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Sterling Conservatory Of Music

Fairfax, VA 22030 (map)

Lessons Offered

Composition, Keyboard, Music Theory, Piano, Music

Where are Lessons Offered

In Teacher Studio

In Student Home

About Me

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Instructor/Pianist, Gretchen Sterling studied at the National Conservatoire of Wales (RWCMD) and completed her Master's in piano performance from the London College of Music by the age of 21. She has performed and taught throughout cities on the US East Coast, in the UK, and in India. Gretchen studied privately with prominent artists, Vivien Harvey Slater, Fazliddin Husanov, and Dr Michael Schreider. Having worked closely with these artists allowed Gretchen to experience a unique tradition in Classical training that can directly be traced back to Beethoven and Russian composer, Nikolai Medtner. Gretchen's teaching approach and music aesthetic is colored extensively by a love for complexity, depth, and that which is timeless. Music is all of the above and more -- a message she enjoys sharing with all. Visit scmusicarts.com for more information.

Instructor/Pianist, Daniel Pereira Gonzalez was born in Spain, where he began his musical studies and received the Special Prize in Piano Performance. Mr. Pereira graduated from The University of Maryland with a Doctorate in Musical Arts, from the University of Hartford with a Master of Music in Piano Performance and has an Artist Diploma from the State University of New York at Purchase. He has participated in piano festivals and master classes in Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Brazil and the United States. Mr. Pereira was the artistic director of the International Piano Festivals “Conde de Gondomar” from 2000-2006, where also participated as a performer and lecturer and co-director of the “Vianden International Music Festival” in Luxembourg. For more information, visit daniel-pereira.com for more info about Daniel.

My Musical Education Background

Gretchen Sterling's qualifications:
BMus Honors degree from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
MMus with Merit degree from the London College of Music
Studied with: Vivien Harvey Slater, Fazliddin Husanov, Dr. Michael Schreider

Daniel Pereira's qualifications:
BMus conservatoire studies in Barcelona, Spain
Master's degree from University of Hartford, Connecticut
Artist Diploma from Suny Purchase, NY
DMA doctoral degree from University of Maryland (Thesis/Recordings specializing in the Preludes of Scriabin)

Genres and Subjects Taught

Private lessons consist of individually tailored instruction and planning. A wide range of styles and techniques is covered to suit the desires of the student. Styles include: Classical Piano, Composition, Jazz Fundamentals, Contemporary Music, Improvisation, and even Songwriting. Music Theory is integrated into the lessons according to the student's stylistic area of focus. Though performing is encouraged, it is an optional part of training, and performance preparation takes place throughout the year.

Recitals are free and open to the public. Adult students who choose not to perform in Recitals have the opportunity to attend an organized Performance Class for a more informal, interactive experience with like-minded students.

Lesson Rates

At My Studio:
$35 per 30-minute lesson - Monthly Rate (4 lessons): $132
$62 per 60-minute lesson - Monthly Rate (4 lessons): $240
*Additional Discounts offered for multiple lesson time, family lessons (more than one child or adult), or sessions over 1 hour.

Ages / Skill Levels Taught

Adult: All Levels
Advanced, Intermediate, Beginner
Child: All Levels

My Certifications and Awards

MTNA Member
B# and Etude Musical Club Awards: 1st and 3rd Prize, two consecutive years. Radio-broadcasted Performance.
Ambassador G. McMurtrie Godley Scholarship Recipient
Semi-Finalist in Concerto Competition, Cardiff, Wales
1st Prize Winner - Eric Hodges Beethoven Sonata Competition
Finalist to represent Welsh Conservatoire in National Beethoven Sonata Competition
Awarded Graduate Study Scholarship by Head of Keyboard

My Musical Influences

My Teachers
The Golden Age of Pianists
Emil Gilels, Sviatoslav Richter, Radu Lupu
World Music
Music and Neuroscience, Psychology of Music
Music as Cultural Connection/Universal Language
The Romantic Composers

Service Area

Student Reviews

Fairfax, VA

My daughter has been with Ms. Gretchen Sterling for over 3 years now. I am so grateful to have found her as my daughter's piano teacher. Ms. Sterling is very patient with all the kids. She uses kids friendly technics to get her points across. Ms. Gretchen does a great job with teaching technics, theories and makes learning piano fun. If there is a piece of music my daughter is interested in, she has always been accommodating and eager to help my daughter learn. She uses positive re-enforcement and sense of humor to encourage and motivate my daughter. Ms. Sterling takes piano teach very seriously. She invests in top of the line Grand Piano for her students. My daughter enjoys playing piano a lot more because of Ms. Sterling. I highly recommend Ms. Gretchen Sterling to anyone who is seeking a piano teacher.

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