Forte Music Studios Private lessons in Fredericksburg, VA
Whatever goals you have as you consider the possibility of taking music lessons, our goal at Forte is to help you achieve them. With many instructors available representing a range of musical backgrounds and teaching techniques, we will work with you to fulfill -- and hopefully surpass -- your expectations.
We offer private lessons for string, woodwind and brass instruments, as well as guitar, bass, piano and voice. Interested students have opportunities, individually and with the Forte Youth Orchestra, to perform at a variety of community events. At Forte, we do not sell or repair instruments. We are all about teaching, learning and performing.
Enthusiastic, professional, experienced, highly qualified: These characteristics describe the most important asset at Forte Music Studios -- our teachers. As musicians, they recognize and appreciate the need to constantly learn and share ideas. Our unique setting at Forte fosters excellent networking opportunities for both instructors and students.
Jackie Albright began studying classical piano and music theory with private instructors when she was seven years old and continued through high school. Since she was 12, she has played in various Christian worship bands.
Ron Barricklow, a teacher for 17 years in Stafford County schools, is now Orchestra Director at Brooke Point High School and Stafford Middle School. He is a violinist with the Fredericksburg String Quartet and was a founding director of the Rappahannock Youth Symphony (1996-2008).
French Horn, Music Theory, Piano, Trumpet
Damien Bollino's interest in music was influenced by his grandmother, a classical pianist. He earmed a Bachelor of Music in performance at West Virginia University, where he received a full tuition scholarship and studied with Dr. Virginia Thompson.
Shelby Brown has played in bands and ensembles in a variety of musical styles -- metal, jazz, fusion, country, rock and Brazilian. He has extensive chart reading skills in all major styles of music. He holds an Associate of Applied Science in music performance from McNally Smith College of Music in Minnesota, and he has studied with world class teachers such as Dom Famularo and Gordy Kundtson.
Voice, Introductory Piano
Ashleigh Chevalier believes strongly in the healing power of music, and the Suzuki method. "Each person has an inner musical voice and expressive musical arm," she explains. "I teach ways to be aware of your body and instrument, develop your voice, musical sense, and expand your creative mind.
Tina Christie has served as a clinician in schools in Hawaii and Virginia and has been a faculty member of the Rappahannock Summer Music Camp. She was an alternate finalist for the YouTube Symphony competition in 2009 and was one of the winners of the National Flute Association's Convention Performers Competition in 2006.
Guitar, Mandolin, Viola, Violin
Ed Dickerson grew up playing music with his father, and he later earned a Bachelor of Arts in music performance at the University of Mary Washington. In 2009 he was voted the area's best music teacher in a readers' poll conducted by Parent and Family magazine of Fredericksburg.
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