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Studio Philosophy:


Music connects us in profound ways to the world outside and within ourselves

Being able to play an instrument provides enjoyment throughout all phases of life. Not only does it improve educational outcomes but also emotional development and wellbeing.

As the private music teacher, we play an important long term role in guiding your musical journey.


We provide a personal and high-quality mentorship opportunity with our students and believe in each student's unique potential. From ages 4 to 84, we have taught students of many backgrounds and are comfortable teaching all levels of music.

Studio Offerings:

  • Year Round Private lessons 

  • Monthly Studio group classes

  • Biannual Recitals

  • Festivals, competitions, and community performances

  • Audition preparation

  • Career mentorship


"Michelle is an amazing teacher and person.  She taught me things about playing piano that I didn’t know existed before I met her.  She kept me accountable for practicing and drove me to do my best.  In fact, I believe she is one of the biggest factors that contributed to my acceptance to Berklee College of Music.  I also looked forward to seeing her every week, and always left my lessons feeling confident and motivated.  I would definitely recommend her as a piano teacher, whether you are pursuing music as a hobby or career, and I’m grateful I know her." 

Darion, Former Student

"Our family has had the privilege of working with Michelle Richardson for several years and we have only the best things to say about her!  She has taught two of our children, both of which have different learning styles.  She perfectly balances a professional disposition with that of a friend who makes learning piano a joy!  On another note (pun intended) we have interacted some with Matt Richardson as well and are equally awed by the talent they both share and by the enthusiasm with which they engage their students." 

Hannah, Parent

My son has been taking violin lessons with Matt and has progressed by leaps and bounds under his instruction. The advancement he has gained in a short period of time is nothing short of amazing!

Matt's positive teaching style is highly effective. He not only teaches proper technique, but he encourages and shows students how to think, learn, and correct for themselves. His high quality lessons along with his passion for classical music have inspired my son to aim higher. As a result, my son is flourishing as a young classical musician!

We also look forward to the 2 recitals a year where his students showcase their talent.

Mimi, Parent

"I highly recommend Michelle Richardson as a piano teacher! My 16-year-old son has taken lessons with Michelle for over 4 years and though his high school schedule is very busy now, he still prioritizes piano because Michelle inspires him. He says the lessons are fun and fast paced. My 11-year-old daughter also loves piano and happily practices to prepare for lessons and recitals. She says Michelle is nice and teaches well. Both kids have improved in technique and they play with feeling. Michelle sets the bar high and my kids want to meet her expectations. I couldn’t ask for a better piano teacher."

Gillian, Parent

 Michelle not only helped me prepare for my music scholarship audition but further ignited my passion for piano. Her positive attitude always made me want to strive to better myself as a musician. She is one of the most knowledgeable, positive, and caring mentors I have ever had. Thanks to her, I received the scholarship.  I’ve had many teachers throughout the years evoke fear and intimidation into their students to ensure they practice but that was not the case for Michelle. She used positive reinforcement which gave me confidence in my abilities and made me want to learn more.

Kamola, Former Student

Though we have both been active teachers and performers in the Northern Virginia Area for over 15 years, we first began combining our studios in the Spring of 2011. 


Since then, our violin, viola and piano students have had great success in their public school music programs, as well as in local youth orchestras, regional orchestras, and competitions. 


We have also been very happy to guide many students successfully through the college audition process, who are now pursuing careers in music, and have earned music degrees from institutions including the Peabody Conservatory, Shenandoah Conservatory, Berklee College of Music, Copland School of Music, Wheaton College Conservatory, George Mason University, University of Virginia, and the George Washington University.

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