Carol Sperry Johnson

Carol Sperry Johnson, MM, MT has more than 20 years of experience in teaching music. She acquired her master’s degree in performance from Juilliard and she has a BA in Music Therapy from Florida State University. Carol experienced teaching in the school system with both music and autism. She has studied and taught in Europe and is fluent in German, Danish, and English.

Carol grew up on Original Carrollwood. She was born into a musical family. Her father, Dr. Gale Sperry was the Chairman of the Music Dept at the University of South Florida in Tampa, during her childhood and young adult years. Her mother, Virginia Sperry, was both a choir director and pianist. Carol began studying piano with her mother, at the age of 5. When she was 10, her father brought home several different instruments, including, drum mallots, a flute, and a clarinet. She chose clarinet. Not only did she become principal clarinetist in orchestras and bands locally, but she was awarded first chair clarinet in the AllState Band, in the state of Florida, 5 years in a row, while both in junior high and high school.

Carol loves teaching music and she loves children. She has a lifelong experience and passion for performing and teaching. Carol has great interpersonal skills and communicates effectively with her students. She also has a fun and rewarding ability to understand each, individual personality complexities, while tailoring each student’s needs in acquiring successful learning. She believes in positive reinforcement which promotes tremendous, positive self-esteem in students.

Awards of Carol Sperry Johnson, MM, MT, Instructor

Ms. Sperry has given workshops at local schools in Tampa, LA, and in EUROPE. She has performed with and has been a member of orchestras in FL, NYC, LA, GERMANY, Copenhagen, DENMARK, and SWEDEN. Her favorite medium for performing is with Opera Orchestras and in Chamber Music Ensembles.

Awards of Ms. Sperry’s Students

  • NAMC Music Festival – students have won Superior Ratings in both Piano and Music Theory.
  • JFMM monthly recitals in Hyde Park on a Steinway Grand- many students have won contests over the years
  • TAMPA BAY YOUTH ORCHESTRA; has had students audition successfully, and achieve membership in the TBYO, which performs at the Strazz Center in downtown Tampa.
  • FBA & FOA Solo/Ensemble clarinet winners of Superior Ratings at both the District, and the State Level of Competition in MENC

I am almost 70 years old and I am studying piano with Carol. She is an excellent teacher with a great deal of patience. She is always prepared and on time. Although I am older, she demands from me, exactly the same as from a younger student. I feel very privileged to take lessons from a teacher of her caliber!

Elina P. / student

Carol has been teaching my daughter piano for over two years. She is a kind and patient person who is very knowledgeable about music and works well with children who have special needs. I highly recommend her services.

Lauren A. / parent

Ms. Sperry is a great teacher, whom my 12 year old son adores! She knows exactly how to push him, just a little bit, more and more, consistently—without pushing too hard. He has learned SO MUCH about music, theory, and piano. His self esteem has skyrocketed because of her belief in positive reinforcement!

Jessica T. / parent

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