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About Love's Music Lessons, LLC

I am the premier provider of traveling piano lessons in Ashburn, including private piano lessons, children's piano lessons, music instruction and music lessons. I am one of the few highly qualified, expert and professional Ashburn piano teachers. I am also the first traveling piano Ashburn teacher to form her own independent traveling music company.

I am also an expert flute teacher in Ashburn, VA, and have flute students who participate in Fairfax County District Band, Loudoun Solo and Ensemble Festival, Fairfax Solo and Ensemble Festival and Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM). I am a classically trained musician with two music degrees from accredited universities in the United States. I have a BA in flute performance from UCLA and an MM in piano pedagogy and performance from George Mason University. Aside from my extensive educational background, I have attended numerous piano festivals where I received partial and full tuition scholarships, including Brevard Music Center and Las Vegas Music Festival.

I have participated in master classes with James Giles, Mykola Suk and Vladimir Feltsman. I have attended numerous piano and flute workshops to enhance my teaching skills and received a $900 teacher enrichment grant from the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) in 2004. I attended the prestigious SUNY (State University of New York)-New Paltz Piano Festival in 2009, where I received private piano lessons from Vladimir Feltsman, Susan Starr and Robert Roux. Most recently, I attended the 2013 Washington International Piano Festival held at Catholic University in DC. I received private piano lessons from Dr. Ivo Kaltchev (Catholic University of America (CUA)), Nikita Fitenko (CUA), Li-Ly Cheng (MD), Yuri Didenko (Moscow Conservatory), and Hae-Young Kim (South Korea).

Additionally, I was selected to perform in a master class with Brian Ganz and selected by audition to perform at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage on August 2, 2013. You can view my performance at the Kennedy Center on my website. I provide piano lessons for the younger beginner, classical piano lessons, kids piano lessons, children's piano lessons, keyboard classes, music lessons for kids, intermediate piano lessons, advanced piano lessons and private piano lessons in your home in all areas of Ashburn (20147, 20148) Ashburn Farm, Ashburn Village, Broadlands, Belmont Country Club, Belmont Ridge, Belmont Hunt, Belmont Chase, Belmont Greene, Belmont Meadows, Loudoun Valley, Loudoun Valley Estates, Moreland Estates, Moorefield Station, Sterling (20166), Loudoun Valley Overlook (20166), Countryside (20165), Potomac Falls (20165), and Great Falls (22066), VA. Additionally, I provide keyboard classes for kids in Ashburn (20147, 20148), Sterling (20166), Potomac Falls (20165) and Great Falls (22066). Piano students must possess a digital piano with 88 weighted keys and at least two pedals.

An acoustic piano is highly recommended for those wishing to participate in festivals and competitions. There needs to be a certain amount of resistance in pushing down piano keys in order to properly train and strengthen the fingers. This process can not be accomplished on a keyboard.

Music lessons take place in a stress-free environment -- your home-where your child can relax and focus. View clips of my performances and my student's performances at my website. Students who join Love's Music Lessons will develop proper piano technique. Mrs. Love is a patient, friendly and caring Ashburn piano teacher who specializes in teaching young children and adults.

Although I am patient, I am also strict enough to focus on strong basics such as learning to read the notes in treble and bass clef and playing with correct rhythm. I can teach all ages and levels, especially the younger beginner. I can teach students as young as 4 years old provided that the parents are actively involved in the learning process. Parents must be willing to sit with the younger beginner while they practice for the first six months of piano lessons. I also provide piano lessons twice per week for the younger beginner for a period of six months. Lessons twice a week are provided at a reduced rate for parents who are serious about their child's progress.

Mrs. Love received piano training from Dr. Ana Balakerskaia, piano faculty at George Mason University and Darya Gabay, both of whom were graduates of the St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia. Mrs. Love also studied with Julie Hahn, NCTM, who graduated with Masters degrees from the Peabody Conservatory and Catholic University. Mrs. Love focuses on note-reading, sound, technique, rhythm and emphasizes the Russian school of piano playing repertoire and technique materials are drawn from Peskanov and other Russian masters. Emphasis is placed on hand and wrist position, developing firm fingertips, maintaining a relaxed wrist and using the wrists to improve technical facility. Rotation of the wrists is of utmost importance in playing Beethoven, Haydn, and Mozart piano sonatas. Improper piano technique such as flat fingers and hands that are not level with the keys can lead to injuries later in life and slow down a beginner's progress.

Scales and technical exercises are assigned on a weekly basis to strengthen the fingers. Etudes by numerous piano masters are assigned for beginners up through advanced level piano students.

Piano students may explore a variety of repertoire, but I primarily focus on classical piano repertoire as this develops the skills to play any genre of music beautifully. Piano students are required to learn major and minor scales, the corresponding chord progressions and cadences, which are highlighted in classical, jazz, and popular music. Music theory, ear training, sight-reading, and transposition are provided for beginning to advanced students who take a 45-minute lesson.

Flute students will learn how to develop a pure sound using the support of their diaphragm. A comprehensive flute lesson includes tone exercises, vibrato exercises, etudes to develop sight-reading skills, major and minor scales to develop technique, and flute repertoire from the Baroque, classical, and contemporary eras. I also have my students play duets, which are fun and enlightening.

Flute students are encouraged to audition for All District Band in Loudoun County, and participate in Loudoun County Solo and Ensemble Festival. Mrs. Love provides reduced piano accompanist rates for Solo and Ensemble Festival in Loudoun County and Solo and Ensemble Festival in Fairfax County (District 12).

Recital and performance opportunities are provided for students who desire to work towards a goal or perform in front of a live audience. Love's Music Lessons, LLC holds an annual studio recital where students have an opportunity to showcase their talents.

Mrs. Love is a member of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), Virginia Music Teachers Association (VMTA), Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association (NVMTA), National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC)- Falls Church Spring Festival, National Guild of Piano Teachers (NGPT), Fairfax-Loudoun Music Fellowship (FLMF), and Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM). These organizations offer competitive and noncompetitive events for students who desire to reach their ultimate potential in music.


20014 Coltsfoot Terrace
Ashburn, VA 20147

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Q. Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.

A. Due to competitive pricing, I can only give a range of what I charge. However, I currently offer lessons in increments of 35, 40, 60, 70, 75, 80, and 105 minutes. Due to my expertise and skill in music, I currently charge $70-$80 per hour. Call me directly at 571-405-9670 for exact pricing.

Q. What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?

A. Many people are unaware of how to select a qualified piano teacher. There are many teachers who believe they can undercut professional music teachers in the area by offering piano instruction at a significantly reduced rate. They sincerely believe that students will contact them because they charge less than everyone else! My advice to prospective clients is to remember that you get what you pay for!

Your child's first piano teacher is the most crucial because he or she will train you on appropriate piano technique. I have acquired students in the past who studied with a piano teacher for two years and never learned anything about proper technique and hand position! This should be first and foremost!

Find out if the teacher you have selected has a degree in music and in the specific instrument they are teaching. Also, make sure the teacher has a degree from an accredited university. Find out about the prospective teacher's teaching background. Ask lots of questions! How long have they been teaching? What experience do they have in teaching the younger beginner? This is especially important if your child is between the ages of 4 and 7. Don't settle for a teacher simply because he or she charges less than professional music teachers in the area. This may be a red flag that they are in need of students and/or they do not have a sufficient educational or performance background in the instrument they are teaching.

Q. What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?

A. It is important for customers to realize that teaching piano is an art. It takes a skilled professional to teach piano to younger beginners. Somehow the teacher needs to get those tiny little fingers to curve and produce a rich sound with firm fingertips. At the same time, the teacher needs to teach the younger piano student to develop and play with accurate rhythm, follow appropriate articulations (slurs, ties and staccato markings), understand musical notations (fermata, D. C. al Fine, D. S. al Coda, etc.) and use the pedals. All of the above must be coordinated at one time. Customers must understand that every student is unique and it is often more challenging to teach younger beginners with no previous music background. However, the younger beginner can often be the most rewarding group of musicians. I absolutely love teaching the younger beginner.

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