NFMTA Fall Festival Results

NFMTA (North Fulton Music Teacher Association) Fall Festival was held on Nov 1 and 2. The event is a noncompetitive audition where students prepare two memorized pieces and the accompanying scales and chords. Each participant will receive written comments from an adjudicator and a Certificate of Participation.  Each judge will choose a few performers to receive cash award.

All Vivo student received Superior rating. Congratulation to the following students that were selected to receive performance cash prize award. We are proud of them!

Impressionistic Award:
Alex Fang
Allie Ng
Keshav Parthasarathy

Performance Award:
Sarah Turner
Elizabeth Wang
Renkai Chen
Odelle Chen

Piano Group Class

Interested for your youngster to try out the piano but not ready for one on one instruction yet? Group lessons are a great way for beginner introduction to music or an instrument. After a student completes that session, they will progress into a private lesson.

Piano for Little Fingers

-Piano Group Class for grade k-2

Introducing piano playing in a fun and interactive way!

Learning in a group atmosphere allows students to tap along, get encouraged with friends and promote positive competition. The 10-week session provide a comprehensive fundamental beginning to piano learning and prepares students for future private lessons.

Curriculum includes reading notes and rhythm pattern, technical exercises, musical games, learning how to play familiar tunes, ensemble playing and more.


$290.00 /10 weeks
All material included
The class will meet twice a week: One day of lesson and a day of assisted practice
Payment must be paid in full. If you have to miss a class, you may attend a similar class the same week.
Class size: 3 to 5 students per class

Location #1

September 4 – November 13, 2019
Wednesdays 6:45 – 7:30 ( Lesson)
Sundays 2:00-2:30 (Assisted Practice)

Location #2

September 7 – November 16, 2019
Saturdays 9:00 – 9:45 ( Lesson)
Tuesdays 5:30-6:00 (Assisted Practice)

September 9 – November 18, 2019
Mondays 5:30 – 6:15 ( Lesson)
Thursdays 5:30-6:00 (Assisted Practice)

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2019 Spring ABRSM High Scorers

Our students did a fantastic job in the 2019 spring ABRSM (Associate Board of the Royal Schools of Music) practical exam! Among 32 participants, 11 received distinctions and 11 received merit. All distinction students will be invited to perform at the ABRSM Georgia High Scorers’ Concert.

Here are the distinction students:

Grace L, Grade 1 piano
Charlyne H, Grade 1 piano
Janelle W, Grade 1 piano
Marianne Z, Grade 1 guitar
Justin S, Grade 2 guitar
Jophie C, Grade 3 piano
Ellain C, Grade 5 piano
Natalie T, Grade 5 piano
Sarah T, Grade 5 piano
Eric J, Grade 6 piano
Benson Z, Grade 8 piano

Congratulations to them and their teachers!

2019 Spring Recital Gallery


Guitar Group Classes Feb 23-Apr 27

Learn guitar in a fun interactive group environment. The 9-week guitar group class is designed for beginners aged 10 and up where you will learn easy picking techniques and basic strumming patterns and songs. We will also tab into technology with Achieve Music app that helps with practice and assessment.

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Feb 23- Apr 27, 2019 (9 Classes)
Saturdays 3:00-4:00 PM

Cost: $200 (including all music)

Music provided:
1. Class booklet and backing tracks
2. Two months access to the Achieve Music App
Check out the App:

Who can enroll:

Beginners age 10 and up (Adults welcome)

You will learn:

 Easy Picking techniques and Melodies
 Basic Strumming patterns and songs
 Rhythm, Counting, Tab, Notation

What to bring:

-Acoustic guitar

About the Instructor:

Mr. Steve Freeman

 Steve is accomplished Jazz/Rock guitarist and career educator. Steve began his education at the Berklee College of Music and continued his studies at the Musicians Institute (MI) in Hollywood CA. After his graduation Steve was asked to join the faculty at MI and remained on staff for several years. Steve left MI to open the Atlanta Institute of Music, an accredited school for guitar, bass, drums, voice, brass and production. After 12 years as CEO Steve sold the school and joined Camp Jam’s national music program as their Vice President of Operations. Steve is currently working in business development for Achieve Music, a practice and feedback app for music teachers and their students. Steve has authored several books and continues to compose and record his original music. Steve’s music can be heard at

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ABRSM Fall 2018 High Scorers

Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) is the UK’s largest music education body, one of its largest music publishers and the world’s leading provider of music exams, offering assessments to over 600,000 candidates in over 90 countries every year.

Practical examinations are held twice each year where an examiner from the United Kingdom will visit local center for the examination. The following students achieved Distinction in fall 2018 exam. Congratulation to the students and their teachers:

Alan M (grade 1, piano, teacher: Vivian Tan)
Nithish S (grade 1, piano, teacher: Vivian Tan)
Donovan S (grade 1, guitar, teacher: Justin Sheppard)
Sean P (grade 2, piano, teacher: Viola Tan)
Sarah B (grade 3 piano, teacher: Viola Tan)
Sarah J (grade 3, piano, teacher: Vivian Tan)
Allison Y (Grade 3, piano, teacher: Vivian Tan)
Aunhya K (grade 8, piano, teacher: Viola Tan)

“ABRSM’s mission is to inspire achievement in music. In partnership with the Royal Schools of Music, we support high-quality music-making and learning around the world. We offer pathways and resources for learners and teachers that help build musical skills, provide goals and encourage progress.” -quoted from ABRSM Website

NFMTA Fall Festival Award Winners

Fall Festival is an event sponsored by North Fulton Music Teacher Association. Each participant will perform for a judge and receive written comments and a Certificate of Participation. Each judge also chooses top performers to receive performance award. This year Vivo sent 22 piano students to participate in the event and 8 were selected to receive performance award.
The award winners are Sarah B, Ellain C, Alex F, Sarah J, Kevin L, Joseph M, Allie N and Emily T
Let’s celebrate with them!

Group Piano Class for Beginners

Small group of 3 students per class

This class is perfect to introduce piano for students who want to explore new instrument and prepare them for private lessons.


$395 / 15 classes


15 Lessons – August 11- December 1, 2018
Saturdays 9:30-10:30 or 10:35-11:35


Perfect for students entering Grade k-2

Learn how to:

Introduce and guide students to piano playing and notes reading through rhythm, movements, sounds, beats, and musical games.

Summer Teens Guitar Group Lessons

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Summer is the perfect time to try an instrument. Our instructor Mr. Chan has over 20 years of teaching experience and has a guitar Youtube channel with over 7000 subscribers.


8 Lessons – June 4 to June 25, 2018
Every Monday & Wednesday 7:00-8:00 PM


Teenages (adults welcomed too!)

Learn how to:

• Easy picking techniques
• Basic strumming patterns
• Rhythm, Counting

What to bring:

-A classical guitar
-Hal Leonard Guitar Method Book 1 (please purchase before the first lesson)

Meet the instructor:

Chan is a certified Yamaha Music School Classical Guitar Teacher. He completed classical guitar teacher’s training and seminars with Yamaha chief guitar instructor, Mr. Tadashi Koizumi, from Japan. Prior to Yamaha Music School, Chan studied with various guitar instructors from the Royal College of Music in England. He obtained Grade 8 in both Classical Guitar and Music Theory.
He taught classical guitar full time at a Yamaha Music School for 5 years in Malaysia, his native country. After moving to Atlanta, he continued his passion of teaching finger style guitar part-time during the past 20 years.
Chan owns a Youtube chanel with over 7000 subscribers.\user\kchan9999

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8-Week Violin Group Lesson (March 23-May 18)

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Violin group lesson is an excellent and fun way to introduce violin to beginners


No registration fees. Material included.
Unlimited access to online practice material, recordings and other resources

Date and Time:

8-week Session- March 23 to May 18, 2018. Available in 2 age groups.

  1. Age 10 and up
    Fridays 7:00-8:00 PM
    $220 / 8 classes
    -Prepare students for private lessons and school orchestra / ensemble
  2. Age 6-9
    Fridays 6:00-7:00 PM
    $230 / 8 classes
    -Small group setting
    -Individual attention

What to prepare:

Bring your own violin to class. Free instrument fitting is available on 3/16 if you do not have one

Meet the instructor:

Todd Markey is an orchestral double bass performer, frequently heard with the Johns Creek and Carroll Symphony orchestras.  He received a master’s degree in music performance in double bass from the University of North Texas in 1997. Todd was on the music faculty at Valdosta State University from 2000 to 2004. Todd has been teaching music for nearly 30 years. His extensive teaching experience includes private lessons, group lessons, college music theory and ear training courses, middle and high school orchestra classes, after school orchestra programs, summer camps, and sectional coaching.

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