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Welcome to Rita Music Studio

We Offer

Online group lessons and Private one-on-one lessons via Zoom video conferencing for ages 4 through adults


 

Talented music teachers with diverse and complementary areas of expertise who all have extensive experience in teaching, composing and performing


 

The opportunity for students to learn to read music, gain performance and improvisation skills, study music theory, and acquire the love of music

How It Works

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PreSchool & Kindergarten
Beginner | Intermediate | Advanced

For Ages: 4 – 5 years
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Meetings: 36 Weeks / Schedule emailed
Duration: 50 minutes each class


Tuition: $105/mo
($95/mo siblings)
Elementary Grades (I & II)
Beginner | Intermediate | Advanced

For Ages: 6 – 10 years
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Meetings: 36 Weeks / Schedule emailed
Duration: 50 minutes each class


Tuition: $105/mo
($95/mo siblings)
Pre-Teens & Teens (I & II)
Beginner | Intermediate | Advanced

For Ages: 11 – 17 years
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Meetings: 36 Weeks / Schedule emailed
Duration: 50 minutes each class


Tuition: $105/mo
($95/mo siblings)
Adults
Beginner | Intermediate | Advanced

For Ages: 18+ years
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Meetings: 36 Weeks / Schedule emailed
Duration: 50 minutes each class


Tuition: $105/mo

Why Rita Music Studio?

Because music is a lifelong gift, one that is available to anyone, at any age.

Based on our extensive teaching and artistic experiences, we have created a strong fundamental music program that is student-centered and flexible enough to enable anyone to achieve their personal music goals.

Our program features:

Talented, award-winning instructors. We have over 50 years of combined experience in teaching all ages and levels in group classes as well as one-on-one.

Creative instructional methods that aim to foster each student as a unique and individual artist.

Well-rounded and inspiring curriculum optimized for each student’s age, skill level, and artistic sensibilities.

Opportunities for students to collaborate in ensemble playing, and to participate in regional festivals, competitions and skills assessments.

A supportive and nurturing community.

Adaptability-not simply transfer but to transform our teaching to fully capitalize virtual platforms.

"After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music"

~Aldous Huxley, Music at Night and Other Essays

Testimonials

I started taking piano lessons from Rita before the COVID 19 Pandemic, in a small class of beginning students.  We all loved the informality of the class, and the fact that we could all play together was an added bonus.  So when we had to change to taking lessons on "Zoom" I was a little skeptical.  However, we made the transition seamlessly, and Rita was able to continue teaching us with ease.  Rita's teaching methods are so wonderfully positive and encouraging, and we all learned so much including tips that helped us with fingering, hand positions, and before we realized it we were reading music before the end of the first session!

Judy W.

Student - Adult

Rita is a creative and passionate teacher! My daughter has been studying piano for 8 years, starting at age 4 with beginner’s group class. Rita has inspired her to stick with piano and to gain the skills needed to play — and compose — music she loves. Rita truly cares about each student as an individual and is able to effectively draw out their artistic tastes, strengths and sensibilities. She and her team at Rita Music Studio — all experienced teachers who are guided by and share Rita's approach and philosophy -- are truly amazing!

Susan Lindheim

Parent

I am incredibly grateful I found Rita Music Studio for both my boys...Ms. Rita is a brilliant piano teacher and an absolute inspiration! She strikes the perfect balance of fun, discipline and has the ability to nurture each individual's unique style and creativity. It is really difficult to capture how amazing she is in a review – I have always told her she reminds me of Julie Andrews in the classic movie "The Sound of Music," bringing out the love of music in everyone she comes across. Her transition to zoom classes during COVID has been absolutely seamless. Her passion, enthusiasm and love of teaching are more apparent than ever and she still manages to host the most special zoom recitals. I am looking forward to both my boys having many more years of music with Rita Music Studio!

Preeti

Parent

Our Instructors

Rita Hovanesian is an award-winning musician and music educator with over 30 years of teaching experience. A rigorously trained classical pianist who earned a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from California State University of Northridge (CSUN) and a Master of Fine Arts in Piano Performance from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She has performed in solo, chamber and orchestral concerts throughout the United States.

Rita truly believes that making music, at any age or level, is one of life’s greatest joys. In 2020, she founded Rita Music Studio to share her passion for teaching and her love of music with a broad range of students. Previously, Rita directed various music programs at local elementary schools and, in 2012, she started the Adult and Yamaha Music School program at Keyboard Concepts, serving as Director of Music Education for eight years. Rita is active in various professional music organizations including: Music Teachers Association of California (MTAC), Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and California Association of Professional Music Teachers (CAPMT). Through her affiliation with these organizations and under her coaching, her students have found many paths to enjoy, create and excel in their musical pursuits.

Tina Darden studied piano performance at Converse College in Spartanburg, SC, where she earned a Bachelor of Music, and at Florida State University, where she earned her Master of Music, both in Piano Performance/Pedagogy. While studying at Florida State, Tina was sent to observe a Yamaha class as part of an assignment. The rest is history. She fell in love with the program and has been teaching the method ever since. 

Tina understands how important a child’s first exposure to music is and she sees the research and development that go into the Yamaha curriculum. She also knows how intense the testing and training are for the teachers. As a Yamaha Music Education Specialist for over 15 years, Tina has actively trained and mentored Yamaha teachers nationwide. As the Owner/Director of her own school for over 13 years, Tina’s goal was to ensure each student and parent felt welcomed, valued, and loved. In addition to Yamaha classes, Tina teaches private piano lessons and is the pianist for McKendree United Methodist Church in Lawrenceville, GA. She is an active member of MTNA and the North Fulton and Gwinnett chapters of GMTA.

FAQ

We believe that all children can learn and are ready to begin music training at a young age. Our programs are carefully designed to meet the unique needs and developmental stages of each age group.

Yes! For ages 4 and up, an instrument is required at home (keyboard or piano). Children enjoy playing the keyboard and can become excellent pianists with our holistic approach.

A piano or keyboard at home is required for children ages 4 and up.

Yes. Students receive homework to reinforce the classroom activities. This serves as a guide for parents as they begin to integrate fun, active music-making into the daily life of the family. We provide our parents with workshops and tools to support their time outside of the classroom.

Classes meet one time per week for 50 minutes Each book lasts for 22-24 lessons.

The student will receive a recording of the class he/she has missed; this sent link can be accessed for 3 days after the missed class. If needed, the teacher will give a one-time free 15 minute private lesson to catch student up.

All Zoom classes are recorded. If requested or absent, a recording will be sent to you. Recordings can be viewed for up to 5 days after actual class date.

Children are typically taught in groups fo 4-10 children. This format motivates children and provides an opportunity to develop ensemble skills and cooperation within a supportive community of friends and parents

New/returning students usually do not take the same class, as usually the returning students are more advanced in their piano studies.

Parental involvement facilitates accelerated growth. The parent/child partnership is active, not passive. Each partnership develops into a mini-ensemble, where co-learning, co-practicing and co-discovering can be enjoyed in class and at home.

Classes are $105 a month.

Tuition is nonrefundable. However, please do not hesitate to contact us if any difficulties arise.