Laura Hollis

Laura Barrett School of Music Tampa and MiamiLocation: Seminole Heights, Tampa

Instrument: Piano and Voice

Background: As a Tampa native and resident of Seminole Heights, Laura is passionate about the quality of music education and relatability of Classical music in her city, especially as it relates to private voice lessons.

At first, the studio was a flexible part time job during her college years, but when she decided to make piano and voice lessons this her full time endeavor in 2011, Laura quickly realized many current music students are not satisfied with their musical instruction, whether it’s the style they study or their compatibility with their teacher. From there, Laura developed an asset-based approach to teaching piano and voice lessons which she feels is central to the popularity and uniqueness of the studio. She is proud to play a significant role in developing musicians across the Tampa Bay area!

Started Music Career: At age 4 Laura took her first piano lesson from her mom. She studied through high school, but when she saw her high school show choir, she fell in love with their red dresses and dancing and…singing! She jumped in head first and hasn’t looked back.

Education: BA in Music Studies, 2010, University of South Florida under Jerry Reynolds.

Area of Focus: Opera, Classical Technique, Music History, Music Theory

Favorite aspect of teaching: Building relationships with students and families and learning how to teach piano and voice lessons to each student based on their own learning style, music preference and background. Laura has had the honor of teaching piano and voice lessons to students for 16 years, and has seen them grow up as musicians and people!

Performance: Laura has performed with Florida Pro Musica, a group that focuses on Gregorian Chant, Baroque, and Classical eras, as well as with the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay. She also performs regularly as a a guest performer and solo artist around the greater Tampa Bay and Miami areas.