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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 freedom. Shanna knew she was destined to be a music teacher when she took a break from teaching and missed it so much she had to come back to her students. She is passionate about building confidence in her students and working with them to excel so they can enjoy and be proud of the music they play. To help our students and their families get to know Shanna, we asked her a few questions about her musical goals and experiences: TBMA: What is your favorite musical memory? Shanna: Recording my solo...

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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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Meet the New Teacher: Kristen Allen

Meet the New Teacher: Kristen Allen

Tampa Bay Music Academy extends a hearty welcome to Kristen Allen, our newest music professor! Kristen teaches voice and piano, and her students quickly pick up on her love for music as she helps them develop their talents. She earned her master’s degree in music education from the College of Charleston in 2013 and has experience teaching private lessons as well as vocal ensembles. Kristen told TBMA that she loves being a part of inspiring the next generation of musicians. As a music...

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