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"Teaching ALL Students to Play Like Artists!"

Whether the student is a four or five-year-old beginner, an adult amateur, or an aspiring concert pianist, my mission is the same: to teach not only those reading skills and technical skills necessary to understand music and move around the keyboard but also the means to acquire the kind of sound that produces beauty and passion found in the performances of great pianists. Regardless of whether you want to play only for your own personal enjoyment or perform for an audience, teaching this kind of artistry is my objective. In my studio, this type of training begins in the very first lesson, even for an absolute beginner!

In the process of learning as well, I hope to instill in each student a lifelong love for great music, teach valuable life skills of dedication, discipline, and determination, and build confidence and the self-esteem of each individual as she or he learns and excels in learning the great music for piano. I hope to hear from you! Please call or e-mail if you would like more information!

 Studio Activities

  • 34 regularly scheduled weekly lessons from September to June with holiday breaks scheduled as well
  • 6 flexibly scheduled lessons during the summers
    Weekend group music theory classes during the fall and winter
  • 4 Studio Concerts scheduled throughout the year, including an Annual Concerto Concert
  • Opportunity to participate in festivals, recitals, and competitions in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area and beyond

About Narciso Solero

NARCISO SOLERO received the Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from Indiana University (Bloomington, IN) and pursued studies in the doctoral degree program in piano performance there. His principal teachers at Indiana were James Tocco and Leonard Hokanson; additional studies at Indiana University were with visiting professors Michel Béroff and Dmitry Paperno. Solero received the Bachelor in Music Degree from DePauw University in Indiana, where he studied with Claude Cymerman, who received training at the Conservatoire in Paris. Mr. Solero also took several lessons with Adele Marcus of the Juilliard School while still an undergraduate.

Mr. Solero lives and teaches in Arlington, Virginia. His young students, ranging from pre-kindergarten age to high school seniors, perform four concerts per year, including an annual concerto concert. A number of his students have become music majors in college. Outside the studio, his students perform in competitions and festivals and have won many prizes at these competitions, including the National Symphony Orchestra Young Soloists' Competition, the MTNA Performance Competitions, NVMTA Concerto Competition, NVMTA Piano Achievement Awards Competition, and VMTA District and State Auditions. His students have also been selected for the Concerts at the Alden Young Soloists Recitals at the Alden Theatre in McLean, VA. In addition to his full and comprehensive program for young students, Mr. Solero teaches adult students as well, from amateur beginners to professional pianists wanting to pursue continued studies. He served for four years as President of the Washington, D.C. Music Teachers Association (W.M.T.A.), and he had been an active board member for Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association and for the Springfield Music Club. He previously taught on the faculty of the Levine School of Music in Washington, and while living in the Midwest, he served on the music faculties of Albion College, DePauw University, Olivet College, and Kellogg Community College. Mr. Solero also served as a charter board member for what is now the Music Center of South Central Michigan; as a board member, Mr. Solero was part of the committee that founded the Community Music School of Battle Creek (MI) and as such actively recruited and hired faculty for the school.

Mr. Solero is an active master class teacher and lecturer as well; his speaking engagements include lectures and workshops for Richmond Music Teachers Association, Roanoke Valley Music Teachers Association, Highlands Music Teachers Association, Peninsula Music Teachers Association, and Springfield Music Club; he also has given master classes at James Madison University, Springfield Music Club Spring Festival, and for independent teachers in Northern Virginia and Maryland. He has previously been a featured panelist for the Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association and for Virginia Music Teachers Association state conference. Mr. Solero and three of his students were filmed and featured in the ASCD educational video Learning to Think…Thinking to Learn, which was released in 2007.

As a performer, Mr. Solero regularly appears in collaboration with other artists. His performances include several concerts at the Kennedy Center on the Millennium Stage, concerts at Carnegie Hall, Strathmore Mansion, Montgomery College, Catholic University, the Anderson House Museum, the Lyceum, Dumbarton Church, Temple Micah, and several performances as guest artist with Friday Morning Music Club and on the Tuesday Concert Series for Church of the Epiphany in Washington, D.C. He has performed extensively throughout the United States and overseas, including concerto performances at Orchestra Hall in Chicago, solo recitals throughout the Midwest and in the Washington area, and concerts with singers in Hong Kong, Seoul, Bangkok, and Singapore, as well as television broadcasts on KBS-TV Korea. He has worked with such artists as Plácido Domingo, soprano Harolyn Blackwell, soprano Beverly Rinaldi, and TV/movie star Vanessa Williams.

Mr. Solero and tenor Jon Robert Cart, (Director at the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University), have released a compact disc of Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder and other songs for Music Minus One; in addition, Mr. Solero is pianist on a compact disc featuring the art songs of Joseph Marx and Anthony Taffs with soprano Maureen Balke. Mr. Solero has performed at Lincoln Theater as part of the D.C. Mayor's Arts Awards Program presented by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities. He has appeared as guest artist of the United States Air Force Chamber Players on three occasions and has been a guest performer on the Mount Vernon Chamber Orchestra Chamber Music series. He has also performed in dozens of schools in Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia in conjunction with the Washington National Opera's Education Department, introducing opera to school-age students. Mr. Solero's performing repertoire is diverse, including concerti, solo literature, chamber music, and nearly 1,200 art songs.

Studio Location
Arlington, Virginia 22206
(703) 820-3308