Under the umbrella of the Piano Distributors franchise, Sarasota Piano Keys Music Studio not only sells Yamaha and Kawai pianos, it also teaches customers how to tickle their ivories. Piano lessons unfold right in-store, where instructors teach all ages to play acoustic or digital pianos.
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RK Music’s instructors break their teaching philosophy down into three core components: building an emotional connection to music, honing technical mastery, and encouraging students to share their music with others. They live up to this code with every lesson, whether they’re mixing technical exercises in with fun songs, holding students to a practice schedule, or fostering social musicality through recitals, bands, and kazoo flash mobs. Instructors bring a breadth of experience to their lessons, collaborating with everyone from current students to professional performers. They also break out of the traditional one-on-one teaching structure, hosting both group sessions and summer rock camps, which give kids the experience of performing in their very own band.
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.
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