Forte Music Studios
"Lessons for All ~ Learn to Play"
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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, 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."
"OK, so tell me about your country song, the one you wrote to keep Forte from kicking you off this website." ... "Man, it's sweet! The tune is 'On Top of Old Smokey.' Here's how it starts: 
She jumps like a rabbit, 
She stinks like a skunk. 
Whenever she has it,
Poor Grandma looks drunk." 
... "Wow, Dude, I'm pretty much speechless!" ... (to be continued)

    " The House on the Corner ...
  ... At the Crossroads of Music"

    Where Route 3 Meets Highway 1 in Fredericksburg

    540-899-OPUS     (540-899-6787)
VIRGINIA CELLO ENSEMBLES, under the leadership of Forte founder Christine Hartigan, have resumed meeting and practicing during the current quarter. For more information, interested cellists are invited to contact Ms. Hartigan directly ( or "like" the Virginia Cello Ensembles on Facebook.

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  Click here to see a recent newspaper story about the class that appeared in the Culpepper Times. "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 five new instructors who have begun teaching with us over the past few months.  They -- and the instruments they teach -- are:

Mike Dougherty (Guitar)
Jeff Gordon (Introductory Violin and Viola)
Luke Gray (Guitar, Violin, Viola, Chapman Stick, Bass)
Ashland Hoover (Piano, Viola/Violin)
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 short-term Christian teaching position in South Korea. He has now returned to the U.S. and is teaching strings in Washington, D.C. Elizabeth Piller recently married. She and her husband first moved to Wisconsin and have now settled in New Jersey. Reba Winstead accepted a full-time job in Northern Virginia, closer to her home in Alexandria. All of us 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. Classes are offered four times each week in Fredericksburg, 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!

The next semester of Bright Beginnings Music Together classes begins in early April, with registration in mid-March. Classes at Forte Music Studios are held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  There is also a class on Thursdays 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: For a link to the Bright Beginnings Music Together website (, click here.


MICHAEL DIMIN, SOLO BASSIST AND INTERNATIONAL PERFORMER, presented "Whose Box Is This Anyway" at Forte Music Studios, sponsored by the Virginia Bass Forum, on Saturday afternoon, April 19.  Dimin shard his creativity and 25 years of experience through performance and commentary, showing there is much more than 'thinking outside the box.' Known for his revolutionary approach, unparalled technique and mastery of the bass, Dimin has performed worldwide.  He was featured at the regional TEDx conference in New York, where he entertained the audience with his song, "There Are No Accidents."  In "The Art of Solo Bass" and "The Chordal Approach," Dimin discusses the art of the solo bassist.  For more information about activities of the Virginia Bass Forum and Forte bass instructor Brittany Frompovich, go to

Back on March 16, noted bassist Christian deMesones presented "Slap Happy -- Building Grooves Using Right and Left Hand Techniques" to a pumped-up crowd of bass enthusiasts at Forte. Special guest artists for the clinic and performance included Chris Welborn, Keith Horne, Al Caldwell, Johnny Lee Long and Brittany Frompovich. (The photos below were taken by Billy Wooten during the March 16 program.)


LANE DRUM, highly respected and popular Forte guitar instructor -- in cooperation with Rappahannock Big Brothers Big Sisters of Fredericksburg -- is teaching guitar lessons to several young people once monthly at Forte. Roberson's Music and Forte Music Studios are assisting Mr. Drum by providing guitars for the students to use. "We are very proud of Lane Drum for volunteering his time and energy to this program," said Young Devereaux, Forte instructor-owner, "and we are pleased to partner with Roberson's in supporting what Lane is doing to enhance musical opportunities for youth in our community." The photographs below were taken during the first Big Brothers Big Sisters guitar class at Forte on January 26.

CAROL JENSEN has recently begun greeting students and visitors with a warm and friendly smile at the Forte front desk two days each week. Carol was born in West Virginia, grew up mostly in Delaware, and has lived in Virginia since 1990. She retired in 2010 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, having worked 30 years for ASCS (Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service) in West Virginia, Virginia and Washington, D.C.  Carol has two daughters, two granddaughters and two grandsons. She and her husband, who also retired in 2010, live in Hartwood with their two dogs. We are very happy to welcome her to Forte!
"GRADUATING SENIORS ~ A MUSICAL SHOWCASE" will be presented by Forte Music Studios on Sunday, May 4, at 2:30 p.m. at Peace United Methodist Church in Fredericksburg. The program will feature solo selections by several Forte students who are graduating from high school this year, plus presentations by the Virginia Cello Ensemble and the Forte Guitar Ensemble. "We will also recognize a graduating senior as this year's recipient of the Christine D. Hartigan Senior Scholarship," said Young Devereaux, Forte instructor/owner. Ms. Hartigan founded Forte Music Studios in 2005 and continues as a Forte cello instructor and director of the Virginia Cello Ensembles.  

The program will be followed by an informal reception with light refreshments and an opportunity to greet the performers.  "All the performers have been working hard to prepare for this occasion," Mr. Devereaux added "and we hope everyone will join us to see and hear their presentations." Peace Methodist Church is located a short distance west of Spotsylvania Mall. From Route 3, turn south at the traffic light onto Taskforce Drive. When Taskforce Drive ends, turn right onto Maple Grove Drive. The church is around a curve on the left.