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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.


               KUDOS TO STELLAR STUDENTS!

       2018 Spring Recital Group Photo

BRAVI to ALL students for beautiful performances at the Studio Spring Recital on May 18th.
THANK YOU to Mr. Do for videography. Parents and students should have all received an email with links to your children’s performances.

BRAVA to Brooke - awarded the Russell Nelson Scholarship, the Highest Scholarship Award granted at Brigham Young University!

BRAVA to Brooke for advancing to the final round of the Fairfax Symphony Feuer Competition! Her performance at the final round on May 20th was even more spectacular than her performance in the Preliminary Round!

BRAVO to Jason - accepted to the Virginia's Summer Governor's School for Music for summer 2018!

BRAVI to the students who performed in the NVMTA Strings Achievement (Caurine Easterling) Competition on May 5th. John, Jason, Tyler, Crystal, and Brooke played at the top of their game!
Special recognition to:
John1st place in the Low Strings Intermediate Division, and
BrookeHonorable Mention in the Violin Senior Division.

              

Brooke changed repertoire to compete with a beautiful performance again the next day in the May 6 Fairfax Symphony Feuer Competition Preliminary Round, and advanced to the Final Round on Sunday, May 20

BRAVI to John and Tyler - both were awarded with Honorable Mention at April 29 NVMTA Strings Judged Recital!

BRAVI to the students who performed in the Springfield Music Club Spring Festival on March 9th. With one exception, all students performed in two events: 1) Concerto Event, performing a concerto movement and 2) Solo Event, performing two contrasting selections. All works were performed from memory, and ALL students received ratings of SUPERIOR!! The judges' comments were spot on, and super helpful. We'll review them at your lessons. Special shout out to studio pianist, Laurie Bunn, who was complimented by the judges for her sensitive collaboration.
Students who performed: Brooke, Lynelle, Audrey, Clara, Tyler, Jason, David, and Crystal.

Brooke has been accepted to Brigham Young University, and to the BYU School of Music. She will pursue a degree in Music Education begining next fall. BRAVA!!!

At the February 24th All-State Orchestra Auditions, Brooke placed 8th among violins. Among violas, Jason placed 2nd, and Tyler placed 5th. Bravi!!!! 

                      Brooke 2nd Place 2018 Bland Competition

Brooke was awarded 2nd place for her performance in the February 17th Vienna "Host" James Bland Competition! Brava!!!!

             John wins 2018 Concerto Competition

John was awarded 1st Place for his performance in the January 27th NVMTA Concerto Competition, Intermediate Low Strings Division! Bravo!!!!

Brooke was awarded an Honorable Mention for her performance at the January 13th NVMTA Judged Recital. Brava!!!!

John received an Honorable Mention from the US Army Young Artist Competition. He has been invited to play in with the Army Orchestra at their concert on Friday, May 11th at 7:30pm in the Rachel Schlesinger Concert Hall. Bravo!!!

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2017-2018 Orchestra Honors
BRAVI to these Stellar Students!!

Virginia All-State Orchestra
Violin: Brooke, #8
Viola: Jason, #2
           Tyler, #5

Northern Senior Regional Orchestra

Brooke, Section 1st Violin
Jason, Principal Viola
Tyler, Section Viola

North Central Senior Regional Orchestra
David, Section 1st Violin

District 12 Senior Honors Orchestra
John, Principal Viola

District 11 Senior Honors Orchestra
Crystal, Assistant Principal Viola
Audrey, Section Viola

District 11 Junior Honors Orchestra
Clara, Section 1st Violin

AYPO Orchestras
Symphonic Orchestra
John, Principal Viola
Crystal, Section Viola

String Ensemble
Clara, Section 1st Violin

TCSYO Orchestras
Symphonic Orchestra
Jason, Principal Viola
Tyler, Section VIola

Langley High School
Brooke, Concertmaster

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology
Jason, Principal Viola

Lake Braddock High School
Crystal, Principal Viola

Herndon High School
John, Principal Viola

Battlefield High School
David, Assistant Concertmaster

Williamsburg Middle School
Lynelle, Concertmaster

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MARCH MASTERCLASSES
Group B welcomed new violin student, Kate! She performed the 3rd movement of the Seitz Violin Concerto No. 2. 

            Kate at March Masterclass

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UPCOMING PERFORMANCES: STUDENTS

Saturday, May 12
Brooke Baird Senior Recital!
3:00pm
Brooke will perform a complete recital celebrating her high school graduation and future study at Brigham Young University. On the program are works by Bach, Saint-Säens, Elgar, and Bartok.

Friday, May 18
25th Annual Fall Studio Spring Recital
Truro Chapel
7:00PM
All students will perform! It will be a celebration of the end of a Fabulous Year of Music Making! Invite your friends, family, and teachers!

Check the Studio Resources/Parent Resources page for directions.

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