"What a perfect match for my daughter. Her teaching has boosted my daughter's confidence & spirit. Her teacher is very patient & flexible, I highly recommend her! - Steve
Our director, Katrina Mendez, is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, as well as NYU, with degrees in Music. All teachers with us are accomplished musicians who have a passion for teaching. We perform local and nationwide background checks on all teachers.
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 a pace that is suited to them.
Whether you live in Gainesville, FL or Jacksonville, FL, we drive to you for lessons.
Our membership format allows you to get the most out of your learning experience and know exactly what to expect:
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 practice classes to give our students many opportunties to share their hard work. Recitals are usually the first two weekends of January and May.
We choose and provide all music books and recital pieces.
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 teach piano lessons, guitar lessons, drum lessons, violin lessons, voice lessons and more in the Gainesville, FL and Jacksonville, FL areas. We teach online if you live outside our driving areas.
A school is only as good as its directors. Katrina Mendez, 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 (we now serve Jacksonville, FL too!)
Katrina's 20 years of teaching experience, 30 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.
Book a 15 minute Discovery Call with us, where you will be able to ask any questions you may have, discuss your goals for your student, and schedule your Free Lesson & Assessment.
Our schedule was not easy to work with - my husband and I both work full time, and Katrina and our teacher were able to do our first preference of time - which makes our lives so much easier. I'm so excited to have my kids in lessons with such great teachers!! - Lora
"My daughter loves her teacher. Her best teacher yet. Katrina is very professional yet friendly. Easy to work with."
"Great introductory lesson with Alexia. She asked good questions to evaluate what I already know and then wrote up a lesson plan for me to start on. Since I'm returning to piano after many years off, there is so much I've forgotten and need to start over on. And yet other things that I still remember. That makes a lot of pieces to put together to keep it interesting."
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