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Meet the New Teacher:  Nancy Medina

Meet the New Teacher: Nancy Medina

Tampa Bay Music Academy is excited to welcome Nancy Medina as the newest member of our string faculty! Nancy has been teaching violin, viola, and music theory to students of all ages for over twenty years. Born in Bogotá, Colombia, she speaks both English and Spanish and enjoys providing a multicultural perspective in a variety of learning environments for her students. Nancy earned her bachelor of arts specializing in violin from the Central University of Colombia in Bogotá in 2002, and her Graduate Certificate in Violin Performance from the University of South Florida in 2005. She has experience teaching in both group environments and private lessons, and has organized a variety of musical events in a school setting. While in Colombia, Nancy participated in Batuta, a national cultural development program in which she helped to provide classical music instruction in hard-to-reach places and indigenous communities. As a teenager, she participated in the Children’s Symphony Orchestra...

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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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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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