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by Ronnie Zinninger on Homewood School of Music
Susie Shortt, Intro to Fiddle

Wow! Learned so much in that one hour introduction to the violin. Susie was very helpfuland totally interested in our progress. Thanks for the opportunity! Homewood School of Music is awesome.

by Johanna Rosheck on Homewood School of Music
Fiddle School

I attended Fiddle School taught by Susie Shortt. It was a valuable experience for me. Being in the company of gifted musicians is where I like to be. She was well prepared and covered a good amount of material in a short time. Time well spent as I continue my violin studies.I have been a student of Ms. Shortt for 6years. She goes out of her way to encourage me and I am so very glad I have her as my instructor!!!

by Annette Priola on Homewood School of Music
Susie Shortt is phenomenal

Susie Shortt is a fantastic teacher! She makes you feel so confident in learning and fun. She is an exceptional violin and piano teacher. I highly recommend her ! The violin workshop she did was also amazing. My 7 year old daughter has been taking piano with her and always looks forward to class!

by Joell Regal on Homewood School of Music
Annie Joe Edwards: The Fiddler on the Keys

Ever heard of The Fiddler On The Roof? Well Ms. Edwards is the fiddler on the keys! She can play absolutely ANYTHING that's placed in front of her. And she has a no-nonsense approach to teaching that inspires results out of those of us who have the pleasure of being her student. She's personable, witty, and is all about progress, progress, progress!!! Gotta love Ms. Annie Joe Edwards!

by Zakiyyah Ajigbeda on Homewood School of Music
Ms. Annie Jo Edwards

My children, ages 10 and 15, started piano with Ms. Annie Jo Edwards almost a year ago and they have absolutely loved their experience. Ms. Annie Jo is utilizing her years of experience to train and develop the gifts within them and they can't wait for each lesson. I look forward to working with her for years to come!

by S. Angell on Homewood School of Music
Susie Shortt: Fiddler Extraordinaire

My daughter started taking lessons from Ms. Susie a short time ago in order to expand her genres of music. Little did we know at the time how much professional experience she could also offer my daughter. She has taught my daughter so many "fiddling" skills, but was also able to give my daughter a leg up on technique advice that carried her through a recent orchestra performance. Most importantly, Ms. Susie is fun and positive and has given my daughter a renewed love for her chosen instrument. Thank you Susie for all you have done for us.

Ms. Shortt: Outstanding Teacher

My daughter is a former violin student of Ms. Shortt. She goes above and beyond for all of her students to make sure they reach their goals. She has gone out of her way to help my daughter perform violin solos at school by working with her school band director. She has prepared my daughter to perform at weddings and funerals. She has provided endless support and encouragement so that my daughter can excel in performing. She recently assisted us in the purchase of a professional violin. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience to share. I am so thankful we met Ms. Shortt!

by Elane Barlow on Homewood School of Music
Matt Wiley

Matt Wiley is the best! His lessons are very easy to understand, and enjoys teaching all songs to all ages! Very professional and kind, I'm pretty sure you'll enjoy him as your teacher as I have.

Elane, age 12

by Kasey Colvin on Homewood School of Music
Highly recommend Matt Wiley

Matt Wiley is an amazing, talented musician who has been given a true gift. He is someone you truly want your children to have as a mentor. He connects well with his students and helps build confidence. I am thrilled my daughter is doing well in piano lessons and loving every minute of it.

by Wendy wright on Homewood School of Music
Teaching The Love of Music

At 62, I decided it was time to learn to play the guitar.
Allen Stone started teaching me three months ago. He is an amazing instructor who astounds me with his awesome abilities. It will take me years to play anywhere near as well as he does,, but I will enjoy getting there.... Allen is patient, straight forward and knowledgable with a side of fun!

by Kathy Broadhead on Homewood School of Music
Allen Stone - has the gift of music

Allen Stone has been teaching my daughter going on three years now. Her progress has amazed me. His patience and humor with her make it a pleasure at every lesson and his willingness to help her learn the types of music she likes is one of her favorite things. She now has the confidence and the skills to perform solo for audiences, but still has things to learn. With Allen Stone as her teacher, she will go far.

by Tina Simonton on Homewood School of Music
Rob Gannon, a very patient man.

I hope I'm actually helping Rob by sharing this. 🙂 He has a gift for working with kids. My son has been taking lessons from him for 10 months, and he loves Rob and his guitar lessons. My son deals with a few cognitive processing issues that affect his focus and coordination, and Rob has maintained a balance of insistence and understanding that has worked well for him. I imagine our progress hasn't been as speedy as some of his other students, but he always comes home enthusiastic about his guitar, and I really appreciate this. I am now dangling the carrot of an electric guitar if the practicing becomes more focused and regular - I hope this is a good thing!

by Julie and kent stewart on Homewood School of Music
Allen - great teacher

We have two kids who were both taught by Allen Barlow - our son started taking in elementary school and continued through graduation; our daughter started in jr high and also continued through her h.s. graduation. Both have a deep interest in music that was fostered by Allen. Our son continues to write music and our daughter is taking classical guitar lessons in college....all due in part to the solid foundation they both got from Allen. We would highly recommend him to anyone!!

by Brian Herron on Homewood School of Music
Rob Gannon is Fantastic!

I recently picked up guitar as an adult with Rob as my instructor. He is a great guy and a great teacher. His style pushes you sometimes and lets you guide the pace when you need. I highly recommend Rob!

by Rusty Banks, Composer/Guitarist on Homewood School of Music
Barlow is the best

Haven't studied with him, but I can say that Allen is a fantastic guitarist with a lot of professional experience in a wide variety of styles. That alone makes him worth studying with. Be he's also a great guy which makes him an amazing resource for students at any level.

by Doug Barton on Homewood School of Music
Birmingham's Best Guitar Instruction

I've known Rob for ten years and had never met him before my first lesson. I was impressed with him and his teaching style then and can only say positive things now. As an adult student, I wasn't starting from scratch with learning the basic chords and such. Rob has helped me reach many different goals for myself. When my son expressed a desire to learn guitar, there was absolutely no question who his instructor would be. I say that to show that I have experienced Rob's instruction at two different levels. We are very fortunste to have someone with his musical talent, background, and training to share that with us through instruction.
Although I have not known Allen as long and have never taken a lesson from him, I do know that he is a great guy and an extremely talented guitarist. I would definitely expect the same quality of instruction from Allen that I receive from Rob.
In my opinion, these guys are good enough to play with anybody, anytime, anywhere and they choose to be here in Birmingham teaching guitar to multiple generations. Whatever your level of accomishment, I am confident that these guys can help you reach the next level. Choose the one that works for you and play on!

by Ed Ashton on Homewood School of Music
Rob Gannon: Outstanding Teacher

I am 69 years old. Played various band and orchestra instruments growing up. After college, I quit playing, much to my later regret. Four or five years ago, I started driving my daughter to her guitar lesson with Rob. Both of us grew to like Rob very much personally and respect him as a musician and a teacher. When my daughter went to college this year, Rob graciously suggested I take her spot. I had no idea how much fun it would be. Rob's enthusiasm and love of music is infectious. His style is marked by patience and encouragement. He gets as big a kick when I catch on to something new as I do. He knows both theory and technique and makes learning fun. In my playing days, I had a number of accomplished music teachers and mentors; Rob is clearly among the best.

by Jeff Tidmore on Homewood School of Music
More than "guitar lessons"

25 years. One day a kid picks up a guitar and it somehow turns into 25 years. Years filled with guitar magazines, books, instructional dvds, garage bands, calloused fingers and ringing ears, and plenty of "lessons" from a variety of fantastic players-all better players than i am now. Allen offers more than that. More than "guitar lessons". More than chords or scales or songs. He's a thorough, effective, and inspiring instructor. A TEACHER in the truest sense of the word. And one who makes me want to be a better student. I can't ask for more than that.

by Jennifer Tidmore on Homewood School of Music
Best Teacher in 39 years

I'm knocking on 40's door so have had my share of teachers in that time through school, music lessons, band, athletics, etc. Allen Barlow ranks in the top three of best teachers in my lifetime. I've been around many musicians who play very well and are quite skilled but very few who can teach. Allen surpasses any expectation you have, teaches in a way that particular student will understand, is patient and an all-around great person. I wish him and the Homewood School of Music many years of success.

by joseph berlin on Homewood School of Music
Allen & rob

i really dont think you can find musicians that play guitar and teach the craft(guitar) anywhere in this state thats more equipt in their respective fields. in other words THEY ROCK!!!

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