“The Joy of Music: One Note at a Time” – Russian Piano Professor Elza Ritter

Russian Music Academy of America (RMAOA) Studio of Northern Virginia

The Registration Deadline for new students is August 27th! Contact us today for an interview/audition!
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Piano lessons with Russian Piano Professor Elza Ritter at the RMAOA Studio combine and adapt features from both the Russian and American teaching traditions.

Proven piano teaching methods, specifically an intense focus on mastering correct technique right from the beginning, are fundamental at the RMAOA Studio. The goal is to achieve the highest level of skill that allows the student to play the piano with a certain level of expression and appreciation. The Russian work ethic is balanced by the enjoyment that American culture brings piano and music.

Professor Ritter recognizes that every student is different. Customized lessons enable each student to quickly move towards achieving his or her own highest musical potential.

The RMAOA Studio is in Northern Virginia (NoVa) located at 14768 Basingstoke Loop, Centreville VA 20120.


RMAOA piano performers after 2017 Spring Concerto Recital
The RMAOA piano performers with their awards after the 2017 Spring Concerto Recital
Russian Piano Professor Elza Ritter at Spring Concerto Recital
Professor Ritter with the large audience at the conclusion of our 2017 Spring Concerto Recital held at the Woman’s Club of Arlington





Russian Piano Professor Ritter

Professor Elza Ritter is Russian-born and trained. She received her Masters Degree in Piano Pedagogy and Performance in Moscow from the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music, one of the premier music institutions in the world, equivalent to the Juilliard School of Music in America. Russian Piano Professor Ritter has 36 years of teaching and performing experience: 18 years in Russia and 18 in America. She has trained over 1,000 students.

In addition to giving private piano lessons, Professor Ritter instructs master classes and provides piano accompaniments for competitions, auditions, and concerts for students and professional musicians. She also loves performing, and has performed at the Kennedy Center.

Want to Know More?

More information on the approach that Professor Ritter has developed over her many years of piano teaching can be found in our FAQ and on Elza’s blog. Russian Piano Professor Ritter’s resume provides additional details on her training and experience. We encourage you to read our testimonials and our reviews on our Yelp page and Facebook page. Visit our YouTube page to view performances by our hard-working students.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.

About the Studio

In 1999, Russian Piano Professor Ritter founded the Russian Music Academy of America in Reston, Virginia. In 2006, the RMAOA Studio moved to Centreville, Virginia.  The studio location is convenient for students living in Fairfax County as well as Loudoun County and Prince William County.

Piano lessons at the Studio are taught on two grand pianos, a Steinway and a Yamaha.

The RMAOA Studio maintains a large library of sheet music, scores, music books, CDs, and DVDs. Students have access to the library.

Not Just Classical …

Piano lessons at the RMAOA  Studio include music of all eras as well as modern jazz and popular music. Training includes music theory, music history, solfeggio, ear training, and performance skills. Students are coached in playing duets, concertos, and chamber music with other instrumentalists.

Private voice lessons are also available at the RMAOA Studio. We have a Children’s Choir and an Adult Choir.

Russian Music Academy of America (RMAOA) in Centreville, VA, Fairfax County