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With a bachelor's degree in piano pedagogy and a master's in elementary education, Jessica Benitez is well equipped to teach students to read music, play music, and even compose their own songs. During performance classes, students gather to tickle the ivories for an audience of supportive peers. Jessica holds classes at her studio and in her home, and can also travel to students’ homes for lessons.
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Staff Size: 2?10 people
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Our performance theatre class, which encompasses acting, singing, and dancing
Recommended Age Group: All ages
What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?
South Tampa Center for the Arts was voted 2013 Best Theatre Group on Tampa's A-List. We are also one of the only Performance Theatre Groups for students ages 4?14 in South Tampa. We obtain the rights through Music Theatre International to produce two musicals each year. Some of our credits include Disney productions such as Beauty and the Beast, Jungle Book, Little Mermaid, and Peter Pan.
What special training do you or your staff have?
Our faculty members have college degrees related to education and/or the arts. Also, our program has an educational-based approach and our mission is "Enriching Students' Lives with Education through Entertainment".
As the old adage says, "Stuff happens." What training do you and your staff have to stay ahead of the unexpected?
All of our theatre faculty members are currently working professionals in the field, so aside from teaching at South Tampa Center for the Arts, they have contracts with local and out-of-state theatre companies. Our students and their parents have the opportunity to see their instructors performing on stage throughout the year and have expressed how much they enjoy being able to do so.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Our largest and most popular program is Performance Theatre. However, these same students often enroll in the private piano and voice lessons we offer, as well as our dance classes. We also established Glee Club back in 2010 and it remains a popular program also run by our theatre director.
At Musically Yours Piano Studio, instructor Sarah Avriett guides beginner and intermediate students. During lessons, students learn music theory to augment their understanding of the music they're playing. Yearly recitals give students opportunities to showcase what they've accomplished in their lessons.
Sarah also lends her piano-playing prowess to gatherings such as weddings, receptions, and church events.