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Teaching young people and adults since 1982, Judith Cataldo is known in the Tampa area for her innovations in the area of community music education. She has a Bachelors in Piano Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music, and Masters in Piano Performance from the Music School at the University of South Florida. She did post-graduate work and earned a teaching fellowship at Manhattan School of Music in New York. While in New York she also taught young students and adults at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. Judith started a successful community program in Tampa in 1987 called the Florida Keyboard Arts Center, and in a short time with enrollment overflowing, this program merged into the Community Music Division at the University of South Florida, a program she developed and founded for the University in 1988. For seven years she was Director and Piano Faculty Chair of the USF Community Music Division, and stayed on for two years as instructor before returning to private practice.

Judith then developed her love of improvisation and recorded an album of her original music entitiled “Improvising Life”. She has over the years performed in many venues and in many capacities, including solo and chamber music, in the classical world. She has also performed many concerts of her own original music on promotional tours of her album. A highlight of her career was performing in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in a concert of contemporary music.

In 2001 Judith began work as adjudicator for the American College of Musicians and has traveled nationwide each spring conducting auditions for students and mentoring teachers through the National Guild of Piano Teachers. She has heard and evaluated thousands of students coast to coast. This experience has polished her skills as teacher and coach, and has given her the intuitive ability to determine almost instantly the musical needs of the performer before her. Judith’s private students benefit from this expertise gained from such laser beam focus.

Judith Cataldo’s students consistently achieve National and International status in auditions and consistent Superior and Superior Plus rankings in district and state festivals. She has produced winners of competitions and scholarships. Numerous students have received their High School Diploma in Piano from the National Guild. Others have gone on to college level music training in such schools as Yale, Notre Dame, and Florida State University, to name a few. Many others have gone on to enjoy music and piano playing which enhances their lives.

Studio Location
The Musical Arts Piano Conservatory
2101 West Kennedy Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33606
(813) 294-1348