Sara Maniscalco Graf
Saint Petersburg, FL
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Sara Maniscalco Graf

Sara M.

Saint Petersburg, FL
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Come study piano with an experienced classical teacher in a charming setting in St. Petersburg, Florida! I received my Master's Degree in New York under Peter Basquin and have given concerts in Italy, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Spain, and many cities throughout the United States. With over twenty years of teaching experience, my specialties include beginning piano lessons for children age 7 and older, beginning lessons or continuing education for adults, college auditions, theory, and chamber music.

About Sara M.

Whether you're a parent noticing your child's keen interest in music, a teenager preparing for competitions and college auditions, or an adult looking to revisit a childhood passion...you've come to the right place. You will love taking lessons on a beautiful Yamaha, with one of the best and most sought-after piano teachers in St. Petersburg and the greater Tampa Bay area. We will focus on learning to read music, playing expressively, building proper technique, and understanding the fundamentals of piano theory.

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Omar
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Sara is the best piano teacher. She’s genuine and personable and has an extraordinary knowledge of music and its history. She’s a talented musician and I feel like I have gained a family member when working with her. I will continue to tell everyone about how amazing she is. And she knows how to play so many songs even 80’s and 90’s songs.

Posted Mar 19, 2020
Dana
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I took lessons while in school but never continued into adulthood and always regretted it. I’m so happy to have found Sara to help me pick up where I left off - she’s a phenomenal teacher!

Posted Mar 19, 2020
Laura S
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Sara is a sweet, talented, and energetic teacher. Her expertise and experience in how to teach has shaped and molded my daughter into a dedicated and beautiful pianist. She is extremely professional and responsive yet warm and fun. She has much experience in teaching young children and tailors all lessons to fit the needs of her students. I would certainly recommend her to any one wants to learn piano or to sharpen their skills and techniques or for reinforcement and advancement.

Posted Mar 13, 2020
Pat
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Sara Is the most amazing piano teacher. I was an adult student who had been away from lessons for decades. Sara immediately accessed my level and we began a challenging, fun and rewarding relationship. She brought back and advanced my skills with patience and love of her craft. She has enriched my life immeasurably.

Posted Mar 13, 2020
Nick
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I took piano lessons with Sara for 12 years. I remember her always telling me "practice makes perfect!" and teaching me how to stay motivated and maintain a positive energy when playing piano. Even when learning new music was challenging, Sara told me to believe in myself and never get frustrated, which made things easier. Her professionalism is second to none and her enthusiasm for music is infectious. Sara is a great person, and an even better teacher. Anyone would be lucky to learn from her.

Posted Mar 13, 2020
Muriel
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I had piano lessons as a young child for a short period of time and when I retired I decided that I would like to take lessons again. I met Sara through a family in my parish whose children were being taught by Sara. Sara is a delightful young woman and a consummate professional. I was anxious about taking lessons in my sixties but Sara made me feel extremely comfortable and at ease. She made the lessons fun and at the same time before I knew it I was playing music I was familiar with. Certainly there were the scales, etudes and many pieces of music I could not believe I was able to pIay. I met students who would have a lesson before and after I did and never felt what am I doing here with these young folks. Sara is a very talented pianist and able to teach any age and any level. I highly recommend Sara as a piano teacher and only stopped taking lessons with her after five years because she had the opportunity to move to Florida. Thank you Sara for teaching me so much about piano!!!!!

Posted Mar 12, 2020
Danny
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Sara is a professional through and through, listening to the needs of the student constantly. Her attitude is always positive, and she always pushes you to take your piece to the next level. Very few people can be as caring and professional as Sara is. Highly recommend.

Posted Mar 12, 2020
Shannon
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Excellent teacher. Studied with her in highschool and went on to get a BM in piano and a MM in organ performance. Patient, professional and inspiring. A great communicator, and a creative performer.

Posted Mar 12, 2020

Experience

Piano Faculty
Jul 2014 - Present

Tampa Bay Music Academy; Tampa, FL

Faculty, Choir and Piano Accompaniment
Aug 2014 - May 2017

Incarnation Catholic School; Tampa, FL

Artist Faculty, Piano Department
Sep 2012 - May 2014

Westminster Conservatory; Princeton, NJ

Faculty, Choir and Piano Accompaniment
Sep 2000 - Jul 2006

Brooklyn College Preparatory Center; Brooklyn, NY

Education

Master of Arts in Music
Sep 2007 - May 2011

Hunter College, City University of New York

Bachelor of Arts in Music
Aug 2001 - May 2005

Brooklyn College, City University of New York

Languages

Spanish

Limited Proficiency

Certifications

Nationally Certified Teacher of Music
Dec 2006

Music Teachers National Association

Awards

Piano Competition, Top Prize
Aug 2004

Brooklyn Public Library

Affiliations

Music Teachers National Association
Dec 2006
The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.

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