Private Piano Lessons
Each student receives one private lesson per week for voice with four performance classes included in each 16-week session. Tuition includes weekly classes in theory and Sight-singing/Ear-training. Contact the office at 256 883-1105 for the contact information for each teacher.
Piano TeacherGreg Branham is a former Ars Nova voice student and performer and an experienced music educator. He has a BS in Music Education K-12: Instrumental from Oakwood University and has taught Elementary and Middle School children in the Madison County schools for more than 20 years. He is a member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and Alabama Music Educators Association (AMEA).
Dr. Zhou Jiang
Master Piano Teacher
Dr. Zhou Jiang is a dedicated pianist and chamber musician. She has
been active on the world stage of music. She performed a numbers of
concert in the United States, China, Germany, France, Austria, Belgium,
Holland, and Luxembourg. She was invited to the Saarburg International
Festival in Germany and Vienden International Festival in Luxemburg as a
Guest Artist in the summer 2014. And she has also been invited to Bowdoin
International Music Festival as a Performance Associate in 2010 and 2011.
Dr. Jiang is an experienced piano teacher. She always has enthusiasm of
working with young musicians and professionals. She is not only good at
piano teaching, but also the expert of music theory. Many of her students had
earned perfect score on theory test of Arizona Piano Study Program.
Dr. Jiang earned her Doctoral Degree from Arizona State University in
May 2018. She received her Master Degree and Piano Performance Diploma
from Lynn University, Florida, and Bachelor in Music Education from
Shanghai Conservatory, China
Voice and Piano teacher
Debra Saylor was born in Dubuque, Iowa. She attended Clarke College in Dubuque, where she received her BA in piano and vocal performance in 1984. In 1986, Ms. Saylor received her MA in piano and vocal performance from the University of Iowa in Iowa City. In 2000, Ms. Saylor participated in the Van Cliburn Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs, and was awarded third prize. In addition, she won the award for the best performance of a piece in the Romantic period for her performance of Debussy’s Clair de Lune. In 2002, in the same competition, she was given a Judges’ Discretionary Award. Ms. Saylor has been teaching at Ars Nova since 2003.Ms. Saylor loves to perform anywhere, but especially as a classical pianist. She enjoys playing and/or singing semi-classical music, and some songs from musicals. She will perform for parties, weddings, retirement facilities, and other clubs and organizations. Ms. Saylor also loves to play or sing for church services as a soloist.
Piano teacherRobert Lubin was born in New York City and moved to Alabama in December, 2008. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance from Brooklyn College, where he studied with Agustin Anievas and Paul Jacobs. Mr. Lubin received his Master’s Degree from Hunter College in Piano Performance, where he studied with William Daghlian. He also studied organ with Karoly Köpe and is currently the organist at St. William Roman Catholic Church in Guntersville. Mr. Lubin is a member of the American Guild of Organists and has been an organist and piano teacher for over 25 years.