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Dr. Joy Thurman

CEO and Founder: Joy of Piano Academy

President: Mid-State Music Teachers Association (MTA)

Joy Thurmon holds both the Doctor of Music degree and Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from the Florida State University, and a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Lipscomb University. Her primary teachers include Jerome Reed, Enid Katahn, Johana Harris, Leonard Mastrogiacomo and Read Gainsford. A prizewinner in several competitions, she has also performed in master classes for Paul Badura-Skoda, Misha Dichter, Arie Vardi, Anne-Marie McDermott, Ilya Itin and Emanuel Ax among others. Festival appearances include Aspen Music Festival, Blue Lake Fine Arts Summer Festival and Interlochen Center for the Arts. Her solo, collaborative and chamber music performances continue to take her throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Dr. Thurmon currently resides in Tampa, Florida, where she is serves as Mid-State MTA president and is an active member of Florida State Music Teachers Association. She has been a presenter at state conferences for Florida State Music Teachers Association, California Association of Professional Music Teachers, Tennessee Music Teachers Association and Texas Music Teachers Association as well as guest lecturer/presenter at other institutions.

A dedicated teacher, Dr. Thurmon’s students range from age five through adult, of all levels and abilities. Her students have been recipients of honors at the local, state and regional levels. She was formerly on the piano faculty at Belmont University, where she taught group piano, piano ensemble class and was staff collaborative pianist. She has also previously taught on the piano faculties of Florida College, Lipscomb, Abilene Christian and Pepperdine University.