Piano Lessons from Russia with Love

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

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Piano lessons at RMAOA combine and adapt features from both the Russian and American teaching traditions.

Proven Russian teaching methods, specifically an intense focus on mastering correct technique right from the beginning, are fundamental at RMAOA. The goal is to achieve a level of skill that allows students to play the music they love with a certain level of musicality and expression. The strong Russian work ethic is balanced and relaxed by the spirit of enjoyment that American culture brings to making music.

We recognize that every student is different. Customized lesson plans enable each student to quickly move towards achieving his or her own highest musical potential.

Teacher Elza Ritter

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Piano lessons culminate in performances! Here are Elza Ritter (center) and students after a recital.

Teacher Elza Ritter is Russian-born and trained. She received her Masters 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. Elza 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, Elza teaches master classes and provides accompaniments for competitions, auditions, and concerts for students and professional musicians.

Not Just Classical … and Not Just Piano

Music lessons at RMAOA 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 RMAOA. We have a Children’s Choir and an Adult Choir.

Piano Lessons for All Ages, All Levels

Students of any age are welcome. You may be just starting out or continuing previous training. Don’t be shy. Believe that if you are determined, you can do it. There is no age limit on experiencing the deep satisfaction of making music.

About the Studio

In 1999, Elza Ritter founded the Russian Music Academy of America (RMAOA) in Reston, Virginia. In 2006, the Academy moved to Centreville, Virginia.  The studio location is convenient for students living in Fairfax County as well as southern Loudoun County.

Lessons are taught on two grand pianos, a Steinway and a Yamaha.

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

Want to Know More?

More information on the approach that Elza has developed over her many years of teaching can be found in our FAQ and on Elza’s blog. Elza’s resume provides additional details on her training and experience and includes a list of her students’ competition wins. You may also want to read some of the testimonials we’ve received from our students and parents.

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

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