About Victoria Wyatt

 

Education

 

Dr. Wyatt holds Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral degrees in piano performance. She completed her DMA at Catholic University as a student of the internationally known pianist and champion of American music, William Masselos. Mr. Masselos served simultaneously on the piano faculties of Catholic University and the Juilliard School.

 

Teaching

 

Dr. Wyatt has taught students of all ages and abilities. Besides teaching in her private studio, she has taught in a variety of settings: in universities, in a nonprofit community music school, and as a faculty member at summer institutes, including at the Eastman School of Music and the Kinhaven (Vermont) Adult Piano Workshop. As an adjudicator, she has traveled throughout the United States hearing young pianists. She holds permanent national professional certification through the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA).

 

Performance

 

As a performing artist Victoria Wyatt has appeared throughout the Washington DC metro area.  Her concert venues have included Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theatre, Strathmore Hall (now called “The Mansion at Strathmore”), the Corcoran Gallery, the Phillips Collection, the Smithsonian Institution, the State Department, the Arts Club of Washington, and the Lyceum. She has appeared live on the PBS network. Highlights in recent years include solo recitals in Sweden and Puerto Rico. She appears in duo piano concerts with pianist Mariko Hiller as “Duo Spirito.” Dr. Wyatt was twice featured as State Convention Artist for the National Federation of Music Teachers and has given lecture recitals for the MTNA state conventions.

 

Wyatt Piano Studio

 

The Wyatt Piano Studio includes students of all ages and abilities.  All of the students truly enjoy playing the piano, and each is taking piano lessons as his or her own desire.  This self-motivation helps to provide an atmosphere of positive peer interaction and a feeling of community within the studio.


Along with repertoire appropriate for each individual, the studio emphasizes the building of basic learning skills, particularly sight-reading and technical development. Our technical program follows the Russian regimen known as “Piano Olympics,” culminating in an annual event during which each student displays his technical skills. The studio participates annually in the Virginia State Sightreading Exam. Music theory is taught through workbooks and analysis of the pieces studied. All students are encouraged to participate in the Wyatt Studio’s recitals as well as outside festivals (non-competitive) and other events.

 

A student’s participation in competitions will be supported if that student demonstrates appropriate ability and preparation along with a temperament that can handle the intensity associated with such events. Students from the Wyatt Studio regularly win awards, including many First Place, in area competitions. High school students have attended prestigious summer music institutes such as Tanglewood, Brevard, and Interlochen, and have been chosen for Virginia’s Governor’s School.

 

Although our goal is not specifically to train career musicians, we are pleased that many of our former students have earned music degrees from top music schools such as Juilliard, Indiana University, Northwestern University, Cincinatti Conservatory, Florida State University, and many others. Former students now hold degrees in Piano Performance, Piano Pedagogy, Theory, Collaborative Piano, Music Therapy, Vocal Performance, and Composition. Others not majoring in music have still continued their music study alongside their chosen degree programs at schools such as Yale, Princeton, and Oberlin.

 

 

Affiliations

 

Music Teachers National Association (MTNA)   www.mtna.org

Virginia State Music Teachers Association (VMTA)   www.music-usa.org/vmta

Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association (NVMTA)   www.nvmta.org