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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.
Amanda Bailey has been teaching private voice and piano lessons for 4 years. She also has taught music in the public school sector where she was awarded an employee excellence award for Wake County as well as being nominated for the Diane Kent Parker first year teacher of the year award. Her students performed in prestigious events such as Pieces of Gold, Raleigh Fine Arts and All -County Chorus. Mrs. Bailey earned her Bachelor of Music degree with a primary focus in Voice from The University of a North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 2011 she went on to earn her Masters in the Art of Teaching, concentrating on K-12 Music Education. Amanda was honored to serve the state of N.C. as Miss North Carolina 2008, where she had the opportunity to perform in venues and on stages across the United States. In addition to being an active member of Music Teachers National Association and singing in her church choir, she has also recorded two gospel CDs and hopes to be releasing another in the near future. She loves the private instructional setting where the teacher and student can learn each others' musical techniques and the student's musical strengths can be perfected. Mrs. Bailey is thrilled to be part of the Music Academy South family!
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.
Emily Rudolph holds a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois. She has participated in several vocal teams and choirs touring in both the United States and overseas. Mrs. Rudolph has taught voice and piano in Ohio and North Carolina, as well as been active in musical theatre productions. She has recorded two solo CD projects, as well as three others with her church praise team. Currently, Mrs. Rudolph serves as the choir director and music assistant at Faith Baptist Church in Youngsville and is a guest vocalist and speaker at various churches, conferences, and events.