Music Classes

The Samford University Academy of the Arts Music offers a well-rounded musical experience for students of all ages. Emphasis is placed on performance, technique, theory, composition and appreciation in the disciplines of piano and voice. Private and class instruction are supplemented by frequent recitals and special events. With over 50 years in instruction, the Academy is a premier program for the Birmingham community.

Top professional artists offer private lessons in voice, piano and other instruments in addition to group lessons in piano. Private instruction is available year-round and classes take place each semester as well as camps are offered in the summer.

New to the Academy of the Arts? Contact us for easy registration assistance at 205-726-2739 or email academyofthearts@samford.edu .

Adult Group Piano for Beginners (Ages 18+)

Have you always wanted to learn to play the piano, but never had the chance? Here is your perfect opportunity. This 60-minute course is great for adult students with little to no piano experience. The class meets for 10 weeks. Class requires a 4-student minimum to make.

Mondays 7-8 p.m. – Buchanan Hall (main campus)
Instructor: Matthew Wilson
Class begins February 3 (10 classes), no class March 9

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Thursdays 12-1 p.m. – Academy of the Arts
1239 South Lakeshore Dr.
Instructor: Alice Butler
Class begins February 6 (10 classes), no class March 26

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Musicianship Classes (Grades 1-12)
TBA
Cost:
This class covers written theory, Alabama Music Teachers Association (AMTA) theory, keyboard harmony and ensemble playing. Students must be enrolled in Academy of the Arts private lessons to take this class. Contact us for easy registration assistance at 205-726-2739 or email academyofthearts@samford.edu .
Preschool Piano (4–5 years)
Thursday, 6 p.m. Begins August 22
Cost: $396
This class features weekly 30-minute group and 15-minute private lessons. Students learn fundamental skills through shared learning. Instructors work individually with students in private lessons to focus on and review specific pieces and skills. A parent/guardian must attend with the student. Three-payment plan available. Contact us for easy registration assistance at 205-726-2739 or email preschoolmusic@samford.edu .
Private Piano Lessons (5 years–adult)
Cost:
Students may choose between 30, 45 or 60 minute private lessons, with 30-minute lessons recommended for beginners. Three-payment plan available. Contact us for easy registration assistance at 205-726-2739 or email academyofthearts@samford.edu .

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Private String Lessons Violin or Cello (4 years–adult)
Cost:
Students may choose between 30, 45 or 60 minute private lessons, with 30-minute lessons recommended for beginners. Three-payment plan available. Contact us for easy registration assistance at 205-726-2739 or email academyofthearts@samford.edu .

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Private Voice Lessons (10 years–adult)
Cost:
Students may choose between 30, 45 or 60 minute private lessons, with 30-minute lessons recommended for beginners. Three-payment plan available. Contact us for easy registration assistance at 205-726-2739 or email academyofthearts@samford.edu .

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Instructors

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Stephanie Archer
Piano Instructor
Academy of the Arts
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Morganne Best
Voice Instructor
Academy of the Arts
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Laura Beth Mitchell-Bisset
Music Coordinator and Piano Instructor
Academy of the Arts
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Alice Butler
Piano Instructor
Academy of the Arts
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Sunny Speaker Davenport, MT-BC
Piano Instructor
Academy of the Arts
Photo of Richard Ford
Richard Connor Ford
Voice Instructor
Academy of the Arts
Photo of Morgan Kline
Morgan Kline
Piano Instructor
Academy of the Arts
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Kathryn Lamb
Violin Instructor
Academy of the Arts
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Connie Macon
Executive Director and Piano Instructor
Academy of the Arts
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Samuel Nordlund
Cello Instructor
Academy of the Arts
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Ashley Pope
Voice Instructor
Academy of the Arts
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Mary Rudd
Piano Instructor
Academy of the Arts
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Michael Saddekni
Woodwind Instructor
Academy of the Arts
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Emily Sandgren
Cello Instructor
Academy of the Arts
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Becky Thornton
Piano Instructor
Academy of the Arts
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Jessica Wilbanks
Piano Instructor
Academy of the Arts
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Matthew Wilson
Piano Instructor
Academy of the Arts