THE BUILDING BLOCK SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS STAFF
Hi, my name is Kim Campbell and I am SALT tutor at Building Block School for the Arts. I am a Columbia State graduate, have a love for the arts,and live in Columbia. Thanks to my 2 grown sons, I have 18 years of home school experience. In 2011, my friends Jamie Moon, Sherry Johnson, and I created SALT. We wanted to offer a tutorial that was focused on the arts and chose the name SALT (School of Arts Learning Tutorial) because we, as Christians, are the salt of the earth. Our first couple of years we averaged about 10 students and studied everything from painting and sculpting to drama to chemistry experiments to devotionals where we learned a few words in Hebrew and Latin. It has been a joy to see how SALT has grown and become the excellent tutorial that it is today. The '17 - '18 school year might have been my messiest but one of the most fun because we have really gotten into our work. We have made play dough that we could eat, created buildings on jello to study earthquakes, made and sculpted Krispie cereal treats, and made bubble snakes to study air pressure and soap!
Carolyn Binkley: Teaching Voice for the Adolescent and Adults furthering and maintaining their voice. Carolyn is Currently operating the renowned vocal studio first established by her parents, Robert E. Binkley (1934-2012) and Phoebe K. Binkley (1937-2016). Their students have won Grammy, Emmy, Dove and CMA Awards. They have sung solos with the Boston Pops, the New York Philharmonic, the Nashville Symphony and the Atlanta Symphony. Others have performed with opera companies around the country. Clients have received voice scholarships to the Juilliard School of Music, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Boston Conservatory, and Indiana University, among others, and have had number one records on Country, Adult Contemporary, Christian and Soul charts. Currently, in addition to their signed recording artists, their clients are performing leads on the Broadway stage, singing cabaret, and doing studio work. Some are songwriters. Others are producers. Some are on television, some in movies. Still others are teaching, running workshops, and directing choirs.
Vicki Tucker Courtney’s classical piano background began at the age of four. Her extensive studies and choral accompanying while at North Texas State University led to a career that now includes composition and arranging for choirs, piano, handbells, and solo voice.
A multiple recipient of the annual ASCAP Plus Awards, Vicki currently writes full time, plays weekly traditional and contemporary church services, and tutors students of all ages in the study of the piano. She was mentored by Dove Award winning Mark Hayes in 2002 and published her first piece in 2004. Vicki currently has over 250 works in publication. Visit her website at www.vickituckercourtney.com.
Sherry is a graduate of the Governor's School for the Arts in Norfolk Virginia. She studied piano for eight years. She also studied voice at Christopher Newport University and is a graduate of Tidewater Community College. She has performed professionally with Paramount Kings Dominion, Dominion Theatre and the place where it all began for her, Commonwealth Musical Stage Company. Sherry moved to Nashville to work at the Opryland theme park, which closed only months after her move. She continued performing at the Opryland Hotel and theatres around Nashville. Sherry has made numerous television appearances and is currently signed with Talent Trek Nashville. Sherry created the Children's Music Theatre Workshop in 2013 when she realized that the kids needed more than just experience on the stage. They needed character and they needed excellence in knowing how to use their gift to the utmost of their ability.
Gary Patterson is retired with 25 years of Air Force service. For 15 years he was an instructor in missile mechanics. After completing a Master of Education in Psychology degree at the University of Oklahoma, he served as a commissioned officer in technical training research, training development and management, and occupational analysis. He later served for 13 years in training programs development with the U. S. Army’s Academy of Health Sciences. Following retirement, he followed his muse, completing an associate degree in Residential Construction, and then had a remodeling/home improvement business. Since retirement, he has continued to pursue his interests in woodworking; along with choral singing, gardening, cooking, fishing, travel, photography, Habitat for Humanity, The Family Center in Columbia, and building theatrical sets and props.
Scott Burt has been a piano teacher and performer for over 30 years. He started his pathway by starting piano lessons at the age of 8. Upon finishing high school, he earned his Bachelor of Music (Middle Tennessee State University) and Master of Music (University of Tennessee) degrees in piano. He was awarded a University Piano Scholarship at MTSU, and the Gottfired Galston Memorial Piano Scholarship at UT. During graduate school, he was later awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to perform contemporary art music for the piano. Upon completion of his degrees, he taught at Fountainhead Conservatory of Music, Maryville College, Roane State Community College, and UT. Being a native of Columbia, Tn, Scott brought his passion for piano and music back home to Columbia, where he has been teaching since 1990. During these years of teaching, Scott has taught students of all ages and levels. His students are the recipients of numerous awards and regularly receive the highest ratings in competitions and festivals. Through his membership in National Federation of Music Clubs, National Guild of Piano Teachers, and Music Teachers National Association, Scott remains active and up to date on current happenings in piano and pedagogy. He also stays active as an adjudicator, which allows him to gauge the “pulse” in the field.
Brenham Hughes Teaches KATS tv (kids around the square) I am a senior and Broadcasting student at Columbia Central High School. I’ve been a dancer and Columbia Dance Academy since I was 3 years old. After high school I plan to go to MTSU and major in Communications.