Teacher, Performer, Composer, and Arranger
The Music Corner Studios
P. O. Box 130
Belk, Alabama 35545
Phone: (205) 932-6021 (Studio) Email: iva@ivagardner.com


Owner of The Music Corner Studios in Fayette, Alabama. Established in 1963. More than 100 students of all ages in private study; waiting list of approximately 25.

Supervisor of assistant and apprentice piano teachers.

Maintenance of a gospel/church music archive of several thousand selections, print and recorded, representing the 19th & 20th Centuries. Researcher.

Individual and group instruction for children and adults in piano, organ, voice, music theory. Suzuki Method instruction for very young children.

Chairman, Fayette District Music Festival, Junior Division, Alabama Federation of Music Clubs. 1977 to present. Over 200 participants annually, with judges drawn from Alabama and Mississippi.

Two major student recitals annually, open to the public.

Sponsor of two Junior Music Study Clubs. Chairman of 1994 Alabama Junior Music Clubs Convention (Fayette, March 19, 1994; 230 attendees from throughout the State).

Music Instructor (Part-time) at Fayette Academy.

Audition Judge, Alabama Federation of Music Club.

Audition Judge, Alabama Music Teachers Association.

Studio artist with one 1994 album released, one album pending release. Three and four-part harmony vocals, keyboards. Original compositions and traditional numbers; original arrangements. Several recordings as vocalist, accompanist and solo instrumentalist.

Nationally Certified Master Teacher with Music Teachers National Association.

Active arts advocate to local political leaders and to the education community.

Soloist, concert performer, concert accompanist, church musician.

Arranger -- Christmas Cantata "The Christmas Story" debut performance 1992 by Liberty Assembly of God Choir, Millport, Alabama. Original compositions and arrangements, prepared for small choirs.

Arrangement for small choirs of "Hallelujah Chorus" from Handel's The Messiah performed regionally.

Hundreds of arrangements, tailored to performers' needs and preferences.

Composer -- Approximately 30 original full-length compositions.
Seventy-six pieces written for beginner piano students.
Approximately 10 compositions published by Vaughan Publishing Co.
Affiliated with Broadcast Music, Inc.
Three numbers released nationally. Recent release by the Cathedral Quartet (composition by Iva Gardner & Clettus Miller).


Master of Arts in Music Education.
University of Alabama 1969.
Studied piano with Nancy Wright. Studied voice with Kenneth Nielsen.

Bachelor of Science in Music Education.
University of Alabama. 1967.
Piano concentration, with Joyce Strong, Roy McAllister & Elizabeth Hamner.
Voice minor, with Kenneth Nielsen, William Stephens & Sylvia Debenport.
College piano solo performances. Member, section leader, and one of two student directors of University Singers, a select choir requiring auditions for membership.

Undergraduate study.
Birmingham Southern College.
Studied piano with Everette Pittman.
Studied organ and theory with Sam Batt Owens.

Academic Honors:
Member, Pi Kappa Lambda.
Member, Kappa Delta Pi.
Member and Secretary, Mu Phi Epsilon Service Honorary.

Early Music Educational Background:

Began piano study at age seven.
Began accordion study at age 12.
Began organ study at age 17.
Private piano study with James D. Walbert
Private accordion study with Birmingham's Bernadine Seay, Member of Accordion Teacher's Guild International.
Vaughan Singing Schools, Birmingham. Studied with W. B. Walbert, Rupert Cravens & C. E. DeWeese.
Stamps Baxter School, Columbus, Mississippi.

Recent Music Educational Experiences:

Private study with James D. Walbert continues on occasion.
Organ study with Bob Williamson, Huntsville, 1989-90.
Suzuki Piano Method.
University of Tennessee. Summer Institutes 1972, 1973, 1974.
Studied with Constance Starr.
Suzuki Piano Method.
Memphis State University. 1976. 1979.
Studied with Linda Jackson and Haruko Kataoka.
Jazz workshop.
University of Alabama 1973.
Studied with Steve Sample. Pedagogy workshop.
University of Alabama 1976-77.
Studied with Roy McAllister.
Numerous short workshops.


Began accepting private students while still enrolled in secondary school.

Opened The Music Corner Studio in 63.

Adjunct Faculty, Bevill State Community College-Brewer Campus, Fayette. Teaching: Applied Piano, Music for Elementary Teachers, Fundamentals of Music. On an "as needed" basis since 1982.

Music Instructor, Part-time, Fayette Academy, 88 to present.
Private instruction in Piano and Voice.

Suzuki workshop, Memphis State University, 1977.

Elementary Music Teacher. Pickens County Public Schools, 1970-71.

Accordion Instructor. Vaughan Music School, Birmingham, 1956.

Piano Instructor: James D. Walbert Studios, 1956-57.

Recent Accomplishments of Students:

Student's composition recorded and released by Kingsmen Quartet.
Suzuki Method student (age 8) won National Competition in Fine Arts, Piano Solo Division, Freewill Baptists. Several State-level winners in same competition.
1990 - Student honored for earning 12 consecutive Superior ratings in Piano Solo performance, Alabama Federation of Music Teachers. First such award to be earned in Alabama.
1994 - An 11th Grade student completed 12 consecutive Superior ratings in Piano Solo performance, Alabama Federation of Music Teachers. (Youngest recipient.)
1987 - Former student won 3rd Place, National Songwriting Contest, Gospel Music Association.
1988 - Former student won 1st Place, National Songwriting Contest, Gospel Music Association..
Three students served as President, Junior Division, Alabama Federation of Music
Two students performed several solo concerts for Organ Clubs and Music Study Clubs
Many students have performed in local concerts for various organizations.
One former student now attending college on music scholarship.
Many winners at school talent performances.

Alabama Federation of Music Club Awards:

Club Awards:
Allegro Cup - to Club having largest number of entrants in State Festival.
Lucille Bettis Cup (Years:________ to Club with most entrants in hymns.
Ruth Englebert Cash Award (Years:________ to Club with most Superior ratings m hymns.
Haswell Cup - (Years:________) to Club having largest group attending State Convention.
Emmett Lewis Cup - (Years:________) to Club having largest number of
Superiors in Festival.
Thelma Timberlake Cup - (Years:________) - to Club having largest
number of Piano entrants in Festival.
Thomasine McGehee Plaque (2 years) - to Most Outstanding Junior Ages 6 - 12.
Madel Pearson Cup (Years:________) - to Most Outstanding Junior Ages 13 -18.
Cadenhead Plaque, 1993 - for Best Achievement Record Book.

Student Awards:
Sally Douglas Composer's Award (Years:________) - for Best Original Composition.
Barbara Trauffer Flute for (1987, 1992, 1993, 1994) - for Most Outstanding Flautist.

Alabama Music Teacher' Association Awards:

Several winners of Performance Awards.
Several winners of Composition Contest.


Current/Former students who have. . .
become music teachers: approximately 15.
Including: Kerry Boyd, Paul Nolen, Karon Crawley Renfroe, Mary Ellen Sanders Sanford, Tony Black, June Randolph Booth, Keith Bobo, and others.

become performers: approximately 20.
Including Kerry Boyd, Gwinna Bevans Boyd, Calva Bevans Cooner, Keith Bobo, Ricky Morris, Mark Jones, James Jones, Daphne Miller Brooks, Charles Howard, Lois Robertson Miller, Dorothy Robertson Newman, Ronnie Miller, and others.

become arrangers or composers: approximately 5
Including Mark Jones, Daphne Miller Brooks, Amanda Sexton, others.

served as Church Pianists, Organists, Music Directors: approximately 75.
Of all denominations.


Alabama Music Teachers' Forum.
State Coordinator of Affiliates, 1979-80.
State Composition Chairman, 1982-84.

National Federation of Music Clubs.

Alabama Federation of Music Clubs.
Counselor to Treble Melody Junior Music Club, Fayette, 1975 - present.
Counselor to Bass Melody Junior Music Club, Fayette, 1975 - present. Organizer & Chairman, Junior Music Club Festival, Fayette.
Organizer & Chairman, State Convention, Junior Division, 1994.

Fayette Organ Club.
Program director for several years.
Affiliated with the Amateur Organist Association International.

Tuscaloosa Piano Teachers' Forum.
Secretary, 1976-1978.
Performance Chairman, 1979-1980.

Suzuki Association of the Americas.


Music Teachers National Association
Alabama Music Teachers Association
Alabama State Teaching Certificate.
National Teaching Certificate


International Who's Who in Music & Musician's Directory 2000
Who's Who American Women 2000
1999 National Register of Business Leaders & Professionals
Audition Judge, Alabama Federation of Music Clubs. Annually.
Audition Judge, Alabama Music Teachers' Association. Annually.
Presentation: "Teaching Improvisation: Fun for Students, Fun for Teachers," Anniston/Jacksonville Piano Teachers' Forum, Jacksonville State University, 1991.
Programs for Teachers' Forums in Birmingham, Hartselle, Tuscaloosa: "Suzuki Instructional Techniques."
Presentations to Music Study Clubs.
Performances for Music Study Clubs.
Concerts and Church Performances in: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Colorado, Pennsylvania
Invited Organist, Music Evangelism Foundation, Colorado Springs, Colorado. 1988 & 1989.
Organist for County-wide Evangelistic Campaign, Fayette, 1988.
Listed in Personalities of the South
Listed in American Keyboard Artists of 1989.
Solo concerts in various churches.