Community Music School
of the Piedmont
Instrument Petting Zoo
At A Glance
IPZ at Family Fun Day at Rose Hill Park, Berryville, VA - May 2023
IPZ at a local elementary school, Marshall, VA - April 2023
About the Instrument Petting Zoo
In this exciting and interactive program, we're bringing the joy of music education to students in a fun and engaging way. Our goal is to familiarize students with wind and string instruments, giving them the opportunity to explore and discover the sounds of these instruments for themselves.
Through the Instrument Petting Zoo, students have the chance to touch, feel, and play real instruments in a safe and supportive environment. With guidance from our experienced instructors, they can learn how to properly hold and play each instrument, and even try their hand at creating their own melodies.
Turn up the volume and listen to AYA Trio perform Clara Schumann Piano Trio in G-minor, Op. 17 at our last Candlelight Concert on February 26, 2023!
Watch how CMSP faculty member Christina Raczka entrances children by playing flute during our Instrument Petting Zoo program.
To provide access to our growing and geographically widespread student body, CMSP has established 7 locations in Loudoun, Fauquier and Frederick counties.
CMSP teachers are extremely well-qualified, caring and distinguished instructors. A majority have advanced degrees in music and perform professionally in their field.
CMSP gratefully acknowledges the continuing support of the Virginia Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Associated Chamber Music Players.
CMSP is grateful to all of our generous donors!
You make it possible for us to accomplish our mission to provide high quality music education and performance opportunities for all members of our Piedmont community.
Thank you so much!
Events & Announcements
CMSP Student Diego Quintanar-Peña Wins
First Place in Young Artists Competition
We are proud to announce that CMSP student, Diego Quintanar-Peña won first place in the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Competition!
On Sunday, February 19th at 3:00 pm, the three contestants performed alongside the PSO in the Michael A. Hughes Center for the Arts at Highland School. Diego performed the first movement of Svendsen Violin Concerto in A major.
Diego has been a student at CMSP since 2017 and has dedicated years of studying with Matthew Gattuso, one of our violin faculty members. We are so proud of how far he has come along with his accomplishments. Well done!
Watch his performance!
CMSP announces winner of 2023 Katherine Jameson Scholarship
Pictured from left to right: CMSP's piano instructor George Bowerman and Sophia Long.
CMSP is pleased to announce that Sophia Long is the winner of our 2023 Katherine Jameson Piano scholarship, named for CMSP’s first piano teacher, who taught at the Community Music School of the Piedmont for nearly 20 years.
Sophia is a 12th grader enrolled at Fauquier High School in Warrenton, VA. In the eleven years she has studied piano, Sophia found a deep connection to her music. In her essay, Sophia wrote that studying with Mr. George Bowerman has taught her how to practice efficiently, memorize music, and refine a piece. She looks forward to sharing the beauty of music at upcoming performances and with her own future students!
CMSP is thrilled to announce that two members of our faculty are winners in the Shenandoah Conservatory Student Soloists Competition! Szymon Czerniak won the Graduate Level Keyboard, and Sarah McMichen won the Graduate Level Instrumental.
Winners of this year’s competition will be featured in a performance with the Shenandoah Conservatory Symphony Orchestra
at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022. Well done!
CMSP Cello instructor Alán Saucedo performs
with the Eagles at Capital One Arena.
CMSP Cello instructor Alán Saucedo was chosen to participate in
A Time to Sing: An Evening with Renée Fleming and Vanessa Williams a very personal collection of songs performed by two of America's most celebrated vocalists in a unique event at the Kennedy Center.
Access to the performance can be purchased here.
CMSP cello student Samuel Abernathy playing Capice No. 1 by Carlo Piatti. Well done Samuel!
Laura Cullinane is our CMSP faculty member teaching general music, chorus, and strings at the Charter School. As with so many of our faculty, she rallied and rose to the challenge for her students.
Here is their end of year Chorus performance which was recorded individually by each student in their homes and mixed by Laura. The chorus regularly sings The National Anthem at the Upperville Horse Show, so add that to the disappointments to be coped with.
It was presented today at their virtual graduation.
Hope you enjoy. Their spirits are certainly uplifting!!!
Faculty Focus: Miho Sato de Saucedo, BC MT
Miho Sato de Saucedo teaches music therapy, piano, and voice
at the Community Music School of the Piedmont.
How did you become interested in music? How did you get involved with music therapy?
Music, especially singing, was always around in my family in Tokyo. Bath time, car ride, family gatherings: this was singing time. My mom put me in piano lessons at age 3 to help me sing. When I went to college, I was undecided between nursing and voice, but chose music, majoring in voice performance with a minor in piano and music education. In my student teaching, I learned that music-making was healing for me. I also learned that music could touch people and bring out their feelings, personality, and best selves. I looked for graduate schools where I could study music therapy (MT). I was fortunate to meet a Shenandoah University professor and have an interview – which is how I came to the USA.
What was the connection with doing music therapy for children? How do you engage with a new student?
In grad school, I learned how to engage with students – special ed, all different ages, nursing homes, psychiatric units. It felt more natural with children, they give their energy back to me, which led me to focus on children. I observe a new student very closely: how they respond, how they express feelings or needs and wants. And I try to find a way to connect with them. What is their favorite music? I seek to find the goals that they want to improve and use their strengths to balance out their weaknesses.
What are your areas of focus? What – or who - would you say is your biggest success?
I focus on developmentally, neurologically, and sensory-challenged students and those on the autism spectrum. I use techniques to support sensory integration. My biggest success is what I found in myself – music, ways to connect – that work well in Music Therapy and let me help people. Every client has special qualities, I learn so much from each of them. For example, after working on sensory areas, one client who is non-verbal has improved greatly in communication skills and is now making eye contact, verbalizing, and showing affection. Another client has improved greatly in fine motor skills, especially handwriting, after working on instrument playing – piano, guitar, drum.
What are your goals?
My life goal is to reach out to many children and help them grow. I love to see children learn, gain confidence, and grow as a whole. Emotional security and feeling loved and cared for help children grow into good adults, which helps us build a good society. I would also love to open an orphanage or some type of facility where children can grow up loved and cared for. And of course, music will play an important part in that facility!
Miho Sato de Saucedo graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance from Musashino Music University in Tokyo, Japan. She earned her Master of Music degree in Music Therapy from Shenandoah University. Miho is a board-certified music therapist by the American Music Therapist Association. Miho’s areas of specialization include early childhood and applications for sensory processing theory. She is trained in Orff and Music Together®. Miho developed the music curriculum for the Piedmont Childcare Center in Upperville, Virginia.
Fun and surprises are in store when
CMSP's Instrument Petting Zoo comes to town!