The Lewanika School LLC

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Operating as usual


Big Congrats to Zoe! She auditioned for her school’s production of Alice in Wonderland and was cast as the Fish Footman. So proud of her hard work. Show her some love y’all.


Thanks to the support and trust from In Series, in partnership with Friends of Oxon Run and D.C. Department of Parks and Recs, we have a working template for creating “community opera.” This piece is called “Spirit Moves” and the story is told through song, spoken word and dance. I sat in the table reading for the libretto and all I could do was count my blessings and breathe, lolol…More to come….

Spirit Moves
Composer: Dr. Timothy Amukele
Book and Words: Jarrod Lee
Choreographer/Movement Director: Shawna Williams
Music Director: Dr. Elizabeth Hill
Commissioned by IN Series, D.C.
Illustration by Tommy Jackson

Gladys (mezzo): Jihanna Davis
Freddie (dancer): Dustin Praylow (Updated 7/29/22)
Jerry (baritone): Daniel J. Smith
Lisa (dancer): Shawna Williams
Baby Girl (treble): Darryl Lillian Johnson


A special Father’s Day tribute from the dynamic Sister Duo. I got to coach them for their performance at church. Abby played the piano and Zoe sang. Everything went so well. I’m so proud of them. Happy Father’s Day to all.


It’s up and ain’t stuck! Let’s gooo DeDe! She did this audition while performing Carmen. Keep going my baby. We’re so proud of you!!!
Special thanks to Mrs.Clark & Betsy at the Children’s Chorus of Washington for sharing this audition info with us! And a forever shoutout to Keyser Söze for being the best Mom, camerawoman, manager, assistant, makeup, & wardrobe personnel every time!

Photos from The Lewanika School LLC's post 05/28/2022

Y’all! It’s closing night already… OMG! How did time slip away from us like this? I’m so proud of my babies. Check out these official photos from WNO’s Carmen and ! More videos and photos coming right up.


We've been taking a break from social media. Business is growing and balancing social media and work has been a challenge.

This page might be on standby for a while but if you're ever curious about me you can find me

We'll back to be making regular content on this page soon. 💕


Close, but not quite. 😅


Musicians are magicians! ✨

If you're looking to start your music journey click the link in my bi0 to learn more about The Lewanika School.


I got you baby. 😊

If you've been thinking that maybe this is the year that you or your child jumps into the world of music check the link in my bio to learn more about The Lewanika School.

We offer piano lessons for any age and any skill level. We also offer vocal lessons and intro music production classes as well as workshops that take a look at different art forms.

Check us out, and if you have any questions, just send us a DM!


Music humor for your Monday! 😭

Photos from The Lewanika School LLC's post 04/01/2022

Happy April!!! 🌺💐🌸

I just want to thank new followers and old for joining me on this journey.

This has already been a fantastic year for The Lewanika School. We welcomed new students and we even had two students be accepted into the opera.

There’s so much happening and more coming the next few weeks.

If you’re thinking about joining in on the fun click the link in the bio to learn more about TLS and what we offer.


Heavy on the music theory again!

Abby is learning her key signatures and scale degrees.

I called out 3 triads for her to figure out in each key and now things are coming full circle.


When in doubt, tap it out! 👏👏👏

Whenever students struggle with rhythm, we always take time to tap it out the rhythm before we play.

It’s one of many ways that we incorporate and break down music theory!

Rhythm is an essential quality to music. Good musicians understand that without it there essentially is no music, only sounds. 🎶🎶🎶


Our first recital of 2022 is coming up! 🎶

Take a look at what our students have been up to on Saturday March 22 at 5:30 p.m.


Did you know that I take online piano lessons too? My younger students are always amazed when I say that. I was able to meet with my teacher, again this semester. He always sheds light on areas of improvement which I am able to use here at TLS.

This piece is called “A Taste of Bass” from Portraits in Jazz by Valerie Capers. The piece was inspired by Ron Carter, “whose solos and rhythm work had a profound effect on bassists after the 60’s.” It features the left hand and is a great intermediate level piece.

Valerie Capers was born in 1935, and was introduced to music through her father’s ties to Fats Waller (American Jazz Pianist), and her brother’s performances in the Mongo Santamaria Band.  She received her early education at the New York Institute for the Education of the Blind and graduated from the Juilliard School of Music, with Bachelors and Masters degrees. Capers brings a wide scope of pianistic styles and concepts to her playing, drawing from jazz idols and keyboard masters alike. 


Just in case you were curious about what we do!

The Lewanika School is an online music school that offers piano lessons, voice lessons, and beat making classes to get you or your child started in learning music!

Find out more about our program by going to our website and requesting a free mini lesson.

This lesson will help us to determine what your needs are and figure out if our school is right for you.

If you're not ready for a lesson, we have a recital coming up in March where you can sit in and see what our current students have been working on.

We'd love to see you there, more information on that recital is coming soon.

Photos from The Lewanika School LLC's post 02/24/2022

We are a come as you are type of place at The Lewanika School.

There's really no such thing as too old for us, if you have a desire to learn and are willing to do what it takes, we welcome you with open arms.

If you're ready to get to know more are us, follow the link in our bio.


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Meet singer, songwriter, & Worship Leader Victoria. Vic is one of our adult piano students here at TLS. She started bi-weekly lesson in Jan 2022. Vic said, “I didn’t think I’d be playing songs this soon.” Well, you are Miss Mamas and I’m so proud of you ! I’m even more amazed that she’s multitasking bc playing and singing is indeed a task. Y’all show her some love in the comments. Baby girl got pipes and piano skills.


Dont let other people's projections stop you from doing what you know in your heart that you can do.☺️

It does not matter what age you are. If you want to learn the piano you can.

For older students with jobs it will take some planning so that you can have time in your schedule for lessons and adequate practice time.

At The Lewanika School we encourage our adult students to choose a time that works for their schedule for lessons.

We work together to build a routine that works so that they can become the piano player they want to be.


Miles Davis was arguably one of the most influential jazz musicians in American history.

He was known as a monumental innovator, icon, and maverick.

Trumpeter Miles Davis helped define the course of jazz as well as popular culture in the 20th century, bridging the gap between bebop, modal music, funk, and fusion.

His career spanned almost 50 years.

Photos from The Lewanika School LLC's post 02/16/2022

So excited to announce that my students will be on stage in CARMEN this MAY at the KENNEDY CENTER! Aaaaaaaaah Thank God! 😭😩 mama, they made it! Darryl and Zoe are now Members of the Washington National Children’s Chorus for WNO’s Carmen. I’m so proud of my girls. They have been working so hard and they’re officially . Pleaseeeee show them some love in the comments, repost/share and tag us. The Lewanika School is on its way! Shoutout to our amazing parents for trusting me and supporting our babies, Kiana and Mrs.Gloria 🥳🎉🥳🎉


What's your favorite love song??

P.S. Check our stories today for some of our faves 💕


Hazel Scott, jazz singer, pianist and the first Black woman to host her own tv show.

Scott said she knew she had talent from a young age. She was able to play piano by ear at age three.

By the time she was a teenager, Scott was already performing professionally.

Not only a talented artist she also took a stand against racial prejudice. She was one of the first performers to refuse to play before segregated audiences.


Today's Black History icon: Duke Ellington.

Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington (April 29, 1899 – May 24, 1974) was an American composer, pianist, and leader of a jazz orchestra.

Ellington wrote or collaborated on more than one thousand compositions.

A pivotal figure in the history of jazz, he was also thought of as one of the most significant composers of the time.

Ellington used his music to showcase black excellence as a resistance tactic against the negative stereotypes of African Americans.

He was among the first musicians to celebrate his race and proudly use the word “Black” in many of his song titles.


We are always open to new students of any age who are ready to start their journey with learning the piano.

Your first mini-lesson with TLS is a short session to assess where you are musically and how our school works.

You'll receive a consultation and talk about pricing.

If you want more information, head to our website.


Raise your hand if you've been sucked into the Wordle craze ✋


No matter how you decide to learn how to play piano, the key here is that you get started.

If you're learning by yourself. Follow online tutorials and do the best you can with resources available. TLS has some free online material that you can reference on our website...

If you realize you need some extra help or have questions, a teacher can keep you on track.

Either way, you STILL have to practice no matter what path you take.

If you have questions about what it's like to work with us, hop over to our website or leave us a question in the comments.


Our goal at TLS is to challenge our students to take their time and enjoy the process of learning while remaining vulnerable and consistent in practice and performance.


Hold on to faith 💕

Thanks for celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with TLS!


Challenge: Answer with an emoji and we will guess your favorite style of music!

Photos from The Lewanika School LLC's post 01/05/2022

How did you learn about finances as a kid? 🤔

We’re teaching young ones about the importance of money this month in our Financial Literacy Workshop coming up on Jan. 16th. Join us by registering with the link in our bio.

Photos from The Lewanika School LLC's post 01/05/2022

💬 Tell us below how you plan to teach your kids about money?
If you don't have kids how did you learn about money?

Reminder: Our Financial Literacy Workshop for Kids will be January 16th at 7p.
Kids 10 & up are welcome. Our registration link is in the bio.

Photos from The Lewanika School LLC's post 12/30/2021

2022 is your year to get started learning a skill that will serve you for YEARS to come!

Here are some of the best reasons to learn piano:
1️⃣ Your brain will thank you for it.
2️⃣ You'll never forget... it's like riding a bike.
3️⃣ Reclaim time for yourself!

Even if learning piano isn't on your list of resolutions we want to know what you've got planned for 2022?? Comment below!


“We wish you a Merry Christmas” from our students to you!

Check out some other performances from our student’s Christmas Recital on our YouTube channel.

And Happy Holidays from The Lewanika School.

Although we are in a break, we’ve got some exciting things to announce in the coming days. ❤️


Almost a week away from Christmas!

Want to wow your family over the holiday? We’ve got a quick surprise tutorial on our YouTube channel.

Learn to play Carol of the Bells in 60 seconds. It’s quick it’s easy and it’ll bring in the holiday cheer!

Link in the bio friends!

Photos from The Lewanika School LLC's post 12/15/2021

If you’re thinking about learning piano here’s 3 reasons why it’s never too late to get started!

1. Reduced Stress
2. Good for your brain
3. You won’t regret it

Like, comment and share with your friends that want to start learning!

Photos from The Lewanika School LLC's post 12/03/2021

Students from the Lewanika School are showcasing their talents next week at the winter recital.

Join us on December 11th on YouTube Live at 5:30 pm.

P.S. Tell us about your favorite music teacher in the comments!


🌈 A piece from our end of the year recital in May.

It was such a triumph to be able to gather together to watch these performances and see the progress that these students made throughout the year.

In two weeks we will be performing our end of the semester recital.

Save the date for December 18th!


Happy Thanksgiving guys!

We are taking a break from class to eat some turkey and rest our playing fingers.

We will pick things up next week.

See you then!


Hey friends!
We’re back on YouTube with a new lesson but this time we’re singing!

Hop on over to the link in our bio for a quick tutorial to help you warm up those vocal chords in order to sing!!

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