Beginner, intermediate, and advanced piano lessons are taught by our piano instructors Jill Cagle, Dave Covington, Dawn Dixon, Luda Hoskin, and Barbra Joseph. These lessons are for ages 5 and up, and are held on the 3rd floor of Building C.


Jill Cagle is a piano performance graduate with a Bachelors of Arts degree from Birmingham-Southern College.  While attending ‘Southern, she participated in many recitals, competitions, and productions.  Jill has over 20 years experience of playing the piano, and over 10 years experience in teaching. She is also the pianist for Faith Baptist Church in Pell City.

Mrs. Cagle currently teaches beginner, intermediate, and advanced lessons in Piano on Tuesday afternoons. Her lessons are held in Room 308, Building C.


Dave Covington has maintained a full time studio in the Clay/Trussville area for 30 years. During that time he has taught hundreds of students ages 6 to adult. He graduated from Birmingham Southern College with a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance.

Mr Covington has served as church pianist at Clearview Baptist Church for 25 years working in traditional and contemporary settings and is a member of the Birmingham Music Teachers  Association.

Mr. Covington enjoys teaching beginning, intermediate and advanced lessons in piano. His primary goal is to help his students develop a love of music, especially classical piano. He has experience with popular music as well, having played many years professionally with a piano trio.

He is especially encouraging to adults who have the desire to learn to play the piano. He feels the process of learning a musical instrument is very rewarding on many levels.

Mr. Covington currently teaches beginner, intermediate, and advanced lessons in Piano on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. His lessons are held in Room 311, Building C.

(Mr. Covington also teaches beginner and intermediate acoustic guitar, electric guitar, and bass guitar lessons in the Conservatory.)


Dawn Dixon is a widely accomplished vocalist and pianist who will be sharing her talent and passion for the arts with our Conservatory! Her many accomplishments have taken her all over the world, where she’s performed and toured in countries such as France, England, Germany, Central America, and the U.S.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Voice Performance from Birmingham-Southern, and Graduate work from the University of South Carolina. In her career, she’s won numerous awards, including several Opera Awards and four Miss Alabama Prelims, as well as serving as a Prelim judge for Miss Alabama, Miss Mississippi, and Miss South Carolina.

She’s been invited to sing at the Governor’s Mansion in Montgomery, AL and also performed at Gala’s with and for people such as: Bette Davis, Barbara Walters, Princess Marchella Borghese, and Andy Griffith. Dawn has also performed numerous leading Opera roles in productions such as CarouselThe King & I, and The Magic Flute.

Ms. Dixon currently teaches beginner, intermediate, and advanced lessons in both Piano and Voice. Her lessons are held in Room 301, Building C.


Luda Hoskin began teaching with the Conservatory last Spring ’09.  She is originally from Eastern Europe, Russia and the Ukraine. She graduated from the Uman Professional Music Academy in Uman, Ukraine, with a specialty degree in Piano, and was qualified for the highest qualification category for the position of piano teacher and accompanist.

She has more than 30 years of experience in teaching and accompanying. Many of her students have achieved great success in music. Many of them currently work in the Symphony Orchestra of Bolshoy Theater in Moscow, Russia, the Symphony Orchestra of Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, Russia, the Kiezsky Opera Theater (Ukraine), and others. Many students have entered conservatories, become music teachers, accompanists, and vocalists.

Mrs. Hoskin was a professional accompanist for international music competitions every year in Odessa (Ukraine), Ekaterinburg (Russia), Simferopol (Ukraine), Herson (Ukraine), Rimini (Italy), and many others. She is also the author of 2 manuals for students at Tchaikovsky Music College.

She has held key positions as piano teacher, choir leader, and accompanist at both the Uman Professional Music Academy (Uman, Ukraine) and the Tchaikovsky Music College (Ekaterinburg, Russia).

Mrs. Hoskin currently teaches beginner, intermediate, and advanced lessons in Piano, Mondays through Thursdays. Her lessons are held in Room 303, Building C.


Barbara Joseph began teaching at the Conservatory in 2012 and brings over 20 years of experience as a music educator, private piano/voice instructor, choral music specialist and worship leader. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education with a concentration in Piano and Voice from Nyack College (New York) and a Master of Arts in Education (Voice) from The University of Alabama at Birmingham. Mrs. Joseph has previously taught piano and voice at Samford University Preparatory Department and in private studio. She has taught choral music in both public and private elementary, middle and high schools in New York, New Jersey and Alabama (Shelby & Jefferson County). She has led children’s choir and worship for several large churches and taught in numerous music camps, including Red Mountain Theatre Camp. She is a past member of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra Concert Choir and has served as pianist or substitute pianist for various groups and churches.

Mrs. Joseph has a passion to instill in her students a love and appreciation of their God-given talent and a desire to pursue excellence on their instrument, through hard work and determination. Her students will benefit by reaping the rewards of personal accomplishment and bringing joy to their listeners!

Mrs. Joseph currently teaches beginner & intermediate lessons in both Piano and Voice. Her lessons are held in Room 301, Building C.