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.

Adult Group Piano for Beginners

TBA

$350

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 beginning piano studies. This class meets for 10 weeks. Course requires a 4-student minimum to make.
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Children’s Group Piano for Beginners

TBA

$350

Children experience the joy of learning music in an exciting, interactive group setting for beginners ages 7-10. Students find motivation from making music with others in a social environment. Classes are held in our piano lab using a traditional curriculum enhanced and augmented by modern technology to inspire creativity and a passion for learning. Students learn through engaging hand-on activities as well as through movement, group activities and musical games that prepare the student for a lifetime of making music.
Additional Requirements: Course requires a 4-student minimum to make
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Musicianship Classes (Grades 1-12)

TBA

$150

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.
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Preschool Piano (4–5 years)

TBA

$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.
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Private Piano Lessons (5 years–adult)

TBA

$489-$849

Students may choose between 30-, 45- or 60-minute private lessons, with 30-minute lessons recommended for beginners.
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Private String Lessons Violin or Cello (4 years–adult)

TBA

$489-$849

Students may choose between 30-, 45- or 60-minute private lessons, with 30-minute lessons recommended for beginners.
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Private Voice Lessons (10 years–adult)

TBA

$489-$849

Students may choose between 30-, 45- or 60-minute private lessons, with 30-minute lessons recommended for beginners.
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Instructors

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Stephanie Archer

Piano Instructor

Academy of the Arts

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Melodie King Bobbitt

Piano Instructor

Academy of the Arts

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Brett Bullard

Administrative Assistant

Academy of the Arts

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Alice Butler

Piano Instructor

Academy of the Arts

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Jordan Kirchner Ford

Violin Instructor

Academy of the Arts

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Monique Gannon

Voice Instructor

Academy of the Arts

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Connie Macon

Executive Director and Piano Instructor

Academy of the Arts

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Marissa Mayfield

Piano Instructor

Academy of the Arts

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Laura Beth Mitchell

Music Coordinator and Piano Instructor

Academy of the Arts

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Ellen Mitchell

Voice Instructor

Academy of the Arts

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Samuel Nordlund

Cello Instructor

Academy of the Arts

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John Robertson

Lecturer, Collaborative Pianist

School of the Arts, Division of Music, Piano and Organ, 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