Fostering confidence and creativity in students of all ages through exceptional musical experiences.
by Wendy Slaton | photos by Traci Ling Photography
From the moment one enters Vivaldi Music Academy, it is evident that you are in a state-of-the-art facility where the love of music is displayed from the highly-praised front office staff to the pure professionalism of the faculty. However, it is the eager students at Vivaldi who are the true measure of the organization’s accolades, and the reason why Vivaldi has grown from one to three locations serving more than 1700 students.
Vivaldi’s Director, Zeljko Pavlovic believes it’s one thing to introduce and offer musical instruction for students, but he strives to create a welcoming and nuturing environment where students (and their families) feel confident and encouraged from the moment they enter the doors of Vivaldi.
As a musician himself, he carefully assembled a family of staff who would create such an institution where students would be enriched by all of the opportunities at Vivaldi.
The renowned faculty are some of the most decorated recitalists and award-winning composers and musicians. Using a variety of teaching methods and styles (including the Suzuki method for violin), the instructors find a style tailored to each student’s needs. One student explained, “My teachers have been very focused on making sure that I am not only learning, but that I’m also enjoying the journey of musical exploration.” A parent mentioned “I see my daughter growing in confidence in her music abilities. It comes from experienced teachers who care about her whole person while studying music.”
In addition to instruction in piano, violin, guitar, cello, voice/singing, flute, drums, clarinet, among other instruments, Vivaldi offers group voice lessons/choir, ensemble/chamber lessons for the more experienced student. Early childhood music development classes, separated by age groups, are provided in a musical atmosphere of play, song, and dance.
The Experience of a Lifetime…
Last summer, more than 60 students and faculty members had the opportunity to perform at the Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall in New York City for a two-day recital. It was important to Pavlovic that his students understood the significance of performing at the same venue where Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky conducted at the grand opening of Carnegie Hall more than 127 years ago. It’s experiences such as those that he hopes will inspire the students to strive for grand pursuits.
This July, students and faculty will travel to The Royal Academy of Music in London, the oldest conservatory in the United Kingdom (founded in 1822). Known as one of the leading conservatoires in the world, famous Academy alumni include Sir Elton John and Annie Lennox, and distinguished faculty appointments include Maxim Vengerov and Semyon Bychkov.
About Vivaldi Music Academy
Open seven days a week, Vivaldi has three locations around Houston, all housed in state-of-the-art modern facilities and include comfortable, professional parent’s lounge with wi-fi, kids’ toys and reading materials. For more information, visit www.vivaldimusicacademy.com
3914 Gramercy St, Suite B
5305 Bissonnet St.
9311B Katy Freeway