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Music Academy South has programs for individuals and those who wish to participate in a group chorus setting. We have specialty programs for young children and classes tailored to the professionally-minded student.
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Lindsay Byers attended Westminster College in Pennsylvania, earning a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. While in college she performed in a variety of different operatic roles, and won the School of Music’s Concerto and Aria Competition. Ms. Byers will receive her Master of Arts in Music Education in May 2014 from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. In both her graduate and undergraduate studies, she focused on vocal performance and vocal pedagogy. During her seven years of teaching elementary music in North Carolina, she has helped students develop their musicality, explore their own musical interests, as well as learn about historically and culturally valuable music from around the world. During voice lessons students are encouraged to share their goals, likes and dislikes, strengths and areas for improvement. Ms. Byers’ works to develop healthy singing habits, basic music reading skills, musicality, stage presence, and artistry in all of her students through songs which suit each student’s ability, goals, personality, and musical tastes. Ms. Byers is thrilled to share her passion for singing with the students of Music Academy South.
Margot Hafner holds a Bachelor's degree in Music Education. In addition to teaching at Music Academy South, she is a music instructor at West Oxford Elementary School in Granville County, NC. Mrs. Hafner is the director of the West Oxford Chorus, a 60-member first grade choir, and has directed Little Theater and Children's Theater musicals in Granville County. Mrs. Hafner is a dedicated member of the Raleigh Piano Teachers Association and brings over thirty-eight years of teaching experience to our studio!
Jodi Lewis has a Masters degree in Vocal Performance/Pedagogy from the Pennsylvania State University and a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Illinois. She has been teaching voice and performing for over 15 years. Mrs. Lewis is passionate about sharing her knowledge with others to enhance their sense of confidence and pride in their vocal study and performance. Working with each student to uncover and develop his or her unique voice is her objective and one that each student will find compelling and innovative. She naturally works to enhance the student’s musicianship and general musical skills related to note reading, rhythmic and pattern relationships, as well as sight reading and stage presence. Every student's lesson is uniquely designed to the individual needs and desires of each student. Mrs. Lewis does not teach one particular style of music but enjoys helping the students develop their foundation and technique that will enable them to sing any style they choose: Popular, Musical Theater, Cover Charts, Classical, Country, etc. Experienced in Opera, Musical Theater, and church. She will serve her students well at Music Academy South.
Jill Taylor is a life-long musician who has been teaching music for over 20 years. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education with a specialization in choral conducting from the University of South Florida. She teaches voice, piano, and guitar.
In addition to teaching private lessons for many years, she also has experience as a preschool and elementary school music teacher, middle school, adult, and children’s choir director, church soloist, singer and performer in the local music scene, songwriter and recording artist.
Jill’s debut album, Song of My Heart is available on iTunes, and one of her songs was placed in the feature film, A Long Way Off. Some of Jill’s former students have landed leading roles in musicals, auditioned into choirs and colleges of their choice, toured nationally with singing groups, and become music teachers and church worship leaders. She is dedicated to helping her students find their niche and making their musical dreams become reality!