The Consulting Arts

ValfamTCAThe Consulting Arts spawns environments that are catalysts for creativity, focusing on piano, voice, creativity coaching, art and writing. Karen Smith-Will teaches students of all ages and with various learning styles, disabilities, and health concerns. Typically her students' ages range from 5-100, and accommodations can be made for exceptional students.

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Fi's ❤️ for composition really took off when she won her 1st award in 2018. In the 2019 recital, she's sang her original song, "Robocalls." She has continued to garner awards each year since then. She plays all of her own vocals (including harmonies) + instrumentation: piano, guitar, uke, & a few percussion instruments.

Albums, EPs & Singles

The Event Horizon




2021, 1st at Hanover High, 1st in Hanover County, Award of Excellence in Richmond District (regionals)

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FB IMG 16163374391292John McCormick has been a The Consulting Arts (TCA) piano student since 2014. As he completes his senior year in high school, we wanted to highlight his piano repertoire, which emphasizes classical music.

Screenshot 20201107 205109The Consulting Arts teaches composition to students interested in adding that to their voice or piano repertoire. Multiple TCA students have earned awards and praise for their compositions through the last 15 years.

"Bittersweet" is reminiscent of the folk songs in the 1960s and 70s, with a hint of jazz.

FB IMG 1615623613019When I saw Edvard Munch's Scream at a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts' 2016 exhibit, I had no idea 1 (oil) of its 4 versions (2 oil + 2 pastel, the latter as shown at the photograph to the right) had been stolen and returned. Would-be-theologian, turned Scotland Yard "art theft detective," Charles "Charley" Hill tracked down this artwork, among many others, during his storied career, returning them to art museums and collectors, alike.

Virtually all of our students at The Consulting Arts have a strategy for learning music theory. Some of them have separate Theory books, in addition to their lesson books. Some students have whole sessions on a difficult topic (like the circle of fifths), or go through lengthy sessions taught by one of our friends, a former music professor.

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Screenshot 20200706 133931One of the readers of this blog, Anna,  brought to my attention that that there are many additional resources that can be useful. She is a Girl Scout, and her message reminded me that many of our students have been scouts.