The RMA's mission is to provide the highest quality music education for all ages and levels of ability that will become the basis for a lifelong involvement with music. The RMA believes that Music Changes Everything!
The Renaissance Music Academy of Virginia (RMA) is the oldest and largest non-profit
community music school (501c3) in southwest Virginia. Founded in 1993, the RMA serves as a center in the region where students of all ages and levels of ability can
explore the world of music and reach their highest potential in learning to play an
instrument. Lessons are offered in piano, violin, viola, cello, and guitar. For toddlers,
early childhood music classes are offered as an introduction to music; Ensemble
opportunities include chamber music, violin group, cello group, guitar group, junior
orchestra, and the RMA chamber orchestra. String lessons are taught in the Suzuki
method. Students have monthly opportunities to perform in recitals as well as numerous
outreach opportunities for performing in the community throughout the year.
Music Changes Everything!
Scholarship and Visitors
The RMA has a scholarship program that supports families in financial need. If you
wish to learn more about this, please contact the office at 540-552-1383 or email
Visitors are always welcome! Group classes and private lessons are open for observation
at any time, and our free monthly recitals are open to the public. Dates and times are
posted in the Calendar Section on the website.
Please contact the office if you wish to make an appointment to come visit and see
firsthand what the RMA is all about!
The RMA receives support for its programs from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. The school is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. The RMA has established a component fund at the Community Foundation of the New River Valley. This permanent endowed fund, named the "Frank and Shirleigh Marvin Scholarship Fund," provides scholarships to families demonstrating financial need and commitment to RMA programs.