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Levine School of Music
Washington, District of Columbia, U.S.
Type Community Music School
Established 1976
President and CEO Peter Jablow
Faculty 150
Enrollment 3700

The Levine School of Music is a non-profit community music center serving the Greater Washington DC metropolitan area. Levine currently operates four campuses, in Northwest DC, Southwest DC, Strathmore MD, and Arlington VA.[1] The school welcomes students of all ages and abilities, from all economic backgrounds.



The Levine School was founded in 1976 by Ruth Cogen, Diana Engel and Jackie Marlin.[2] They named the school after their dear friend, DC attorney and amateur pianist Selma M. Levine, who had died. During its first year, Levine operated in rented rooms in a DC church, where 16 faculty members taught 70 students. A $10,000 grant from the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation enabled the school to offer scholarships to 8 students.[3]

In the years since then, the Levine School has grown into "one of the country's leading community music schools."[2] It has expanded to four campuses, 3,700 students, and 150 faculty members.[4] This year, Levine will provide free or subsidized instruction to more than 850 at-risk youth and children, at a cost to the school of $800,000.[4]

Levine initially opened its campus in Southeast D.C. in 1992, at the Village of Parklands Shopping Center in Anacostia, becoming the first major arts non-profit to serve the Southeast section of the city.[5] In 2005, Levine moved the Southeast Campus to the Town Hall Education Arts and Recreation Campus (THEARC). THEARC also houses branches of a number of other organizations also committed to serving disadvantaged and at-risk children: the Children’s Hospital Wellness Clinic, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, Covenant House, The Washington Ballet, Corcoran School of Art and Design, Parklands Community Center, Trinity Washington University, and the Washington Middle School for Girls. Levine's program at THEARC serves 200 children, 90% of whom require scholarship support.[6]

Levine Today

Levine is one of only 16[2] community music schools accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music[7], and the only all-Steinway community music center in the world.[8] As well, Levine is certified[8] by the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts[9] as "exemplifying the highest standards of excellence and access in community arts education."[10]
Levine offers music instruction to all interested students in the Greater Washington area, regardless of age, ability, or financial circumstances.[11] Its students range in age from infants to seniors citizens. The school offers everything from Early Childhood music experiences, to ensembles for high-school-aged students, to choirs for senior citizens.


Areas of Study

  • Chamber Music
  • Dalcroze Studies
  • Early Childhood & Elementary Music
  • Guitar
  • Jazz
  • Music Theory & Composition
  • Percussion
  • Piano
  • Recording Arts
  • Strings
  • Summer Programs
  • Suzuki Method
  • Voice
  • Winds & Brass

Partner Organizations

Levine in the News


  1. ^ [1] Levine School of Music: Locations, "Accessed July 7, 2009."
  2. ^ a b c [2] NEA Spotlight article, "Accessed July 9, 2009."
  3. ^ [3] Levine School of Music: History, "Accessed July 7, 2009."
  4. ^ a b [4] Strathmore: Resident Partners: Levine School of Music, "Accessed July 9, 2009."
  5. ^ [5] PCAH: Coming Up Taller website, "Accessed July 9, 2009."
  6. ^ [6] Levine School of Music: Giving to Levine, "Accessed July 9, 2009."
  7. ^ [7]NASM Homepage, "Accessed July 7, 2009."
  8. ^ a b [8] Levine School of Music: Why Study at Levine, "Accessed July 7, 2009."
  9. ^ [9] National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts Homepage, "Accessed July 7, 2009."
  10. ^ [10] Levine School of Music: Mission and History, "Accessed July 7, 2009."
  11. ^ [11] Levine School of Music: Mission, "Accessed July 9, 2009."

External links

Levine School of Music Homepage[16]
Music Matters, Levine School of Music's quartetly e-newsletter[17]
Strathmore Homepage [18]
THEARC Homepage [19]


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