Welcome to helenfall.com! Helen is a performer and instructor of viola, violin, chamber music, and orchestral music. Explore the site to find out more.

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.


BRAVI to the students who performed in the Springfield Music Club Spring Festival on March 9th while I was away at the ASTA conference. 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!!!!


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, Assistant Concertmaster


Many students will be trying out new music, as Spring Festival will be behind us!
John is moving to the Sunday, Group A class through the end of the school year.
<<< Check "Upcoming Events" on the left of this page for performance selections and order.

Group A - Sunday, March 18; 7-8:30PM
Violin              Viola
Lynelle 8        John 9
David 11        Audrey 10
                      Crystal 11

Group B - Wednesday, March 21; 7-8:30PM
Violin                Viola
Isabella 7        Jason 10
Clara 7             Tyler 10
Cady 8             
Brooke 12



Spring Festival is on Friday, March 9th at Columbia Baptist Church in Falls Church.
See Upcoming Events Calendar (on left) for schedule & maps.

Important things to remember:
Bring original copies of the music for the judges. No photocopies allowed. If you are playing off of a photocopy, I will give you my original copy of the music at your last lesson before the festival.
Make sure you have the measure numbers written in the margins on both sides each line of music.
Bring 2 copies of the judges' comment sheets for each event in which you are playing (Violin/Viola Solo Event and Violin/Viola Concerto Event). I have these forms printed out and will give them to you at your last lesson before the festival, February 27-March 5.
NO audio or video recording allowed! I'm sorry. I wish this was not the case, but don't even try. It could disqualify the student performing.

Check the Studio Resources/Parent Resources page for directions.