Students can enjoy more classes

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A FLOURISHING school is adding even more sessions to its successful itinerary.

MTA, in Park Road, in Hartlepool is run by Toni Parker-Harvey, and was formed a year ago.

It already has more than 70 students, aged from three upwards, and they get to enjoy everything from one-to-one singing and one-to-one guitar lessons.

Now even more classes are on the way. Toni is starting a scheme known as MTAPA which are performing arts sessions.

They will be held on Sunday mornings, and Toni said: “They will be split into two classes which are infants and juniors/intermediates.”

Toni, 26, runs MTA which stands for Miss Toni’s Academy.

She has been teaching singing and performing arts for 10 years.

She said: “I studied media at the University of Sunderland and went on to do a masters course. When the opportunity came around to branch out and start my own school, I grabbed it with both hands and I’ve never looked back.”

As well as the weekend sessions, Toni said: “I also run holiday performing arts workshops on school holidays. It is a mix of dance, drama, singing and crafts. They have really taken off, with students from all different schools.”

In just one year of operation, the school has already enjoyed success.

The school’s performing arts classes and groups took five first places at the Hartlepool Music and Arts Festival competition, with one group making it to the grand final.

Also reaching the final were Max Penfold and Erin Gallagher-Smith while MTA student Danielle Parker, 15, got to the grand final of a nationwide talent search in association with the NSPCC. The finals will be held at Alnwick Gardens in July.

Danielle has also reached the national finals of TeenStar competition after making it through three heats.