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Private piano lessons for motivated students.
Everyone can make beautiful music!

 

The Studio

Located inside the beltway in Annandale, VA, close to 395 and 495.

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What's included
  • 32 lessons a year

  • multiple group classes

  • 2 studio recitals

  • other performance opportunities

Tuition/Policy

CLICK HERE for the 2022-2023 studio policy and tuition rates.

2022-2023 Calendar

CLICK HERE for the calendar.

TESTIMONIALS

CAROLYN C., PARENT

The recital had beautiful playing. I remember my own childhood recitals, which were just about playing the notes, not about making music. This was a real concert!

STEPHANIE S., PARENT

I am thankful for her patience and effort in teaching my children the pleasures of playing the piano.

EMILY S., STUDENT

She really takes the time to get to know her students and tailors the way she teaches to best fit the student so they can thrive. She is kind, caring, and extremely knowledgeable.

About

Francesca Hurst loves helping her students create those moments in music that take your breath away. Her lessons focus on classical repertoire, technique, and theory, and she enjoys exposing students to newer composers as well as the "classics". Patient and kind, with over 20 years' experience, she will carefully guide each student along their musical journey. She is on the piano faculty at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. She holds a DMA in Piano Performance, is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM), and also teaches for MusicLink Foundation.

Read her full bio HERE.

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Last-minute duet coaching before a recital.
Photo by Storybox Photography
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Teaching Philosophy

I approach each student as an individual, and shape our lessons around how they learn best. I inspire my students to learn more than just the notes, so that their playing is also thoughtful and expressive. Ultimately I want my students to be able to learn a piece of music on their own, knowing how to practice it and interpret it with stylistic understanding and musicality. 

Recitals are held twice a year, at the end of the fall and spring semesters, and often take place in Ward Recital Hall, with its beautiful Steinway 9-foot concert grand piano.