Ava Music School: Bringing music into students’ lives
Anahita Khorsandi opened Ava Music School at 311 Maple Ave last year. W in Vienna, offering piano, guitar, violin and voice lessons, both private and group, for children (from 3 years old) and adults.
“Being aware of the significant therapeutic effects of music and the arts in the development of the mind and spirit of humans of all ages and especially children, makes us staunch believers in what we have undertaken”, she says.
Highly adept at the piano, Khorsandi began playing at the age of 6 in her home country of Iran, and credits her teachers, Mr. Pardis and Mojgan Salehi, with providing her with the skills she possesses. today. She also studied piano at a conservatory in Tehran for several years, before moving to the United States at the age of 17.
“I’ve always had a passion for music,” says Khorsandi. “I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do when I came here, but I decided I wanted to start a music school.”
Knowing that she wanted to teach piano to her own students, Khorsandi studied marketing and business at the University of Massachusetts so she could learn how to best run a successful studio. She founded Ava Music School based on the philosophy that the development of emotional depth, artistic maturity and a true love of music is the essence of musical study.
The Ava Music School staff is made up of amazing teachers, including Sheida Jenkins who teaches music for wellness; Sheida Jenkins who teaches piano and musical composition; Antonio Espinal, who teaches piano and singing; Niloufar Rahmanzadeh, who teaches piano; Pendar Kordnavahsi, which offers group piano lessons; Dr. Nikan Milani, another piano teacher; and Arman Nasrinpay, who works with violin and viola students.
She hopes to add more staff, including a guitar teacher in the coming months.
Music is important for children to learn at a young age, she notes, because it helps them build confidence.
“I was a very shy child myself; I didn’t speak and I didn’t want anyone to notice me,” Khorsandi says. “One day I decided I wanted people to see me. I was 11 and piano was my thing.
She calls the piano her “best friend,” and whether she’s sad, angry, or happy, she can be found playing and pouring her emotions into her songs.
“I think kids should play whatever instrument they choose,” says Khorsandi. “I tell parents that I don’t know if their children will become a pianist, but I promise that they will fall in love with music. It’s my goal. If that happens, then passion comes and hard work comes.
As a teacher, Khorsandi inspires her students to care about rewards and make positive connections, helping them get off their phones and video games and sit down at the piano to play.
“We take the best student of the month and give them a trophy, and the students work hard for it – they love to be shown and to be seen,” she says. “Before COVID, we had a recital, and all the parents came. We hope we can do it again soon.
Unsurprisingly, Ava’s music school suffered a bit when the pandemic started, but Khorsandi did what she could with virtual lessons and made sure her kids continued to be interested in their instruments. .
“In January, all my students came back because they wanted to take their lessons in person,” she says. “I still teach adults online, but I think teaching kids in person is really important to get that connection and keep them interested.”
Khorsandi hopes to grow her school so that there are group classes every day, as she believes this helps students learn the basics better.
“I’m also trying to open my own piano gallery,” she says. “Part of that would be fixing old pianos and reselling them, and another part would be rebuilding custom pianos. I have someone coming over this year to help me with that.
“In my opinion, everyone should learn an instrument because it makes a big difference in a person’s life,” she says.
During the summer, Khorsandi will host a two-week summer camp, combining music education with other fun activities.
For more information, visit www.avamusicschoolllc.com.