Levine Music

Levine Music is a nonprofit community music school offering outstanding musical instruction for students of all ages, abilities and economic backgrounds while also encouraging a love of music, fostering creative expression and promoting personal enrichment. The School has four campuses: Sallie Mae Hall in Northwest, DC; Town Hall Education Arts & Recreation (THEARC) Campus in Southeast, DC; The Music Center at Strathmore Hall in North Bethesda, Maryland; and the Westover Baptist Church in Arlington Virginia.  Our faculty of 150 world-class artists offers instruction in more than 20 instruments and voice as well as classes in theory, history, composition, chamber music and jazz ensembles and music technology.  The School offers a performance calendar of extraordinary variety featuring more than 200 performances of faculty, students and guest artists throughout the year at its four campuses and at other prominent performance venues.

Founded in 1976 in memory of dedicated amateur musician and prominent Washington attorney Selma M. Levine, the school has built its programs and reputation on two principles central to its mission: excellence and accessibility. To maintain the School's commitment to accessibility, Levine offers an extensive scholarship program including outreach programs in some of Washington’s most neglected neighborhoods. This year, the School will provide free or subsidized music instruction to more than 850 students at a cost to Levine of more than $800,000.


Designed for students wanting to explore the jazz genre, perhaps for the first time, this class teaches students the qualities of a good jazz musician. Students explore jazz theory, jazz history, improvisation, ensemble skills, and repertoire in an ensemble setting. All instrumentalists and vocalists are welcome. 

Were you born to groove? In this two-day workshop, students experience the finest in classic Soul, Motown, and R&B while exploring the music of Smokey Robinson, Al Green, Marvin Gaye, Jimmy Ruffin, and more in a professional-style soul band. Whether you sing or play keyboards, guitar, bass, or drums, this class is a great way for students to learn music and jam with new friends. Parents...

Beginning Orchestra will meet Wednesdays in the late afternoon/early evening for 90 minutes each week, and is a perfect fit for students who want to learn violin, viola, or cello in a group setting.

Parents frequently ask how to determine whether their child is ready to learn to play an instrument. Readiness is dependent on a variety of factors including age, physical development and ability to focus, and may vary by instrument. There are two distinct educational approaches for beginning instrumental instruction, Suzuki and Traditional.

THEARC Children’s Chorus will begin Wednesdays at THEARC on September 21, 2016!

Levine @ THEARC Beginning Orchestra


New course offering for Spring semester!


Beginning Wednesday February 4 | Ages 8 - 12


Beginning Orchestra will meet Wednesdays in the late afternoon/early evening for 90 minutes each week, and is a perfect fit for students who want to learn violin, viola, or cello in a group setting.


For more information and to inquire about enrollment, please contact:


Paul Bratcher, a native of Harrisburg Pennsylvania began playing piano at age 11.  He developed a love for jazz while playing in the jazz band at Bishop McDevitt High School.  After high school Paul continued his education at Messiah College where he achieved a B.S. in Music Education.  During his time there he had opportunities to study and play with Tim Warfield, Bruce Barth and Cyrus Chestnut.  After completing his undergraduate degree he went on to pursue an M.M.

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Contact Information

Levine Music at THEARC
1901 Mississippi Avenue, SE, Suite 201
Washington, DC 20020
Phone: 202-610-4123

Regan Ford



Monday: Closed

Tues-Fri:  1 PM - 8 PM

Saturday:  9 AM - 4 PM

Sunday: Closed