Founding Principles & History

Founding Principles:
All of Lopez Studios™ programs integrate four basic principles of development that capitalize on the skill-building qualities inherent to arts instruction. Through instruction at Lopez Studios, students are encouraged to develop the following facets through interactive instruction, practice, sharing, and performance.
  • Character
  • Integrity
  • Discipline
  • Service
CHARACTER: Producing positive qualities and attributes that shape and prepare students for effective service and ministry.
Galatians 5:22-23 'but the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control...'

INTEGRITY: Producing students who make sound decisions by a firm adherence to a code of moral and artistic values, which include honesty and virtue.
Psalm 25:21 'May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope is in you.'

DISCIPLINE: Producing students who have an appreciation for an honest work ethic, as well as order and self-control.
2 Timothy 2:15 'Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.'

SERVICE: Producing students who learn the value of giving back to their peers, family, and community.
Luke 12:48 '...from everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.'
Lopez Studios, Inc. was founded in 1996 by Victor Lopez to offer instruction in the performing arts. Starting with only 2 students as a full time music teacher in both public and private schools, Victor Lopez began offering private instruction in voice and piano after school hours and weekends as well as traveling to homes. While most of his initial enrollment stemmed from students he was teaching in a classroom setting, his philosophy and teaching style grew by word of mouth in the community and thus his private student roster grew as well. After 2 years of teaching students privately after school, his student roster quickly grew from 2 to over 50 students per week with a waiting list of over 25 students. He then began renting out the basements of local churches as well as the basement of his home to accommodate his growing student load. In the fall of 1999, Victor would resign from his teaching position and further pursue development of the studio full time.

In this same year, the studio would hire its first teacher to help accommodate the growing student load as well as transition from a sole propriety to a Corporation. The studio continued to grow in the next year and both Victor and the second teacher had full rosters. The studio had expanded to three separate church locations with an enrollment of almost 100 students. The studio began to offer summer camps, allowing students to continue learning in a group setting with a fun summer twist. In the summer of 2000, Lopez Studios, Inc. would sign for its first lease in Reston, Virginia. In the next two years, the studio would continue to grow to over 200 students with a teaching staff of 8 and has become one of the fastest growing performing arts schools in Northern Virginia.

Today, Lopez Studios, Inc. has expanded to offer comprehensive programs in Acting, Piano, Voice, Guitar, Theater, Coaching, Musical Productions, Industry Workshops and an array of Summer Camps.