Music Spectrum School for the Arts (2nd floor of the H.K. Lee TaeKwonDo Building)
465 Herndon Parkway, Herndon, VA 20170  (703) 582-7430
Open: 3:30pm - 8:30pm Monday-Friday; 9:30am - 2:30pm Saturday 

Private Lesson Faculty

Private Lesson Base rates:
$40 for 30-minutes; $56 for 45-minutes;  $70 per hour

Senior Teaching Artist (doctoral degree and/or extensive teaching or performance experience) rates:
$48 for 30-minutes; $68 for 45-minutes; $80 per hour (these teachers have a * next to their name)

AMANDA VEST (voice, piano, Harmony Road music classes) holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Pepperdine University and a Master of Music in Voice Pedagogy and Performance from Westminster Choir College. She is a two-time winner of the National Association of Teachers of Singing—Los Angeles vocal competition and a semi-finalist in the Advanced Division of the 2015 NATS Eastern Region Conference Auditions. She graced stages in concert and opera performances in Europe and across the United States. Her opera roles include Zemfira (Aleko) and Gianetta (L’elisir d’amore.) In addition to being an accomplished singer, Miss Vest is an experienced violinist and pianist that has performed with festival orchestras, in guild auditions, and as an accompanist. Miss Vest believes the study of music is a holistic experience that combines physical awareness, theoretical knowledge, and guided intuition through performance and practice. Her teaching emphasizes mindful practice. She is an experienced and successful teacher of classical, crossover, and contemporary styles.


DR. ANTOINETTE VELIKINA * (piano, Harmony Road music classes)
has a Doctorate in Musical Arts in piano from the Catholic University of America, Master of Music in piano from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Music in piano from the State Academy of Music, Sofia Bulgaria, with additional studies at the Salzburg Mozarteum, Austria. A native of Bulgaria, Dr. Velikina has performed on concert stages around the US and Europe, including the Kennedy Center, Mozart Zaal (Saltsburg, Austria), Tessaloniki Concert Hall (Greece), National Palace of Culture (Sofia, Bulgaria).  She is a winner of the Catholic University Concerto Competition, and a recipient of numerous  awards from Indiana University and Catholic University. Her professional affiliations include College Music Society, Music Teacher’s National Association and National Guild of Piano Teachers. As an educator and the mother of two young sons, Dr. Velikina loves to teach students of all ages and abilities. She has been teaching piano in the Washington, DC area since 2001 and has served as a faculty member at Catholic University. 

(guitar, bass, ukulele, drumset)
a Fairfax County Public Schools specialist in teaching fine arts has a Bachelor of Arts from Florida Gulf Coast University, and is currently working towards a Masters in Education. He has over 15 years of experience teaching acoustic and electric guitar, and bass guitar, and is a protege of Robert Genito, author of Rapid Drum set improvement. For many years, Mr. VanHall was a professional studio/live drummer as well as a touring musician and band leader. He has opened for multiple well-known bands and was a featured artist at large concert events put on by major rock radio syndicates. His studio credits include an independent album release in 2008. Currently, Mr. Van Hall is most focused on teaching the next generation of musicians interested in guitar, bass, and drums.

ERIC ULREICH * (guitar) has been teaching guitar for 40 years. His performing and teaching experience has made Eric one of the most sought-after contemporary guitar instructors in the Washington D.C. Metro area.  With his attention to detail and depth of knowledge of all styles of playing Eric has prepared students for auditions, performances, competitions, and assessments.  He has sent students to some of the major universities and colleges for music study as well as helped them achieve goals on stage. Even so, Eric also is at ease teaching beginning students, adults, and recreational players.  Eric’s teaching philosophy is cultivating interest first. Then, adding aspects of fundamental musicianship skills

Eric teaches all levels and styles of guitar, including contemporary, jazz, rhythm and blues, and classical. He is also a registered Suzuki Guitar Instructor with the Suzuki Associations of the Americas. In addition to teaching guitar, he also teaches electric bass, song writing, theory, and rock band.  He has been on the faculty at Levine Music for the past 20 years.  He has also taught for Leesburg School of Music, Contemporary Music Center, and Music and Arts, as well as being a freelance instructor.

In addition to teaching, Eric is an active performer.  He has performed on stage with legendary artists including Glenn Leonard’s Temptations, Charlie Thomas and the Drifters, The Coasters and The Marvelettes among others.  He currently performs with Baltimore-based Junkyard Saints as well as his own band The Eric Ulreich Trio.

DARIAN IIDA SAENZ (ballet, modern dance) has intensive training from 2006 to 2010 with American Ballet Theater in NYC and from Burklyn Ballet Theater in 2005. In 2011 she received a full scholarship to the professional dance school of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in NYC where her training was focused in ballet, Horton and Graham modern dance techniques, along with hip-hop, improvisation, and Broadway performance.  She dances professionally with Dance Art Theatre and Company Danzante.
She has performed at Disney World, Wolf Trap, the Citigroup Theater in Manhattan and the Kennedy Center. Recently, she won the title of NOVA’s Favorite Dancer, Judges Choice Award. Although Ms. Iida has enjoyed performing as the principal dancer in shows like the Little Mermaid, Cinderella, and Nutcracker, she has a special passion for sharing the freedom and joy found in dance with others.

JOSHUA RENNE (voice, guitar) holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Music Education from George Mason University where he studied voice under Professor Debby Wenner and Guitar under Professor Larry Snitzler and spent several semesters in the GMU Guitar Ensemble. Mr. Renne has been teaching guitar in the Herndon area since 2004. He is a full time Fairfax County Public Schools music teacher in addition to teaching general music classes at both Temple Rodef Shalom in Falls Church and Temple Olam Tikvah in Fairfax.  He also helps to lead youth worship services for both congregations, and plays the occasional wedding.  Mr. Renne also sang with GMU’s University Singers and University Chorale and continues to sing in community choirs in the area.

DR. ASLI GÜLTEKIN ÖZEK * (violin, viola) was born in Ankara, Turkey. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Bilkent University and her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in viola performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). At UIUC, she studied with Rudolf Haken and Masumi Per Rostad, the violist of the Grammy-winning Pacifica Quartet. She has been an active participant in masterclasses and music and orchestra festivals in Poland, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, and China. She also performed in master classes of the Kronos Quartet and Avalon Quartet as part of her graduate quartet assistantship, and in master classes of Jerzy Kosmala, Csaba Erdelyi, and Ivo-Jan van der Werff at UIUC. She has given solo recitals and chamber concerts in Turkey and the United States. She is the recipient of the Chip Davis Mannheim Steamroller Orchestra Award in 2007 and was the finalist of the Coeur D’Alene Young Artist Concert Competition in 2008. Dr. Özek has been living, teaching and performing in the VA-MD-DC area since 2010.

INESSA MIR-ALIYEVA (Piano) * is a successful award-winning music professional with over 30 years of experience in performing live, accompanying various musical groups and teaching students of all ages. She obtained her Master Of Music Degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the State Conservatory, Baku, Soviet Union/Azerbaijan, and her Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the Baku Music College in the former Soviet Union, where she also took classes in Organ.

For more than a decade, she was a leading piano teacher at a school in the former Soviet Union under the patronage of former musical director and conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra, Mstislav Rostropovich. After her arrival in the United States she taught at the Performing Arts Institute of Virginia in Blacksburg for seven years before relocating to Northern Virginia in 2015. 


ANICA HEEYUN LEE (voice, piano, Harmony Road Music classes) graduated from the Eastman School of Music with a double major, achieving Bachelors of Music in both Vocal Performance and Music Education. While attending Eastman, she attained broad experience teaching in many Rochester area schools from preschool through elementary school, middle school and high school. She was also a Secondary Vocal Teacher at Eastman, providing weekly voice lessons to vocal performance undergraduate students. At Eastman, Ms. Lee performed featured roles in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro and Montiverdi's The Coronation of Poppea. She also sang in the Eastman Chorale, Repertoire Singers and Women's Chorus. She has performed onstage and the Eastman Theatre and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. Ms. Lee is a native of Northern Virginia. Before attending Eastman, she attended Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn, where she served as the Student Music Director of the Concert Choir and Women's Choir. In addition, she attended and was a soloist at the Virginia Governor's School at Radford University. Ms. Lee has been teaching private lessons in Ashbur
n and Rochester since 2011.

ANNA KONG (violin) 
obtained her Master of Music degree in violin at the Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University, under the tutelage of Herbert Greenberg. As native of Northern Virginia, she received a Bachelor of Music degree with honors in violin performance at George Mason University where she served as concertmaster of the Mason Symphony Orchestra. Previously she had earned the position of associate concertmaster in both the regional and all state orchestras.  She was also a two-time recipient of the NSOA award and, in her four years of high school, served as concertmaster of the chamber and symphony orchestras. She has played with the American Festival Pops Orchestra, McLean Orchestra, Arlington Philharmonic, and is a easoned pit musician. As a teacher, she has taught at Potomac Arts Academy and Vienna Summer Strings. Previous principle teachers include Julia Sun and NSO violinists Peter Haase and Jennifer Kim. She has participated in master classes for Charles Castleman, Ricardo Cyncynates, Elizabeth Pitcairn; she has also taken lessons with Zino Bogachek, Oleg Rylatko, Jessica Fan, William Preucil, and Paul Arnold. She has also attended the Castleman Quartet Program 2013, Summit Music Festival 2015, and the National Orchestral Institute in Summer 2016, where she had the privilege of playing under the baton of Minnesota Orchestra director OsmoVänskä. In 2017 she had the opportunity to play with the Prague Summer Nights Festival Orchestra in the Czech Republic and Austria.



DR. ALINA KIRSHON-GOLDMAN * (voice, violin, violahas eighteen years of teaching experience. She holds a Bachelors degree and Masters degree from Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in voice performance from Shenandoah Conservatory. As a violin teacher, Dr. Kirshon-Goldman is trained in "Every Child Can!" and Suzuki Violin Unit 1. As a voice teacher, she is trained in Somatic Voicework™ and the LoVetri Method. Over the course of her career, Dr. Kirshon-Goldman has participated in international festivals and competitions in Austria, the Czech Republic, Israel and the United States. Upon her graduation with a doctoral degree in voice performance from Shenandoah Conservatory in 2016, she received the Dean's scholarship award for her research in the field of Israeli art song. In recent years Dr. Kirshon-Goldman has co-chaired the Strings Concerto Competition and the Strings Achievement Award Competition with the Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association. She is a regular contributor to American Music Teacher Magazine providing her feedback to newly published violin literature. She is a recipient of a 2016 teacher enrichment grant awarded annually by MTNA foundation fund. In September 2017, Dr. Kirshon-Goldman joined the Washington National Opera Chorus performing in Aida followed by singing the lead in Puccini's Madame Butterfly with the Loudoun Lyric Opera. Outside of teaching and performing, she is the mother of three boys.

ALEXANDRA GEERS (cello) graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelors degree in Music Education with Performance Honors on Cello and a Masters degree in Music Education. During her undergraduate studies, Ms. Geers lived abroad in Strasbourg, France for five months, studying music at the Conservatoire de Strasbourg. She currently is in her fourth year as an elementary strings teacher in the Fairfax County Public Schools. She has taught privately for many years, coaches sectionals for The Capital Symphony Youth Chamber Orchestra, has extensive knowledge in Suzuki and Rolland string pedagogy, and most recently attended the Ohio State University Strings Teachers Workshop with Robert Gillespie.

KATE COLE (voice, piano) holds a Bachelor in Fine Arts from Ithaca College and a Bachelor in Music Education from Mansfield University and has extensive experience teaching voice and piano to students of all ages.  Drawing upon her education and personal experience in theatre performance, church music direction and teaching, Ms. Cole has successfully prepared students for theatre productions, college auditions, church performances, recitals and talent shows.  She believes students should receive a solid musical and technical foundation geared toward their interests and goals in an enjoyable, positive atmosphere.  Whether for public performance or personal enjoyment. Ms. Cole believes “anyone at any age can enjoy exploring and developing their musical potential.” 

KAREN CHRISTENSEN (piano) had a thriving Suzuki piano studio in her Reston home for over 20 years, with students ranging in age from 3 to 58, before joining us at Music Spectrum. She is certified to teach all seven levels of the Suzuki Piano School. She holds Bachelors degrees in Chemical Engineering from Ohio State University and in Piano Performance from George Mason University, where she graduated cum laude. Ms. Christensen believes that immersion in Western art music combined with early ear  training gives students a strong foundation from which to pursue their musical interests. Indeed, as of this writing, she currently has a former student at NYU majoring in composition, one at Berklee majoring in piano and songwriting, and one at CalArts majoring in classical and jazz piano performance. Many more have become music lovers and valued audience members, as well as creative and analytical thinkers who enjoy working hard and consistently at a difficult task. Practicing piano can be a solitary endeavor, so she strives to give her students a variety of performance  experiences, both solo and ensemble. Success in music also requires music literacy, so she works hard to ensure that her students have strong reading and sight-reading skills, along with a thorough understanding of music theory. Ms. Christensen’s goal is to help children set the highest of standards, and to support them in working toward meeting their goals--but always with compassion for themselves and others.

CURT CHRISTENSEN * (trumpet, euphonium, tuba) 
is retired after 26 years with the United States Air Force Band in Washington, D.C., where he was the principal trumpeter.  Originally from Mt. Clemens, Michigan, Mr. Christensen is a 1986 graduate of the Juilliard School where he received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees and was a student of William Vacchiano and Mel Broiles.  Additionally, he received his Associate in Applied Science-Music degree from the Air Force’s Air University and is continuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at George Mason University.

In addition to being an Adjunct Professor of Music Theory and History at George Mason, Mr. Christensen maintains a private trumpet studio and regularly performs recitals across the United States. In addition to being an Adjunct Professor of Music Theory and History at George Mason, Mr. Christensen maintains a private trumpet studio and regularly performs recitals across the United States.



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