Private Lessons

Private Lessons

The Averitt Center for the Arts offers private lessons in visual arts, piano, and voice. Times of classes are arranged at the convenience of student and instructor. All payments are made directly to the instructor. All private study instructors are willing to teach children and adults from beginners to advanced.

Call 912-212-2787 and Tony Phillips will assist you in beginning lessons in your chosen area.

Piano Lessons with Wemberly Ponder

Pianist/Composer Wemberly Ponder is a previous winner of a prestigious scholarship from the Mozart Society of Atlanta and studied at the Mozarteum Institute in Salzburg, Austria. He has had an extensive accompanist and composing career. He currently accompanies Georgia Southern students, private voice students and several area church choirs.

Piano Lessons with Kellye Watts

Kellye Watts is now accepting beginner level piano students. Kellye has a Bachelor’s degree in music education with an emphasis in piano performance as well as a Master’s degree in music education. She has taught general music and chorus at the elementary, middle, and high school levels and currently teaches preschool. Kellye’s goal is to provide a structured and well-rounded musical education, instilling a love of music and helping students to develop their abilities to their full potential.

Violin Lessons with Abby Thompson

Violin instructor Abby Thompson is offering lessons for both the beginner and intermediate learner. Mrs. Thompson has extensive experience in violin and piano pedagogy and performance, including several years using the Suzuki Method for Violin.


Guitar Lessons with Nathan Montalvo

Nathan Montalvo has been playing, performing, and studying music since the age of 12. After studying under Chris Mitchell for two years, Nathan attended and graduated from Musician's Institute in Hollywood, California and has studied under many of the industry's finest guitar players including Daniel Gilbert,


Music Studio with Dr. Northrip

Master teacher and former university professor Dr. Don W. Northrip is now accepting new students for private lessons in piano, voice, composition and conducting. All ages and levels of experience are welcome to study.

Music Studio with Robert Cottle

Robert Cottle has been a performing musician and teacher in the southeastern United States for several years. He received a bachelor’s degree in music education from Georgia Southern University and is currently pursuing a masters in the same field. He is now accepting students into his studio for guitar, piano, and/or voice lessons.

Art Lessons with Vanessa North

Local art educator Vanessa North has her own art studio at the arts center where she meets with students to teach all facets of the visual arts.

Art Lessons with Lawrence “Larry” Smith

Retired art teacher Lawrence “Larry” Smith continues assisting others with drawing lessons and more through private study at the Arts Center.

Private Ballet Lessons with Jurijs Safonovs, Emily Winn or Mathyn Miller

Private lessons are available for students of any age and level. These lessons are designed to focus in specific aspects of their technique. Available by appointment only.

All instructors are fully qualified to teach in their area of expertise. When necessary, assistants are hired to keep adult – child ratios at optimal levels. All Averitt Center employees undergo a criminal background check. The Averitt Center for the Arts takes a strong stand against child endangerment. Parents of young children are welcome to observe from outside the classroom if they desire.

Remember that selected Friends of the Arts members receive discounts on instructional programs. Enthusiast & Devotee Levels receive 10% off and Connoisseur Level receives 15% off. To become a member download the Membership Application and send it to Averitt Center for the Arts,  P.O. Box 926, Statesboro, GA 30459.

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Averitt Center for the Arts
33 East Main Street
Statesboro, Ga. 30458
(912) 212-2787 (ARTS)

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Box Office Hours:
Tuesday – Friday:
12 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.