Steinway Piano Gallery
Spanish Fort, AL
Spanish Fort, AL

 

Steinway Academy of Music

Spanish Fort

Our instruction is tailored to meet the needs of each student to make the study of music engaging, fulfilling, and fun. We offer weekly private lessons in Piano, Violin, Voice, Guitar and Ukulele. Students of all ages and levels are welcome, including adults. Lessons are offered starting at $120/month for 30-minute lessons depending on the age and level of the student. Contact us today to schedule your lessons!

Why should you study with us?

  • One-on-one, personalized instruction is the standard in our academy. Our instructors are devoted to helping you succeed, and customize their instruction to fit your learning style and musical goals.
  • Our academy’s piano studios feature Steinway-designed, acoustic pianos.
  • All studio recitals are held on Steinway 9’ concert grand pianos.
  • All of our teachers hold university degrees in music and have extensive experience in music education and performing.
  • We offer many diverse performing opportunities for our students, such as frequent studio recitals, competitions, music camps, and masterclasses with guest artists.
  • Our convenient location next to the Eastern Shore Center in Spanish Fort makes our academy easily accessible for students from all over the Eastern Shore and beyond.

Meet Our Teachers

Daniel DeKonty, Piano and Voice Teacher 

Daniel K. DeKonty, Jr. is the former President of the Baldwin County Music Teacher’s Association, the local association for the MTNA. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music with an emphasis in piano and voice from Kennesaw State University. Daniel also studied undergraduate music at Shorter College and Lee University as well as post-graduate work in music education at West Georgia University. 

Daniel has been involved in music education and performance over the last twenty years. Daniel has worked as director of music and fine arts at West Union Baptist Church, Gray’s Chapel A.M.E. church, Church on the Word, and First Assembly of God. He believes that a good musician should be capable of performing multiple genres of music and teaches his students based on bringing out their strengths in the styles they enjoy and can most excel in.

Daniel has been in many choral and performance groups through his music career. He has performed in France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Russia. A background vocalist for live performances by Alvin Slaughter, Ron Kenoly, Lily Knowles, and Karen Wheaton; He has also been involved in recordings for Integrity Music, Brentwood Records, Benson and Pathway Press.

Bethany Gorman, Piano Teacher 

Bethany Gorman, Piano Teacher

Bethany Gorman began playing piano at age eight. Her enthusiasm for music and quick learning helped her excel in playing. As she continued to study piano through private lessons, accompanying, and competitions, she realized that music was a gift she wanted to share with others. 

Bethany received her Bachelors of Science in Music Education with a Keyboard Emphasis from Pensacola Christian College in the Spring of 2017. Her experience as as undergraduate student taught her the value of hard work and self-discipline. Upon receiving her Bachelors degree, Bethany realized that there was so much more to learn about music. She continued her graduate studies at Pensacola Christian College and earned her Master of Music degree in the Spring of 2019. The amount of knowledge and growth that she received from her own professors inspires her to be the best teacher for her students. Bethany has taught students of various ages and loves the energy excitement that they bring to each lesson.

Joy Walter, Piano and Voice Teacher  

Joy Blair, Piano and Voice Teacher

Joy has been teaching music for forty years and is as excited today as the day she started. She finds great delight in seeing students develop, enjoy, and then use their gifts to bless others. Piano and vocal instruction have been her main focus, but she also enjoys teaching or directing all other aspects of music. She received her Masters degree in Music Technology/ Secondary Ed ( under the prestigious Robert W Smith), from Troy University in Troy, Al. Joy has taught every age group possible and most enjoys the college campus classroom. Beyond teaching, she stays active writing, arranging, and performing or ministering through music. She will be directing Middle Schoolers at Bayshore Christian this coming Fall. Being part of the Steinway family in Spanish Fort is just the cherry on top! She knows that music is the universal language and desires to create amazing communicators across the Bay Area.

Dr. Colin Pang, Piano Teacher  

Dr. Colin Pang, Piano Teacher

Dr. Colin Pang began pursuing piano at the age of five. A member of the Baldwin County Music Teachers Association and the Mobile County Music Teachers Association, he has studied at the City Music Center of Duquesne University, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and with world-class musicians around the country, such as Douglas Buys of New England Conservatory. In addition to his training as a classical pianist, he has earned a PhD in Classical Studies from Boston University. Colin maintains an ambitious performance schedule, playing at venues in California, Massachusetts, and Colorado. Colin believes that pianists need to get out into their communities and make friends musically, so he makes performing chamber music and accompanying church choirs a regular part of his professional portfolio. He is also a composer for film and television, and has been writing to picture for over a decade.

Colin maintains a private studio of pianists and has been teaching young musicians since his high school years. His philosophy is that music is not only a school of beauty in and of itself, but that the craft of making music is mentally, morally and physically uplifting. The study of music teaches us not only how to love music, but how to become self-sufficient, curious, and industrious people. For these reasons, Colin's focus is on instilling in his students a deep and abiding passion for music, while teaching them how to approach the activity of making music from both an intellectual and physical standpoint. Powerful piano playing, he says, depends as much on how we think about music as it depends on our posture or technique. He teaches students of all ages and musical backgrounds, and looks forward to imparting his knowledge and experience to the next generation of artists.
 

Eric Marerro, Guitar and Ukulele Instructor

Eric Marerro Guitar and Ukulele instructor

Eric performed with the United States Air Force Band in Tampa, Fl. on trumpet, guitar and electric bass entertaining world famous dignitaries and TV and movie personalities and backing up celebrities such as Anita Bryant. In Miami, Florida he was on the same billing as the Cowsills (Partridge Family starring David Cassidy) and host Peter Marshall of Hollywood Squares fame.

He has also played in bands that opened on concerts and shows, and/or performed with such names as Maynard Furgeson, Shelby Lynn, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Reba McEntire, Marie Osmond and others. And performing in conjunction with Miss America 2005, Diedre Downs.

Eric has done radio and TV commercials, national as well as local. He also appears along with songwriter/performer/creative genius Jerry Powell on the award winning song "Bodine Brown" on the nationally famous Dr. Demento's album "Demento's Mementos".

On April 2020 - In a contest, two 6 sec. sound bites Eric submitted, and were chosen to represent THE MOBILE ARTS COUNCIL.  In 2019, Eric, Chris Miller and Jerry Powell had the #1 song "Carolina Shore" for 14 weeks on the National Beach Music Top 40. In 2020, he and Jerry Powell had the #1 song on the Radio A1A Trop Rock Trop40, "You And The Yucatan," from the CD, "Highly Recreational Man." You And The Yucatan remained in the Top 10 for weeks , and of March, 2020, still ranks high on the charts. Eric has taught at Covenant Christian School in Mobile for the last 18 years

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