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Meet the New Teacher:  Eleni Volonakis

Meet the New Teacher: Eleni Volonakis

Tampa Bay Music Academy is pleased to welcome Eleni Volonakis to our piano faculty! Eleni is a native of Rhodes, Greece and has taught piano for 18 years, both privately and in a conservatory setting. At the age of 12, she began studying with Achilles Kolasis at the “Ecole Normale de Musique” in Luzerne, Switzerland. She went on to earn a degree in Piano from Corelli Conservatory as well as a degree in Music Theory and Harmony from the Music Academy Conservatory in Athens, Greece. In 2003, Eleni took her first job teaching piano and electric keyboard at Corelli Conservatory. In 2005, she transitioned to Rodion Pedia School in Rhodes, where she taught piano and music theory to elementary and high school students. It was during those early teaching years that Eleni discovered joy of sharing her passion for music with her students. “When I received my first music degree, I was confused about which direction I should follow,” said Eleni. “To a young lady, all of the glamour and spectacle...

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Meet the New Teacher:  Brian Array

Meet the New Teacher: Brian Array

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. Tampa Bay Music Academy is thrilled to welcome Brian Array to our string faculty! Brian believes that starting lessons early...

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How Piano Lessons Make Your Child Smarter, Happier, and More Confident

How Piano Lessons Make Your Child Smarter, Happier, and More Confident

When your five- or six-year old goes skipping into her first piano lesson, most parents aren’t thinking much beyond whether she will like her teacher and whether she will have a good time. A few of us may have long-term goals in mind like future musical opportunities or even improved math skills. But did you know that piano lessons can also make your son or daughter a better student, friend, and future employee? It’s true—and here are six reasons why. Piano lessons improve academic...

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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...

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We Are Hiring an Administrative Assistant

We Are Hiring an Administrative Assistant

DO YOU WANT TO JOIN OUR TEAM? We plan to expand our incredible team at Tampa Bay Music Academy in the near future by adding a part-time Administrative Assistant. If you are interested in learning more or applying for the position, please click here for more details. To learn about other employment opportunities, including faculty teaching openings, please visit the employment page of our website by clicking here.

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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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