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Foxes Music Company offers weekly 30 minute one-on-one lessons for musicians age 6 and up!** No experience necessary! All lessons are private, including only the student and the teacher, so each student receives their instructor’s undivided attention.

Lessons are priced at $32.00 per half hour and are billed monthly ($128-$160/month) Once you chose a designated time with your teacher, that time slot will be yours until you give us two full weeks notice that you would like to stop.

If you know you are going not be at your lesson, please contact the registrar 24 hours in advance. We offer make up lessons for two student-canceled lessons per year provided we receive 24 hours notice. Lessons without notice, due to sickness, or beyond the two offered per year are not eligible to be made up and are forfeited lessons.

The store is not open on the following days: Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, New Year's Day, Easter, Memorial Day, and Independence Day. Students will not be charged for lessons on those days.
** Voice Lessons offered to students ages 14 and up

To learn more about lessons and our school’s policies, please contact the Lessons Registrar:

Dana Zajko
703/533-7393 x312
Or feel free to drop in! Office hours are Mondays, Wed-Sat, 10:00am – 5:30pm. I am not in the office on Sunday and Tuesday.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have any military discount or if I have more than one child that wants to take lessons?
We do not offer any discounts for lessons. They are all priced at $32 per half hour. ($48 for voice)

Can I have both of my kids take a lesson at the same time for the price of one?
If you have two children that are interested in both taking lessons, they will need to sign up for two seperate time slots. It can be with the same or different teacher.

Can I sit in the lesson with my child?
Parents of younger children are welcome to sit in the first couple lessons with their child, however the rooms are small and depending on the instrument, this can't always be accommodated.

Can I have lessons every other week or every once in a while?
We understand that many of our customers have busy lives, and we will work with you to accommodate occasional schedule changes. However, our instructors are also very busy and high-demand and rely on a consistent schedule to manage their time. As a result, we cannot support lesson schedules less than once per week.

Do you have group lessons?
No. All lessons are one-on-one.

Do you have any teachers that will come to my home to teach?
All of our lessons take place in the store. We do not have any teachers that will travel to your home.

How long will it take me to be "good" at an instrument?
Obviously, this depends on your definition of good. I have been playing flute for 20 years and have a Masters in Music, but that doesn't make me ready to play in the National Symphony Orchestra. How much effort you put into your practice time will make an impact on how well you progress.

I am calling the day of my lesson to cancel because my child is sick. Why can't I make the lesson up later?
Part of what you are paying for is your time slot. Your instructor is saving that spot for you whether or not you make it to the lesson. Instructors are earning a living by teaching. It's a struggle for so many musicians to get by. We and they greatly appreciate your understanding that their time is valuable.


We Offer Lessons for...



Banjo,Cello, Clarinet, Flute, Guitar, Mandolin, Oboe, Piano, Percussion, Saxophone, Trombone, Trumpet, Ukulele, Viola, Violin, Voice, and MORE!


Please read about our impressive faculty below (in alphabetical order)


Jean Arnold (Flute) - Tu, Sat

Ms. Arnold graduated with honors from Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia, with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education and the Flute Performance Certificate. Following study at the Shenandoah University, Jean received a scholarship to attend the Sewanee Summer Music Center at the University of the South, Sewanee Tennessee.

She has continued to study flute performance at the Shepard School of Music at Rice University in Houston, Texas, where she studied with Albert Tipton and completed the Master of Musical Arts degree. Following graduate school, Jean attended a seminar with renowned flutist and pedagogue, Marcel Moyse, in Battleboro, Vermont.
She has also received coaching sessions from Toshiko Kohno of the National Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Arnold has tutored flute students in the Northern Virginia area for more than 20 years.

David Belazis (Cello) - W, Sat

David Belazis studied Composition at Virginia Commonwealth University with Doctors Dika Newlin and Loran Carrier and later recording engineering at Omega Studios School. He has studied Suzuki education techniques and specializes in educating younger cellists.  He is also the author of a forthcoming scale book for young students. 

Mr. Belazis is also good at motivating teens and keeping their interests fresh in their instrument. Mr. Belazis has a high success rate with improving techniques and gettings students to a higher level of proficiency in a positive and nurturing environment. He has been playing cello for over 23 years and teaching for over 10 years.


Michael Bevan (Guitar) - Tu, W

Michael Bevan brings much experience to his students as a performer and instructor for over 30 years. His studies include Berklee College of Music, where he earned a Bachelor of Applied Music in Guitar and The Eastman School of Music. He studied with such jazz notables as Gene Bertoncini and Mick Goodrick.

Frequent recording sessions, radio and television, as well as touring keep Michael involved with many projects as a guitarist, producer, and arranger. As a composer, he has had works commissioned for theatre, recording artists, and commercial jingles. Former students have earned notable jazz awards and music scholarships.

Cara Cammaroto (Voice) - W, Th

Cara Cammaroto is a lyric coloratura soprano who has performed in the U.S., Italy, Austria and Slovenia. She is considered a specialist in the bel canto style and ornamentation. Ms. Cammaroto is a featured artist at numerous festivals in the above mentioned countries. As a participant of the Bel Canto Institute, Ms. Cammaroto studied and performed many of the early roles featured in her most recent solo recording Running Through The Years. Within the DC area, Ms. Cammaroto has been an active soprano soloist for a number of concert series and churches, which include The Kennedy Center, DAR Constitution Hall, The Phillips Collection, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, The British Embassy, Church of the Epiphany, Resurrection Lutheran and St. Luke’s. She is the recipient of several notable awards including The Theodore Presser Foundation’s Presser Scholar Award, and The Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society.

 

Ms. Cammaroto holds a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music in vocal performance from The Catholic University of America where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. During her years at CUA, she was awarded a music scholarship for both graduate and undergraduate studies. Vocal training includes: opera coaching with Dr. Michael Cordovana and Jane Bakken Klaviter; vocal instruction with Mary Ann Stabile and Raymond McGuire; Master Classes with Renata Scotto and Dalton Baldwin.

 

An active member and adjudicator for the Virginia National Association of Teachers of Singing, and the Virginia Lion’s Bland Music Scholarship Competition, Ms. Cammaroto maintains a vibrant private studio and is on the voice faculty of Northern Virginia Community College. She has been teaching here at Foxes since 1990. Her students range from high school age to adult and perform at various levels and musical styles within the DC area. The studio’s annual recital is a beloved event by the surrounding community. Former and current students have been awarded music scholarships at leading universities and conservatories.


Nick Cronin (Guitar) - Sun

Nicholas Cronin attended McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul Minnesota for guitar performance. For the past decade, he has been perusing various bands and musical projects. Nick has relocated several times across the country, but finally settled in the greater Washington DC area in 2005.

Nick has been working at Foxes Music since 2005 and has also been touring with many bands, playing local shows.  While employed at Foxes, Nick has been managing the Guitar Department since 2009.  Nick excels at technical proficiency on the guitar and has a strong background in various playing techniques on the guitar. Nick is our resident metal aficionado or as he likes to call it “heavy progressive music” but is capable of teaching any style of guitar. Nick is dedicated to bringing students to their full potential on their instrument in a laid back and positive environment.


Jan deHoll (Guitar, Banjo, Ukulele, Others(See Below) - W, Th, Sat, Su

Mr. deHoll started playing guitar in 1964 with the British Rock Invasion in full swing. Jan studied the styles of John Fahey, Mississippi John Hurt, Leo Kottke, and others in 1974 under the tutelage of Bob Driver, accomplished fingerstylist from Harrisonburg, VA. He also studied under Duck Baker in the 1990s.

 
Jan has attended several National Guitar Workshops led by such luminaries as former Wings guitarist Lawrence Juber, Chet Atkins protégé John Knowles (author of John Knowles Fingerstyle Quarterly), Seth Austen, and Ed Gerhard, among others. Around 1999, Jan began to branch out to other instruments such as banjo, mandolin, Irish Bouzouki, theremin, and didgeridoo.
 
Jan has taught several guitar and banjo classes through Fairfax County Parks and Recreation, along with teaching private students since 2002. Mr. deHoll has also substitute-taught Orchestra, Guitar, Chorus and other non-music related subjects for the Fairfax County Public Schools. Jan is a graduate of James Madison University, a member of the Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association, and a member of BNI chapter N-130, Prosper Alexandria.

Jan offers lessons in Banjo, Ukulele, Guitar, Mandolin, Lap Dulcimer, Lap Steel Dulcimer, and Dobro.

Jaime Guitz (Piano) - M, W, F, Sat

Jaime Guitz, a native of Guatemala, graduated from The National Conservatory of Music of Guatemala with a degree in Piano Performance and received a Musical Education degree from The University of San Carlos of Guatemala.

Jaime holds a B.A. in Music, minoring in jazz piano, from George Mason University. He is currently studying for a Masters in Music piano pedagogy degree at GMU. Jamie has more than 12 years experience teaching in the Northern Virginia area.


Matthew Hart (Piano) - M, Th, Sat, Su

Matthew Aaron Hart earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree from Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester VA. He studied voice with Jackson Sheats, and Gene Galvin and organ with Judy Connelly, Steven Cooksey and Paul Skevington.

 
A singer since the age of 18 months, music has played a major role in his life. He has taught elementary music and middle school chorus in the public schools, has been a music director and organist at several churches since 1996, appeared on XM Satellite Radio and The Joy of Music TV Series with Diane Bish.
 
Matthew continues to work in the field of music as a sheet music specialist at Foxes Music Company in Falls Church, VA. In addition he maintains a piano studio there as well, is Choir Director and Organist at Idylwood Presbyterian Church in Falls Church VA and continues his study at Shenandoah in the field of church music.

Ed Kapusciarz (Violin, Viola) - M, Sat

Edward Kapusciarz was born in Chicago. He began violin lessons at the age of three with Sidney Miller. He attended DePaul University studying with Paul Stassevitch and later with Scott Willits at the American Conservatory of Music where he received bachelor and masters degrees in music. During this period he played in the Palmer House Ensemble and was also a member of the Chicago Chamber Orchestra. He was active in the region's chamber music scene and was featured soloist with DePaul University Orchestra and the American Conservatory of Music Orchestra.

Following his post-graduate studies he enlisted in the United States Air Force and became a member of the U S Air Force Symphony Orchestra. When his military service ended he joined the staff of the Library of Congress and enjoyed a long career there in the Copyright Office. He continued to play in regional orchestras such as the Roanoke Symphony, Richmond Symphony, and Landon Symphonette.
During the past decade he has participated in the Music in the Schools program in the local area and along with his cellist wife, Linda, has been a part of the piano trio. Les Amis de Mozart, and the Talford Duo.

Louise Lee (Piano) - M, T, W, Th, Sat, Su

Louise Lee holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Music from Smith College and a Master of Music degree in Organ from the Indiana University School of Music. She studied piano under Ida Deck Haigh and Dale Bartholomew and organ with Paul Thomas, Robert Owen, and Oswald Ragatz.

She did continuing study in organ playing, literature, and counterpoint at Union Theological Seminary, N.Y. and harmony sight-singing at The Manhattan School of Music. Louise has also participated in workshops for choral conducting at Wesminister Choir College and is Founder and Director of the Ad Hoc Singers.
Currently, Ms. Lee is organist at the Arlington Forest United Methodist Church in Arlington, VA; she has performed Organ recitals in Indiana and in the Washington D.C. area. As an accompanist, she has performed in venues such as the Anderson House Museum in Washington D.C., the Great Falls Chamber Series in Virginia, Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania, and numerous area churches. As a pianist she participated in chamber music recitals with the Gallery Quartet in Hagerstown, MD. Louise has been teaching for over 40 years.

Ralph Maxwell (Piano) - F, Sat

Mr. Maxwell has a long history teaching, playing, and loving music. For the past 23 years he has held the positions of Co-director of Music, Organist, Choir Director, and Director of Handbells at Sleepy Hollow United Methodist Church. In addition, he directs music at Iglesia Gracia United Methodist Church for a bilingual congregation.

Ralph has been teaching piano to all ages and ability levels for the past 30 years, including a blind gentleman he taught to play the piano at a time when there were few resources available to non-sighted individuals. He taught general music for K-8th grade at St. Bernadette’s School in the mid-70s, and more recently, has been teaching Handbells to retired residents at Evergreen House in Annandale, VA. Ralph earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance from The Catholic University of America, studying under Dr. Dale Krider, Dr. Conrad Bernier, Daniel Roth, and Robert Twynham.
Mr. Maxwell has been a member of the American Guild of Organists since 1972 and has served as Dean of The Northern Virginia Chapter of the AGO from 1974-1976.

Adam McColley (Trombone, Low Brass) - M

Adam McColley has been a member of the US Army Band "Pershing's Own" since October of 2009. The son of professional musicians in Tampa, FL, he began studying the trombone at the age of ten with his father, Thomas McColley. Adam transferred to the Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick, MA for his last year of High School. Staying in the Boston area, he completed a Bachelor of Music degree at Boston University in 2006, getting the opportunity to spend one semester as an exchange student at the Royal College of Music in London. He completed a Master of Music degree at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City in 2008. His teachers include Per Brevig, Scott Hartman, Don Lucas, Brian Raby, and Darren Acosta. Adam was awarded fellowships to attend the Aspen Music Festival, the Texas Music Festival and Austria’s Attergau Orchestral Institute. In addition to the Army Band, his professional experience includes performances with the Rhode Island Philharmonic, the Jacksonville Symphony, and Alarm Will Sound. Adam currently lives in Arlington, VA with his wife, Whitney.


Tom Miserendino (Trumpet) - F, Su

Tom Miserendino studied music education at the University of South Carolina with Keith Amstutz and James Ackley. He has studied trumpet for 18 years and has a diverse experience in all styles of music including jazz and classical.
He has performed with the University of South Carolina Symphony Orchestra, and has performed as a free-lance musician at local events throughout the DC Metro area.  He is a member of the Phi Mu Alpha music fraternity.  He has been teaching students of all ages for the past five years and is excellent at motivating, exciting, and challenging students with a positive, encouraging approach.
 


Mark Moccio (Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute) - Sat

Mark Moccio is an active musician, both as a teacher and a performer! He teaches Secondary School music in the Catholic schools of the area, as well as solo and ensemble concertizing. Mr. Moccio is currently a member of the 13th Street Saxophone Quartet, in which he plays the Soprano Saxophone.

This group performs unique arrangements of music, running the gamut from jazz to show-tunes to classical compositions. Mark received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Saxophone Performance from the West Virginia University. He has been teaching for over 10 years.

Robert Moore (Percussion, Drums) - M, Tu

Robert Moore is a 2008 graduate from Virginia Wesleyan College in Virginia Beach where he studied philosophy and music. Upon returning to northern VA, he has taken courses at The Berklee College of Music under renowned musician Steve Vai. He has also studied percussion under local expert Marshall Maley.

Coming from a family of talented musicians, he has been involved with music since an early age. He is an active performer and composer in the local area for the past 4 years and has locally instructed drums for much of that time. He can currently be seen performing with his hard rock group Wings Denied. He is a dedicated young professional who enjoys relaying his knowledge to eager and aspiring musicians.

Joe Morton (Saxophone, Clarinet, Oboe, Flute) - Tu, Th

Joe Morton received his Bachelor’s of Music from George Mason University in saxophone performance. He has studied both classical and jazz saxophone with former Navy Band soloist Dale Underwood, current Army Band soloist Richard Parrell, and former Woody Herman band member James Carroll.

 
In addition to arranging and composing for big band and saxophone quartet, Joe has performed with many local groups including, the Pan American Jazz Orchestra, The New Hots Jazz Orchestra, and the 13th Street Saxophone Quartet. Joe has been teaching saxophone, clarinet and flute for over 20 years.

Andrew Price (Piano) - Tu, F

Mr. Price graduated from Newberry College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education. He has also studied at James Madison University, The Catholic University of America, American University, and Shenandoah University. Andy taught in the Loudoun County Public Schools for over 30 years.

An active musician, Mr. Price has served as Choir Director and Organist in a number of Northern Virginia area churches. In May of 2002, Andy was elected Dean of the Northern Virginia Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and her has earned the Service Playing Certificate and the Colleague Certificate from the American Guild of Organists. He has been teaching piano for over 35 years.

Roger Rossi (Trumpet) - M, Tu

Roger Rossi currently holds the position of Foxes Music Emeritus, having taught at Foxes Music School for over 30 years. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from Fredonia State University where he studied with Stephen Wiloszynski, ex-trumpet player with Maynard Ferguson.

Mr. Rossi is also a former student of Charles Hois and Doc Reinhardt. He has been a member of the Army Blues Jazz Band and the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own”, serving as Trumpet Section Leader, soloist, and substitute drummer. Currently ranked Sergeant Major, Roger has retired after 33 years of service with the U.S. Army. As a musician with the Army Blues, he has performed in many venues and on many states across the country and beyond, including the White House, and the Montreal Jazz Festival. He has played for seven presidents and many world leaders at The State Department.
At Fredonia State University, he played in the University Symphony and Opera Orchestras. He served as Principal Trumpet with the Elmira Symphony in Elmira, NY. Roger has performed as a free-lance musician for parties, theatrical musicals, weddings, conventions, church services, on television, and as a studio recording musician.

Marilyn Schimpf (Cello) - W

Marilyn Schimpf has been teaching cello at Foxes for over 20 years. As a professional musician performing with major symphonies as well as 13 years with the Air Force Band, and as a certified Suzuki teacher, she is able to impart her love of music and skills to students of all ages and aspirations, including beginners and middle school and high school students who are working on auditions of the music that she has performed world wide with noted organizations.
 
Marilyn graduated from Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University cum laude with a major in cello and minor in composition. She continued studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music with the Cleveland Quartet and James Levine, and, later, at Catholic University with Robert Newkirk..She played with the Grand Teton Festival Orchestra in Jackson Hole, Wyoming,  the with the Florida Symphony in Orlando, the Kansas City Philharmonic, the Lyric Opera of Chicago where she was hired as Assistant Principal Cellist, the Atlanta Symphony with Robert Shaw, the Syracuse Symphony, and the Air Force Band for 13 years with Col. Arnold Gabriel. She, along with her husband Sheldon Lampert, longtime NSO violinist, founded The Potomac Players, a group that has performed over twenty years as an ensemble sponsored by the Kennedy Center bringing music to thousands of children in the greater Washington Metro area.
 
As an experienced Suzuki teacher, Marilyn (Miss Schimpf to her students) has earned certificates from the University of Minnesota as well as the University of Wisconsin and Catholic University. In addition, she studied pedagogy at SUNY at Buffalo and has taught general music at Rose Hill Elementary school in Alexandria, VA a skill that is a prerequisite prelude to instrumental study. Many of her students have achieved scholarships at renowned universities with the music skills they acquired with Miss Schimpf, learning to deeply love music while studying with her at Foxes Music.
 
Miss Schimpf has consistently provided small ensemble classes for her cello students and opportunities for them to perform together at local nursing homes such as Goodwin House, the Fountains, Emeritis, Cherry Hill Rehab Center, and many others, that has lead to their joy in discovering chamber music, enhanced their self confidence in performing, as well as fostered their taking pride in giving something of value to others.

Judy Thompson (Violin, Viola) - M, Tu

Ms. Thompson studied at the Pablo Casals Conservatory in Puerto Rico. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Viola Performance from the University of North Texas College of Music. Judy entered the graduate program in education and worked as a graduate assistant. She also taught violin classes in the San Antonio, Texas public schools.

 
Ms. Thompson is retired from the United States Air Force Strolling Strings ensemble, based here in Washington D.C. She also attended nursing school and has served as a member of the United States Army Reserve Medical Corps at Walter Reed Army Medical Hospital.
 
Judy is an active musician, and performs with orchestras and ensembles in the Washington Metropolitan area. She has been teaching Violin and Viola for over 25 years.
 
Visit her string ensemble's website at http://www.stringattack.com/

Eric Waters (Guitar) - M, Tu, W, Th

*Bachelor of Music - Guitar Perofmrnace from George Mason University
*Performed with the Legendary Chuck Berry.
*Former Adjunct Instructor of Guitar - George Washington University
*Published by Mel Bay Productions
* Classical Guitar Magazine (U.K.) describes his work as, “Scholarly...”
* Owner of Waters Music Design: Producing ringtones for Verizon and music content for production libraries.
* Master Classes with Brazilian Classical Guitar Virtuoso Carlos Barbosa-Lima.
* Prizes in Regional and National Competitions.
* Mid-Atlantic Song Contests - Judge.
* Virginia Community College Artist Residency Program - Candidate.
* Contributed as an Author to Guitar Player Magazine.
* Appearances on Local Radio & Television.

Click to hear Eric play!


Michelle Williams (Flute) - Th, F

Michelle is a local music teacher in the Falls Church area, joining the Foxes Music Faculty over ten years ago. She has been teaching 20+ years.  She is also an active musician in the Washington D.C. area and internationally, performing in various ensembles and as a soloist. She is currently a member of the Columbia Flute Choir, and forms one half of a local Flute and Guitar Duo, as well as one third of a Flute, Violin, and Cello Trio. Her playing has taken her as far as Israel and Mexico, where she has entertained as a soloist, and to France, Northern and Southern New Zealand, and Italy performing with the New HOTS Jazz Orchestra.

 
Locally, Michell has performed for the Victorian Historical Society in Falls Church, at business meetings and conventions. Ms. Williams graduated from the Shenandoah College and Conservatory of Music with a Bachelor of Science degree in Arts Management where her applied major was in Flute.
 
She has been teaching since 1992 and she is a member of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity, the National Flute Association, and the Washington Flute Society.

Dana Zajko (Registrar) - M-F 10am-5pm

Dana is a Philadelphia-born musician with a background in flute.  She studied at Temple University and earned her undergraduate degree in Music Education.  In 2008, she moved to Northern Virginia and started teaching elementary music.  Recently, Dana graduated from George Mason University with a Masters Degree in Music.  She continues to teach middle school band part-time during the school year.

Dana is currently pursuing a certificate in American Sign Language while training for her first full marathon.

If you are interested in lessons at Foxes, please contact Dana at foxesmusiclessons@gmail.com

 


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