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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.

December Masterclasses will be dedicated to students preparing for the Dec. 3rd Strings Judged Recital, and will be a Dress Rehearsal for the Dec. 9 Winter Recital. Check the Upcoming Events section on this page for a link to performance selections and order.

Sunday, December 3 NVMTA Strings-Only Judged Recital
Brooke will perform the 1st movement of the Saint-Säens Violin Concerto No. 3
Tyler will perform Romanze, Op. 85 by Max Bruch
Jason will perform the 3rd movement of the Casadesus Concerto in C Minor (attrib. JC Bach)
John will perform the 1st movement of the Concerto in C Major by Ivan Khandoshkin

Saturday, December 9
25th Annual Fall Studio Winter Recital
2:00PM (students please arrive at 1:40 to tune and warm up)
Leewood Nursing Home
7120 Braddock Rd.
Annandale VA 22003
Parents are invited to attend, but must stay in the dining area to allow as many residents as possible to be in the recital/activities room.

Check the Studio Resources/Parent Resources page for directions.


Bravi to the following Fall Studio Students for Successful Auditions and Performances in the following orchestras (2017-2018):

North Central SRO
David - Section 1st Violin

Northern SRO
Brooke - Section 1st Violin
Jason - Principal Viola
Tyler - 3rd chair Viola

VBODA District 11 
Senior Honors Ochestra
- Assistant Principal Viola

VBODA District 12
Senior Honors Ochestra
John -
Principal Viola

AYP Orchestras
Symphonic Orchestra
John - Principal Viola
Crystal - Section viola
String Ensemble
Clara - Section 1st Violin

Symphonic Orchestra
Jason - Principal viola
Tyler - Section viola

Concertmasters and Principals
Brooke - Concertmaster, Langley HS Symphonic Orchestra
Jason -  Principal Viola, Symphonic Orchestra at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology 
Crystal - Principal Viola, Lake Braddock High School Symphony Orchestra

2017 Virginia Governor’s School Summer Music Institute
Brooke - Concertmaster