Nancy Hendrick grew up in Baton Rouge where she began piano and voice lessons at a young age. Mrs. Hendrick received her degree in music from the prestigious Manhattan School of Music in New York City. Mrs. Hendrick is a former two-time 1st place winner of the National Association of Teachers of Singing Award as well as a 1st place winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council District Awards. While singing in an opera together in New York, Nancy met her husband Michael, who is now an international opera singer. Nancy has taught piano and voice lessons privately for over 15 years in both Baton Rouge and New York City. She has taught pre-k and kindergarten music in the East

Laura is a state and nationally certified teacher of music. She began teaching piano in 2002 as a teaching assistant in her mother's piano studio. As a graduate assistant at UNCG, she taught class piano to undergraduate music majors. She returned to Baton Rouge in 2008 and opened a piano studio where she taught students ages 4 through adult until 2013 when she opened Center for Musical Arts. Her students have been recognized for their performance at district and state levels, including LMTA Rally, BRMTA Tournament, BRMTA Concerto and Ensemble Competition, Torgrimson/Swanzy Competition and LMTA Chamber Competition. 

Roy Misita has performed in many bands in the Hammond, Covington and Baton Rouge areas upon graduating from high school. His main instruments are guitar, trumpet and bass guitar. He has Bachelor of Science Degrees in both Chemistry and Education. After serving in the military, he taught math and science for three years and of course continued performing. He left education to work at the Exxon Research and Development Lab here in Baton Rouge. He continued to perform with various bands throughout his time at Exxon. His last public performance was in 2005. Since retiring from ExxonMobil, Roy has returned to music and education. He offers practical instruction in playing guitar and trumpet for personal enjoyment.

Nancy Hendrick | Kindermusik Instructor

Laura is very active in both local and state music teacher associations. She has held numerous positions and is currently serving BRMTA as President and LMTA as Webmaster. She regularly attends state and national music teacher conferences and strongly believes that professional involvement is vital to her growth as a teacher and the continued success of her students.

Laura Pray, NCTM | Studio Owner, Piano Instructor

Patti Misita, NCTM | Studio Owner, Piano Instructor


Patti Misita maintained a private piano studio in Baton Rouge for 28 years prior to opening Center for Musical Arts. She is a state and nationally certified teacher of music and holds a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Southeastern Louisiana University with a concentration in piano and voice. She has served as an accompanist for singers, choirs, musical theater and opera productions. A variety of experiences in collaborative, classroom and private teaching gives Patti a unique perspective on music education. A strong background in education combined with a love for piano and singing has formed the foundation of her teaching philosophy. Patti believes that providing a community environment within the studio is key to student success. Interaction with peers through various activities such as ensemble playing and group lessons keeps students motivated and engaged. 

Roy Misita | Guitar Instructor

Patti is very active in both local and state organizations. She has held numerous positions including President of BRMTA and LMTA. She is currently serving BRMTA as Chair of Allen Fleming and Co-chair of the Piano Concerto & Ensemble Auditions. Current and former students have been recognized for their performance in piano at both the district and state level including LMTA Rally, BRMTA Tournament, LSU Bach Contest and the BRMTA Concerto and Ensemble Competition. Several students have gone on to major in music and have received scholarships from local universities and from LFMC.

Laura Pray grew up in Baton Rouge, LA. She began her piano study at the age of 4 and has always loved performing and competing. As a child, she participated in Solo and Ensemble Festivals and various BRMTA performance events and was selected as a winner for both the BRMTA Concerto Competition and the LMTA Rally. She earned a Bachelors Degree in Piano Performance from Louisiana State University and a Masters Degree in Piano Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Laura performed numerous solo piano recitals during her time at LSU and UNCG and placed second in the North Carolina MTNA Young Artist Competition in 2006.

Baton Rouge School System and is a member of the Baton Rouge Music Teachers Association (BRMTA), the Louisiana Music Teachers Association (LMTA), the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS).

Kindermusik uses carefully sequenced instruction that strengthens neural pathway development for greater cognitive connection-making, coordination and even memory. Nancy has witnessed the amazing life-long benefits of early child music education with the children she has taught as well as with her own child. Multiple recent studies have revealed that children's brains benefit from music even before they can walk and talk. Nancy is so thankful for being able to do what she loves everyday: teaching children!