Academy of the ArtsMelodie King Bobbitt has been teaching piano since 1995. In 1997, she began teaching through the Samford University Preparatory Music Department where she teaches private, group and camp music lessons. She served as the assistant director of the department from 2005-2015. Bobbitt has collegiate teaching experience at Samford University and the University of Montevallo. Pre-college, Bobbitt studied for 11 years with Patty Kirkley. She has a bachelor of music in piano performance from Samford University where she studied with Betty Sue Shepherd. She has a master of music in piano performance and a doctor of musical arts in piano performance from the University of Alabama where she studied with Amanda Penick. While a student, she was a winner in Alabama’s Federation competition, a two-time winner in Samford’s concerto/aria competition, honorable mention in Alabama Music Teachers Association (AMTA) and Music Teachers National Association Collegiate Artist, and she was featured three times on the PBS show Pianist at Work. Bobbitt is a member of Birmingham Music Teachers Association (past president, 2009–2011; chair of the Piano Solo Festival at Samford University; and Gold Cup Chair), MTNA, Metro Music Forum (past president, 2007–2009) and AMTA (state auditions coordinator).