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
Mondays, 7–8 p.m., September 10-November 12 (10 weeks)
$350
This 60-minute course is great for adult students beginning piano studies. This class meets in Buchanan Hall Piano Lab on the main campus.
Instructor: Matthew Wilson
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Children’s Group Piano for Beginners
Thursdays, 4-4:45 p.m., September 6-November 29 (12 weeks)
$350 plus textbook fee
Children experience the joy of learning music in an exciting, interactive group setting for beginners, grades 2-5. This class meets at the Academy of the Arts Piano Lab. Convenient parking at the Academy of the Arts one-level facility on South Lakeshore Drive between Covenant Presbyterian Church and Homewood High School.
Instructor: Alice Butler
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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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Patrons of the Arts with Joseph Hopkins
Wednesdays, 1-2 pm, September 26-November 17
$85
Join School of the Arts Dean Joseph Hopkins as he lectures on subjects related to upcoming Birmingham arts events. Special guest musicians, actors and artists provide an inside perspective on the arts and how to make the most of each event. This is a super opportunity to connect with arts and music friends from the community. Convenient parking at the Academy of the Arts one-level facility on South Lakeshore Drive between Covenant Presbyterian Church and Homewood High School.
Instructor: SOA Dean Joseph Hopkins
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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 ($489), 45 ($678) or 60 ($849) 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 ($489), 45 ($678) or 60 ($849) 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 ($489), 45 ($678) or 60 ($849) 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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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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John Robertson
Lecturer, Collaborative Pianist
School of the Arts, Division of Music, Piano and Organ, 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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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