Private Lesson Program


Private lessons are a fantastic way to ensure your child’s success and enjoyment in band! Students who study privately progress so much more quickly due to the individualized and specialized instruction that the private teacher is able to provide. The most successful band programs in our area and around the country can trace their success back to the fact that a large percentage of their students take private lessons on their instruments, and this is the kind of band program we are capable of having here at Berry Middle School.  Students in private lessons not only tend to advance at a faster rate but also achieve a higher level of performance and enjoyment from music.

Below is a list of recommended private teachers. The price for lessons will vary from teacher to teacher. Please make sure that if your child does study privately (with someone not on this list) it should be with someone who is proficient on the instrument that he/she is teaching.




Tammi Powell                205-533-3333             (private studio located in Hoover)
Barbara Harrington      205-266-6125             (studio near Berry Middle School/teaches at Berry)



Kelly Newport                 205-424-8712             (teaches at Berry during school hours)



Alex Zdanis                      858-735-0973                     (studio at Gadsden Music)

Dwight Houston              205-995-8376           (studio at Art’s Music)



Sandra Hill                                                          (teaches at Berry during school hours)

Denise Gainey                 205-975-0558          (clarinet professor at UAB)

Tabitha Robinson                                             

Cheryl O’Brien                 205-4825037          


Sandra Hill                                                          (teaches at Berry during school hours)

Gary Wheat                      205-586-5078                
Dwight Houston              205-995-8376           (studio at Art’s Music)


Linda Warburton            912-424-2395          (studio at Art’s Music) 

Kris Lindley                                                                 (music specialist at RES)     

Dr. Joseph Ardovino       205-665-6670          (Director of Bands at the University of Montevallo)

Harry McAfee                  205-516-3909         



Cindy Chambless*              334-224-2039              (Berry sectional teacher)

Rebecca Hudson-Mooney  205-356-5006   (teaches at Berry during school hours)                    

Steve Harrington                 205-980-5866     (studio near Berry Middle School)



Rowdy Giles*                                                              (SPHS/Berry instructor)

Rich Culp                            205-586-3868        (studio at Gadsden Music, Southlake Center)

Michael Johnson               864-504-9212       

Chad Fisher                       205-229-1180       



Brad Palmer                   205-529-1622        (Berry/SPHS Percussion Instructor)

Brandon Beck