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
Session A: Mondays, 7–8 p.m., February 4-April 15 *No class on March 11 (10 weeks)
Cost: $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.
Instructor: Matthew Wilson
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Adult Group Piano for Beginners
Session B: Thursdays, 12-1 p.m., February 7-April 18 *No class on March 28 (10 weeks)
Cost: $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.
Instructor: Alice Butler
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Musicianship Classes (Grades 1-12)
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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)
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Cost:
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 academyofthearts@samford.edu .
 
Private Piano Lessons (5 years–adult)
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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 .
 
Private String Lessons Violin or Cello (4 years–adult)
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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 .
 
Private Voice Lessons (10 years–adult)
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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 .
 

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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Alice Butler
Piano Instructor
Academy of the Arts
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Jordan Kirchner Ford
Violin Instructor
Academy of the Arts
Photo of Monique Gannon
Monique Gannon
Voice Instructor
Academy of the Arts
Photo of Connie Macon
Connie Macon
Executive Director and Piano Instructor
Academy of the Arts
Photo of Marissa Mayfield
Marissa Mayfield
Piano Instructor
Academy of the Arts
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Ellen Mitchell
Voice 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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Samuel Nordlund
Cello Instructor
Academy of the Arts
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John Robertson
Piano 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