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 Teachers

Greg Branham

Greg Branham

Piano Teacher

Greg 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).

Debra Saylor

Debra Saylor

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.

Robert Lubin

Robert Lubin

Piano teacher

Robert 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 Austin Anievas, and Paul Jacobs.  Mr. Lubin received his Master’s Degree of Fine Arts from Hunter College in Piano Performance where he studied with William Daghlian.  He also studied organ with Karoly Kope and, since January of 2011, is the organist at Central Presbyterian Church in Downtown Huntsville.
In addition to teaching piano at Ars Nova, Mr. Lubin teaches piano at Oakwood University, and is a staff accompanist to the voice department.   Mr. Lubin is a member of the American Guild of Organists, and holds their CAGO certificate. He has been an organist and piano teacher for over 35 years.
Danielle Dotson

Danielle Dotson

Violin, Viola and Piano Teacher

Danielle Dotson studied violin and piano with the Suzuki Method in Sydney, Australia, before being awarded the Associate Diploma and the Licentiate Diploma of Music through the Australian Music Examinations Board. As a student and performer on violin and piano, she has participated in international music events in Germany, Austria, Japan, New Zealand, the United States, Ireland, Italy and France.

Danielle has a a Masters degree in International Education from the George Washington University in Washington DC, and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of New South Wales, Sydney. She received her initial teacher training with the Suzuki Talent Education Association of Australia in Sydney with supervision from Nada Brissenden (piano) and Patricia Moran (violin), and is continuing to broaden her experience with masterclasses and training sessions in the US.

Danielle continues to perform regularly as a piano accompanist. She also performed in the past on violin and viola with various quartets and orchestras in Australia and Japan.

She taught at the Levine School of Music in Washington DC for 5 years, and maintained an extensive piano and violin studio in the DC metro area from 2005-2016. Earlier she taught privately in Sydney, Australia before living in Japan from 1997-2002. She has served on the board of directors for the Suzuki Association of the Greater Washington Area (SAGWA) for 8 years, serving as treasurer from 2014-2016 and Board Chair from 2012-2014. She moved to Madison, Alabama, with her family in 2016.

Rodena Tharpe

Rodena Tharpe

Violin, Viola and Piano Teacher

Mrs. Rodena L. Branch-Tharpe is a dedicated violist and pedagogue. For over 30 years, she has been studying and developing her skill, and is a staple musician in the Tennessee Valley area. She began her studies at Memphis State University Suzuki Children’s Program at the young age of 5. She moved to Huntsville, AL and continued studies with Art Cotruvo, Melanie Richardson, Barbara Poularikas, Lee Coker(Julliard grad), Dan Nedelcu and Charles Hogue(principal violist of HSO). She studied at the University of Alabama in Huntsville where she obtained a degree in Music Performance in viola with piano as a secondary emphasis. She has attended masterclasses with Itzhak Perlman(violinist), and performed for a masterclass given by Marcus Thompson(a world renowned violist and viola d’amore player). She has performed in small ensembles with Smokie Robinson and the Black Jacket Symphony. As a chamber musician, she performs regularly with the Mimosa String Quartet, Felicity String Quartet and Sul Ponticello(Decatur). She has also performed with various chamber groups such as the: Valley Conservatory Chamber Orcherstra, Gateways Music Festival(Eastman School of Music)Chamber Orchestra and Quartet, the Blue Sky String Quartet/Quintet, the Interlochen Music Camp Quartet, and many others.

As an orchestra musician she has performed with various organizational and church orchestras, Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, Shoals Symphony Orchestra, Valley Conservatory Lyceum Orchestra, Gateways Music Festival Orchestra, UAH Collegium Orchestra, the former Huntsville Opera Theater Orchestra, Interlochen National Music Camp Orchestra, Huntsville Youth Symphony, and Metro Youth Orchestra. As a soloist she has received outstanding and performance awards from the Alabama Orchestra Association. She has made guest appearances in the Virgin Islands, and local and regional churches.  As a pianist, she holds two positions at two local area churches.  Currently she teaches, violin, viola, and piano.