Violin / Beginner Piano

Beginner, intermediate, and advanced violin lessons, as well as Beginner Piano,  are taught by Kathryn Lamb and Whitney Garrison. These lessons are currently offered Tuesdays – Fridays  from 3:00-6:00 PM. Space is limited. The suggested starting age for these lessons is 6 years old. Lessons are held on the 3rd floor of Building C, in Room 305.

Ms. Garrison enjoys sharing the joy of music with people of all ages and looks forward to helping each of her students find their own unique connection with music.

Whitney Garrison graduated magna cum laude from Samford University with a BA in Music and French. She has performed with the Gadsden Symphony Orchestra, the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra, and Samford University Orchestra (2008-2017) along with the orchestras for Samford’s bi-annual theater productions and the Red Mountain Theater Company. Whitney’s passion for teaching began in 2012 when she served as a mentor for arts students with the Martin Hames Mentor Program and volunteered as a string mentor and instructor for Scrollworks and the Music Opportunity Program.

In her own words,

“Through the past 13 years of music studies, I have been blown away by the power of music and the connections it has allowed me to make with others and my other fields of interest. I have seen music help people overcome disabling aspects of serious mental diseases and I have felt music alleviate every-day stress from my own life. Most importantly, music is a global language and it has served as a spiritual connection with people of all backgrounds and cultures. For me, the most rewarding aspect about being a music teacher is seeing my students find a genre that they can connect with and that opens their minds to the auditory grandeur that the world has to offer.  Music is a natural phenomenon, akin to the rhythmic pulses of our hearts, but with the creative touch added by each human being, music becomes magically unique and powerful to the performer and the listeners.”

Whitney can be reached at

Ms. Lamb began at a young age to have a passion for music and the violin. She loves working with children and is finishing her studies in Violin at Samford. She is excited to join the teaching staff here and help students progress on their musical journey!

Ms. Lamb took violin and piano lessons as a young child and joined her first orchestra at age 8.  Since then, she has participated as concertmaster of the Milligan College Orchestra, assistant concertmaster of the Symphony of the Mountains Youth Orchestra and the Tennessee Governor’s School Orchestra, as well as a member of the Tennessee All-East Orchestra and the Tennessee All-State Orchestra. Currently, she is a music major at Samford University, taking private lessons with Jeffrey Flaniken and performing as a member of the Samford University Orchestra.

In her own words,

I have been blessed with opportunities to study under great teachers and conductors, teach violin lessons for the past seven years, and share music in churches and nursing homes. I currently attend Dawson Memorial Baptist Church and play in the orchestra. I have seen and experienced the effect music has on myself and other people, and believe that, as well as being enjoyable to listen to and a lot of fun to play, it is a powerful method of communication. Music is a gift from God, and we should give it our best effort and continually strive to be better musicians through improving technical proficiency as well as artistic and expressive capabilities and understanding.

I enjoy teaching violin, and love to share an expressive as well as technical approach with my students. Having begun my training in the Suzuki method, I like to use a blended approach using the Suzuki violin books as a foundational lesson book with added repertoire and technique beyond that found in these books. Kathryn can be reached at