Mary Wendelken came to New Tampa from England 22 years ago. A concert-trained pianist and protege’ of Tung Kwong-Kwong (from the direct teaching lineage of Beethoven, Liszt, Czerny, Haydn and others) and Piers Lane of the Royal Academy of Music, London and famous concert pianist with the BBC, she recognized, in her own words, “Where was the culture? Everywhere in Tampa Bay, there was this thirst for first-class music training. People from around the states and all over the world who had grown up with music, dance, dramatic arts were now living in New Tampa. Where could their children study that would have the quality of a top school in Manhattan, London, Paris, Singapore?”
It was then that I knew it was my calling to develop a school that provided top quality piano lessons for children and adults of all ages and levels.
Our music school became affiliated with the Royal Academy of Music in the late 90’s and when they added exams for Strings and Voice, we added lessons for violin, viola, cello, and voice. There was, and remains, no school for first-rate music training in Tampa outside of our school. Our school is where the beginners go to learn from the best and the talented and motivated go to take their music to the next level. We are the only Royal Conservatory of Music School for hundreds of miles. I was named one the first Royal Conservatory of Music “Founding Teachers” of the original 7 of us who helped bring RCM to the United States in 2004.