The piano is often thought of as a "foundational instrument", making it a great choice for a first instrument. Because of it's layout, looking at a piano makes it is easy to visualize the notes needed to form chords and scales. Since the foundation of music is universal, once a student learns how to play the piano, tranisitioning to other instruments is much easier. Do we think all students should learn piano first? Of course not. We believe the best chance for a student to succeed at learning music is to learn an instrument that excites them.
As technology continues to improve, families are trading in their old pianos for an updated, digital piano. 88-key weighted action digital pianos, often referred to as keyboards, feel, sound, and react much like an acoustic piano. The benefits of a digital piano come in the smaller and lighter size, different tone options, and built-in features. We teach on both acoustic pianos and 88-key weighted action digital pianos.
Our highly skilled piano instructors infuse songs of interest to the students alongside the more "traditional" teaching styles that include music theory, technique, reading music, and playing by ear. Learning songs keeps music fun! Let our professional piano instructors get you moving in the right musical direction!
Susan is a classically trained pianist. She studied under Donna Kemp for ten years with specific Praise and Worship, Concert, and Performance Pedagogy disciplines. Susan is one of 8 siblings who all play the piano and various instruments. (guitar/violin/clarinet). Both of her parents were proficient
saxophone and percussion players during their high school years. Susan was gifted a piano from her Uncle Thomas Ray, who holds a music degree from UNC Pembroke. He always encouraged her to pursue her passion for piano playing. Susan studied business, theory, and music through Whitefield Theological Seminary.
She strives to honor God with her talents and has played on a praise and worship team for over a decade and performed in concerts and nursing home performances. She has sung at over a dozen weddings with an all acapella group. Susan loves people! Susan's biggest desire is for all her students to come away with a deeper love and appreciation for music. + Show More
Kaitlyn has been studying music since 2006. At a young age, she began playing the piano and the violin. After training as a violinist for five years, Kaitlyn picked up the viola and now considers the viola to be her main string instrument. She has studied under experienced musicians and is a classically trained pianist and
a Suzuki trained violist.
Kaitlyn has competed and won in various state piano competitions. She also played both the violin and viola in the Auburn University Youth Orchestra for several years. Kaitlyn is currently pursuing a degree in software engineering at Auburn University and continues to study music in her own time. + Show More
Alec started his musical career in 2006 where he first picked up the trombone in his middle school instrument try-out night. He then headed to the University of Montevallo to pursue a bachelor’s degree in music education. Wanting to follow in his father’s musical footsteps, Alec eagerly awaited for band
class to start so he could begin playing music. Since then, Alec has performed in the 2013 Honor Band of America and has earned the John Philip Sousa award for musical excellence. .
Alec played in multiple university ensembles, earned the principal player position in the Montevallo wind ensemble, and was the lead trombone in the university jazz band. Alec was a part of the low brass choir, was a founding member of the first university percussion ensemble, founding member and president of Montevallo’s Music Teachers National Association collegiate chapter, and played professionally in many different settings from opera performances to theater productions. .
In tandem with his love of performing, Alec has a deep passion for teaching students to find their passion in music. Alec has been teaching students ever since his freshman year in college. Alec teaches students from all age ranges and backgrounds in both classical and jazz styles. + Show More
Chase Moore is originally from Fayette, Alabama. He began his formal musical training in
middle school, where he joined the concert band playing the trombone. His love for music
quickly grew, and he actively sought out other opportunities on various instruments such as the
trumpet, euphonium, and piano. He was an active member in his high school’s concert, marching, and jazz bands. He was also a member of the concert choir, where he served as one of the choir’s student accompanists.
Chase went on to pursue a degree in Music Education from the University of Alabama and was a member of the Million Dollar Band and participated in different concert ensembles on trombone and piano.
During his time at the University of Alabama, Chase held leadership positions in the Million Dollar Band and Trombone Studio continued his piano studies, as well. After graduating, Chase worked as a middle school band director at Duncanville Middle School where he taught 6th -8th grade band and computer science.
He has since moved to Auburn to complete his Master of Music Education degree. He is currently a Graduate Teaching Assistant with the Auburn University Music Department.
Chase keeps an active performing schedule with the Auburn University Concert Bands and the Alabama Winds, a community band comprised mostly of music educators from across the state of Alabama. Chase is very excited to be a part of the Spicer’s Music team! + Show More
Hope Elyse Brown is a current Junior Music Education major at Auburn University. She started her collegiate career at Samford University in 2019 under the teachings of Dr. Brad Diamond and Dr. Philip Copeland, where she was a member of Samford University’s Acappella Choir. After transferring to Auburn
University in the Fall of 2021, she became involved in Auburn University’s Chamber Choir, Women’s Chorus, and Opera Workshop.
While being involved at school, she has also performed with Auburn Area Community Theatre (AACT) for two shows and hopes to continue being involved in her community while teaching at Spicer’s! + Show More
Kadie Vick has played the piano for over 12 years. She began taking lessons at age 7 as a student of the School of Fine Arts in Decatur, Alabama. Over the years she has participated in a variety of musical endeavors including: playing piano in the youth band at her church, participating in multiple musicals,
singing in the Alabama Baptist Children's Honor Choir, and playing xylophone in her high school's marching band.
Kadie is currently studying English Education at Auburn University. She enjoys teaching and sharing her love of music with her students at Spicer's! + Show More
Heydin McDaniel has been singing and playing music since he was ten years old. In his teens, Heydin discovered the guitar and everything changed! He began listening to rock music and mimicking guitarists like Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, and Angus Young. Shortly after, he found a group of guys at school and
started a band. This opportunity allowed him to hone his skills on guitar as well as work on his overall performance.
After graduation, Heydin received a Show Choir scholarship to Southern Union State Community College where he spent two years performing and expanding his skills in various choir and dance shows, as well as leading worship for the Monday night BCM (Bison College Ministries) services. Once he acquired his Associate’s degree from SU, Heydin went on to Point University as a music major to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in vocal pedagogy. While here, he was involved in many ensembles and music programs, which included: chamber choir, Signature voices (an elite a cappella group), Musikids, men’s choir, community band, and worship leading at Spring Road Christian Church.
After Point, Heydin decided he wanted a career on the college level, so he went to Auburn University to pursue a Master’s degree in Music Education. He spent a year and a half taking classes, working in classrooms, and learning effective educational methods to use for future music areas that he would be working in.
Heydin likes many types of music! Some of his favorites include, opera, rock ‘n’ roll, electronic, country, show choir, metal, blue grass, theatre, musicals, Disney, Classical, Baroque, medieval, renaissance, romantic, twentieth century, blues, reggae, traditional Chinese and Japanese, and Big Band music.
When he’s not playing music, Heydin enjoys reading books and drawing pictures with his two French bulldogs, Tyson and Chyna. + Show More
Justin is a student at Auburn University studying Music Education and Voice! Growing up, they were mentored and taught in church playing piano. Alongside that, they also played in bands and sang in choirs all throughout high school. Now in college, Justin participates in many choirs, writes original musical ... compositions, and enjoys making arrangements of fun tunes! + Show More
Morgan is currently a Junior at Auburn University and is majoring in music education. She is currently studying voice and hopes to teach choirs at a secondary school once she graduates. She has been teaching students of all ages in many subjects throughout her high school and college career, and is passionate about reaching a diverse ... population of students through music education! Morgan is currently involved in the Auburn University Singers and the Auburn Chamber Choir; Leading in each ensemble through teaching voice parts, choreography, and any other odd job needed done! She hopes that she can help to grow the passion and joy of music to all of her students.. And most of all, Morgan loves to have fun! + Show More
Stephen has been playing music since the age of five. With a mother who has a master’s degree in flute performance and a father who lead worship at his church, Stephen was always around music growing up. Starting piano, guitar, and vocals at a very young age, he eventually grew into helping lead worship with his parents. Along with ... continuing to develop his vocal and guitar skills, he also branched out into playing the tuba at age 12 and made the all-state band in Florida twice! After realizing he had a great appreciation for the more technical side of vocals and music composition, Stephen created a YouTube channel and began publishing original music. This channel has accumulated around 60,000 views mainly covering rock and metal songs that showcase technically challenging vocals as well as guitar. Stephen has also always emphasized the importance of staying safe and having fun while learning to play any instrument! Aside from music, Stephen also does personal training and is at Auburn pursuing a master’s degree in exercise science! + Show More