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Meet the New Teacher:  John Chatterton

Meet the New Teacher: John Chatterton

Tampa Bay Music Academy is excited to welcome John Chatterton as the newest member of our music faculty!  He has been hired to teach cello and piano for TBMA. John is a rising composer/performer/teacher aspiring to dedicate his musical life to collaboration. As a composer, John has worked with composers such as Steven Stucky and Christopher Theofanidis, and ensembles such as Gaudete Brass Quintet and the Mivos String Quartet, both of whom performed his pieces “Picayune” for Brass Quintet, and “I Dream My Dream” for String Quartet. In June of 2013 John attended the Chamber Music Institute at the University at Nebraska-Lincoln as the cellist of the Mélange Quartet, to study with the renown Escher String Quartet. In 2012 he participated in a masterclass with Yo Yo Ma, and in 2013 a masterclass with Dawn Upshaw and Gilbert Kalish. John received an award in 2012 for “Best Composition” for solo violin, performed and recorded by violinist Maureen Yuen. This award was presented to Mr....

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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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Grand Opening in Lutz

Grand Opening in Lutz

  Tampa Bay Music Academy is excited to announce that we are moving to a new location!  Our years on Tarpon Springs Road have been wonderful and have brought many students into our TBMA family.  We will miss Odessa, but we are not moving far!  Our new home will be located at 4941 Van Dyke Road, Lutz, FL 33558.  We believe that our new home will position us well to serve our current student body and to expand to many new students also.  We will open our new location for all lessons and...

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How to Buy an Instrument for a Beginner

How to Buy an Instrument for a Beginner

If your child is joining the band this year or taking up a new instrument in private lessons, you’re probably in the market for a good-enough-but-not-too-expensive instrument. Buying an instrument can be intimidating, especially if you’re not a musician yourself. That’s why we’ve put together this step-by-step guide to help you choose the right instrument without breaking the bank. Consider instrument quality. Instrument quality can generally be assessed using three categories: student...

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Meet the New Teacher: Amy Hoag

Meet the New Teacher: Amy Hoag

Tampa Bay Music Academy is pleased to welcome Amy Hoag as our newest piano and flute teacher! With more than ten years of experience teaching private lessons, Amy has developed a positive, interactive approach that seeks to develop a love for music in her students while also helping them excel in their musical endeavors. Amy began teaching private music lessons in 2003 and has experience teaching both piano and flute. Her students have ranged from beginners to moderately advanced in ability....

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Meet the New Teacher: Gonca Huff

Meet the New Teacher: Gonca Huff

Tampa Bay Music Academy is excited to welcome Gonca Huff, our new cello professor! A native of Ankara, Turkey, Gonca began her music education at the Ankara State Conservatory of Music where she studied both piano and cello. She later relocated to Adana where she performed as principal cellist with the Cukurova Symphony and taught cello at the Adana State Conservatory. She also served as principal cellist for the Adana Symphony Orchestra and the New Adana Chamber Orchestra. She earned her...

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Our Best Advice for Beginning Musicians

Our Best Advice for Beginning Musicians

Summer is almost over, and if your child plans to begin music lessons in the fall, now is the time to start thinking through schedules and goals. Starting a new instrument is an exciting prospect, but as the excitement wears off and the daily grind sets in, students may need some extra motivation to stay on track. With that goal in mind, we’d like to offer our best advice for beginning musicians. Keep these pointers handy so that when the beginning student in your house gets a case of the...

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Summer’s Coming! Should Your Child Take a Break from Music Lessons?

Summer’s Coming! Should Your Child Take a Break from Music Lessons?

The school year is winding down, and many kids will be taking a break from their regularly scheduled activities for family vacation and some down time. Parents also want a break—a break from paying for lessons and making budding young musicians keep up with practice time. But is taking the summer off really the best choice? You Snooze, You Lose Summer is a great time to change up your child’s schedule, build in some extra down time, and enjoy a long-awaited family vacation. But taking two or...

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