A school is only as good as its directors. Katrina Degel, our Founder and Director, is an accomplished voice, piano and guitar teacher, as well as performer. She has a B.A. Degree in Music from Berklee College of Music and a M.A. Degree in Music from NYU Steinhardt.
Katrina's goal is to share the joy of music with others. Music lessons offer important life lessons such as discipline, preparation, and dealing with mistakes in a positive way. This company was founded when she could not take anymore of her own students, and saw a great need for music eduction in the Gainesville, FL community.
Katrina's 15 years of teaching experience, 20 years of performance experience, and extensive training have given her the ability to not only teach instruments to others, but also to teach and guide other teachers towards being their best.
Our director, Katrina Degel, is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, as well as NYU, with degrees in Music. All faculty members are accomplished musicians with decades of instrument and performance experience, as well as a passion for teaching. Moreover, the instruments that they teach are their primary instruments. We performs both a Florida state background check as well as a nationwide background check.
Shining Star Music Academy adopts the practice of positive encouragement. Our friendly and patient instructors know how to engage students in a positive, fun and encouraging learning environment where they can enjoy and progress at their own pace.
Performing in public is a wonderful way for students to build confidence, motivate them, learn time-management, and share their musical expression with others. It is also a joyful time for parents and family to get to see the improvement and creativity of the student.
We organize two yearly recitals, as well as retirement home performances throughout the year. Our Spring Recital is in May, and our Fall Recital is in December.
We offer a free assessment meeting with our director before beginning lessons in order to ensure a great match of personalities between the student and instructor.
We offer free shipping on books to be mailed to your door when needed, and assist you with finding the best instrument for your needs.
We know you are busy and have a budget to worry about - so we try to make this as easy for you as possible. That way you can enjoy your family time!
Each student is unique, as are their goals. Our lessons are uniquely designed to balance both students’ interests and fundamentals. Our goal is to motivate our students to love music and express themselves, as well as to teach technique and how to practice effectively.
We strive to meet your needs and the goals of the student. We work hard to answer your emails and texts quickly, and keep you up to date on the calendar events and how the student is progressing.
We offer a complimentary first lesson, where our director will meet with the student to assess his/her level and needs, and match them with a teacher. We also reach out to ensure everything is going well, and keep in communication throughout each semester.
"What a perfect match for my daughter. Her teaching has boosted my daughters confidence & spirit. Katrina is very patient & flexible, I highly recommend her!"
"I just had my first lesson with Katrina and I ALREADY know she's an amazing teacher, approachable, very knowledgable, and does an excellent job balancing explaining WHY I'm doing something, HOW to do it, and then DOING it. I'm excited to continue workings with her and got lucky to have found the right person the first time."