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North Florida Music Academy has been proudly serving Jacksonville, Orange Park, and Middleburg since 2004! We are a team of dedicated instructors providing quality private music lessons for students of most ages and all levels including Piano, Voice, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Banjo, Mandolin, Ukulele, Violin, Viola, Cello, Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, French Horn, Trumpet, and Trombone. Our students are a diverse group of musicians and include energetic children excited to learn about music; adults who've always said "I wish I could play an Instrument" or "My parents shouldn't have let me quit those piano lessons"; and professionals who want to return to music or pick up a new instrument. We love our community, students, and families and through their success it shows!

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Meet the Instructors

Tiffany Daymil

Studio Director / Instructor
Piano, Violin, Voice
Tiffany began piano lessons at the age of 4 and hasn't stopped playing since. Throughout the years she's studied the saxophone, drums, violin, voice, and guitar and upholds piano as her proficiency. She began teaching at the age of 16 and watching young ones blossom into talented musicians is her passion. She happily acquired the music school in 2008 - the same one she began her teaching career at - and loves being an instructor there today. Tiffany studied music while earning her Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts. Throughout the years, Tiffany has successfully prepared countless students for LaVilla, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, and Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra (JSYO) auditions and has perpetuated their success in those programs.

  • Favorite Composer: Chopin
  • Additional Hobbies: Riding bicycles, graphic design, and photography

Glynda Smith

Studio Manager / Instructor
Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello
In addition to being the studio manager, Glynda has been serving the community for over 35 years as an instructor of piano, violin, viola, and cello. "It has been my pleasure to prepare students for recitals, auditions, and other performances throughout the years including LaVilla, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, as well as the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra." Glynda's resume includes preschool music classes for 10 years, keyboard classes for teens and adults, and first violinist of a premier Jacksonville orchestra. "It continues to be my privilege to teach music to all ages and levels, and it remains a very rewarding career."

  • Favorite Composer: Bach
  • Additional Hobbies: Attending Concerts

Jennifer Goodwin

Instructor
Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone, Oboe, Bassoon, Piano
Jennifer is an active member of the Orange Park music community as both an instructor and performer. Although she was born and raised in Tennessee, she received her Bachelor of Sacred Music degree from Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida and graduated with honors. She has been an instructor of woodwinds instruments and piano for over 10 years. When she’s not teaching she enjoys playing in hand bell ensembles, women’s ensembles, and her church orchestra. Jennifer is a talented musician and has successfully prepared countless students for FBA Solo and Ensemble, auditions, and both marching and concert bands.

  • Favorite Composer: John Williams
  • Additional Hobbies: Needle Crafts and Quilting

Chris Buck

Instructor
Drums, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Banjo
Chris has been a music instructor in the Jacksonville area for over 15 years. Also a historian at heart, his knowledge of music history and the evolution of various genres ensures his students receive well-rounded exposure and a deep appreciation for the music they learn to play. Chris is an active musician in the Jacksonville community, and has performed with a slew of professionals and bands. Many of his students perform in bands, attend arts schools, and play in jazz and concert bands.

  • Additional Hobbies: Comedian & Swing Dancing

Shaun Bennett

Instructor
French Horn, Trumpet, Piano, Percussion, Composition
Shaun graduated with a bachelor degree in music theory and composition in 2008. During his time at JU he studied composition, French horn, Piano and world percussion. Shaun studied composition with Dr. Bill Schirmer and Dr. Tony Steve. He has studied French horn with Chris Dwyer, Sean Morgan and Kevin Reid. While attending JU, he also studied composition for a semester at the New Zealand School of Music. While in the conservatory he focused on ethnomusicology, composition and Maori music of New Zealand. During his time there, Shaun studied composition with John Psathas, acclaimed composer who has written music for the 2005 Athens Olympic ceremony. He also studied with Greg Hill the principal horn player with New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Shaun has played French horn with many groups around Northeast Florida and South Georgia. From 2009-2013 Shaun was a member of the Coastal Symphony of Georgia in Brunswick. He left the orchestra after taking a full time teaching position. He has also played with the Saint Augustine Orchestra, The First Coast Pops Orchestra, and the Sterling Brass quintet. In addition to this, he has performed as a solo artist in the Jacksonville Public Library’s concert series in 2013 performing the third Mozart Horn Concerto in its entirety. Shaun is currently serving on faculty as the fulltime music teacher at Ortega Elementary Museum Magnet School. He teaches music K-5 and has an after school chorus program. He teaches with an Orff and Kodaly intensive emphasis in his curriculum. Shaun is the current president of the Duval County Elementary Music Teachers Association, a member of Florida Elementary Music Educators Association, North Florida Orff Chapter and the American Orff Schulwerk Association.

Alyssa Arroyo

Instructor
Voice, Piano
Alyssa began learning piano at the age of 6 years old. Since then, she participated in the National Federation of Music Club competitions, was part of the National Fraternity of Student Musicians competing in both District and State divisions, became section leader for the FSCJ Concert Choral for 2013-2014, and graduated in May, 2014 with an Associates of Arts focusing on Piano and Voice. Upon graduating she continued taking vocal lessons as a graduate student at the Louisiana State University. During this time, she became a Sweet Adaline winning in the Regional Audience Choice Choir with the Baton Rouge Chorus in 2016. When she is not instructing students, she is writing as well as creating and selling jewelry.

  • Additional Hobbies: Writing, Jewelry Making

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