ArtsQuest Summer Adventures


Music camp for young children


Young children will have a blast exploring a wide variety of musical ideas such as rhythm and melody, all wrapped up in a fun and engaging summer theme. Students will be given a hands-on introduction to several instruments, participate in singing and movement activities, and create art projects. Each week’s adventure will feature a new theme and activities – sign up for one or more!

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Ages:  4 – 7  years
Dates: 4 weekly options (see below)
Times:  9:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon (Mon-Fri)
Tuition:  $195  (per week)
Location:  Mason Potomac Arts Academy Building in Fairfax


June 26 – 30, 2017*
Instructor: TBA
Theme: TBA
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July 10 – 14, 2017*
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Theme: TBA
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July 17 – 21, 2017*
Instructor: TBA
Theme: TBA
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July 24 – 28, 2017*
Instructor: TBA
Theme: TBA
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*To register for more than one week on the same receipt, be sure to select each program before final checkout.



ZachFoxley_headshotInstructor: Zachary Foxley

Read about Mr. Foxley
Zach Foxley’s greatest passion is teaching and playing the guitar! He excels at teaching the beginner, intermediate, and advance levels of guitar, as well as Ukulele.   Zach has studied and performed every major style of guitar music, including Rock, Blues, Country, Bluegrass, Jazz, and Classical.  Most importantly, he loves working with children to share the joy of music.

As a teacher, Zach focuses his lessons on helping every student to learn the concepts on the guitar that will help them to achieve their own goals. He believes that every person has a song inside them, and that with a little help from a caring mentor, that song is given wings to be expressed! In addition to teaching the fundamentals of playing, Zach focuses on teaching everything that goes into developing a foundation for a lifetime of guitar playing. Some of the things that he teaches to that end are Music Theory, Soloing, Technique, Chord Harmony and Music Reading. He considers the greatest measure of success to be the progress of the students.

As a guitarist, Zach began studying the Jazz Guitar at age 12 in Paris, France. For the next ten years he studied Jazz, Rock, and Blues privately with professional guitarists in France and Virginia, including with Mike Rosensky at the University of Virginia. Zach went on to study the Classical guitar with Loren Pomeroy at Southern Virginia University, where he graduated in 2013 with a B.A. degree in Music. In 2014 Zach was accepted into George Mason University, where he is currently pursuing the Master of Music degree in Classical Guitar Performance. His current teacher at GMU is Larry Snitzler, a former student of Andres Segovia.


RachelGrimsby_headshotInstructor: Rachel Grimbsy
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Rachel Grimsby has 13 years experience in elementary music education. She holds a B.M.Ed. from East Carolina University and a M.M.Ed from The Hartt School, University of Hartford. She has obtained certification in all Orff levels as well as all Kodály levels. Rachel is a teacher trainer for FAME, holding certifications for First Steps and Conversational Solfege. Rachel is a frequent clinician at the local, state and national levels. Most recently she presented her “Conversational Recorder” session at both the AOSA conference in Denver, CO and the inaugural FAME conference in Hartford, CT. Rachel is a member of the National Association of Music Educators, Organization of Kodaly Educators, the American Orff-Schulwerk Association and is a current and founding member of the Feierabend Association of Music Education. Rachel is also blessed with an amazing family; her husband Greg, daughter Annabelle and son Benjamin.


LarisaMarian2_headshotInstructor: Larisa Marian
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Larisa Mihaela Marian, a native from Brasov, Romania, is a Fairfax County Public School strings teacher. Larisa teaches elementary strings in the public school setting to students in grades 3-6, where she enjoys creating collaborative learning environments with her students. Teaching music to elementary students is very rewarding, and Larisa strives to incorporate rhythm, movement, and play in her daily strings lessons. Before becoming a public school teacher, Larisa has taught violin and viola to a very active studio, including numerous students of ages 4-7. During her time as a private instructor, Larisa’s private students and their families developed a beautiful commitment to music and their instrument, through open-end communication, frequent performance opportunities, and individualized approach. An example of these performance opportunities involved one of Larisa’s violin students, 10 years old at that time, playing a solo with the US Army Band, on the Capitol steps. Larisa graduated Cum Laude from George Mason University’s Bachelor of Music Education program.


KathrynHufnagle2_headshotInstructor: Kathryn Hufnagle
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Ms. Hufnagle has taught beginning music and beginning cello classes for young children at the Academy for the past two years. A native of Northern Virginia, Kathryn has returned to the area as of the summer of 2014. Most recently Kathryn has held the position of Associate Principal cello of the South Dakota Symphony, a position she held for seven years. In 2003 she received her bachelor of music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA having studied with David Wells and Peter Stumpf. Ms. Hufnagle received her master of music degree in 2007 from the Cleveland Institute of Music having studied with Stephen Geber, retired Principal Cello of the Cleveland Orchestra. In addition to playing in South Dakota, Kathryn has also served as Principal Cello of the Sioux City Symphony. She has also performed with the Omaha Symphony, Canton Symphony, New World Symphony, Mansfield Symphony (OH), New Bedford Symphony (MA), and the Boston Philharmonic. An active chamber and collaborative musician, Kathryn is a former member of the Sioux City Symphony String Quartet and the Augustana String Quartet. Both ensembles had a main mission of performing recitals and outreach concerts all over the Midwest.


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