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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Violin, Viola and Piano Teacher
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.