Merit Programs

Enrich your musical development at Levine and gain inspiration through a community of like-minded students. Levine’s Merit Programs provide opportunities for all students for a comprehensive music education and builds a solid foundation for advanced music study.

Honors Program

The Honors Program at Levine is a merit-based program designed to enrich the musical development of Levine’s exceptionally gifted students by providing opportunities for them to enhance their musical education, gain inspiration through association with a community of like-minded students, and represent Levine as ambassadors of excellence. Merit program students must be enrolled in weekly private lessons with a teacher at Levine. Students admitted to the program participate in a variety of activities and receive scholarship funds applied towards their tuition.

Listen to the 2020-21 Honors Program Students in Performance.

For more information, please contact either Logan Massey or Nicoletta Miller.

Rising Stars

The Rising Stars program at Levine is a merit-based program designed for dedicated students ages 10-16 who intend to prepare for the Honors Program. Accepted students participate in events designed to help them develop a strong commitment to their musical studies, and to prepare to successfully apply to the Honors Program in the coming year(s).

To join the program, students must submit a Rising Stars Program application (available April 27, 2022) annually which includes a personal statement and a video audition. If accepted, students must attend weekly lessons, music theory and/or musicianship classes, participate in their department’s Performance Week activities, attend scheduled Rising Stars events, and complete the requirements of the President’s List for the entire school year.


Rising Stars Students will receive a 50% tuition scholarship for weekly 45 or 60-minute lessons. Additionally, all other Rising Stars activities, including theory/musicianship classes and performance classes, will be covered at 100%.

Dean’s List & President’s Club

The Dean’s List and President’s Club are enrichment programs designed for students of all ages and abilities enrolled in private instruction at Levine. Students in traditional and Suzuki lesson are eligible to participate. These programs are designed to help students develop into fine, well rounded and successful musicians and provide, with your teacher’s help and guidance, a goal to work towards for each semester.

The Dean’s List is entirely effort-based and the President’s Club has slightly more demanding requirements and is effort and merit-based. Both programs include a list of activities including: practice, listening, taking a jury, theory/enrichment class, concert attendance, performance, reading enrichment and a volunteer activity. Some activities are required, while others you can choose from for the semester.

Applications for both programs are available online at the beginning of each semester. If you have any questions about the Dean’s List or President’s Club, please contact either Logan Massey or Nicoletta Miller.

Download the 2022 Spring Dean’s List Application
Download the 2022 Spring President’s Club Application

Completed applications are now only online! Scan your completed Fall application and any documentation (book report, concert ticket, etc.), or take photos of each page with your smart phone, and submit by 8 PM on June 10, 2022:

John S. Martin Honors Chamber Ensemble Program

The John S. Martin Honors Chamber Ensemble at Levine is designed to enrich and enhance the musical development of exceptionally gifted young musicians. Comprised of participants in Levine’s Honors Program, the ensemble provides students with a comprehensive education in collaborative music-making and a solid foundation for more advanced music study. Once admitted to this ensemble, members receive chamber ensemble coaching from Levine’s faculty artists, perform in master classes with the Emerson String Quartet and other visiting guests, and perform at recitals at prestigious venues throughout the Washington, DC area. Participants also receive a modest stipend, which is applied towards tuition. Interested students must apply for the Honors Program.

For more information about the John S. Martin Honors Chamber Ensemble, please contact either Logan Massey or Nicoletta Miller.