Foxes Music Company offers weekly, one-on-one lessons for musicians ages 6 and up!** No experience necessary. All lessons are private, including only the student and the teacher, so each student receives the instructor’s undivided attention.
The registrar handles all scheduling and billing. Please refer to Alex via email or phone: email@example.com 703-533-7393
After choosing a designated timeslot with the registrar, this slot will be yours each week until you give 2 weeks’ notice to end your lessons, or arrange to permanently change your timeslot.
We bill once monthly for all upcoming lessons in that month (typically $140-$175 monthly for half-hour lessons), including cancelled lessons.
You are expected to arrive on time for your lesson each week, but we understand that you may not always be able to make it. Life happens! If you must cancel, please notify the registrar at least 24 hours in advance. Our teachers offer 2 makeup lessons/year for student cancellations, to be scheduled ad hoc. Any missed lessons beyond the first two are considered forfeited. Last-minute cancellations are not eligible to be made up. We will do our best to accommodate occasional schedule changes, of course, but we must also work to keep our teachers’ schedules consistent and respect their time.
Teachers have busy schedules as well, and will occasionally cancel their lessons. In these instances, your teacher will either credit you for the missed lesson (so that you are not charged for it), or make the lesson up at a later date.
We observe the following holidays: Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, New Year's Day, Easter, Memorial Day, and Independence Day. Lessons are not held, and students will not be billed 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:
Or feel free to drop in! Office hours are Monday through Friday, 11:00am-6:00pm
Frequently Asked Questions
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We Offer Lessons for...
Banjo, Cello, Clarinet, Flute, French Horn, 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.
Bernard Baiden (French Horn) - Th
Bernard Baiden is a native of northern Virginia, and holds a bachelor's of music education from West Virginia University. He was the 100th anniversary drum major in 2001 for The Pride of West Virginia. In 2004 he started teaching in Fairfax County Public Schools and served as a band director for grades 4 thru 12 until 2014. He is now pursuing a career in performance, has an active horn studio and works at the Foxes Music Company.
David Belazis (Cello) - M, 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.
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) - 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) - Th, F, Sun
Nicholas Cronin attended McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul Minnesota for guitar performance. Over the past decade, Nick has gigged with a variety bands, performing original music. Nick has been playing guitar for sixteen years and has been teaching private and group lessons formally for four years. Nick teaches both children and adults alike.
Nicks personal style in music is a fusion between metal/rock and jazz styles. Nick can cover a gambit a topics with students in their studies including legato, sweep, tremolo, economy, and hybrid picking styles. Nick teaches music theory in an applied context as it pertains to the instrument in an easy to understand format. Nick puts emphasis on understanding rhythms and grooves as well. Nick is primarily an electric player but also teaches fingerstyle too. Nick can aid students to develop their own compositions. Nick will assess the student’s skill level, talk about the student’s personal goals and develop a custom curriculum to help achieve those goals. Complete beginners will start with reading notation and learn music fundamentals along with learning songs that the student would like to learn.
Nicks goal as a teacher is to make sure that every student has a positive experience with music, and develop musical growth in a positive, fun and encouraging 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, and a member of both the Songwriters Association of Washington and the Washington Area Music Association.
Jan was recently featured on the radio show StageCraft, hosted by Don Zientara and Alex Vidales. Listen to his interview here: https://www.mixcloud.com/StageCraft/stagecraft-with-alex-vidales-don-zientara-featuring-musical-guest-jan-deholl/
Jan offers lessons in Banjo, Ukulele, Guitar, Bass, Mandolin, Lap Dulcimer, Lap Steel Guitar, and Dobro.
John "JB" Greear (Trumpet) - Th
John Bryant Greear is a native of Grand Prairie, Texas, where he started playing the cornet in 1980. He studied trumpet with Professor John E. Moots at Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma and Dr. Rick Bogard at the University of Texas in Arlington. In the spring of 1992, he enlisted in the United States Army as a bandsman and served with the 36th Army Band located at Fort Huachuca, Arizona until 1994. His next assignment took him to Heidelberg, Germany, where he served with the Premier Army Band in Europe, the USAREUR Band & Chorus.
John and his wife, Bettina, have been residing in Lake Ridge, Virginia for the last 19 years raising their three sons Ian, Colin and Gavin. Staff Sergeant Greear is a retired Army musician and proudly served over 15 years as a bugler with The United States Army Old Guard Fife & Drum Corps. He also plays cornet for Brass of the Potomac, a local British style brass band, and is a trumpet instructor at the Levine School of Music in Arlington, Virginia. John enjoys freelancing in various musical ensembles, ranging from small pit orchestras to the big symphonies, in the Washington DC area.
Jaime Guitz (Piano) - M, W, F, Sat (English & Spanish speaking!)
Jaime Guitz has taught students of all ages and experience levels. A native of Guatemala, he 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, and a Masters in Music, in piano pedagogy, both from George Mason University. Jamie has more than 15 years experience teaching and accompanying in the Northern Virginia area.
Mark Kapeluck (Violin, Viola) - W
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Ed Kapusciarz (Violin) - 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.
Anna Kobylski (Cello) - T
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Louise Lee (Piano) - M, T, W, Th, Sat
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.
Jeremy McBride (Trombone, Low Brass) - T
Bio coming soon...
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.
Mark Moccio (Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute) - W, 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.
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.
Tim Rivenburg (Woodwinds) - Sun
Tim has been performing music since he was 8 years old. After he completed his Bachelor’s degree in Music Theory and Composition at the College of William and Mary, he went to Shenandoah Conservatory where he completed his Masters in Wind Conducting. Tim has a passion for wind bands of all types. Tim has been teaching saxophone and clarinet lessons for the last 10 years in a school and home setting. He currently performs with the Silver Tones in Warrenton and plays at weddings and in musicals. Tim’s passion for teaching combined with his knowledge of music theory and history creates a diverse and engaging space for children of all ages to fall in love with music.
Igor Sarmientos (Cello) - T (English and Spanish speaking!)
Award Winning Conductor Maestro Igor Sarmientos made his international debut in September of 1990 with the Carlos Chavez Symphony Orchestra in Mexico City. He is responsible for having introduced “EL SISTEMA” in Guatemala in 1997, reaching hundreds of children and youth in orchestral programs of high performances levels. He has been a doctoral student at George Mason University since 2011.
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.
Phil Spivey (Piano) - Sat
Philip Spivey (Mr. Phil) has been a central figure in the music community of Northern Virginia since the turn of the century. He studied with Alfonso Montecino, the protégé of Claudio Arrau, at Indiana University. Also at Indiana he studied with Isabelle Trub, daughter of the great Annie Fischer. After returning to Virginia, he studied with Elvin Schmitt, three teachers removed from Fredric Chopin. His teaching style promotes the development of a solid technical foundation; from there, however, he tailors his piano curriculum to each student's individual needs and interests. “My sincere hope is that every student will come to love music as much as I do”. Mr. Phil
Judy Thompson (Violin, Viola) - M, T
I was born into a military family. I started violin lessons in Iowa at the age of 7. At 13 I studied at the Pablo Casals Conservatory in San Juan, Puerto Rico with Jose Figueroa, concertmaster of the Puerto Rico Symphony. I switched to viola at 16 and became first chair violist in the San Antonio, Texas youth symphony that year, my senior year in high school, and also played in Carnegie Hall, New York with American Youth Performs.
I attended the University of North Texas with a full scholarship, studying under Dr. George Papich, and played in the Ft. Worth Symphony. After graduate school I was accepted to the Army and Air Force strolling strings groups and chose the Air Force. During my career in the Air Force I was honored to play for many Presidents and heads of state of many foreign countries, as well as taking part in concert tours to various areas of the world. I also spent some years in the Army Reserves Medical Corps while attending nursing school, but then returned full time to music.
Since completing my Air Force Career in 1998 I have continued to perform mainly on violin, but have also been part of recordings on both violin and viola. I’ve learned enough of other instruments to teach cello, mandolin, ukulele, guitar, piano, and of course violin and viola.
I have two children ages 28 and 34.My husband, retired from the Army Band at Ft. Myer VA, is a bass player and arranger. We live in Falls Church VA.
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.
Alex Giller (Registrar) - M-F 11am-6pm
Alex is a Colorado-born musician with a background in violin, and a main interest in vocal jazz. She recently earned her undergraduate degree in Theater from George Mason University. When she isn't at Foxes, she enjoys writing, local theater, and jamming with other local musicians.
If you are interested in lessons at Foxes, please contact Alex at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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