"Lessons for All ~ Learn to Play"
THANK YOU for visiting Forte Music Studios online! We strive to provide a positive environment where "Lessons for All ~ Learn to Play" is more than a casual phrase. Music at Forte is taught by expert, professional instructors to students of all ages who learn through both study and performance. (Click on the Instructors link above.)
FORTE is located in "The House on the Corner at the Crossroads of Music" where Route 3 and Highway 1 meet in Fredericksburg. We are open regularly from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Our phone number is 540-899-6787 (540-899-OPUS). We cordially invite you to stop by and see what we do!
OUR GOAL is to share our knowledge and love of music with each student in an individual setting. At Forte Music Studios our experienced and enthusiastic instructors teach bass, cello, Chapman stick, clarinet, drum, flute, French horn, guitar, mandolin, music theory, oboe, piano, recorder, saxophone, trombone, trumpet, tuba, viola, violin and voice lessons. Whether you have a musical background -- or have never before taken a music lesson -- there is a place for you at Forte.
"Dude, it's time you
learned how to play
that thing. You need
to call Forte."
"So, Dude, what kind of song are you writing?" ... "A country song, man, a new classic. It's about wild animals and my poor grandma." ... "And you really think that'll convince Forte to keep you on this website?" ... (to be continued)
NEWS / INFORMATION / UPDATES
"FIFTY MINUTES OF FORTE MUSIC" -- a recital program of selections featuring nine Forte students -- was presented to an enthusiastic audience on Sunday afternoon, November 3. The program was followed by an informal reception with light refreshments and an opportunity to greet the performers. Students who performed during the recital (with their teachers' names in parenthesis) are:
Pictured below are students who performed during the recital and their instructors. The recital took place in the sanctuary of Peace United Methodist Church in Fredericksburg. To see more photos from the November 3 recital, please go to the Calendar/Contacts/Links/Pix page of this website and scroll down to the lower part of the page. The next Forte student recital to be held early in 2014. The exact date will be announced here soon.
VIRGINIA CELLO ENSEMBLES, under the leadership of Forte founder Christine Hartigan, have resumed meeting and practicing once a month during the current quarter. For more information, interested cellists are invited to contact Ms. Hartigan directly (CDHartigan@aol.com) or "like" the Virginia Cello Ensembles on Facebook.
" The House on the Corner ...
... At the Crossroads of Music"
Where Route 3 Meets Highway 1 in Fredericksburg
THE POPULAR "ROCK FOR STRINGS" class, led by nationally acclaimed bassist Brittany Frompovich, is continuing at Forte. Sessions are held on Monday evenings at 7:30. The experience is open to students of all ages, who will have the opportunity to learn theory, orchestration and arranging, select pieces to work on, and then arrange them for groups as small as a duo or as large as the entire class. Students work on practicing pieces and getting a "rock edge" to their sound. Ms. Frompovich has a library of rock tunes, already arranged for orchestra, from which students will be able to select pieces. She adds: "We also look at electric string instruments, the use of effects, setting up a pedal board and the effects chain. We are working to plan a performance before the end of the class."
For more information about "Rock for Strings," you may call Forte at 540-899-6787, email Brittany Frompovich directly at email@example.com, or send an email inquiry to Forte using the form on the Calendar/Contacts/Links page of this website. "The class does require some work and practice time," says Ms. Frompovich. "It is also a lot of fun for everyone involved!"
FORTE IS PLEASED TO WELCOME four new instructors who have begun teaching with us over the past few weeks. They -- and the instruments they teach -- are:
Mike Dougherty (Guitar)
Jeff Gordon (Introductory Violin and Viola)
Luke Gray (Guitar, Violin, Viola, Chapman Stick, Bass)
Aaron Noe (Trumpet)
These new teachers are highly qualified, experienced and well known in the Fredericksburg area music community. We are fortunate that they have chosen to bring their exceptional talents to students at Forte. To read biographies of each new teacher, as well as all other Forte instructors, please go to the Instructors page on this website.
As we welcome four new teachers, we also say good-bye to four instructors who have made numerous contributions to the music education of their students for a number of years. Ed Dickerson has moved to Texas to explore opportunities in the vibrant music environment of Austin. Jason Lewis accepted a Christian teaching position in South Korea. Elizabeth Piller recently married. She and her husband are living in Wisconsin and will soon settle in New Jersey. Reba Winstead accepted a full-time job in Northern Virginia, closer to her home in Alexandria. All of us will miss these four "Forte veterans," and we offer them our heartfelt appreciation and enthusiastic best wishes!
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BRIGHT BEGINNINGS MUSIC TOGETHER -- music and movement classes for infants, toddlers and preschoolers -- offers the opportunity to sing, dance, play and have fun with your child in an informal environment. Starting the first full week of January, class offerings in Fredericksburg will expand to four per week, with one additional weekly class in King George.
Weekly, 45-minute classes include songs, rhythmic rhymes, movement, and instrument play. These activities are presented as informal, non-performance-oriented musical experiences – developmentally appropriate for children (ages 0-5) and easy for parents and caregivers – regardless of their own musical ability.
Robyn Bauer, Center Director, has enjoyed teaching Music Together® since 2008 and started Bright Beginnings in 2013. She was a Suzuki violin student starting at age six, and also teaches the Suzuki method professionally. She performs regularly in several different orchestras and ensembles in the Fredericksburg area and works as a freelance violin soloist. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from James Madison University, and has also taught Elementary School music and worked at a local radio station. In addition to the violin, Robyn loves to sing and play the guitar, piano, ukelele, blades of grass, and any other instrument she can get into her hands!
Bright Beginnings Music Together classes for 2014 will begin January 7. Classes at Forte Music Studios will be held on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m., Wednesdays at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. and Fridays at 10:00 a.m. There will also be a class on Thursdays at 10:30 at The Studio in King George. For more information about Bright Beginnings Music Together, you may call Robyn Bauer at 540-315-1039 or email her at: BrightBeginningsMT@gmail.com. For a link to the Bright Beginnings Music Together website (www.BrightBeginningsMT.com), click here.
PLEASE NOTE: Forte is open and lessons are being taught as usual on Wednesday & Thursday (December 11 and 12). Thank you!