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LMTA OUTSTANDING TEACHER AWARD FOR 2018

Patti Misita maintained a private piano studio in Baton Rouge for 28 years prior to opening Center for Musical Arts in 2013. She is a state and nationally certified teacher of music and holds a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Southeastern Louisiana University with a concentration in piano and voice. She has served as an accompanist for singers, choirs, musical theater and opera productions.Her experience with collaborative, classroom and private instruction give her a unique perspective on music education.

Throughout her teaching career, Patti has sought to cultivate a sense of community within her studio, bringing students together in a variety of ways. A colleague states; Patti "understands that music making is not only an art form of personal expression but also a tool to bring people together. She cultivates a sense of community within her teaching studio, fostering an environment that is interactive and supportive, while encouraging the joy of chamber music making through studio activities, state events and competitions."


Patti is very active in both local and state organizations. She has held numerous positions including President of BRMTA and President of LMTA. She is currently serving LMTA as chair of the ad hoc committee to develop an online festival promoting practical and functional keyboard skills. Her students have been recognized for their performance in piano at both district and state level including LMTA Rally, BRMTA Tournament, LSU Bach Contest and the BRMTA Concerto and Ensemble Competition. Several students have gone on to major in music and have received scholarships from local universities and from LFMC.


 

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