HERE'S WHERE NOBODY SKIPS SCHOOL FROM MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS TO MUSICAL THEATER, SCHOOL OF THE ARTS CLASSES TEACH STUDENTS TO EXPERIMENT AND EXPLORE. FALL 2016 | artsLife 21 BY DANA S. EAGLES N athan May’s parents were accomplished cellists and teachers. So, May says, when he was a child, the main topic around the dinner table was music. May, who started playing the upright bass at 10, branched out into other stringed instruments, learning everything he composer uncle. Although he’s just 22, May is already helping others discover how music can shape their lives for the better. He teaches strings and guitar at Dr. Phillips Center Florida Hospital School of the Arts. And he’ll be there this fall as the school offers another semester of group classes encompassing just about every aspect of music, dance and theater. May studied strings with teachers in Orlando and Pittsburgh, and his family runs the Metropolitan Area Youth Symphony in Orlando. It’s designed to continue the teaching traditions of his late father, Jonathan May, who founded and led several youth orchestras during his lifetime. Just don’t expect May to deliver stereotypical music lessons in which an experienced player nags students about everything they’re doing wrong. That kind of teaching is based on “no,” says May, who also teaches privately and plays electric bass and guitar in a handful of rock, funk and reggae groups. “I’m not here to judge you. I’m here to help.
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