Supportive and Positive Environment
Numerous Performance Venues
World-Class Teachers and Performers
The Aurora School of Music provides a supportive and
positive environment where students of all ages, backgrounds, and
skill levels are offered a diverse array of performance and
learning opportunities to achieve exceptional results under the
guidance of world-class teachers and performers.
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The Music School was established by Vera Holczer, a Hungarian pianist who came
to the US after finishing her degree at the Budapest Bartok High
School Conservatory. UCLA took her to California at the age of 19,
and CIM to Cleveland four years later. During the six years
of professional training Ms. Vera acquired tremendous teaching
and performing experience. When she moved the Chagrin Valley area,
Ms. Vera taught her students out of her living room. Her
home-based piano studio quickly reached 100 students per week. She
knew something more needed to be done for the sake of music
education. To her, teaching music requires the right standards with
the right approach flavored with passion.
Ms. Vera feels very privileged she is able to find and choose
instructors and staff who have the same belief and passion. On
November 8th, 2003 Ms. Vera opened the Aurora School of Music,
fulfilling her dream of sharing her love for music to many more
students. Today the Aurora School of Music is providing music
education for nearly 750 students while striving to continuously
grow the depth and width of her music program that gained respect
and recognition throughout the region.
The following is an excerpt from the Aurora
Magazine (25 August 2011):
"At the Grand Opening on November 8, 2003, no one could have
predicted that the Aurora
School of Music would be the success that it is today. With 650
students and 30 instructors, music instruction for children as
young as 3 years old, adults and music teachers, they have the most
diverse music programs available in the Cleveland area.
"I remember telling
Jennifer Natale of the Aurora Chamber of Commerce of my dream to
open a music school," states Vera Holczer, the Founder and Director.
Vera's background as a 26-year-old Hungarian pianist teaching 98
students at a time touched Jennifer's heart. Aurora School of Music
soon became a reality for Vera and received a warm welcome from
residents. A town that gives its best when it comes to children,
community and education combined with a music school that gives its
best when it comes to teaching exceptional lifetime music standards
to students through world-class teachers, is a winning
Today, ASM attracts students from the surrounding communities of
Twinsburg, Solon, Hudson, Chagrin Falls, Bainbridge,
Macedonia and Streetsboro, as well as Parma, Akron, Chardon
and Cleveland Heights. It's not only ASM that makes commuting to
Aurora so worthwhile, but also all that our quaint town has to
offer. Eight years after opening, we see public and private schools
delighted, as their orchestras and bands have great players
to work with. Community Theatres select children and adults with
vocal training from ASM for their shows. Colleges,
universities and conservatories all over the U.S. are pleased to
receive ASM's wellprepared students with scholarship offers.
Professional youth ensembles such as the Cleveland Youth
Orchestra, the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony, Akron Youth
Symphony and many more have all enjoyed numerous ASM students in
Thank you Aurora! We bring you the gift of music. Now our music
students are not only playing recitals, chamber music concerts, rock
concerts, jazz events, summer camps and WCLV Radio
broadcasts, but they also play for our local nursing homes,
preschools and daycares, Aurora Community Theatre's holiday
show, Relay for Life, Mobius Nature Center, Chamber Events and City
Events. Music helps us build relationships with family, friends and
the community… let's spread the word that Aurora possesses
beautiful music and will for many years to come!"
See also Aurora Advocate's article "
School of Music Marks Five Years" (click here)
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Our current instructors are meticulously selected based on
their education, their mastery of performance, and their passion
for and specific method of teaching in Classical, Jazz or Rock.
Our Faculty's educational background in either Classical or Jazz
is diverse and include:
The Cleveland Institute of Music, Oberlin Conservatory,
Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory, University of Akron, Kent State
University, Manhattan School of Music, Eastman School of Music,
Carnegie Mellon, Urbana-Champaign IL, Boston University,
Northwestern University, UCLA, as well as international
institutions such as St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia,
Koninklijk Vlaams Conservatorium in Belgium, and the Conservatoire
National de Boulogne-Billancourt in France.
We believe that musicians who dedicate their lives to mastering
their instrument will possess the long-term assessment skills in
their methods of teaching.
Consequently, many Aurora School of Music students are accepted to
Jazz and Classical Music programs in prestigious conservatories and
universities, some of them even with full-scholarships. ASM
was also able to prepare many young students for successful
auditions to highly selective ensembles such as the Cleveland
Orchestra Youth Orchestra, The Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony, or
the Akron Youth Symphony. In addition, ASM students have
consistently achieved outstanding results at both local and
regional competitions and at the local schools' Jazz bands,
marching bands, orchestras and special ensembles.
We believe that effective teachers need a highly positive and
nurturing communication that supports a tight working relationship
with the parents and families. Our teachers are in touch with the
"practicing home team," enhancing significantly and immediately the
progress of our students.
Every faculty and staff member at the Aurora School
of Music is fully CPR-certified.
The Aurora School of Music regularly invites internationally
acclaimed artists to spend a day and evaluate a few students
selected by their teachers. These guests have included Martha
Aarons, Phillip Thomson, Antonio Pompa-Baldi, Alexander Ghindin,
Sergei Babayan (pictured below), The Cavani String Quartet, Kenny
Werner (Jazz), and Leo Blanco (Jazz).
students have a rare opportunity to perform before world-renowned
artists and receive detailed and personal feedback. Both students
and teachers work very hard to prepare for this event. Based
on performance, some students will be chosen and have the honor to
receive private instruction during a public master class. These
special events inspire our students for a lifetime and shape their
outlook on musical studies forever. We are also proud to say
that the feedback from these artists about our school's teaching
methods and achievements has been exceptional.
Our students have the opportunity to participate in several
performance venues, starting with four recitals per year.
All Recitals, Rock and Jazz Concerts are upbeat, energetic and
encouraging. Participation is not mandatory, but strongly
recommended as a means to get the most out of your musical
Our Classical music
students perform at Aurora's Barrington Golf and Country
Club. The environment is perfect for concerts, excellent
acoustics, and friendly to families. Because of their
popularity, 12 recitals are held during the weekend.
All solo performers are accompanied by piano, and specific
times are reserved for all chamber groups and ensembles. Students
must be approved at a Studio Class prior to performing at the
recital. (See Studio Class below)
The rock/pop music students participate in Rock
concerts. These concerts take place either at the Aurora
Community Theatre, the Aurora High School Auditorium, or the Walden
Country Club. Most of the Rock students will perform as a
band with our world-class faculty who will accompany them, exposing
them to professional real-life stage performance.
Jazz Concerts are offered for
those participating in the weekly Jazz Combo classes.
At the end of each semester the Jazz Ensembles give a delightful
concert along with refreshments at the Aurora School of Music. Our
Jazz ensembles are regularly invited to perform at special events.
(See special events)
Our classical music students participate in Recital Preparation
Classes that are offered by their teacher before every recital.
Students who are scheduled to perform at a recital are required to
attend at least one Recital Preparation Class before the recital.
However, anyone can participate in a Recital Preparation Class,
even if he or she is not scheduled in recitals. The Aurora School of Music
offers approximately 20 studio times 1-2 week prior to Recital
Weekend. All teachers offer 30-45 min of their time where their
students play for each other, practice recital procedures and try
out their prepared pieces in front of an audience. A Recital
Preparation Class is a great opportunity for students to receive
friendly and personalized feedback and assess their readiness for
Group classes are offered weekly, and students at early
intermediate level can enjoy playing with their peers. Playing in a
group has proven to be very efficient at keeping interest and
enthusiasm high for students, their families, and the teachers.
All group classes except ensembles with specific members
(such as quartet, trio quintet, etc.) are subsidized by the
offer two groups of advanced and intermediate String
Ensembles for violins, violas, cellos and bass on a weekly
basis. The program has 15-20 members and is ready to welcome new
members at any time. The string ensemble is one of the most
anticipated performance groups at concerts and special events.
Our Clarinet Groups are popular and are
also offered in two separate levels: intermediate and advanced. The
Clarinet ensembles are featured at every recital, special event,
and occasionally perform live on Cleveland's classical radio
station WCLV, 104.9 FM.
Flute Choir is
similarly popular and offered on a weekly bases in two distinct
level as well. Flute choir is presented at every recital and
String Quartets, Piano
Quartets, Piano Trios, Cello
Quartets, and any other special ensembles are coordinated
based on playing ability. All chamber music ensembles perform at
the recitals and special events. String quartets have also been
invited to perform live on WCLV 104.9 FM.
Jazz Combo is a special ensemble combination
where each instrument has its function developed by the specific
styles within the musical genre of Jazz. Only advanced
students with a basic knowledge of the fundamentals of theory
and may participate in the Jazz Combo. A basic course of Jazz
Improvisation Classes is also a prerequisite. All Jazz
ensemble combinations are featured at the end of semester
Rock Band ensembles are formed based on common
musical style interest, age, and playing ability. Rock bands are
featured in all of our Rock concert venues.
The Aurora School of Music is
offering theory and ear-training classes where students are
grouped based on the category of their primary instrument. We offer
piano-theory, string -theory, woodwind-theory, brass-theory, and
guitar/bass-theory. All classes are subsidized by the school and
enrollment is based on the private teacher's recommendation.