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The Secret to Finding the Right Music Teacher for Your Child

The Secret to Finding the Right Music Teacher for Your Child

What do you think of first when you hear a talented artist perform? Do you think, Wow, I bet they really put a lot of time into their Hanon exercises when they were in 5th grade? Probably not (unless you’re a teacher!). But you can bet that somewhere along the line, someone required that artist to practice technique – maybe even when they hated it and wanted to quit. The truth is, we don’t think about all the behind-the-scenes work when we go to a concert. We just sit back and enjoy the result. But along the way, a whole lot of people put in a whole lot of effort to produce the music you’re hearing up on that stage.  I recently came across a Facebook post where Amanda Barrett, a veteran music teacher who owns a flute studio in upstate SC, compared teaching to baking a cake: When an artist plays so beautifully, we admire their ability and often credit the work of the teacher or teachers who have put "the icing on the cake." Yet someone stirred the batter, put the cake in the oven and...

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update – March 12, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update – March 12, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Dear TBMA Family, Like you, Tampa Bay Music Academy is concerned about the occurrence of the COVID-19 (Novel coronavirus).  As we respond to the ever-changing environment it is the safety of our students, their families, our staff and faculty that remains our highest priority. While we continue to closely monitor recommendations and protocols established by the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and local...

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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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