Jamie Hughes is a pianist, vocalist, and composer. She is a piano and vocal instructor as well as a professor of Songwriting at St. Petersburg College holding an MA in Music from Western Carolina University, and a BA in Elementary Education. Jamie has been a music instructor with Ruth Eckerd Hall since 2015, helping lead the Grammy Museum Project, and most recently taken on a new assignment as Talent Coordinator—coordinating talent for the new ‘Kate Tiedemann & Ellen Cotton Cabaret Theater’. Jamie has judged several talent events—most notably American Idol of Tampa Bay, and Walker’s Rising Stars. She is a piano accompanist and vocalist for various soloists and ensembles, in addition to her own solo act. Her work in songwriting research and practice mostly focuses on song trend analysis, popular music pedagogies, effective songwriting through fundamental songwriting approaches, and music literacy appropriate for songwriting. She has composed music for children, jingles and plays, as well as written hundreds of songs.
Chemena Handel has a "Superior Level" Piano Performance degree from the National Conservatory of Music in Turkmenistan. She has taught private piano extensively in the U.S. and Bolivia and held the position of Professor of Music Theory as well as Orchestra Pianist and Accompanist while in Bolivia. Chemena speaks fluent English, Russian, Spanish and Turkmen and is happy to teach lessons in any of these languages.
Gloria Savalli began her music career in Santiago, Chile at the age of 5, under the tutelage of her mother, a professional piano teacher. As an adult in New York, she studied piano and theory using the Trinity College of Music system, then moved to Florida in 2014. She taught piano and violin in Kissimmee before moving to St. Petersburg in 2017 and teaching with St. Pete MAD. Gloria is adept at teaching many styles and ages so is an excellent choice for children, teens and adults alike. She also teaches violin.
Sarah Bean is RK Music Studio's young child/early learning specialist, but she has students from age five to age 80. She has a BA degree from USF, is Kindermusik certified, has extensive training in piano performance and over 12 years experience teaching private piano.
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