Iva Gardner has been teaching music for over 35 years. Her
former students serve as pianists, organists, soloists, ministers of
music, teachers and gospel music performers throughout the southeast.
This course of study is the successful method she has perfected
through her years of teaching. It is designed for individuals who wish
to improve their skills in playing hymns and gospel songs.
Iva began playing gospel music in church at the age of 9. She has
performed for many years both as a soloist and as a singer and
accompanist for gospel groups. She has recorded with several groups
and in 1994 released two solo cassettes on which she sings and plays
keyboards. She arranged the songs and some of the numbers are her own
compositions. Her Christmas cantata, "The Christmas Story," was
premiered in 1992 by the Liberty Assembly of God Choir in Millport,
Alabama. Several of her songs have been recorded by other groups.
"Standing On Holy Ground" (co-written with Clettus Miller) was
recorded by The Cathedral Quartet on their "I've Just Started Living"
Iva currently owns and operates a full-line music store and studio.
She and her staff teach some 90 students each week and have a long
list of people waiting for a place in the schedule.
She received a graduate degree in music from the University of
Alabama, belongs to several professional organizations, holds
certification in Music Teachers National Association, and serves as
adjudicator for music auditions each year. She is active as an arts
advocate and conducts seminars for music teachers and church
musicians. Iva is listed in "Personalities of the South" and "American
Keyboard Artists of 1989."
She is excited about the prospect of helping people like you to reach
new levels of piano performance, and invites your comments and
suggestions. Write to her at the address below.