woodson HS
Brooke - Principal 2nd Violin, Langley HS
John - Principal Viola, Herndon MS 
Maddy - Principal VIola, Holton-Arms Upper School
Isabella - Assistant Concertmaster, Robinson Area Orchestra