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June 26 to August 4, 2017

Private Lessons 3:30-7:30 pm M-Th     

campers performing on the steel drums

We know that you have choices of summer activities in and around the Baltimore/Washington region and are excited that you are thinking about our Orchestral Institute, Piano Institute, Drumming Camp, and Vocal Oratorio Festival and Private Lessons at Ottley Music School.  

To secure a place, please register by Friday, June 16, 2017. 

We are able to work with some of the best teachers from Ottley Music School,

  • Nevilla E. Ottley, B. Mus. Ed., M.A., M.Mus. Principal, Voice, Piano, Music History 
  • Jillian Uzuegbu-Holdsworth, Violin and Piano
  • Karla Rivera, M.Mus., Voice and Beginning Piano
  • Leonard Higgs, B.A., Voice
  • Lorenz Canubas, B.Sc., Violin, Piano
  • Denna Purdie, Ret. U.S. Marines, President's Own, Cello, Strings
  • Aaron Civic, B.Mus., Guitars
  • Sheldon Thwaites, B.Mus., Percussion, Steel Pan, and all drums
  • Alissa Gittens, M.A., Flutes, Clarinets, Woodwinds
  • David Byass, B.Mus., Saxophones, Clarinets
  • Kristin Chamberlain, B.Mus, M.Mus., French Horn and other brass
  • A distinctive component of our summer camps is that all campers have an opportunity to learn to play the Steel Pan
  • Our masterclass facilitator is world-traveled and pianist, Beverly Babcock, M.Mus. on the faculty of Saint Mary's College in Southern Maryland.



PRIVATE LESSON Registration is $35 per school year, July through June.



CAMP Registration for Piano, Orchestral Institutes, Vocal Festival, Drum Camp, is $125 includes:

  • The Registration process
  • Music
  • Music History Books
  • 1 Uniform T-shirt,
  • a music bag

Tuition $375 for 2 weeks. The Tuition includes

  • Private lessons or Sectionals
  • class/group instruction in Music History and Ear Training,
  • solo practice periods
  • ensemble rehearsals, 
  • daily snacks,
  • masterclasses, 
  • the final recital
  • A field trip.


PLEASE REGISTER NOW.  Call 301-454-0991 M-Th 11:00 am-8:00 pm.  The Registration Fees are non-refundable.


Summer Orchestra Institute

June 26-30 and July 3-8, 2017, 6:00-9:00 pm (2 weeks) with participation in a July 4th Celebration

Violins, Violas, Celli, Bassi, Flutes, Oboes, Clarinets, Bassoons, French horns, Trumpets, Trombones, Euphoniums, Tuba, Percussion, Piano

Registration $125, Tuition $375


Summer Piano Institute

July 10-21. 2017, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (2 weeks).

Registration $125, Tuition $375


Vocal Oratorio Festival

Scenes from Handel's ESTHER, Mendelssohn's ELIJAH, Coleridge-Taylor's ATONEMENT, and GOMES's COLOMBO

July 24-August 4, 2017, 8:30 am-4:30 pm M-F (2 weeks).

For singers of all ages from 6 years through adults who have had vocal experience.  This camp includes drama, acting, singing, costumes, make up. 

Registration $125, Tuition $375

Who are we looking for?

You!  Yes, you are new or a resident in the area, have been taking piano and instrumental lessons for at least 3 or more years, playing the piano literature from sonatinas, etudes, sonatas and concerti, from intermediate to advanced level (from Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Brahms, Coleridge Taylor, Joplin, Burleigh, Ellington, and Bolcom) and want to mover higher in a just two weeks.

What are the Piano, Orchestral and Oratorio Institutes all about?

Through rehearsals, master classes, ensemble playing, and seminars, you will come in close contact with the region’s top vocal, piano and instrumental performers, teachers, and thinkers.

The OMS Piano Institute teachers are drawn from Ottley Music School faculty including Naoko Kawashima,  David Byass, and Nevilla Ottley, plus other faculty from the area including Professors Beverly Babcock of Saint Mary’s College and Victoria Alma Castello from Duke Ellington School of the Arts.  The leaders of the Orchestral Institute include string teachers such as Jillian Holdsworth, woodwinds and brass Alissa Gittens, David Byass and Kristin Chamberlin.  The vocal teachers include Leonard Higgs, Nevilla Ottley, and Karla Rivera, plus two visiting professionals.   

For the 2017, besides the masters like Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, the music will include such great composers such as Chevalier de Saint Georges, Samuel Coleridge Taylor, Antonio Carlos Gomes, William Grant Still, Scott Joplin, Olufela Sowande, Ulysses Kay, and Florence Price.

Where is it?

Most events take place at the Ottley Music School.  Conveniently located just outside of Washington, DC, the Ottley Music School located in University Town Center’s Building Three.  It is located near the new International Safeway and  and also across the street from the Mall at Prince George’s, where in both places [UTC and Mall] there are convenient Food Courts for lunches. There is easy access to the thriving cultural offerings in Maryland at the University of Maryland's Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center about 9 blocks away, and in Washington DC by the Metro subway system a 7-minute walk from the building.

How much does it cost?

        Registration $125 includes:

·       The Registration process
·       Use of ensemble and symphonic music,
·       1 Uniform T-shirt,
·       a music bag
·       field trip to Washington DC’s Kennedy Center or other venues with exciting events.


            Tuition $375. The Tuition includes

·       Private lessons
·       class/group instruction in Music History, Music Theory, and Ear Training,
·       solo, duet, trio, small ensemble practice periods
·       larger ensemble rehearsals, 
·       daily snacks,
·       masterclasses, and a field trip 
·       the final concert.

To Register, please call 301-454-0991 M-Th, 11:00-8:00 pm and Fri till 3:00 pm.


Drum Set, Hand Drums, Steel Pan

July 10-21. 2017, 6:00-8:00 pm (2 weeks).

Registration $125, Tuition $250


Classes  MON & WED, 6:00-6:55, July 3-July 31, 2017
Child is accompanied by a parent in the class



M-F 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, July 3-31, 2017,

with after care 4:30-6:00 pm = $10 per 30 min.

Camp & Class Recital July 31 at 6:00 pm

Children must be completely potty-trained

$125 Registration, $395 every two weeks.


Plus Private Lessons for Instruments & Voice



The SUMMER SCHOOL 6-week Term begins on Monday,

M-Th, June 26, 2017 through August 3, 20173:30-8:00 pm



Mozart Mouse

Beethoven Bear

Pachelbel Penguin

J. S. Bunny

SUMMER CLASSES FOR ages 3 1/2 to 6 years,

Monday and Wednesday 6:00-6:55 pm.



The Ottley Music School offers MUSIC FOR LITTLE MOZARTS Program, specifically geared to pre-school and first grade students (with their parents in Class).  This curriculum provides a balance between the discipline necessary for playing the piano and the enjoyment the child receives from the process of music making.  Besides learning to play the piano, the program includes singing, body motions with music, ear-training, and other musical activities.  The classes center on the adventures of Beethoven Bear and Mozart Mouse, and later J.S. Bunny, Professor Haydn Hippo, Pachelbel Penguin, Nannerl Mouse, and other such musical characters as they learn about music.  There are additional music history stories of other composers that are from Africa, the Caribbean, South America, and other places, and activities such as visits to the Hyattsville Library down the street and musical videos.

Materials for the class and available at OMS:

  • Music Lesson Book 1, 2, 3 and 4 (depending on where the child has progressed if already studying in a class).
  • Music Workbook 1, 2, 3, or 4
  • Music Recital Book 1, 2, 3 or 4
  • Music Discovery Book 1, 2, 3 or 4
  • Beethoven Bear plush toy for bass clef, Book 1
  • Mozart Mouse plush town for treble clef, Book 1
  • Flash Cards for all four level books.
  • Other plush toys for Levels 2, 3, 4.
  • Compact Disc Recordings for Books 1, 2, 3 and 4 (2-disc set for each level)
  • A choice of either The Pop Book (…go to Hollywood) or The Sacred Book (…go to church)
  • A Student and Parent Handbook & Assignment Journal for each school year
  • Ottley Music School bag to carry all materials
  • Recitals monthly to teach children performance practices and decorum.

The class has a teacher for the course.  Each child is at a key-board with his/her parent (other adult) next to them in the classes.  Students register for as many weeks as possible during the summer session.  

Research has shown that the study of music enhances learn of all subjects, so it is an asset to human development whether or not a student becomes a great musician.  The best thing is for them to become involved in this activity.

SUMMER and SCHOOL YEAR CLASS TUITION:  $25 per class with parent or adult attending the class with each child. 

  • 4 weeks 2 classes per week, 8 classes in the summer= $200 tuition. 

  • 10 weeks 1 class per week in the fall $250 tuition,

  • 14 weeks 1 class per week in Winter and Spring $350 tuition each term

  • Recitals = $35 for each term including summer

  • Books and materials around $91 each level. 

  • Registration for classes and private lessons is $35 for the school year July through following June.

Where are they?

Most events take place at the Ottley Music School.  Conveniently located just outside of Washington, DC, the Ottley Music School located in University Town Center’s Building Three.  It is located near the new International Safeway, the Theater Royale, and also across the street from the Target and Ross in the Mall at Prince George’s, in the Kaiser Permanente Building at 6525 Belcrest Road, Suite G-20, Hyattsville, Maryland.

Call 301-454-0991 for registration form or write us at

PHONE:  301-454-0991    FAX:  301-454-0298

EMAIL:   and
ADDRESS:   University Town Center, 6525 Belcrest Road, Suite G-20, Hyattsville, MD 20782

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