With retail shops, parks, and beaches having to shut down, local businesses closing left and right, and thousands of people filing for unemployment, Tampa Fine Arts Academy (TFAA) has quickly adapted to fight for survival. Virtual lessons are now the new norm.
It was just a couple of weeks ago that Disney and Universal Studios were still open, the NBA was still happening, and schools were supposed to open March 23rd as usual after Spring Break. Within a couple of days, all of that changed, and TFAA had to act fast.
On March 23rd, TFAA had switched over their private in studio music lessons to 100% online. The 600 students who have been taking lessons with TFAA have now been able to continue their one-on-one learning with their same teacher and even keep their same time. “With the parks shutdown, sports canceled, and a lot of children’s after-school activities on hold, there’s not much for kids to do for fun and enrichment. We are happy and thankful that we can still continue to share the gift of music to everyone no matter how intense things get. Even if a mandatory quarantine order is put in place, we can still provide music lessons. Thankfully, you can never catch a disease over the internet.” said Larry Bigel, the director of TFAA.
In addition to their regular program, TFAA is providing a lot of free bonus music classes and workshops. There is a preschool music class, a ukulele class, a guitar class, and audio production class, and much more as new content is being implemented everyday.
Larry has received a lot of positive feedback from the parents about their kids’ online lessons. Parents have been telling Larry how thankful they are that they are able to keep their lessons going and help maintain some sort of sanity in this insane time.
Tampa Fine Arts Academy is located at 2148 Ashley Oaks Circle, Wesley Chapel, Florida 33544. For more information, call 813-463-8968.