With our experienced staff and innovative programs unlike any other, we provide your child with an unsurpassed learning experience. Your child will discover that learning is fun, while making new friends and building strong relationships with teachers who partner with you in your child's education.
Ms. Samira: Owner/Director of Operations
Hello! My name is Samira Amra, director of operations at MusArt! I grew up in Brazil, where I spent my childhood on my family's farm in a small town in the south. Throughout irreplicable experiences living in the close-knit community of farmhands and their families, my core values of hard work, family, and integrity were established. Life eventually led me to the United States, where I attended Buffalo State and Rochester State universities in New York. In 1991 I graduated from Rochester with a degree in Business Administration. In 2001, I finally found my home in Apex, North Carolina, where I have happily been since. Prior to actualizing my life-long dream of opening Camp MusArt, I spent my time as an English second language (ESL) teacher as well as a kindergarten, first, and second grade teacher for the Wake County Public School System. In 2009, the opportunity finally presented itself for my dream to become a reality, and Camp MusArt was born!
Camp MusArt has now been open for over a decade, and every year has been just as delightful and gratifying as the last, if not more! I simply could not imagine spending my day doing anything but laughing, growing, learning and watching our children fall in love with music and arts!
It is my pleasure to welcome you to the MusArt family!
- Samira Amra
Zoe Spruston: Director of Music
Music has always been a passion of mine. My journey started at age four when I started playing piano. At age nine I started playing violin and discovered my true love for making music. I was trained in the Suzuki method and at a young age participated in many solo performances, chamber ensembles, and youth orchestras. My involvement in music growing up afforded me the extraordinary opportunity to travel to Toulouse, France and New York City to perform. In high school I expanded my musical background even further by learning to play guitar. In 2019 I received my Bachelor of Arts in Music with a concentration in Violin Pedagogy at George Mason University, where I played in the first violin section of the Mason Symphony Orchestra. I have been teaching music for over six years now and I absolutely love what I do. Since then I have taught a variety of instruments such as cello, viola, violin, piano, guitar, and ukulele in a variety of settings from large groups and orchestras, to coaching chamber ensembles, and teaching weekly individual lessons. I find such joy in making personal connections with each and every student and watching them grow, both as musicians and as individuals. My goal as a teacher is to help my students discover and nurture their talent and love for music, and to inspire them the way my teachers have for me.
Ms. Diane: Fine Arts Instructor
Diane James has been the art teacher at Camp Musart for 12 1/2 years. She earned her BS degree in Textile Design at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. She has enjoyed the last 30 years designing fabric. Diane first started her career in Virginia at Burlington Menswear, designing men and women's suiting for companies such as Liz Claiborne and Joseph A. Banks. Later, she then transitioned into furniture upholstery design at Collin's and Aikman and Culp Fabrics. As a stylist, she was responsible for the design and colorwork of fabric, and presenting the fabric line to buyers at La Z Boy, Bassett, Ashley and Klausner, to name a few. Her flexible schedule allowed her to both teach art at Camp Musart and design fabric until last year when she retired from her rewarding fabric design career.
Diane has always loved art and weaving. She took art classes at Swain School of Design and was mentored by a local Ma. artist. Personally, she has sold original paintings, and worked with custom furniture painting and art for clients. She looks forward to doing art each day with children at Camp Musart. It brings her great joy to see the kid's excitement over their beautiful artistic accomplishments. Diane enjoys talking to the kids about football rivalries, books, movies and pets, and of course art during their art centers!
Ms. Janice: Cooking and Crafts
Hi my name is Janice Damask. I have been with Camp Musart for eight years. I have a degree in Business management. I have lived in Holly Springs since 2006, but am originally from Rochester Ny. I have two teenagers. I teach crafts, gardening and cooking classes at camp. I enjoy seeing the excitement on the kids faces as they learn new things at camp.
Ms. Maecy & Ms. Maliyah: Aftercare
Maecy and Maliyah are the girls you see during pick up and aftercare. We are seniors at Apex Friendship and have been friends for the past 4 years and now we work together here! We do a bunch of different games and crafts with the kids after they finish their school work and after doing music and art with the other teachers at Camp MusArt. We have found that working together at Camp MusArt is such a blessing and we could not be happier being surrounded by friends and the amazing kids that attend camp! Belonging to the Camp MusArt family has made our high school experience a million times better and even after high school we plan on continuing our journey at camp!
Maecy Wade & Maliyah Richardson
Brittany: Drama & Dance Instructor
Welcome to Dance and Drama with Miss Brittany!
Broadway musicals, ballets, and boarding a plane for adventures are a few of my favorite things.
My introduction to theater came when I was 8 years old and I saw backstage of the Nutcracker. From there I developed a love for dance and playwriting. In middle school, I started my dance training in hip-hop and jazz which later helped me in my high school musical theatre performances. I attended Columbia College Chicago for playwriting and received amazing opportunities as theatre education assistant at bilingual elementary school. I received my
Bachelor's in theatre education and English from Ball State University where I gained the opportunity to work with students with special needs. Since landing in North Carolina, I receive the chance to work on shows in all of over the Triangle area. I've been teaching academically and artistically for over 7 years and the most important value I love to see in students is confidence. In my class Students will focus on acting, storytelling and discovering various languages and cultures, including sign language! My goal as a drama and dance teacher is to help students identify who they are and build confidence and leadership. I also strive for my students to learn to work well with others, use their imagination, and know that it's okay to make mistakes.
Ms. Jazzmine: Distance Learning Facilitator
Hello families! My name is Jazzmine. Before the pandemic I was working in hospitality but I have a long history of working in childcare. I am a former preschool teacher with many Early Childhood Education credentials such as Admin I and II, Playground Safety Certification, and SIDS certified. In addition to teaching preschool I have been babysitting for over a decade and I have experience working as a nanny as well. I really enjoy working one on one with your children and helping them get through what can be a challenging learning experience. I look forward to a funtastic journey with Camp MusArt!
Giovanni Nava: Music teacher
Giovanni Nava is an experienced percussionist, pianist, guitarist, and producer from Venezuela. His native language is Spanish and secondary is English. Giovanni graduated from La Universidad Catolica Cecilio Acosta with a Bachelor's degree in Musicology. Over the years, Giovanni has continued an illustrious career in music, accompanying several orchestras as a timpanist and lead percussionist.
Giovanni loves helping students of all ages and skill levels to reach their musical goals and grow in mastery of their chosen instrument. He is certified in digital marketing and special education for children and teenagers. He has composed and produced tracks for multiple artists through his recording company, Subaura Productions. With over a decade of experience as a dedicated musician, Giovanni derives great joy from passing on his knowledge and skills to other aspiring musicians.