Meet the Artist
Arjola Miruku is currently thrilled to make her residence in Jacksonville, FL and pursuing her passion to run PLAY Academy of Arts, a holistic approach to artistic training. For more information on PLAY, please visit playaoa.com. A Nationally Certified Teacher of Music, NCTM. Ms. Miruku has held positions as Instructor in Musicology and Class Piano and been on the Preparatory Division faculty at Texas Christian University. She has also held an adjunct Professor of Piano position at Texas Wesleyan University and directed her own private studio in Winter Park, FL, Fort Worth, Colleyville and Southlake, TX and now in Jacksonville and Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.
Alongside her teaching positions, Arjola enjoys an active performing career specializing in solo and duo piano music. Her appearances include The Modern Museum, Botanical Gardens, Martin Hall, Ed Landreth Hall, PepsiCo Recital Hall, Women’s Club, AHUMC for the SAI American Music Concert, Polytechnic Fellowship Hall, Trinity Terrace in North Texas. She has been a featured soloist many times with the St. Cecelia Music Society, Friday Musicale, and Steinway Hall in North Florida. Arjola won the Orlando Music Club Piano Competition consecutively for two years, performed as a soloist with the Rollins College Orchestra, and was featured at The Boheme Bösendorfer Lounge Kessler Signature Young Artist Series as well as other performances in Teidtke Recital Hall, Mayflower, and Rotary Club in Central Florida.
She served as a chapter founding member and served as President of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity for Women where she was awarded the Sword of Honor and the Honor Award for Musicianship, Scholarship and Leadership. She coordinated and was chair of the SAI American Music Concert in Fort Worth, TX. Arjola is a frequent adjudicator at many local festivals, contests and Texas state convention. Currently, she is conducting extensive research on the technical and teaching principles of English pedagogue Tobias Matthay and has presented lecture recitals on the topic at TMTA state conferences, American Matthay Association for Piano Festivals and many local teachers associations. Based on her research, she was awarded the SAI Professional Development Grant and she published an article on this topic in American Music Teacher. Ms. Miruku hosted and organized the 57th American Matthay Association for Piano Festival at Texas Wesleyan University.
Her other musical interests led to a semester study in London, England interning with St. Martin-in-the-Fields concentrating on classical music business. In London, she continued her piano studies at the Royal Academy of Music. In addition, she created and hosted a weekly program titled PianoForte on WPRK- 91.5 FM Radio and was the score reader for the live webcast of the 13th and 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Ms. Miruku is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda and served as president of the TCU Collegiate Chapter, and FWMTA Vice-President of Student Activities. She has been a featured lecturer at the MTNA National Conference in Albuquerque, NM, Texas State Conference in Arlington, TX Texas State Collegiate Conference in Grapevine, TX, Sigma Alpha Iota Alumnae Chapter in Fort Worth, TX. Topics include pedagogical approaches, Frederic Chopin, career and graduate school preparation, and stylistic approaches to playing Brazilian music.