to the
Musical Arts 
Online Piano Conservatory
Judith Cataldo, Pianist

Conservatory Director
Classical Pianist, Teacher, Performance Coach,
Judge for Competitions/Exams
NAtional Association

Music Teachers National Association
Florida Music Teachers Association
Music Teachers Association of California
National Guild of Piano Teachers
​National Federation of Music Clubs

Preparation for students entering MTNA State and National Contests,
Florida Student Day, California Certificate of Merit,
National Federation of Music Clubs Festivals and Competitions,  
Guild Diploma Preparation 
Concert Preparation

​To all prospective students:

 The fit between teacher and student
is very important. 
I encourage you to apply
to become my student!
 Each student needs to make a proper commitment to the success of their studies. 
In addition, every student who registers
should feel comfortable and confident
with me and my approach.  

 After sending the pre-registration form, each student will be emailed a conservatory application form and a free online interview
will be arranged.

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My Bio and Teaching Credentials

My  Teaching Career

My Performances and Recordings

Judith jhas completed judging assignments for the National Guild of Piano Teachers nationwide for 18 years. In her post as Faculty member of the American College of Musicians,  she has conducted auditions and evaluated thousands of piano students and mentored many teachers. 
In Tampa, FL, Judith is the currently Director of the Musical Arts Piano Conservatory.  She heads a team of four artist teachers and hundreds of students of all ages.  She is committed to the field of community music learning access for every age.  Daily she sees private students, and several times a month hosts MasterClasses for the coaching of young pianists.  Over the last eighteen years, as a Faculty Member of the American College of Musicians, she has traveled nationwide conducting auditions and providing performance evaluations for thousands of young pianists participating in the Piano Guild Auditions.  This has given her a laser beam focus on the needs of the young developing pianist or adult hobbyist or pre-professional.  In addition, she has served as Mentor for many teachers new to the piano teaching field or those seeking advice.

In addition to the National Guild of Piano teachers and the American College of Musicians, is an member of  MTAC, MTNA, and the National Federation of Music Clubs.  

Judith has performed in the classical worl;d in many capacities as soloist. chamber musician, accompanist, and orchestral pianist in the United States.  Recitals and concerts have taken her to numerous venues, including a career highlight.... performing in a concert of contemporary music at Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall.

She is an avid improvisor, and produced an album of her original compositions, entitled "improvising Life", to critical acclaim.  She traveled extensively to perform and promote the album.    Listen to her original music as well as her classical performances soon to be posted on this website. 
(Still under construction).

My Piano Professors

Judith Cataldo has studied with some of the most noted and legendary teachers in the USA.  These include Cincinnati Conservatory's Eugene Pridonoff, Van Cliburn winner Andre Michel Schub, New England Conservatory Piano Chairman Gabriel Chodos, Manhattan School's  Constance Keene, and the legendary pianist and composer Robert Helps.  Her pianism is from the long line of Artur Schnabel and Rudolf Serkin, coupled with the brilliance of Abby Whiteside's approach to understanding the choreography of the human body in producing effortless and stress-free piano playing.

My students

Judith's students benefit from the high standards she sets for them and her rigorous approach to learning the instrument.   Her philosphy is to inspire the student to make music and express themselves at the piano joyfully, first and foremost, regardless of talent or skill.  Skills can be developed but the heart and soul of music must come first.  Therefore, she believes that even a child playing the easiest pieces can and should learn to play musically and from the heart with expression.  This is the guiding principle hroughout every level she teaches.

Judith's students continually earn exemplary ratings at competitions and festivals, and many have earned the coveted  High School Diploma from the National Guild.  She produced winners of competitions and scholarship winners, included the Guild's Raissa Tselentis Scholarship for Bach.  Some students have gone on to college level training, many more have the accomplishment of their music skills which enhances their lives.


Bachelor of Music, New England Conservatory;  Master of Music, School of Music at the University of South Florida; Post-Graduate Studies, Manhattan School of Music; Fellowship Recipient for Teaching,  Manhattan School of Music

She earned teaching credentials from the Center for Music and Young Children in Princeton, NJ, for the curriculum Music Together.  She attended Westminster Choir College in Princeton to earn credential for teaching the curriculum Kindermusik.  She was one of the first in state of Florida to institute these groundbreaking programs.

Former Teaching Assignments

Faculty, Brooklyn Conservatory of Music; , Piano Minor Program, Manhattan School of Music; Founder and Director, Florida Keyboard Arts Center, Tampa Bay; Founder and Director, Community Music Division, of the University of South Florida, Tampa Bay.  Judith has had an ongoing private teaching practice since 1982.

Judith Cataldo
Performance Coach
Concert/Contest/Diploma Preparation
Mentor for Teachers

Have questions?   Send email: 
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USA Mailing Address:

Musical Arts Piano Conservatory
Judith Cataldo, Director
500 Knights Run Avenue
Suite 2001
​Tampa, FL  33602

Phone   813-294-1348

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