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Virtual Student Recital – Facebook Live Stream on Monday, May 4, 2020 at 6:30 PM

Virtual Student Recital – Facebook Live Stream on Monday, May 4, 2020 at 6:30 PM

Dear TBMA Family, Please make plans to join us on Monday, May 4th, at 6:30 PM, as 65 of our incredible students at Tampa Bay Music share LIVE STREAM PERFORMANCES on our Facebook page from their own homes! We know you'll be blown away by the incredible talent and artistry of our student body (and the cute-factor of our youngest musicians!), and we hope this event will be a bright spot in your week in the midst of these unprecedented times. Like, share, and follow us at Facebook.com/TampaBayMusicAcademy to help us spread the word! See you Monday!  

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Press Release: Sara Maniscalco Promoted to School Administrator

Press Release: Sara Maniscalco Promoted to School Administrator

Wednesday, August 2, 2017—Tampa Bay Music Academy, Tampa's premier music conservatory serving Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Pasco County Florida, is pleased to announce that seasoned faculty member Sara Maniscalco has been promoted to the role of School Administrator. She will serve alongside Executive Director, John Tracy, who said, “I am excited that Sara has accepted this important, strategic position in the future of our school.  She has proven to not only be a great teacher and musician,...

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Meet the New Teacher:  Shanna Thompson

Meet the New Teacher: Shanna Thompson

Tampa Bay Music Academy is excited to welcome Shanna Thompson as the newest member of our piano faculty! Shanna has over a decade of experience teaching piano to students of all ages. In 2013 she recorded a vocal and piano album in Melbourne, Australia while volunteering at a camp. In addition to teaching piano lessons, Shanna also sings worship music and describes herself as being on a mission to impact the world with music that honors God, promotes unity and love, and inspires true joy and...

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How to Choose a Music Teacher

How to Choose a Music Teacher

Let’s face it. Music teachers are a dime a dozen. Anybody can hang out a shingle and offer lessons, whether they’ve been playing their instrument for 5 years or 30. And choosing someone with a music degree doesn’t always guarantee a good fit either. Being a great musician doesn’t always make you a great teacher. So how do you know which teacher is right for your child? Should you choose the neighbor who teaches out of her home or go with an established studio? Let’s take a look at some key...

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Meet the New Teacher:  Cormac Kavanagh

Meet the New Teacher: Cormac Kavanagh

Tampa Bay Music Academy is delighted to welcome Cormac Kavanagh to our music faculty! Cormac has twenty years of experience performing and teaching guitar and piano lessons to students at all levels of experience across a broad range of genres including classical, classic rock, indie, modern, folk, jazz, and pop. Cormac possesses a Grade 8 Distinction in classical guitar granted by the ABRSM (Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music, London) as well as a Distinction in jazz studies and...

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Meet the New Teacher:  Valeria Frege

Meet the New Teacher: Valeria Frege

Tampa Bay Music Academy is delighted to welcome Valeria Frege to our string faculty! Valeria has more than a decade of experience teaching private lessons to students from age 6 through undergraduate college students. In addition to individual instruction, Valeria conducted a beginner’s orchestra for the Cochabamba Symphonic Foundation in Cochabamba, Bolivia. She played violin for the Municipal Symphonic Orchestra of Cochabamba for six years, and played with the Cochabamba Philharmonic...

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Meet the New Teacher: Shannon French

Meet the New Teacher: Shannon French

Tampa Bay Music Academy is pleased to welcome Shannon French as our newest voice teacher! Shannon has a Bachelor of Music from Southwest Texas State University, and graduated with her Master’s in vocal performance from Louisiana State University. She began teaching in 2001 and most recently served as an adjunct faculty member in the voice department at University of North Carolina Pembroke. Her performance experience includes the following roles: Turnspit in Rusalka, North Carolina Opera...

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Six Things I Learned About Music From Disney Princesses

Six Things I Learned About Music From Disney Princesses

Many of us grew up with Disney’s sorority of impressively musical princesses, and today’s kids are no different. The musician in me always wants to know how all those princesses learned to sing consistently on key despite being chased by evil queens, relegated to housekeeping duties, locked up in towers, and raised in the woods. I’m still not sure, but I can offer a few tips from these magical stories to help us all brave the perils of the practice room. Elsa (Frozen): Let it go! If there’s...

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3 Performance Takeaways from American Idol

3 Performance Takeaways from American Idol

Competition is getting intense for American Idol contestants as they face massive cuts for the fifteenth and final season of the show. Fans of the show relish the drama, emotional life stories, and sheer talent that have characterized American Idol from the outset. Being a winner takes more than just knowing how to sing—and that’s true for every musician, whether you’re competing in your school’s talent show or on the big screen. No matter what competition or show you’re preparing for, follow...

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