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John F. Kennedy Center Debut 2017 | June Newsletter


June Newsletter | 2017

Vivaldi Music Academy is pleased to announce our students’ summer debut at the prestigious John F Kennedy Center for thePerforming Arts’ Family Theater.

We can’t wait to perform in our nation’s capital!Follow us on social media


The Center, which opened on September 8, 1971, continues its efforts to fulfill President Kennedy's vision for the performing arts. Each year, the institution that bears President Kennedy's name brings his dream to fruition, touching the lives of millions of people through thousands of performances by the greatest artists from across America and around the world.
The new 324-seat Family Theater provides a new home for world-class performances for the nation's youth. "This new venue" said Michael Kaiser, former Kennedy Center President, "expands the Kennedy Center's ability to produce and present excellent works for young people."


With amazing teachers, Vivaldi studentsare gearing up for the next Musical Ladder tests and are sure to shine!

Vivaldi Music Academy Musical Ladder Students


Sat June 24th - Fri. June 30th
Sun, July 23rd - Sat. July 29th
Sun, Aug 27th - Sat. Sept 2nd
Sun, Sept 24th - Sat. Sept 30th
Sun, Oct 29th - Sat. Nov 4th
Mon, Nov 27th - Sun Dec 3rd

Vivaldi Music Academy offers music lessons during the summer

Don’t miss out on a musical summer – spots are going fast and we’d love for you to join us at Vivaldi Music Academy! Call us today at West University 713-858-9617 or Bellaire 832-404-2299 and sign up today!


Vivaldi Music Academy - Top ranked place for Music Lessons

Vivaldi Music Academy has been nominated by Kids Out and About for the top 20 places to take kids in Houston! 
We need your help to vote for us by June 15th! Vote for Vivaldi Music Academy under the "Favorite Arts Education Facility":

Vivaldi Music Academy Summer Recital Banner

Congratulations on achieving a major milestone in your musical development! Participation in recitals boosts confidence, provides goals, and builds new skills for students!

June 3rd, June 10th, and June 17th
Please let us know if you have any questions prior to your recital day. We look forward to your performance in June!
Happy Practicing!

Houston Baptist University-Morris Cultural Arts Center Belin Chapel
7502 Fondren Rd. Houston, Texas 77074

Outside of Houston Baptist University
Houston Baptist University - Summer Recital


Refer a friend & receive a FREE lesson! Or refer a friend for Vivaldi Seasons, receive $10 off! and your friend will receive FREE REGISTRATION (up to $45 value).


Saturday June 3rd, Saturday June 10th and Saturday June 17th: Summer Recitals, HBU

Friday June 23rd 7:30 pm: Vivaldi Music Academy debuts at the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington DC

Upcoming Musical Ladder Testing
Sat June 24th - Fri. June 30th

Independence Day Holiday
Saturday, July 1st, 2017 - Tuesday, July 4th, 2017
Classes and lessons will resume Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

May News

Cello Lessons at Vivaldi Music Academy


Houston's Premier Music School goes to Washington D.C. to perform at the Kennedy Center

Vivaldi Music Academy is pleased to announce our students’ summer debut at the prestigious John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Family Theater. The Kennedy Center, located on 17 acres overlooking the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., is America’s living memorial to President Kennedy as well as the nation’s busiest arts facility. We can’t wait to perform in our nation’s capital! Follow us on social media #vivaldigoestoKennedyCenter

Don’t miss out on our amazing private and group music classes for the summer!

Fun and Motivating
Summer is the perfect time to break from the routine and learn music

Greater Focus
Without the worries of homework and other school-time activities, you can devote time and attention to music. Better focus leads to better practice!

Time for Something New
Summer is the best time to try out a new instrument or two!

No Backtracking
Stay ahead of the game and keep making progress through the summer!

Vivaldi Music Academy offers music lessons during the summer
Vivaldi Music Academy Summer Recital Banner

It’s Summer Recital Time!
Houston Baptist University – Belin Chapel

There are many benefits for participating in a recital including:

1)   Giving students something to work towards (motivation to practice!)
2)   Performance experience
3)   Inspiration from watching more advanced performers
4)   A feeling of pride and accomplishment

We are looking forward to seeing our students showcase their musical talents at the Summer Recitals on June 3rd, June 10th and June 17th. An email with recital FAQs and sign up link was emailed to all students on May 3rd – please be sure to read through the information thoroughly to ensure a smooth recital day experience. If you have any questions, please let us know and we’ll be happy to help you!


We know many of you have summer plans and we hope you have tons of cool adventures! Since Vivaldi Music Academy is open year-round, it’s a good idea to start thinking about summer now!

Q. “How do lessons work in the summer?”
A. Vivaldi Music Academy is open year-round, and we do not close in the summer.

Q. “Will there be space available in the fall?”
A. We actually grow in enrollment during the summer months! Some students withdraw, but we are getting a huge influx of new students for the summer and majority continue into the fall.

Q. “How full is the Academy?”
A. As of today, we have 1400 students between our two locations and we are at capacity between the hours of 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm. These are prime-time spots!

Q. “If I withdraw for the summer, can I keep my spot for the fall?”
A. Lessons are first come, first serve so if students withdraw for the summer, we cannot guarantee that you will have a spot in the fall, as we will open the spot to new students.

The big questions for all parents and
students to consider are:

Do you want lessons with your teacher in the same time slot for the fall?
Do you want to keep your Musical Ladder System level for the fall?
If the answers are YES, there are TWO WAYS to keep your spot – please talk to the front desk so we can help you!

Vivaldi Music Academy faculty

Music educators are real life superheroes. They educate, innovate, encourage and support. Every day they touch the lives of children and their impact extends far beyond the boundaries of the music lesson room. Tell us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram about your favorite music teacher at Vivaldi Music Academy!

Vivaldi Music Academy students perform at Houston Baptist University

Congratulations to our students for their amazing performances at the First Annual Young Musician’s Showcase! We are so proud of you!

HBU - Young Musician's Showcase students take the stage

Allison Lee

Austin Longoria

Bowen Ma

Chanya Metheprayoon

Eran Straub

Esther Li

Ian Dessauer

Irene Chen

Julia Nguyen

Julian Weaver

Nicholas Wong

Henry Li

Nikhil Erabelli

Reva Sinha

Mark your calendars

Wednesday May 3rd 9 am
Sign-up genius email for Summer Recital
Sign-Up closes 8 pm May 17th

Monday May 29th: Memorial Day
Vivaldi Music Academy CLOSED

Saturday June 3rd, Saturday June 10th and Saturday June 17th:
Summer Recitals, HBU

Friday June 23rd 7:30 pm:
Vivaldi Music Academy debuts at the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington DC

Referral Rewards

Refer a friend and receive a FREE lesson! Or refer a friend for Vivaldi Seasons, receive $10 off! And your friend will receive FREE REGISTRATION (up to $45 value)

Vivaldi Strings - Group Violin Class


January News and Updates


Bellaire Grand Opening – Vivaldi Music Academy

We are celebrating our one-year birthday at our Bellaire location that opened on January 13th 2016! How time flies and we are grateful to our Vivaldi family with over 1200 students enrolled for music lessons between our two locations. An exciting 2017 is on the horizon with our John F Kennedy Center debut in Washington D.C., faculty concert at Houston Baptist University, and our first annual Student Showcase in April. Stay tuned for more!



Vivaldi Music Academy performs at the Family Theater, the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on Friday June 23rd 2017. Join us for a once in a lifetime opportunity to perform at this prestigious venue in the nation’s capital.  Registration begins 9 am Saturday January 21st by phone, email or in person at both of our locations on a first-come first-serve basis. We hope to see you there!


Join us for an evening of musical adventures with our talented faculty as they perform at Houston Baptist University’s Belin Chapel on Saturday January 28th. Starting at 7 pm the concert is sure to provide inspiration for students and admiration for the amazing faculty who bring music education to the forefront of our community. Admission is free, open to the public and all ages are welcome to attend. We hope to see you there!


We are looking forward to seeing our students perform on Sunday January 8th and Saturday January 14th. Please be sure to double check your recital time, date and directions for parking. Also, allow yourself plenty of time for parking and reaching the hall. Please let us know if you have an questions PRIOR to your recital day. Good luck!

Ring in the new year with music lessons at Houston’s premier music academy!

Celebrate 2017 with music lessons at Vivaldi – an educational benefit for growing and developing minds, as a hobby for an instrument you wish to regain, or as a new challenge this coming year. Set your goals today by calling us at West U (713-858-9617) or Bellaire (832-404-2299)!

Musical Ladder System offered at Vivaldi Music Academy

Vivaldi Music Academy is proud to announce the Musical Ladder System for student lesson engagement and progress. Developed by Director Zeljko Pavlovic’s colleague, music academy owner Mr. Marty Fort and used by music schools throughout the United States and Canada, the Music Ladder System will help you keep track of your child’s progress through a rewards program that kids will love. You will also be able to keep track of your lesson notes in our new practice journal available for purchase. Please talk to your teachers or the front desk so you can get started!

Vivaldi Music Academy’s Practice Journals

Introducing Vivaldi Music Academy’s NEW Practice Journals for students to keep track of lesson notes! The journal can be purchased at either location – talk to the front desk to get your practice journal!

iPhone 7 for Vivaldi Music Academy Contest



Refer a friend & receive a FREE lesson! Or refer a friend for Vivaldi Seasons, receive $10 o! and your friend will receive FREE REGISTRATION (up to $45 value).

News & Notes – September Newsletter

Join the fun with Vivaldi Strings Performance Program and the Vivaldi Voices Children’s Choir! Sign up today!

vivaldi strings

The Vivaldi Strings Performance Program serves as a perfect adjunct to private lessons in string instruments, exposing string students to the chamber music (small group) setting to develop self-sufficiency as well as teamwork through peer interaction. Focusing on various aspects of musicianship and designed to reinforce students’ learning in private lessons through collective musical tutelage, each student is motivated to practice as a valuable ensemble member.


The Vivaldi Voices program offers Houston’s young vocalists, ages 6-10, the opportunity to light up the stage while learning the fundamentals of vocal technique. Our group voice faculty coach young singers to utilize their voices safely while singing popular songs from musical theater to the classics as well as today’s pop hits! The Vivaldi Voices look forward to performances in our biannual recitals as well as numerous performance opportunities throughout Houston.

We have exciting performances lined up for Fall 2016! Join the fun today!

Tahirih Justice Center
Performance Opportunity

Vivaldi Music Academy is proud to participate in the Tahirih Justice Center’s Gala on September 17th. Our Vivaldi String Performance Group will have the opportunity to open for this charity event for women and children in need

From August 24th - 31st, we partnered with The American Red Cross to provide disaster relief for the 20,000 families displaced by the Louisiana flooding. This means that for one week, your check-ins helped support people affected by the flooding. If you would like to help more, please visit the American Red Cross at

Louisiana flood – Vivaldi Music Academy

Mark Your Calendars for the upcoming Winter Recitals!

Insta-Winter-Recital 2016-1

We are excited to have our students perform and see their amazing progress for the Winter Recital! Please discuss with your teacher if you or your child will be ready. Students must be approved by their teacher and enrolled in the Academy at the time of the recital in order to participate.

The Winter Recitals will be held at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University on the following dates:

Sunday December 11 2016
Saturday December 17 2016
Sunday January 8 2017
Saturday January 14 2017

Please be aware of the following additional dates:

Monday September 26th: Details including schedule and expectations for the recital will be   emailed to students

Monday October 10th at 9 am: A link to Sign Up Genius will be emailed to students in order to sign up for the recital. Students will be able to sign up for their teacher’s designated day/time slot(s) or any other day/time slot you prefer.

Friday November 4th at 8 pm: Sign Up Genius will close.

Where is Vivaldi Music Academy going next?

Stay tuned for our big announcement in October of our special Summer 2017 performance venue!!


Referral Rewards – VMA – Houston

Congratulations to our Gold, Silver and Bronze Olympic referral winners in the month of August!

Thank you to: Natalie N. (Gold), Hannah & Benjamin T. (Silver), and Rohan P. (Bronze)!

3914 Gramercy St. Suite B
Houston, Texas 77025

5305 Bissonnet St.
Bellaire, Texas 77401

Upcoming Events

Winter Recital – Shepherd School of Music, Rice University
Sunday December 11 2016
Saturday December 17 2016
Sunday January 8 2017
Saturday January 14 2017

Faculty Recital: Houston Baptist University
Saturday January 28th 2017

Refer a friend & receive a FREE LESSON! Or refer a friend for Vivaldi Seasons and receive $10 off and your friend will receive a FREE REGISTRATION (up to $45 value)

August Newsletter – Back to School Edition

Vivaldi Students' Summer Adventures

Venice, Italy | Vivaldi Music Academy Summer 2016 | Piano and Violin

Our students and faculty travelled to Venice, Italy for a recital of a lifetime at the Santa Maria della Pieta also known as Vivaldi’s Church!

Our West U and Bellaire locations are reaching capacity fast! Stay ahead of the game and book your back-to-school lesson times before all the popular after school times are gone!



Stay tuned for the October announcement of where Vivaldi Music Academy goes next summer!

Check out how some of our students also spent their summer vacations:

Summer Adventures

A cultural experience as Arianna and Sebastian attend the Vienna State Opera!

Fun Summer | Vivaldi Students

Keeping cool in the Texas heat, Anisa and Reva spent time with their family!

Max Summer Adventure

Max had a blast at Legoland!

Simran – Vivaldi Student

Simran is all smiles in the San Diego sun!

Franciska-Vivaldi Student

Franciska was in California! She was excited to meet Mickey and Minnie at Disneyland!

NEW Sunday Classes for Seasons! Check out our new website for our early childhood music classes.


To accommodate our youngest students, new Sunday classes are being added to the schedule in August. Check out our brand new Seasons website
and sign up for a FREE PREVIEW!


Back to School Tips for your Child's Music Education

the back to school season can be hectic! Sometimes simply getting back into the swing of things takes some preparation. Here are some easy tips to ease the transition:

Lock down your schedule
Most kids respond well to consistent schedules, so use a calendar to ensure everyone knows what activities are expected each day. This includes both lessons and practice times! Also, consider including a reward system to help make the connection to consistent practicing and hard work.

Set expectations for practicing
Make sure everyone is on the same page!

Stay organized
Come to music lessons with all the essentials! If your child is especially forgetful, consider creating a checklist and posting it on the door.

Befriend your child’s music teacher
Our teachers encourage parents to sit in on at least the few lessons, which will help ease the anxiety and also allows you to get a feel for their teaching style. Communication is key, for everyone involved!

Don’t forget the practice journal
A practice journal can be an incredibly valuable tool, when both student and teacher are using it effectively. Sit down with your child and review the journal each week.

Referral Rewards – VMA

Congratulations to our faculty members on their recent promotions!

Matthew Gutwald (Director of Piano Pedagogy) and Sam Perez (Director of Guitar Studies) share their philosophies on music education and why they enjoy teaching at Vivaldi Music Academy.

Matthew Gutwald

On the first day of school, my 3rd grade teacher would play piano for our class to wake us up. I remember getting home from school that same and telling my parents that I wanted to learn how to play the piano. My grandparents gifted me the family piano, and I have not stopped playing since. Lessons and practice have taken me so many places I never thought I would get to experience. When I was given the privilege to perform at Carnegie Hall, I had truly achieved my dreams.

I absolutely love teaching piano because it is such a versatile instrument. Students are able to explore, experiment, create, and imagine infinite styles, sounds, and melodies. My philosophy for teaching piano is to build strong, well rounded fundamentals and habits that can be used universally for any genre of music that interest the students. Being trained as a classical pianist, I strive to expose my students and their families to music that they may not have heard, ranging from Bach to Prokofiev. My favorite thing about this job is the fact that every lesson is different. I get to be outrageous and make people laugh while they learn, build rapport, and see people grow and progress into artistic musicians.


Sam Perez

My relationship with guitar began with my wonderful parents. When I was 8 years old my parents surprised me with a guitar from a Sears catalog. From that day on, my life has been an amazing adventure taking me to places I never thought possible. My perspective as a teacher is that the guitar is a very unique instrument, it is challenging and rewarding at the same time. Playing the guitar teaches children to think differently. I enjoy teaching kids to play the “classical” way because there are many developmental benefits. While harvesting fine motor skills, my students have learned to play anything from Taylor Swift to Bach. I emphasize sustainable playing by teaching students and parents that having healthy habits in our musical education will positively influence the rest of our lives. My favorite thing about my job is seeing people young and old grow in confidence as their skills develop on a weekly basis.


Refer a friend & receive a FREE LESSON! Or refer a friend for Vivaldi Seasons and receive $10 off and your friend will receive a FREE REGISTRATION (up to $45 value)

Vivaldi Seasons – Han

Our Vivaldi family is growing!
Welcome to our new staff and a new baby!

Amanda Rodriguez

I am so incredibly happy to join the Vivaldi Team! I’m excited to be around such talented individuals!
– Amanda

Gina Val Verde

I’m excited to join such a talented and creative staff, it’s great to be surrounded by like-minded people!
– Gina


I’m so happy to be a part of the Vivaldi team and looking forward to meeting everyone! Let’s rock N’ roll!
– April

Colin and Family

Congratulations to our wonderful piano/guitar teacher, Dr. Colin Davis and his wife, Jenny, on their little bundle of joy, Adeline!

Causely – VMA

This August, you can help build a school for children in developing nations by checkin gin on Facebook at Vivaldi Music Academy! We’ve partnered with Causely and buildOn to help fight poverty  by providing access to education. Remember to add #bricks4schools when you check-in! For more information about this month’s charity, visit For every check-in the Academy donates a portion to this month’s charity.

Roco Partnership

Vivaldi Music Academy is happy to announce our partnership with the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra

Upcoming Events

Winter Recitals – Rice University
Dec 11th and Dec 17th (2016) & Jan 8th and Jan 14th (2017)

Faculty Recital – Houston Baptist University
January 28th, 2017

Venice Edition – July Newsletter

Milo M – Vivaldi’s Church
Matthew Gutwald – Vivaldi’s Church

Check out our hashtag
on social media for a glimpse of our Venetian debut!


Congratulations to our students and faculty on their Venetian debut!

Students and faculty arrived on June 23rd for a recital of a lifetime by water bus (vaporetto), water taxi, train and on foot through the canals and streets of Venice at the Santa Maria della Pieta (Vivaldi’s church). The Pieta hosted a gathering of family and friends to celebrate an early evening of music, music education and our namesake Antonio Vivaldi. Tourists and locals joined the audience to enjoy our students’ performances along with faculty performances that included pieces from an Italian favorite, Cinema Paradiso.

Alex in Venice
Vivaldi’s Church – performance

Vivaldi, the famous Venetian composer and master of violin, wrote countless compositions during his time as a music educator at the Santa Maria della Pieta from 1703-1740. While rising to the rank of concertmaster, Vivaldi directed the children’s choir and all-girls orchestra through the church’s orphanage at the time, the Ospedale della Pieta. Established in the fourteenth century, the Ospedale now operates as the Instituto Provinciale Per L’Infanzia, a charitable institution that provides education and assists children and mothers in need. All proceeds from our recital benefited this charity for children and women.


NEW class times for Early Childhood Development Music Classes – Vivaldi Seasons

Our popular early childhood music classes are filling up quick – so we have added new class times! We are brimming with new ideas and can’t wait to share our new classes with you developed by our very own faculty. Our Seasons program and classes will focus on overall musicianship, introduction to instruments and serve as the best music preparatory program for your child to enter into private instruction.


ages 4 – 6

Thursday at 5pm – BELLAIRE


ages 2-3

Monday at 10 am – West U

Vivaldi Music Academy is proud to announce our partnership with River Oaks Chamber Orchestra!

Hero – Mock up

ROCO is a professional chamber orchestra of 40 select musicians from Houston and all over the world, creating and collaborating together in a way unlike any other chamber orchestra in the country. ROCO instills a culture of creative collaborations that result in varied programming and a range of interpretations. Yet it is always presented in the unique ROCO style, approachable, conversational, and personal. Benefits for Vivaldi students and families will be announced in the fall…stay tuned!

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or refer a friend for
Vivaldi Seasons, receive $10 off!
and your friend will receive
(up to $45 value)

Upcoming Events

Summer Recess 2016
Saturday, July 2nd – Tuesday, July 5th
(classes and lessons resume Wednesday July 6th 2016)

Vivaldi Goes to Venice

Vivaldi Summer Adventures!

The students at Vivaldi Music Academy kicked off the summer with a trip to Venice, Italy! The students and teachers were able to travel across the world for Vivaldi’s summer music recital and perform at the Santa Maria della Pieta…also known as Vivaldi’s Church! We are so proud of our students and can’t wait to see where we will go next summer. Stay tuned for our October announcement! #vivaldigoestoVenice #vivaldikids #wherewillVivaldigonext

Venice, Italy | Vivaldi Music Academy Summer 2016 | Piano and Violin

Phenomenal performances from our students who arrived at the Santa Maria Della Pieta by boat (vaporetto) and on foot through the canals and streets of Venice. From left to right, first row: Milo Montesi, Matthew Fisk, Syon Doshi, Natalya Pavlovic, Alex Vilela, Alex Pavlovic. From left to right, second row: Julia Nguyen, Sehaj Doshi, Kapil Anand, and Katia De Jong.

Venice | Violin student Alex

Focus and smiles from Alex Pavlovic as he performs Bach’s Minuet

AlexV in Venice Italy

A smiling crowd including local Venetians and tourists wandered into the recital to enjoy Alex Vilela’s piano performance as a respite from the Venetian summer.

Milo | Venice Italy

Milo Montesi filled the rafters of the Santa Maria della Pieta with his melodious tunes.

Many Vivaldi Music Academy students also went out and had adventures of their own!

Summer Adventure | VMA

With sand between her toes, a cool breeze and ocean waves our student Franciska, had so much fun at a beach in California!  

Photographs by Rinku – Simran

Simran strikes a pose beach-side in San Diego!

Max Summer Adventure

Brick by brick and note by note, Max G had a blast filling his summer adventures with piano lessons and hanging out with a Legoland Pirate!

Summer Adventures

In pure Viennese style, international travelers and violin students Adriana and Sebastian enjoy a cultural experience at the Vienna State Opera House in Austria!

Pavlovic Fam

Silly times in Porec, Croatia for Alex and Natalya!

Some of our students even had a wonderful staycation!

Fun Summer | Vivaldi Students

Reva and Anisa beat the Texas heat at a pool party with family and friends. And Anisa made a splash starting violin lessons over the summer in addition to her piano lessons! Way to go!

We are so glad that all of our students took on wonderful adventures this summer! We know that summer adventures are coming to an end as everyone is heading back to school but, we want you guys to know that the fun doesn’t have to stop there! Spots are filling up fast as everyone is heading back to school, call us today to book music lessons for the school year!

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