Welcome to Rita Music Studio
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
Online group classes best designed to fit your skill level
Weekly lessons presented to you live via
Continue our lessons to reach your potential
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
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.
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.
Classes are $99 a month.