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The Fine Arts Center offers music lessons including piano, guitar, violin, and voice. We are blessed to have very talented teachers. 


with Sarah Garvin

Sarah Gavin is a violinist of 17 years proficient in Classical, Bluegrass, Irish and Scottish Celtic Fiddle performance and training. She studied at West Virginia University as well as the Music Life and Eastern Shore School of Music.  She is not only classically trained, but also trained in a variety of folk music.  She has orchestral and chamber experience with an extensive repertoire in all violin/fiddle genres for solo, orchestra and group. She has competition experience in Celtic and Bluegrass and is an experienced teacher of private and group lessons. Sarah’s bachelors in Japanese language and literature from Ohio State University and study abroad in Tokyo, Japan has provided her experience on Japanese traditional stringed instruments.

To schedule your private lesson with Sarah, email her at or call 410.708.9897

How to Read Music

Want to learn how to read music? Ever wonder what all those lines and symbols really mean, or what it means when someone says F Major? Then this is the class for you! You will start with the basics and progress through the music. By the time you finish this class, you will know how to read music and be able to play the basic notes on the piano.

Instructor: Amanda Britt

Dates and times TBA

Guitar Lessons

with Danny Riddick (Intermediate Level)

You are never too old to learn the ins and outs of playing guitar with long-time musician and guitar player, Danny Riddick. Learn the basics, guitar maintenance, and various music styles. Students must have their own tuneable guitar with a tuner. To schedule your classes, please text Danny at 803-243-8908 

Harp Lesson

with Nina Brooks

lever harp, wire-strung harp, and pedal harp - all levels $30 per half hour
Nina Brooks has joined us to offer lessons on the harp. No previous musical training is required. Nina specializes in classical and folk music, and also teaches orchestral, Celtic, early, and religious music. She has a Master's in Music with emphases in Harp, and is presently the National Music Chm., National League of American PEN Women. She is certified in the Suzuki method. She studied with Mildred Dilling, Betty Roth, and Daphne Hellman, and has been teaching since 1981.
"Teaching is very special for me when noticing that a student is progressing and eager."

(561) 358-4441 - 

Piano Lessions

with Cheryl Black or Jaston Hawes (ages 7 & up)

Cheryl Black has many years of teaching experience in Camden as a piano and public school music teacher.She has a BS in applied piano from Winthrop, and a Masters in elementary education from USC.

Jaston is a graduate of USC, a choral director, as well as a piano and voice teacher.

All lessons are private and 30 minutes in length. Please call Cheryl at 803-432-0553; or Jaston at 864-357-0194 to schedule your lesson time.


with Kevin McKinney

Kevin is a composer and multi-instrumentalist. He offers lessons to all brass instrumentalists, including trumpet, trombone, baritone, and horn and is available for tutoring in all aspects of music theory, including the fundamentals of reading music and in AP music theory. To schedule your private lesson with Kevin, email him at or call 678-267-0108.

Voice Lessons

with Jaston Hawes or Amanda Britt (ages 8 to adult)

Jaston Hawes graduated from the USC/Columbia earning a Performance Certificate in Voice as well as his B.A. in Music Education (K-12). He earned his Masters in Choral Conducting (under the direction of Dr. Larry Wyatt and Dr. Alicia Walker) and served as the assistant Director of the Dutch Fork Choral society). Jaston has acted as the music director for musicals at the FAC for the last two years and teaches General Music Education for Kershaw County Public Schools. To schedule your lessons with Jaston, call 864-357-0194.

Amanda Britt is a graduate of Winthrop University. She studied Opera, Musical Theatre and Classical Music. Amanda has been performing in shows at the FAC for two years and teaches several Musical Theatre classes for all ages. She has been the musical director for the FAC’s children’s shows for the last two years. Amanda is also available to teach music theory. To schedule your lesson with Amanda, call 803-243-0217.

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