Carol Koczo
Manassas, VA
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Carol Koczo

Carol K.

Manassas, VA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I teach both classical, theater, pop and rock music. I can also teach the blues. I like any genre of music, so I feel confident that I can assist a student in learning whatever song they like.

About Carol K.

As a young child, I knew I loved music. I was fortunate to have my parents who supported and encouraged me with a variety of music lessons. It is my personal joy and a privilege to pass my love of music to the next generation of musicians.

Taking private lessons is a unique environment as it fosters a customized approach to learning. Both the instructor and the student work together to create a better understanding of the instrument and achieve a higher level of appreciation. .

I would love to share my passion and joy of music with anyone who wants to discover their own journey into the musical world.

I have worked with student's from the age seven through adulthood. I enjoy working with any age group. As a teacher, I am always looking for new ideas to aid in a student's musical journey.

I teach to the student's "learning style." I use whatever resources are available to reinforce musical concepts. I am patient, and laid back. I want my students to feel comfortable, and know that they can be themselves when they are working with me. Most of all what a student can expect is a teacher who is interested in them, their progress, and making the our time together as enjoyable as possible. I believe that I help students see the joy music brings to their lives.

I have always felt that one of my greatest strengthens is my ability to interact with children and adults, and I hope that I can continue to share my love of music in the coming years.


During high school I participated in A Cappella Choir, and joined a global performing group, called "Up With People" that traveled locally and statewide. I was active in high school music productions and I studied privately voice and piano.

Since then, I have continued to sing with community based choral groups throughout the Washington, DC region. I have also assisted as an piano accompanist for a small local church.


I graduated from George Mason University, with a Bachelors degree in Liberal Arts. While attending the University, I sang with the university choir and studied classical piano under the tutelage of Jacequeline Schmitt. It was because of her that I developed an interest in piano technique.

During and after college I studied with a private voice instructor from Catholic University, where I learned classical voice.
I am currently working with a Takelessons teacher to maintain my skill.

I am a certified to teach the Music Color method, which I achieved by taking an online course written by Andrew Ingkavet. I also received training and certification as a Music for Young Children, a program designed for early keyboard beginners.

I have continued to broaden my personal education by taking online courses, such as reharmonization of chords. I have also attended workshops, sponsored by the Piedmont music club, on how to incorporate improvisation into my lesson plans.

Lesson Details

I use a variety of methods for teaching piano. I do not restrain my approach to one method, but draw on resources from other methods and approaches.

I include music theory, ear training and piano technique into the lesson. While I am a classically trained pianist, I do not stick to that style of music. I believe that exposing the student to all types or styles of music broadens their education.

I use the computer and any apps that are available to further my students skills on the keyboard.

Within six months I would hope that the student would feel more comfortable at the piano. I would expect him to learn posture at the piano, including hand position. I would expect that his knowledge of the right and left hand notes would become more proficient, and that he would understand what the staff is. I would expect that he understands keyboard geography, distance between notes, the concept of high/low, dynamics, and patterns (both directional and melodic). I would add two-handed playing, at a very basic level. This, of course, would depend upon the student's pace and how much effort is put into the learning of the instrument.

My goal is to create a fun and lively learning environments, that with patience, will result in a life long love of music and the personal benefits it imparts.

Studio Equipment

lessons in dedicated music room in basement; computer with electronic piano and keyboard;


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25 Reviews
Alexander C.
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Ms. Carol is so knowledgeable about music and patience with my young son. She changes up class into small bites and keep him engaged. Great and fun experience.

Posted Feb 7, 2020
William B.
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Awesome teacher. Very patient.

Posted Jun 16, 2019
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Wonderful. Great beginning!

Posted Mar 17, 2019
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Very welcoming. Worked well with our 9 year old son.

Posted Jan 20, 2019
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Carol really knows musical lingo. Super nice and definitely helped break the ice with my shy daughter. We're excited for the next lesson.

Posted Jun 14, 2018
Jahmal T.
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She was very knowledgeable of what she was teaching. My son and I are very much please with her class and today is just his first day.

Posted Nov 28, 2017
Aaron P.
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She is very good with children and has really great techniques to teach children. She is also very patient with him.

Posted Aug 9, 2017
Alexandra W.
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Just took my first lesson and loved it! Carol put me at ease and quickly assessed my level and then started me on a customized plan to meet my goals! She is both knowledgeable and personable. I can see why she is a favorite teacher. 5 stars!

Posted Jun 10, 2017
Diego A.
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Everything is good but I would like to know more about singing

Posted Feb 12, 2017
Ariana R.
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First lesson so far. Very kind and patient with my 4 year old daughter.

Posted Jan 15, 2017
Rhonda B.
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Excellent and patient teacher. Easy to work with for both adults and children. I highly recommend her. I am a practicing physician of 23 years trying to fulfill my bucker list and childhood dream of playing the piano.

Posted Dec 10, 2016
Julian C.
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Had a wonderful first lesson. My little guy loved it and is very excited to continue learning.

Posted Nov 19, 2016
Nkem A.
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My first experience with Ms Carol was superb.My daughter had fun learning piano with her and she was patient and took her time trying to teach her the basic things she needed to know being her first time.
Very clean environment and also she was very welcoming

Posted Nov 4, 2016
Alexander B.
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Very patient with her students. Takes the time to teach and even reteach a lesson when the student is having difficulty. Very flexible with fitting us in for our lessons when we have to make a change.

Posted Aug 5, 2016
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I highly recommend Mrs. Koczo as a piano teacher, she is very knowledgeable, very patience and kind.
I truly enjoy my lessons with her every week.
My daughter used to take piano lessons with another teacher and I used to stay and watch and I can compare, Mrs. Koczo is really an amazing teacher.

Posted Aug 2, 2016
Michelle P.
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She was very patient and was a great instructor.

Posted Mar 20, 2016
Hanaa H.
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Ms. Carol is a great teacher. She is patient, kind and knowledgeable teacher. She makes sure that you understand every single thing. I enjoyed my first lesson with her a lot!😄

Posted Jan 7, 2016
Jerry W.
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I learned more in one lesson than I have in any other single lesson I have had.

Posted Sep 14, 2015
Patty B.
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Carol is a wonderful, patient teacher that is very knowledgeable in piano. I enjoy every lesson that we have

Posted Apr 30, 2015
Jamie R.
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Carol is amazing!! This is my son's first time taking any type of music lessons and she has been wonderful in teaching him how to read music and play the piano. He really enjoys his lessons and looks forward to them. I highly recommend Carol for anyone wanting to learn to play. She is patient and uses different tools and techniques tailored to the student to make learning easy and fun. Thank you Carol!

Posted Dec 10, 2014

Me and the kids are enjoying the classes. Mrs k is an extraordinary teacher.

Posted Jun 21, 2012

Kind, Patient,and absolutely awesome teacher

Carol is a very kind, and patient teacher. I really appreciate her guidance in music as I am trying to learn all I can. She has many different techniques to draw from which helps her to teach me the things I need to know. I look forward to the music lessons with great anticipation. Thank you Carol for being a great teacher.

Posted Apr 1, 2012

Patient and innovative

Carol is working very well with my young son who has ADHD. She keeps his attention and helps him to understand concepts. He is learning and enjoying th lessons.

Posted Jul 24, 2011


She is an awesome teacher!!! My daughter is learning so much! She makes learning the piano fun and entertaining. So, if you want an awesome teacher that's equipped with the tools and smarts to get the job done. Pick Ms. Carol K!

Posted Nov 7, 2010

Piano lessons

Ms. Carol is knowledgeable, patient, organized with my 6 yr old son. She has her own way of teaching kids to understand music instead of following the book. My son looks forward to his lesson every week.

Posted Jan 7, 2010

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Music education teacher
Sep 2004 - Jun 2005

Music for Young Children

I worked at a local music studio using the training I received from the Music for Young Children company, based in Canada. I worked with a small group of 4-5 year old and their parents. We taught the rudiments of piano and theory using a creative, age appropriate approach to music.


Historic Preeservation
Sep 1988 - May 1993

Mary Washington College

Bachelor of Music/HIstoric Preservation
Sep 1976 - Mar 1980

George Mason University/Mary Washington College



Limited Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Musicolor Method
Mar 2016

Andrew Ingakvet

This is a pre-reading approach to playing on the keyboard using the rainbow of colors. It is carefully designed to encourage hands on playing immediately, with a gradual approach for reading the musical staff. At that point, the student can move onto more traditional forms of reading music. This is a specially appropriate for the 6-8 yrs old. Further information can be gotten by googling Musicolor method.
Music for Young Children
Jun 2004

Francis Baldois

A curriculum written for younger students, using story telling, relatable animals for the music alphabet, stick rhythm, fun craft activities to reinforce the keyboard. Mostly group teaching with 4-5 students and their parents in the classroom.
Bachelor of Liberal Studies, Historic Preservation
Jun 1993

Mary Washington College

Received a four year degree that was composed of the principles of archaeology and preservation of the material past


National Federation of Music Clubs
Aug 2014
Since its founding in 1898, the NFMC has grown into one of the world’s largest music organizations with club and individual members of all ages. The NFMC is chartered by the Congress of the United States, and is the only music organization member of the United Nations. NFMC provides opportunities for musical study, performance and appreciation to more than 200,000 senior, student and junior members in 6,500 music-related clubs and organizations nationwide. Members are professional and amateur musicians, vocalists, composers, dancers, performing artists, arts and music educators, music students, generous music patrons and benefactors, and music lovers of all ages.
National Association for Music Education
Jan 2014
Founded in 1907, NAfME is among the world’s largest arts education organizations. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers.

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