​The Musical Arts Piano Conservatory
​Lessons and Classes for Every Age

2101 West Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33606  USA
  Location next to Downtown and Hyde Park
 Easy on/off to Interstate 275​
813-294-1348

Fall 2018 Programs
 for the
Little Ones

All classes and lessons below are offered for School Year 2018-2019.  
Classes have a set schedule and private lessons are arranged
according to availability of teacher and student.


 * New students *

NOW REGISTERING FOR THE FALL TERM


Space is limited in these classes so don't delay!

​​Note: we offer a 20% discount on tuition total for three
registered programs in one family.
 Another sibling may join in or parents...
is now your time to learn the piano?

Introducing our
Musical Constellations Program...​
Programs for Expectant Mothers, Parent/Child Pairs,
and Children from Infancy to Age 6 Years

Join our:

MoonBeams, 
Bright Lights,
Piano Magic Little Stars,
Classical Comets, 
and
Classical Comets of Melody Bay
 

The Philosophy Guiding Our Teaching​​

     Our philosophy in creating the Musical Constellations curriculum is that all babies are musical, meaning they have an innate ability to respond to vibration, sound, rhythm, and music from the human voice or instruments.  We believe that babies are innately blessed with  the skills needed to become music-making beings.  Our challenge is to awaken this innate ability and create the space for its increase in aptitude and development during these early years of life...starting from within the womb.  The parent, as first teacher, is key to this development.  Our  materials and class activities are designed to help our young students' parents create a musical atmostphere at home.
     Our Conservatory is dedicated to the art of piano playing.  Therefore, the use of the piano, piano music both recorded and live, and focus on the instrument as "the hands on" musical learning tool is essential in all our programs and for every age.

Kate Stephens,
Director of
Musical Constellations Program
and author
"The Adventures of Captain Cornmuffin and the Characters of Melody Bay"

MOONBEAMS
A Class for Expectant Mothers plus Babies
to Age 18 Months
and their Parent or Caregiver

Our Moonbeams Class combines expectant moms with parent/children from infancy to age 1 1/2.  For the expectant mom, we celebrate knowing that in a few months before baby is born...there is sound!  Baby can hear the outside world, mother's voice, and music!  Whether expectant or if your baby has already arrived, our Moonbeams focus on stimulating baby with sound and vibration, exploring the many ways this can be done through guided listening to classical music, making gentle music in the class, and singing lullabies with gentle rhythmic movement.  We are developing the musical bond between parent and child.  A collection of unique songs and lullabies from around the world will be featured in class.  Parents will create a personal Song Book for your baby to enjoy at home plus a toolbox of games to engage them in cognitive learning through music.  In addition, we'll help our expectant moms select music that is special to you and baby to play at delivery time!


Classes are ongoing for the entire school year.  Each class is 45 minutes.
The tuition is billed every 6 weeks... $125.  

 
There is a one-time fee of $35 which includes a CD and book.  

​Scroll Down for Make-Up Lesson Policy below.                 


Choose your class day and time:
 
Tuesdays @ 1:30 pm 
Thursdays @ 1:30 pm                                                                                                                                    Saturdays @ 9:30 am    

Classes are ongoing.  Join in at any time... just be sure to register first and confirm the class times.

BRIGHT LIGHTS
A Class for 2 and 3 Year Olds
and their Parent or Caregiver


The Bright Lights Class builds upon the parent/child musical bond and includes games, puppets, and tactile visuals for hands on experience.  We are creating a place for exploration and discovery by connecting what your child has already learned, and is discovering now, with musical principles.  For example:

               *Bubbles, butterflies, and kites move up and down like a melody.
               *Dancing to drums, playing percussion instruments, and singing helps students "feel" the beat
               *Jumping the steps on a life size Walking Keyboard lets their whole body experience direction and distance between sounds and  gives an understanding of musical "intervals".  These huge piano keys become toys to make music!
               *Puppets, stories, and movement to various styles of music stimulate cognition and awareness of colors, shapes, textures, thus building intellectual readiness for letters and numbers.

Parent and child will play together and eventually advance to interaction with other children in class.  There is a large parent education component to this level, enabling parent to build a toolbox of songs and musical games to help their child learn, play, and even sleep.


Classes are ongoing for the entire school year.  Each class is 45 minutes.
The tuition is billed every 6 weeks... $125.  

 
There is a one-time fee of $35 which includes a CD and  Book.

​​ Scroll Down for Make-up Lesson Policy below.

 
Choose your class day and time:    

Tuesdays @ 11:00 am
Thursdays @ 1:30 pm
Saturdays @ 10:30 am
   

Note:  The Piano Magic Little Stars is an excellent companion class for this age group.  Check it out below!

Classes are ongoing. 
Join in at any time...just be sure to register first and confirm class times.

 PIANO MAGIC LITTLE STARS
A Class For Ages 2 and 3

Introduce Your Child to the Universe of the Piano!


                             
     Weekly a small group of children gather round the piano to discover its magic through the adventures of Bosco and Kitty, our class mascots who explore sounds and keyboard shapes of the piano.  Bosco and Kitty also share with us adventures of their other nature friends. Through the sound effects of the stories told at the piano, the children and parents will observe and hear the different musical elements of pitch, rhythm, louds and softs called dynamics, black and white key shapes, as well as the experience of music that tells a story.   A fun and creative approach to learning early stage music making.  Having a piano at home on which to practice is not a requirement.
Developed by our Director Judith Cataldo based on the book/cd Bosco and Kitty's Piano Magic
by Robert Pace.


Classes are ongoing for the entire school year.  Each class is 45 minutes.
The tuition is billed every 6 weeks... $125.  

  

 Choose your class day and time:

Tuesdays @ 2:00 pm
Saturdays @ 10:30 am


    Classes are ongoing.  Join in at any time...just be sure to register first and confirm the class times.

Note:  The Bright Lights Class described above is a wonderful companion to the Piano Magic Little Stars

Scroll Down for Make-Up Lesson Policy 

CLASSICAL COMETS
For Children Ages 4 and 5

Our Classical Comets are moving at jet speed toward becoming Rising Stars!  This is the time to become prepared for private lessons.  Our Classical Comets use drama, dance, and song to discover the fundamentals of music including:
             
               *Training of the Musical Ear - sound and pitch differentiation, duration of notes and rhythmic combinations
               
*Tempo and Dynamics - expression with varying speed and color (loud and soft sounds)
               
*Keyboard Orientation - Locating the musical alphabet based on key patterns

*Technique - Use our "Bunny Ears" to gently gain proper control of the hand and fingers
             
 *Notation and Music Reading Ability - Our "notes" begin as characters with kid-friendly characters of Melody Bay.  As our Comets read and experience the musical adventures of Captain Cornmuffin and his friends, they begin to read music!
               
*Writing Songs - Because our Comets understand the symbols of music (notes, rhythm, and dynamics), they will use their imagination
to make up their own songs.

The Classical Comets Classes provide your child an opportunity to gain an understanding of what playing the piano involves
in a fun and age-appropriate way!

Classes are ongoing for the entire school year.  Each class is 45 minutes.
The tuition is billed every 6 weeks... $125.  


Note Make-Up Lesson Policy below.


Choose your class day and time:

Thursdays @ 3:45 pm
Saturdays @ 11:30 am

Classes are ongoing.  Join in at any time...just be sure to register first and confirm the class times.

CLASSICAL COMETS OF MELODY BAY
​                    for Ages 5 and 6



A Group Piano Class for Children Ages 5 and 6
Each child sits at a Yamaha Clavinova during the class!


    " Kids love to learn together in groups...and what a fun way
to learn about all the notes guided by the characters of Melody Bay! "... Judith Cataldo, Director 

The Classical Comets of Melody Bay is for students
who have completed the Classical Comets Program as described above,
or new students of appropriate age and maturity level.

The children work with teacher Kate Stephens in our Piano Lab
each at their own digital Clavinova piano.  The goal of the class is to prepare
students for the start of private lessons.

The approach here continues to infuse guided play and storytelling with a more direct application to the keyboard.  We are using a pre-reading notation form that resembles heiroglyphics, a form easy to remember for a child, and very easy to transition
into actual notes on a staff.  

The process engages a child's imagination while teaching note location,
dynamics, tempo, and rhythm, through the feelings and activities of the characters. 

When your child plays the key that represents each character's special sound,
and then chooses the speed (tempo), and mood of the character (using dynamics),
creative thought is expressed through your child's fingers.

Classes are ongoing for the entire school year.  Each class is 45 minutes.
The tuition is billed every 6 weeks... $125.  
 

Note Make-Up Lesson Policy below.

Choose your class day and time:

Tuesdays @ 3:00 pm
Thursdays @ 4:30 pm
​Saturdays @ 12:30 pm

Children must have a tuned piano or
an adequate digital keyboard for practice at home.

Said a parent after observing this class... " It makes me wish I was 5 years old again!"
Make-Up Lesson Policy
for missed classes due to unavoidable absence: 
You may attend any of our other classes during the week with teacher approval in advance. 
Please limit makeup attendance to one class per 6 week session.​