The Fine Arts Academy is designed for people of all ages. We welcome children, teens and adults, whether they are beginners or experienced.

Kathy Wallace
Academy Director

Dale Baldwin
Academy Assistant

We Offer Quality Instruction In:


Kathy Wallace, Piano Instructor

Bachelor of Music with a concentration in Piano Pedagogy, University of Montevallo
Riverchase UMC Pianist

Dr. Yiwen Zhang, Piano Instructor

Doctor of Musical Arts, West Virginia University
Master of Music, Piano Performance, Boston Conservatory of Music
Bachelor of Music, Piano Performance, Peabody Conservatory of Music


Will Cash, Guitar Instructor

Professional guitarist with 11 years of teaching experience


Lisa Davis, Flute Instructor

Bachelor’s of Music Performance, Curtis Institute of Music
Further studies at Boston Conservatory of Music and Music Academy of the West

Band Instruments

Erin Lyon, Band Instruments Instructor

Bachelor’s and Master’s in Music Education, Troy University. Pursuing PhD in Music Education at Auburn University.
National Board Certified Teacher

Adult Art

Svetlana Bel

Master’s in Art Education, University of Florida

How We Operate

Lessons are provided at Riverchase United Methodist Church. Recitals and art shows are held in December and May.


For private music instruction, we offer three semesters:

  • Fall (16 weeks, Aug. through Dec.)
  • Spring (16 weeks, Jan. through May)
  • Summer (flex schedule)

For art classes, we offer three semesters:

  • Fall (12 weeks, Sept. through Dec.)
  • Spring (12 weeks, Feb. through May)
  • Summer ArtSpark events

Length of Lessons

Music lessons are 30 minutes long and art classes are 2 hours. If you would like longer lessons, this can be arranged through the Director.

Cost of Lessons

  • Music Lessons: Lessons are $448 per semester, payable in four installments of $112. We will prorate the cost if you begin taking lessons after a semester has started.
  • Adult and Youth Art Classes: Our Fall and Spring Semesters are ten 2-hour sessions for Adults and Youth. The cost is $275, which includes supplies. Learn More about our Art Classes.

Getting Started

Email Kathy Carlisle Wallace, she will walk you through the process and set up your schedule. Please complete this enrollment form and bring it to your first session.

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