Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.

–Plato

Asbury is pleased to offer guitar, voice, and piano lessons for children, teens, and adults. We operate on a semester basis, with the first semester beginning the week of September 7, 2021. At the end of each semester, students have the opportunity to participate in a conservatory recital.

Each semester consists of 15, 30-minute private lessons ($25 per lesson), taught at Asbury United Methodist Church. The cost for a full semester is $375.


Meet Our Instructors:

Phillip Underwood plays the piano, clarinet and bassoon, but his passion is guitar. He’s self taught but has been playing for 50 years and has taught more than 30 students–as young as age 12.

Learning any instrument gives people an awesome sense of accomplishment–we start with the simplest chords, learn how those structures go to the next chord, and then we work on rhythm. After only a few chords, they can see they’re accomplishing something and there’s this “wow” moment that I never get tired of seeing.

Phillip Underwood

DeLee Benton received her Choral Music Education degree from The University of Montevallo in 2020 and is currently pursuing her Masters in Music (Vocal Performance) from Samford. She’s been coaching singers since 2012 and teaches voice to adults, teens and children as young as age 10. When she’s not teaching, she sings in the choir at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Mountainbrook.

Music has always been my favorite part of life. It has been my favorite part of worship, my favorite part of school, and my favorite aspect of family life. I teach music because it has provided me with a joy and sense of safety that I believe every student deserves to feel. 

DeLee Benton

John David Covington holds piano degrees from The University of Alabama and Birmingham Southern College and has been teaching piano for nearly 40 years to adults, teens and kids as young as age six.

“I love teaching piano–especially classical piano. I am also completely at home with popular and jazz styles. I love making music come alive for students at whatever skill level they happen to be.

John David Covington

Pick-Up and Drop-off:

Parents are encouraged to accompany students to and from their lesson. Parents may sit outside the room or in lessons but are asked to not interfere with the ongoing lesson.

Missed Lessons:

It is the student’s (or parent’s) responsibility to notify the teacher in advance if a lesson is to be missed for any reason. The director or church office cannot be responsible for relaying messages regarding lesson cancellations to instructors. If you need to miss a lesson, please give your instructor as much notice as possible. Your teacher will work with you to schedule a make-up lesson, provided they are given sufficient notice of your absence. Unexcused absences or absences that occur when the teacher receives no notification will not be rescheduled.

Discontinuation of Lessons:

Registration for a semester is a 15-week commitment for the student. In the event that a student/parent wishes to discontinue instruction, a 30-day notice is required. This notice should be given to the conservatory director in writing. The student/parent will be responsible for lessons that occur within thirty days from the date notice is given.


Ready to get started? Please get in touch via the form below. After we receive your information, Conservatory Director Nancy Beard will contact you to set up a lesson time based on your schedule and your instructor’s availability.