The Elite Academy's guitar program offers beginner through professional level lessons in rock, jazz, blues, country, bluegrass, and more. Head guitar instructor Damian Bonazzoli holds a degree in music from the University of Massachusetts, where he he sang in the Collegiate Choir, studied advanced harmony and composition, and honed both his guitar playing and his songwriting talent.
Damian has recorded nine full length albums, and has performed in settings ranging from jazz clubs to classical recitals to community theatre productions to blues jams to rock stages. His album, "The Endless Highway," was released in September, 2018.
Guitar instructor Justin Knox holds a degree in recording arts from Full Sail University, and has numerous performance and recording credits.
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The Elite Academy's piano program, led by Sara Rebecca Gibbs, offers lessons for all ages and experience levels. Students may study classical piano, popular music, jazz, and blues. Learning is highly personalized, but all students receive an excellent foundation in technique and note reading.
Having taught piano since 2004, Sara Rebecca Gibbs is currently a candidate for her doctorate in piano performance, with a minor in piano pedagogy (instruction/teaching). Sara offers a wealth of experience both performing and teaching, as well as a genuine passion for sharing her knowledge.
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Vocal instruction is by professional singer, pianist, and music educator Nancy Jacobian. Nancy holds a BA in Education, and taught voice, piano, and other instruments in both public and private school systems for more than 30 years.
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Violin and Cello
Classical and modern violin lessons are offered for both children and adults of all experience levels.
Holding a degree from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, violin instructor Melanie Nordstrom has played on concert stages, and with various orchestras, across the United States. Melanie brings a focus on both precise technique and deep musical expression to her lessons.
Classical strings teacher Beth Putnam brings decades of teaching experience to her students. She has held a teaching certification from the state of New York, and has arranged for, and conducted both orchestras and smaller ensembles.
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The Elite Academy offers lessons in flute, piccolo, clarinet, and saxophone for all ages, from beginning through advanced levels. Students will be prepared to play with orchestras, jazz ensembles, and as soloists.
Holding his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from Morehead State University, woodwinds instructor Keith Gamble has taught in both public school and in private settings, and has performed with Jim Miller's Big Band America. Keith continues to perform in jazz ensembles and blues clubs throughout central Florida.
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Drums and Percussion
Drum lessons are offered by James Sinex and Academy Director Damian Bonazzoli. James is a professional drummer and instructor with decades of performance experience. James and Damian's approach balances an emphasis on fundamentals, rudiments, and notation with a focus on practical application intended to prepare students to perform as quickly as possible.
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