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McLean, VA Piano Teachers

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1. Consider the teacher's education and training in music, and his or her participation in professional workshops and continuing education.

2. Request a copy of the teacher's studio policy.

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4. Observe the teacher in action if possible, to see how s/he handles students, and the atmosphere created in the studio.

5. Ask for references from other teachers or current parents.

6. Assess the results of his or her teaching by attending a recital or other event in which the teacher's students are performing.
Last Name  Harrington
First Name  Douglas
Address you as   Mr.
Street Address   1546 Davidson Road
City   McLean
State  VA
Zip Code   22101
Phone   703-984-9869
E mail   douglas.harrington.piano@gmail.com
Instruments taught   Piano
Education  BM in Piano Performance from Florida State University on full scholarship studying with Leonard Mastrogiacomo (Piano), Marilyn Neeley (Piano), Carolyn Bridger (accompanying), and Karol Louwenaar (Harpsichord)
Affiliations   Music Teachers National Assoc. (MTNA), Virginia Music Teachers Assoc. (VMTA), Washington, DC Music Teachers Assoc., Northern Virginia Music Teachers Assoc. (NVMTA), Suzuki Association of the Americas.  With NVMTA, currently Chair of Skills Day and Co-Chair of Northern District Auditions.
Activities/Services   Harrington Piano Studio offers private lessons, along with biweekly performance classes and 3-4 recitals a year.  All students are asked to participate in competitive and/or non-competitive events as appropriate.  Mr. Harrington's goal is for each student to reach their full potential as functional, polished musicians at the piano.  This is achieved through regular work on the three skills of sightreading, keyboard theory, and technique (Russian Technical Regimen), as well as extensive study of the literature.  Older students regularly study and perform the advanced works of Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms, Bach, and all of the great composers.  Of course, all of this requires real effort! One of the most rewarding aspects of teaching is watching students recognize and embrace the rich experience of hard work leading to achievement.
Additional Info/Specialties   Douglas J. Harrington began his piano studies at the age of six, and has not stopped studying piano since.  His emphasis has been more, in fact, on study than performance, though there were exceptions, such as in 1981 when he performed the St. Saens g minor concerto with the New Orleans Symphony under Andrew Massey.  After graduating from FSU, Mr. Harrington relocated to Washington D.C. where he continued private studies with Marilyn Neeley until the mid 1990s. He has maintained a private studio in McLean since 2008.  Although a thoroughly traditional, western teacher at heart, Mr. Harrington's teaching does reflect the philosophies of Shinichi Suzuki in his emphasis on creating a nurturing environment for the student to thrive in.  Mr. Harrington has performed both collaboratively and as a soloist in the DC area, including performances at the Kennedy Center, and has written over 100 newspaper articles on classical music, dance, and theater.

Mr. Harrington has training geared specifically towards 4-5 year olds, but teaches students of all ages and abilities.  Currently there are about 25 students ranging from 3rd through 11th grade. 

Mr. Harrington's students have distinguished themselves in Judged Recitals, Bach & Baroque Competition, Piano Concerto Festival, Young Artists Musicale, and other local competitive and non-competitive events, including a performance with the McLean Symphony Orchestra. 

Mr. Harrington is happily married and also shares his life with one dog and three cats.

There is no charge for interviews.  Interviews, enrollment materials, and references are available upon request.  I am also happy to speak on the phone, but the personal interview is the best way to exchange information.
Available as Performer  Yes
Available as Accompanist  No