South Miami News 8.6.2013

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August 6 - 19, 2013


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Superior Academy of Music students receive Certificates of Excellence BY ROBERT HAMILTON

Only two years since its grand opening in August 2011, Superior Academy of Music (SAM) has announced that two of its students have received Certificates of Excellence from the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program. Certificates of Excellence are awarded each academic year to students who achieve the highest grades in their respective city centers and also throughout the state. Piano students Ada Yan and Nicolas Velasquez were the recipients of these Certificates of Excellence. Both students study with Dr. Fabiana Claure, SAM’s cofounder and executive director. Superior Academy of Music is a Founding School for the Music Development Program, and since its founding in 2011, SAM joined a select group of institutions across the country who affiliated with this national music program. The Music Development Program provides a recognized national standard of success in music study from beginner to advanced levels. It inspires excellence through individual student assessments allowing students to measure and celebrate accomplishment and track their progress across the country. Located at 7746 N. Kendall Dr. (near Dadeland), Superior Academy of Music offers an exceptional musical arts program of study on a variety of instruments in classical, jazz, and popular music. Students are taught by an unparalleled faculty of experienced teachers with master’s and doctorates in music who maintain active careers as concert artists at the national and international level. SAM aims to be at the forefront of music education in Miami by raising the bar on traditional music education, offering the highest level of personalized training and guidance to its students, whether they are applying to performing arts magnet schools, aspiring professional musicians

planning to study music at universities, or general music students. SAM’s students have been accepted into prestigious universities including Berklee College of Music in Boston, the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, and Florida State University. Superior Academy of Music is the brainchild of entrepreneurial-minded pianists Dr. Fabiana Claure and Dr. William Villaverde, both 2011 graduates of the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music. Its dean, renowned musician Shelton Berg, said that SAM is “very important because they have a philosophy of teaching music that is very comprehensive. Students are not only going to learn an instrument but they will learn music history and ear-training, and that’s what we train in our school.” The multi-award-winning pianists Dr. Claure and Dr. Vilaverde were Ada Yan is pictured with her teacher, Dr. Fabiana Claure. featured twice on national television on PBS-TV’s Nightly Business Report in edge prior to applying to various schools special segments spotlighting a few of the or colleges. SAM’s facilities allow students to receive nation’s most talented, young entrepreneurs who are making an impact on their private instrument lessons in sound-isolated community. They have taught piano for the music booths. This is a unique opportunity past 13 years to over 500 students of all ages and levels. Students at SAM may choose to take private lessons in Piano, Jazz Piano, Violin, Cello, Guitar, Voice or Flute. In order to receive the greatest benefit, a weekly musicianship course is offered to cover music history, ear training, music theory, keyboard harmony, and solfege. Students who enroll in the comprehensive program (a combination of private lessons and musicianship classes) will be fully prepared to participate in the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program. The in-depth musical skills learned from SAM’s seasoned instructors, combined with their professional mentorship, will increase students’ extra-curricular

for students to experience lessons with optimal music sound in a top-notch professional setting. In addition, SAM’s high-tech musicianship classroom, equipped with a digital piano and an interactive whiteboard and projector, allows students to receive the ultimate music learning experience. Applications currently are being accepted for enrollment. Prospective students and families may apply by email at <>, by phone at 305-7712726, or online at <>. “SAM is truly unique because it provides superior musical arts training by the highest caliber teachers, considered on par with many professional conservatories, in a professional studio environment designed to foster excellence and outstanding achievement,” said Dr. Claure. “We have recruited a stellar faculty who shares their passion for music and music-making and helps serve as a source of inspiration for the students from the perspective of highly trained educators and outstanding performers,” said Dr. Villaverde.


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