The Breth Piano Studio offers piano lessons to children and adults from late elementary through professional level of advancement. Contact us to schedule an audition.
Regular Piano Lessons
Pre-college students choose a tuition plan of weekly private lessons 60, 75 or 90 minutes in length. Parents of young children are expected to observe lessons so that they can help children practice at home. Lesson observation is discontinued by the student’s 9th-grade year, or earlier if the family desires.
Adult students take weekly or bi-monthly lessons of 60, 75 or 90 minutes in length, with fee per lesson or as arranged.
Individual Coaching Sessions
Nancy Breth enjoys working with her colleagues. This might mean…
- A teacher-to-teacher session on any aspect of our profession.
- A single or occasional coaching session for a colleague’s student.
Nancy Breth’s own performing career centered on chamber music. She has published articles on teaching chamber music and books of music for chamber players. She has been coaching chamber music players of all ages—from young children to retirees— for over 40 years.
Adults or prep students who play in a chamber group may request either an individual coaching session or a package of 4, 8 or 12 coachings.
In addition to weekly private lessons, regular pre-college piano students are required to attend and perform in group piano class. Group classes are held every 3 to 4 weeks and are not open to parents.
These classes are open to anyone who has entered the studio for individual coaching and to all adult students.
The primary purpose of the class is performance practice. The tone is informal, encouraging participants to develop friendships and to gain confidence and comfort performing in a supportive network of peers.
Other issues addressed in group class:
- What to listen for in music
- How to talk about what we hear
- Structure and imagery in music
- Composers’ lives and styles
- How to practice
- Music theory
Performances, Examinations & Competitions
Recitals: We hold two or three recitals each year. The entire studio takes part and the public is invited. All students take annual state examinations in theory and sight reading and participate in our technique event, Piano Olympics. All students play in selected community music events. Students may choose competitive or noncompetitive events or they may do some of each.
Grades 1-4: 60 minutes daily with one day off.
Grades 5-8: 75 minutes daily with one day off.
Grades 9-12: 90 minutes daily with one day off.
Adults: One hour daily, or as arranged.
These are minimum times for students who hope to make satisfactory progress. Most of our students do more.
Most lessons are given at the Breth Studio in northwest Washington DC in the Cleveland Park neighborhood. Some group classes are held in DC, others in Oakton VA.