Fortin Academy brings artistic education to Tamaqua region – Times News Online
The Fortin Music Academy offers more opportunities to the Tamaqua region.
A chance to learn, grow, perform and have fun.
A native of Tamaqua, Dave Fortin understands that he needs his service in the community.
âIt doesn’t really exist in Tamaqua,â said Fortin, who currently resides in Luzerne County. “I wanted to be able to incorporate some of what is here in Luzerne and bring it to Schuylkill County.”
Fortin, who graduated from Tamaqua in 2004, thanks longtime Tamaqua area high school choir director John Buglio for helping direct his passion for music.
âHe’s always been a great inspiration to me and always pushed me to always strive for other things. I thought that outside of high school there was nothing real musical education in the Tamaqua system.
Fortin began teaching privately at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center a few years ago.
âWe were getting too big for space,â Fortin said. âPeople started asking me if I was going to teach other things, and because I couldn’t, I wanted to be able to hire other people who could. Luckily the Tamaqua Citizens Fire Company reached out and said we have this huge space that we would like to use for the community and asked if I was interested in having more of my academy there. We made the transition there and I hired additional teachers.
Fortin has hired many different instructors with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree. Chances are, the academy can teach anything that interests you, including cello, violin, ukulele, drums, guitar, trumpet, piano, and more.
âIt went from one-on-one private lessons to a dance offering, which is the latest. We started with pop-up dance classes to see how it would grow and what the level of interest would be.
âThere is nothing against adult dance lessons in Tamaqua. â¦ I also wanted to be able to offer something to adults. I hired a competitive dancer to offer some of her classes here.
Fortin said he started classes every two weeks, children’s choir lessons for kindergarten to grade 7 students. Levels 8-12 are in future plans.
âWe are currently planning things to come, like ‘mommy and me’ classes for parents and their children aged 0 to 5, allowing them to play instruments with the children and learn nursery rhymes. â¦ It offers a lot of encouragement and musical growth from an early age. From there they can start moving on to private lessons, as we start from the age of 4. “
Fortin is working on hiring a theater and theater teacher to teach classes.
âWe’re working on getting the rights to get everything, so that we can actually have full theater performances. Along with this, a professional performance makeup app, for students who need to wear costumes and performance makeup, we’re going to teach them how to incorporate all of these things.
The academy’s student numbers have doubled since March, Fortin said.
âMy hope is simply that we provide a compass for a brighter and more beautiful future. Just always create a better future through music.
Fortin and his colleagues can teach on Zoom, and the academy even has a student who lives in France taking classes.
Many Fortin Academy students performed at the American Cancer Society Telethon on August 14. In addition, the academy also organizes semi-annual recitals.
“We always have winter and spring recitals, which gives a lot of students the opportunity to come in front of groups of people and the encouragement they need, and to step out of their comfort zone,” he said. declared Fortin.
âSome people don’t realize what they have until it’s in front of them and they don’t have to do things. Once they step out of their comfort zone, they realize the talent they really have in them. For the people who say, I can’t sing, I’ll tell you, yes you can. â¦ Recitals give them the opportunity to show their talent and bring in other people to discover the joy of what they are doing.
The academy is located at 99 W. Rowe St. in Tamaqua.
For more information, visit fortinacademyofmusic.com, or call 570-704-9111.
Amanda Ficca, children’s choir teacher with Adalyn Sklodowski, Perry Brown and Noah Christman. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS
Rayn Middleton displays his award certificate.
Kelsey Lora (teacher), Amanda Ficca (teacher), Deanna Kowalski, Mason Job, Alexxa Kowalski, Koreena Bittner, Amaris Means, Carly Green, Elizabeth Wentz, Katie Purin after their cancer telethon performance.