KAT & ELIJAH
Meet Kat and Elijah! Kat and Elijah own and manage Stickandstrum Academy! Kat also teaches guitar, piano, ukulele, banjo, & much more! She has been teaching private lessons since 2015 when she first joined Stickandstrum. She has experience working in schools with various Pre Schools, Elementary and Middle Schools. She also and loves working with students of all ages and getting to do what she loves most! Elijah had 5 years of retail and a few years of management experience before making the move to Stickandstrum. Kat and Elijah also own and manage stickandstrum academy, their second location in the riverchase area.
Aside from teaching and doing day-to-day responsibilities, Kat (vocals and guitar) and Elijah (drums) also play live music in the Birmingham/ Tuscaloosa area on the weekends.
In their spare time, Kat and Elijah enjoy traveling, eating tacos, and hanging out with their 2 crazy dogs.
Meet Eli! Eli teaches piano, acoustic guitar, ukulele, and vocals here at serendipity! he also teaches at stickandstrum, our location in the riverchase area. He recently graduated from Ole Miss with a Bachelor's in Music with a minor in Education!
Eli also has done musical theatre, and he has a lot of experience as a piano accompanist at churches!
In his spare time, Eli loves spending time with his cat and playing Dungeons and Dragons. he also loves to watch theatre productions. Eli can even speak Russian!
Sam teaches drums, guitar, and piano at Serendipity Studios! He developed his love for music at a very young age and went on to earn his Bachelor of Arts in Music Technology from UAB. While in college, he co-founded Iron Giant Percussion, a quartet that performs and writes chamber music, works hard to collaborate with other musicians, and puts on educational programs. Iron Giant has performed with many experimental rock musicians as well as several world renowned percussion groups!
Sam has also performed percussion in many musical theater productions with companies such as Red Mountain, Birmingham Children’s Theater, Birmingham Southern, and UAB. He has been teaching in the greater Birmingham area since 2009.
A few fun facts about Sam: When he isn’t playing music, Sam enjoys being outside with his dogs Artie and Butters, and has been deeply involved with Camp McDowell for most of his life.
Sam also teaches at Stickandstrum academy, our riverchase location!
Ryan teaches acoustic guitar, bass guitar, electric guitar and drums here at Stickandstrum! Ryan plays bass at gigs and shows all over the greater southeast area. He has played in multiple nationally acclaimed jazz bands and classical ensembles. He also studied music and played in the band at the University of North Alabama. If you know any Mongolian throat singers - Ryan would love to get in touch.
A few fun facts about Ryan: he is a certified scuba diver and a professional whistler.
ryan also teaches at stickandstrum academy, our riverchase location!
Sydney is one of our teachers and our social media manager here at Stickandstrum! Sydney teaches piano classes and our arts and crafts class. Sydney makes and posts most of the graphics and posts you'll see on our social media pages!
Sydney is also a full time photographer. She does weddings, engagements, and more! When she's not teaching or taking pictures or making graphics, Sydney enjoys traveling and spending time with her dog, Frankie!