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Helen Fall Performance Bio
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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.


PERFORMANCE MASTERCLASS #6

Masterclasses this month will be our final rehearsal with piano in preparation for the March 8th Spring Festival. Mrs. Michelle Richardson will be our studio pianist for the masterclasses and the festival. This will be your only rehearsal with Mrs. Richardson. There is so much music to cover – please arrive on time!
Performance selections and order are posted on the studio calendar on the left side of this page.

                       Diana Wade Viola Masterclass

The Fall Studio hosted a Viola Masterclass with Master Teacher, Diana Wade, on Saturday, December 22.  Twenty area viola & violin students and teachers attended this inspiring masterclass! Shout out to Crystal and Tyler for playing. They got some terrific feedback, and were able to take that home as they prepare for the Concerto Competition in January!

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES: STUDENTS

The January 13th NVMTA General Recital was canceled due to snow. Students who were scheduled to play in this recital (*) have been rescheduled to play on the February 9th General Recital. 

Saturday, February 9, 1:15, 2:45, 4:15PM
NVMTA General Recitals
Woman’s Club of Arlington
*Maddie
will perform Bourée and Hornpipe by Purcell
*Paul  
will perform Petite Bourée by deProsse and Mandolinata by Franz
*Lynelle
will perform movement one of Concerto in G Minor by Vivaldi
Clara
will perform movement one of “Summer” Concerto by Vivaldi

Sunday, February 10
NVMTA Judged Recital
Woman’s Club of Arlington
Cady
will perform Tempo di Minuetto by Kreisler
Kate
will perform movement one of Concerto in G Minor by Seitz
Lynelle
will perform Berceuse, Op. 16 by Fauré

Sunday, February 10, 6:00PM
NVMTA Honors Recital
Woman’s Club of Arlington
This recital is an invitation-only recital for all students who received “Honors” from any Judged Recital, September-December.
Jason
will perform the first movement of Concerto in D by Stamitz

Saturday, February 16, 12:30PM
Vienna “Host” James Bland Competition
Vienna Assembly of God Church
John
will perform the Aria from Bachianas Brasileras by Villa-Lobos
Tyler
will perform the first movement of Concertino, Op. 45/9 by Larsson
Jason
will perform the first movement of Concerto in D by Stamitz

SPRING FESTIVAL
Friday, March 8th
First Baptist Church Springfield
ALL STUDENTS will perform.

Key points to know:
All music for the festival must be memorized.
No video or audio recording, or photography is allowed.
Students must bring original copies (no photocopies allowed), with measures numbered.
The festival is run like a recital. Each student will be in a session for one hour with other students. Parents and siblings are welcome to stay to cheer on their soloist.
Time assignments are posted on the Studio Calendar on the left.

KUDOS TO STELLAR STUDENTS!!

 David performed Zigeunerwisen by Sarasate at the January 12th NVMTA Judged Recital, and was awarded Honorable Mention!

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2018-2019 Orchestra Honors
BRAVI to these Stellar Students!!

Northern Senior Regional Orchestra
Jason, Principal Viola!
Tyler, Section Viola (4)
John, Section Viola (10)

North Central Senior Regional Orchestra
David, Assistant Concertmaster!

District 11 Junior Honors Orchestra
Clara Section 1st violin (#4 overall!)
Kate Section 2nd violin

District 11 Senior Honors Orchestra
Crystal Assistant Principal viola!!
Audrey Section viola
Lynelle Section 1st violin

District 12 Senior Honors Orchestra
Cady – Section First Violin

AYPO Orchestras
Philharmonic Orchestra
Crystal, Section Viola

Symphonic Orchestra
John, Section Viola

Concert Orchestra
Clara, Section Violin

TCSYO Orchestras
Symphonic Orchestra
Jason, Principal Viola
Tyler, Section Viola

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology
Jason, Principal Viola (Symphonic Orchestra)
Lynelle, Concertmaster (Sinfonia Orchestra)

Lake Braddock High School
Crystal, Principal Viola

Herndon High School
John, Principal Viola

Battlefield High School
David, Assistant Concertmaster

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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, Concertmaster

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INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY
I am here. If you decide the roads are impassable, you are welcome to cancel your lesson. Call to find out the state of the roads in my neighborhood. FYI: It is always better to approach my house from Guinea Rd. rather than through the neighborhood when road conditions are suspect.

              Welcome Maddie

Performance Masterclass #1A
At Group A's class we welcomed Maddie to the studio with cake. A violist, Maddie is an 8th grader at Luther Jackson Middle School.

Performance Masterclass #1B
Group B sends a message to the newest member of our studio. Watch the video!

         2018 Spring Recital Group Photo

                 Bobby & Eleonore share a stand

I loved getting a text and photo from former violin students, Bobby Chase (Humming House fiddler, composer, arranger, and recording engineer), and Eleonore Denig (composer, arranger, and recording session professional), who shared a stand in a Nashville recording session with singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer, and actress, Lauryn Hill. They both remember Fall's Law! ;-)