We have Moved! Have you seen our new Music Department?

We have finally left the old Tyler Building and moved up into our brand new Center for Design, Media and the Arts Building, just up the hill at the Alexandria Campus.  It’s right across from the Bisdorf Building.

Center for Design, Media and the Arts. Photo courtesty of Northern Virgina Community College

The inside is just as nice the exterior.  It houses the Music, Art, Photo, Graphic Design, Theater, Communications, Physical Education and Early Childhood Development Departments.

The entry foyer of The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at Alexandria Campus. Photo by Britt Conley

Our new Music Department resides on the left side of the building’s first two floors!  You can get to the second floor by simply walking up the entry staircase.  There are also elevators and handicap parking is right outside the building.  All in all it’s really been wonderfuly designed.

Our new Barnes & Noble bookstore houses a Starbucks! Photo by Britt Conley

The Music Department is now conviently close the new Barns&Noble Bookstore, which houses its own Starbucks!  They offer all the regular drink and food options that used to be a car ride away.   They  also offer numerous healthy food options as well as snacks.

The 1st floor, Music Department hallway at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts. Photo by Britt Conley

Long gone are the old, drab, Tyler hallways.  Our new building walkways, offer TV screens and bulletin boards to grab information on the go.  They also offer seating and easy access to great views and even a soda machine right there in the department on the second floor.  Want to relax in between classes?  There are plenty of places to grab a seat and plug right into any of the tables or walls nearby.

Second Floor Seating. Photo by Britt Conley

And of course there are our new rooms!  One of the most important aspects to the new rooms is that nearly all of them, have piano and not just any piano:  Steinways!

All of our teaching studios and practice rooms have pianos. Photo by Britt Conley
Our pianos at the Center for Design, Media and the Arts. Photo by Britt Conley

The main piano teaching studio has two Steinways and is perfect for duets.

Our new piano teaching studio has far more room and great pianos. Photo by Britt Conley

Even our instrumental teaching rooms have pianos.  We are pretty thrilled.

Teaching Studio. Photo by Britt Conley

There are also numerous student practice rooms that have Ipad entry gates.  We are setting them up in the coming weeks so that everyone can reserve their practice time.  Each of the practice rooms offer our new Boston Steinway uprights.  They sound great!

Our new practice rooms are wonderful! Photo by Britt Conley

We even have a new percussion room that  is so spacious that our entire Jazz Band can easily jam.  Plenty of room for marimbas and the sort!

Instrumental Percussion room. Photo by Britt Conley

Room 130 is not only our percussion teaching studio, it also doubles as the practice room for our drum students.

The Percussion room is large enough for our Jazz Band to Jam together. Photo by Britt Conley

We also have stunning new classrooms!  The Theory room and Mac Lab are open all week for classes and Lab Hours.

Our New Music Theory Room offers a brand new Mac Lab! Photo by Britt Conley

And just when you think, you’ve seen it all… we now have Instrument Lockers!!!  Yep, no need to  walk all the way to your car with your instrument in between your day’s classes.  See our teaching assistant, Jacob Gardner in the Mac Lap to reserve your locker.

Our New Instrument Storage Lockers!!! Photo by Britt Conley

The other great room we have now, is the new Recital/Choral Hall in room 118.  It’s absolutely lovely.  We’ve even broken it in with our first Concert!

Mark Valenti Concert
Our new Recital Hall. Photo by Britt Conley

A great program enjoyed by all.  So if you haven’t gone for a full tour of the entire building, It’s all just as impressive. There is a workhout center on the second floor that is free to current students.

The Workout Center at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts. Photo by Britt Conley

And if you are really adventurous, stop by the third floor to see the visual Arts departments! The classrooms are  just as nice!

The Drawing Studio. Photo by Britt Conle

We have a lot of upcoming events, so stay tuned, here on the blog and on our Facebook page Facebook/MusicatNova to find out what is happening next!

Blog Post by Britt Conley – Assistant to the Music Department

 

4TH ANNUAL JAZZ 4 JUSTICE© CONCERT

JOIN US FOR THE 4TH ANNUAL JAZZ 4 JUSTICE© CONCERT

The Alexandria Bar Law Foundation and the NOVA Nighthawks present the 4th annual Jazz4Justice©Concert at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.  The suggested donation is $15 per ticket. This is a great way to expose children to live music and it’s tax deductible. All proceeds benefit Alexandria programs including those that help abused children, assist the elderly and provide legal aid to low income residents.

The band directed by John Kocur will feature a special appearance by George Mason University’s legendary band leader “Doc Nix” Nickens and by guest saxophone soloist Vaughn Ambrose. The George Washington Middle School Jazz Ensemble directed by Richard Seracino will also perform. You can join too! A jam session will be held before the official concert begins. All musicians are welcome.  A cash bar will be available as well as a raffle for fabulous prizes submitted by local merchants.

Buy tickets (or make a donation if you can’t come) through our website J4JAlexandria.wordpress.com or through the Alexandria Bar Association at 703-48-1106 or alexbar@alexandriabarva.org.      Please  support our community by attending an evening of great music.