Kellie Wyatt graduated from the University of Montevallo with a bachelor’s degree in Vocal Music Education. After graduation she became a high school choral director before moving to Montevallo, AL. While living in Montevallo she has had the opportunity to lead in various music professional roles such as the Montevallo Community Chorale Arts Director, vocalist and contemporary worship leader at the FUMC of Montevallo, Mini Music Pre K music program teacher at Parnell Memorial Library and Vocal Instructor at the University of Montevallo Community School of Music. Kellie has been professionally teaching voice lessons for 4 years and is excited begin with SOPA. When she is not teaching music Kellie is serving her church as Youth Director and impacting her community through the Parnell Memorial Library Foundation Board. Kellie is happily married to her husband and they have a 4 year old son, 2 silly cats, and 2 spoiled Welsh Corgis.
Michael McGuire began playing drums in the seventh grade, and continued playing in high school and college where he was active in the Marching band and Symphonic and Percussion Ensemble until my second year in college. There were many years where as a family man he was devoted to career and family instead of music.
However, God stepped in and opened many doors, and Michael was able to study with some of the best drummers in the Birmingham area. In Nashville he worked with Chester Thompson (drummer for Phil Collins).
Michael has been teaching for the past 10 years and presently plays weekly in a praise band. During special events like Easter and Christmas, he plays in small orchestras and ensembles. Most of his teaching is on the drum set but if there is a need, he can teach many percussion instruments like Congas, Djembe, shakers, tambourines, chimes and others.
Michael is married to my college sweetheart of 47 years, Suzanne. We have 3 daughters, 4 grandchildren, and reside in Inverness.
Masters of Music, Viola Performance
Masters of Arts in Education, TESOL
Bachelors of Music, Violin/ Viola Performance
Bachelors of German, Literature and Composition
We each have our own voice and artistic expression, and therefore my goal is to help guide each individual in finding that unique voice on the violin and viola. Because each student is different, lessons are adapted to fit particular interests, learning needs, and abilities. I incorporate various established and modern methodologies, including body to instrument awareness, theory, technique, creativity, and musicality.
Along with being a music instructor, I am also an adjunct instructor in the English department at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. Thus, I frequently utilize higher level thinking skills for problem solving, logical reasoning, and autonomous learning, (amongst others) through communicative and heuristic educational methods. The common goal each student shares is to grow as a musician, and my desire as a teacher is to pave a way for each student to reach his or her greatest potential.
When not teaching, I enjoy playing my viola and violin to uplift the hearts of those listening, from church services and events, to weddings, playing with regional symphonies, and volunteering. As a Christian, I particularly enjoy using my instrument, and thus unique musical voice, to serve people as they pray to and worship our Lord– a love of service, be Christian or not, that I hope to share with my students as well.
Kaitlin Sepanek is from Oxford, Connecticut. She is a Junior at Samford University, and she absolutely loves to teach. She attended two high schools – Education Center of the Arts and Oxford High School. At ECA, she learned how to master Trombone and Euphonium from the staff at Yale and many other small town famous teachers. Although these are her main instruments, she also plays Piano, Ukulele, Guitar, and many more. She currently studies with Demondrae Thurman for Euphonium Performance and Ethnomusicology. She worked at Neighborhood Music School in New Haven, CT, as a beginning piano instructor and camp counselor. She is currently fundraising for a trip to Uganda to help bring music education into the school systems and help preserve their culture. She will do this by writing their music and documenting anything important to the culture in Uganda, Africa. She will be going next summer and will be teaching there for a summer semester.
Sharon Rogers has taught private piano lessons for the past 10 years at the Shelby County Arts Council. Throughout her adult life she has served in several churches playing piano, organ, and keyboard. She currently serves as keyboardist at her home church, Liberty Baptist. Sharon is a graduate of Samford University and is a recently retired teacher from Shelby County Schools. While teaching school she accompanied elementary school choirs for yearly choral festivals. She is married to Gene Rogers and they have three grown children and five precious granddaughters. Her hobbies include playing piano (just for fun), attending concerts, musicals, running, and spending time with her family. “Music brings me joy way down deep in my soul.”
Frederick J. Pollman has been an active composer, song writer, and liturgical musician for the last 10 years in the Birmingham area. Formally trained in biochemistry and molecular biology, his fascination with composition drew him to focus on music as a career following his graduation. While earning his degrees, he formally studied composition, piano, and organ performance. He has served as principal accompanist for St. Stephen the Martyr for the last 8 years and also became its director of music and choral activities in 2015. He has also served as interim music director at St. Barnabas in 2014. He has composed over 200 works for piano, organ, and voice and continues to be prolific with his writing. Born and raised in the Catholic tradition, his spirituality is very integral to his musical career. His gift of music is always understood to be God-given, God-nurtured, and God-inspired.
Pamela Andrews (Miss Pam) grew up in Florida, attending the University of Central Florida as an applied Piano Performance major under UCF’s music department chairman, Dr. Gary Wolf, in the late 1970s. She had been Dr. Wolf’s student through high school as well. Miss Pam has accompanied vocal and instrumental soloists since high school, as well as being her church’s pianist starting at the age of 16. As a college student, she was a paid accompanist for the UCF Choral Department. She has also directed children’s choirs, as well as being a salaried pianist at East End Baptist church in Columbus, MS in the 1990s. Her degrees are in elementary education (George Mason University) and nursing (University of Southern Mississippi). She currently works part-time as a nurse in the St. Vincent system. Music has always been a love and she has always enjoyed working with children, whether teaching academics or music. She and her husband, Mark, have 5 grown children. While the children were young, Pam had a music studio in her home as well as teaching piano students in both a public and a Christian school. She believes in developing solid form, technique, theory, and musicianship through study, practice, and collaborative music experiences such as recitals, duets, and ministry opportunities. She has homeschooled her own children and taught chemistry, physical science, and the Constitution with the Hub City Christian Home Educators cooperative in Hattiesburg, MS. She is not a stranger to working with children in diverse learning situations. BUT… she does not do pediatric nursing! Miss Pam does desire to continue to use her skills for the Lord in whatever way He opens the door and is excited about the opportunity to teach through NSBC’s School of Performing Arts.
Noah Meadows is 16 years old and is our Senior Pastor’s son here at North Shelby Baptist Church. God has put a yearning for music within Noah from the very beginning. At the age of 7, he began taking formal lessons. In learning many different styles of music, he has come to realize the importance in being a well-rounded musician. After around six years of this dedicated pursuit of music, with several amazing teachers, he began teaching students of his own. Little did he know that igniting that flame for music in others would be even more invigorating than pursuing it on his own. It quickly became clear to him that when piano, guitar, or any other instrument is laid before a student in a purely systematic or hollow way, the student loses interest quickly. His desire is not just to teach a student to play a particular instrument, but to guide them in genuinely falling in love with music with life-long zeal. After all, Psalm 98:4-6 says “Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music; make music to the Lord with the harp, with harp and the sound of singing, with trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn- shout for joy before the Lord, the King”. When one becomes fluent in the language of music, that heart overflows in worship to God.