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We all look for opportunities for our kids to expose them to new things outside of school. Some of the popular ones around Northern Virginia is sports, Karate/Tae Kwon Do, crafts, or music.
Luckily for us, there are a number of opportunities to expose your children to making music. I’m listing some of my favorite organizations below, which are offering both in person programs as well as online. In “normal” times, they also offer after school programs.
Vienna Jammers — 314 Dominion Road NE, Vienna
Originally created in 2005-2006 by Vienna Elementary music teacher, Dave Reynolds. Jammers are a group of kids between the ages of 8 and 17 that play percussion instruments like the marimbas, hand drums, trash cans and steel pans. Practices range from 1-2 times per week and include performances like the Vienna Halloween Parade, Viva Vienna, the “Big Jam” in May, and typically an overnight trip for a performance for the older kids.
Typically, Vienna Jammers holds a “mini camp” in the fall and winter as an introduction to the group, which also makes them eligible for the Summer Experience Camp which is the audition for 2nd and 3rd grade for entry into Jammers. There are several different “colors” which dictates the level of commitment: Green and White (2-6 grade), Black (5-6 grade), Red (2-4 grade) and Steel/Platinum (7 grade +). For more information on the Jammers organization, visit their website.
School of Rock — 111 Center Street S., Vienna
The School of Rock offers lessons in guitar, drum, singing, bass guitar, keyboard and piano. They also offer a program in songwriting. They have in person and online classes for kids as young as 3, along with adult programs. Weekly schedules include a private lesson along with a group rehearsal. You’ll often see these kids in the parking lot giving performances nowadays. They also perform at many of the Vienna town events like Oktoberfest, Viva Vienna and Taste of Vienna. Learn more about their programs here.
Harmonia School of Music & Art — 204-F Mill Street NE, Vienna
Harmonia offers music programs in voice, guitar, woodwinds, brass, piano, violin, viola and cello. They also have a theater option, summer camp and online options. The programs offered include private and group classes. Find more information here.
Vienna Academy of Music and Arts — 2561 Chain Bridge Road, Vienna
VAMA offers private lessons in piano, flute, guitar, trumpet and voice, along with music for babies and toddlers. They’re currently offering online classes as well. Find more information here.
Bach to Rock — 6649A Old Dominion Drive, McLean (Balducci’s Plaza)
Bach to Rock offers classes in guitar, piano, drums, voice, DJ, violin, trumpet as well as their Beat Refinery DJ School which offers mixing, scratching and music production. Their programs include individual lessons, group classes, parties and camps. You can find more information here.
McLean School of Music — 6723 Whittier Avenue, Suite L-5, McLean
McLean School of Music offers classes in piano, violin, viola, cello, voice and singing, guitar, bass, ukulele, clarinet, saxophone, euphonium, baritone, tuba, trumpet and trombone. Currently offering online classes, they provide private lessons and offer 3 recitals per year. Find more information here.