Chess Lessons

Chess Lessons

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Chess Lessons

Chess is one of the most popular and complex games played in the U.S.. Millions of games are played each day across every platform—from casual games in parks and coffee shops to professional competitions and online tournaments.

The Academy of Music and Fine Arts Chess Club helps students of all ages and levels accomplish their dreams of becoming better chess players and delving deeper into the wonderful world of chess by providing group and individual lessons, organizing competitions, setting up after school chess clubs and even writing chess apps for Mac and Android platforms. Founded in 2016 by International Master Levon Altounian, the mission of the AMFA Chess Club is to provide chess education of the highest caliber in the greater Los Angeles area. It shares many qualities and core beliefs with its sibling— Arizona Chess for Schools, one of the largest chess organizations in Arizona. 

To accomplish our goal of chess excellence at the AMFA Chess Club, we create individually tailored lesson plans and hire only professional chess players and instructors who have great people skills and are devoted to their mission as chess ambassadors. 

Our students have won more than 100 State and National Championships with more than 20 students earning the prestigious title of “Chess Master”. Castlehill Country Day School was the National Champion in 2004 and Foothills High School won the National Championship 8 times between years of 2005 and 2018.

Group Chess Lesons

Weekly 1-hour group lessons offered several times a week.

TEAM BUILDING/CORPORATE EVENTS

Employees are the heart of a company. Whether your team is made up of two people or twenty, the benefits of happy employees are invaluable. 

Team building allows you to establish a deeper level of communication with your employees. It is crucial to provide an environment where everyone feels comfortable. Treat your team to a chess simul, strategy session or free play for a truly fun and memorable exoperience. Contact us at (520) 891-3632 for more information about our offerings.

private chess lessons

Focused, one-one one learning experiences with International Master Levon Altounian or other professional chess coaches.

chess in schools

Work with us to set up a chess program at your school or organization.

International master Levon Altounian

The AMFA Chess Club is headed by International Master Levon Altounian. Altounian is a 7-time California State Champion and the reigning Arizona State Champion for the past 12 consecutive years. He is among the top 50 highest ranked chess players in the U.S. and is extremely passionate about his profession. Altounian has worked with thousands of chess students all across the country and organized and taught chess clubs in more than 50 schools.

Chess Club Schedule

MONDAY

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
(Advanced)

 

TUESDAY

5:00 pm  – 6:00 pm
(Beginner)

Wednesday

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
(Mixed)

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
(Mixed)

friday

4:15 pm  – 5:15 pm
(Mixed)

It is very difficult to find a great chess player and a great coach in one person. Coach Levon has both. Coach Levon has a personal approach and great sense of humor which appeals to my son, and makes it more fun to learn chess. Coach Levon easily explains concepts in chess the way my 11 years old understands and in just a few months my son’s rating jumped from low 1,000 to 1,500. But the most important thing is that my son got interested in chess more than before we met coach Levon

—Alex G. | Santa Monica, CA

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Did you know?

Chess is the world’s most popular game and is quickly expanding into every aspect of our everyday life. Many schools in the U.S. and across the globe have chess clubs and several countries have integrated chess into their curriculum. Although there are dozens of reasons to play chess, some of the most important are learning to solve problems, abstract reasoning, remaining calm under pressure, patience, sportsmanship, pattern recognition, strategic and creative thinking. In this hyper-competitive world, learning and mastering these skills puts chess players at a definite advantage.

The Academy of Music and Fine Arts is proud to offer the following:

Group Lessons
Fun, interactive sessions designed for chess players of various ages and skill levels

Private Lessons
Focused, one-one one learning experiences with International Master Levon Altounian or other  professional chess coaches.

Online Lessons
Interactive online chess lessons available for individuals as well as groups.

Chess in Schools
Work with us to set up a chess program at your school or organization.

Chess Camps
Summer, winter, full day and mini chess camps.

Chess Tournaments
Unrated tournaments open to all ages and skill levels.

Saxophone and Recorder Lessons

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Saxophone & Recorder Lessons

Saxophone

Taking Saxophone Lessons has been scientifically proven to reward the player with stress relief, improved lung function and a sharper mind. Therapists now incorporate music therapy in the treatment of memory loss in older adults, and for mood stabilization with individuals struggling with depression.

While the many keys of a saxophone may intimidate an individual, the instrument is actually designed to allow a player to change notes almost effortlessly compared to other instruments. The construction of a saxophone is made for easy playing, and it is often one of the easier instruments to learn despite its complex design.

Recoder (Shvi)

It’s difficult for a child to pick up an instrument and make music. To produce a basic sound on most wind instruments, for example, children have to learn the correct embouchure (the shape of the mouth’s muscles) and rudimentary technique. But it’s easy to play a recorder because all that’s needed is your own ability to breathe.

Te recorder was the perfect instrument to hand to children, which is somewhat ironic considering the instrument’s history. It was a fundamental to renaissance and baroque ensembles, and eventually became a favorite instrument of the Italian, English and Armenian aristocracy. 

wind instrument lesson topics

  • Techniques: fingering, sound, embouchure, and posture.
  • How to read and write melodies and harmonies
  • Improvise in New Orleans, BeBop, and Modal jazz styles.
  • Develop a strong sense of rhythm
  • Learn songs according to your interest
  • Additional musical styles: classical, pop, and more
Individual Saxophone Lessons

Weekly 45 minute individual lesson

Individual recorder Lessons

Weekly 45 minute individual lesson

AMFA Holiday Concert & Art Exhibition

AMFA Holiday Concert & Art Exhibition

Join us for AMFA’s annual Holiday Concert & Art Exhibition on Saturday, December 19, 2015. The event will be held at 12:00 PM, at the First Congregational Church of Glendale. Tickets can be purchased at our school office, or by contacting us. See you there!