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The Kennedy Center

Levine Music


Founded in 1976, Levine Music is one of the country’s largest nonprofit community music schools, with over 3,000 students of all ages and abilities at five campuses throughout the Washington, DC area. Levine is a welcoming community where children and adults find lifelong inspiration and joy through learning, performing, listening to, and participating with others in music.

Levine’s distinguished faculty offers a broad and well-rounded curriculum that provides a strong musical foundation for students of different ages, abilities, and interests. Levine strives to make music education available to everyone: Hundreds of students receive substantial scholarship assistance and many hundreds more receive free instruction through outreach programs.

At each Levine campus, students find a diverse range of musical activities, a supportive environment, and dedicated teachers to challenge their creative limits and to guide them. In addition to traditional one-on-one music education, such programs as Camp Levine, First Music early childhood program, and adult Community Choruses foster musical discovery in inviting group settings. Levine encourages students to join in jazz ensembles, chamber music groups, choruses, musical theatre, and rock groups, to gather with friends informally around a musical activity, and to participate in collaborative programs with other leading music and arts organizations across the National Capital region.

Levine also believes that opportunities to hear great musicians, and to perform, can be important parts of a well-rounded music education. Levine offers master classes with visiting artists of international renown and faculty performances in prominent venues, as well as student recitals, workshops, juries, and competitions that provide additional opportunities for learning and enrich the lives of both performers and audiences.

Levine Music is one of the few community music schools accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and the only All-Steinway community music school in the world. Levine is also certified by the National Guild of Community Schools of Arts as exemplifying the highest standards of excellence and access in community arts education.

Today’s performance at the Millennium Stage features student winners of Levine’s Marlin-Engel Solo Piano Competition, as well as faculty artists from the Piano Department, one of the school’s largest departments with over 800 students participating each semester.
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