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april langford

April Langford's love of music was fostered at an early age, being enrolled in piano lessons at the young age of four. Since then, she has always pursued music as her calling. April obtained a bachelor's degree in Music Education at Tennessee Tech University in 2012. She has studied oboe under Professor William Woodworth, and piano under Dr. Catherine Godes. During her time at TTU, she was a member of the Golden Eagle Marching Band, Symphony Band, Wind Ensemble, University Orchestra, and Bryan Symphony Orchestra.April has worked with high school and university drum majors for many years, training them in conducting and leadership. She began teaching piano at the School of Performing Arts in 2008, and stepped into the role of Administrator in May of 2015. April has been a member of Stevens Street Baptist Church since 2004, and has served in the worship ministry since that time. In her free time, April loves to play music with her husband Ty. Her other passions include cuddling her dog, spending time with her family, knitting, and crocheting.


Crystal McCall

Mrs. Crystal Underhill McCall’s musical journey began at the young age of five.  She began playing piano in church at age eleven and has continued serving the Lord playing for many church services. During her high school years, she was accompanist for The Riverdale Singers and had the opportunity to perform with the Singers at Eli Cathedral in London, England and Carnegie Hall in New York. After graduating high school, Mrs. McCall accepted a music scholarship to study piano with Dr. Jerry Perkins at Middle Tennessee State University.  She also received the Bohannon Piano Scholarship and earned the MTSU Outstanding Achievement in Music History and Literature award.  During her time at MTSU, Mrs. McCall participated in many solo performances and was the accompanist for the MTSU Women’s Chorale and Wesley Singers.  She was also a member of the MTSU Concert Chorale and studied voice with Ms. Dina Cancryn. Mrs. McCall has a bachelor of music and a master of fine arts degree. Mrs. McCall has been teaching piano lessons for many years, providing her students with high quality instruction together with motivation. She also taught general music and chorus at Thomas Magnet School in Shelbyville, TN for three years.  She was the musical director for “Oklahoma,” “The Music Man,” “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” “Twinderella,” and “Doo Wop Wed Riding Hood.”  She has a Tennessee State Certification in Vocal/General Music Education K-12 and is a certified Kindermusik instructor.  In her spare time, she enjoys playing upright bass and singing bluegrass music with the band Muddy Waters.


elaine seal

Elaine Seal is originally from Southwest Little Rock (Mabelvale), Arkansas.  As a child, she took piano lessons, sang in school choir, church choir & ensembles, and  played French horn in school band.  She earned a degree in Music Education in Russellville, AR at Arkansas Tech University,  studying piano and French horn.  While there, Elaine accompanied college choirs and the Baptist Student Union choir. Teaching Elementary music, chorus, and band at Ola, Arkansas became Elaine's life for seven years.  She, with her husband and first child, moved to Cookeville in 1989. She became the mother of four more children and taught piano lessons at home until 2002, when she began teaching as a music assistant teacher at Avery Trace Middle School until 2012. Elaine also began teaching piano and horn occasionally at SPA in 2006. The students Elaine teaches are precious to her, and teaching and getting to know each student is an honor she thanks the Lord for often.


katie bradford

Katie Bradford’s interest in music started at a young age. Her mother played piano and her father was the music minister at there local church. Her parents encouraged her to begin taking private piano lessons at age 7 and she continued her lessons through high school. She also began taking violin lessons at the age of 11 and helped lead the music at her church until leaving for college. In May 2015 she graduated with a bachelors degree in violin performance from Tennessee Technological University. Currently, Katie leads the music at her church Grace Presbyterian. She Frequently tours with her band Caney Creek Company and has played venues such as the Blue Plate special, the Nightfall music series, Riverbend festival and other locations across the United States. On her own time she enjoys musical activities such as singing and songwriting. In 2016, Katie began teaching violin and piano lessons at Steven’s Street Performing Arts and enjoys being able to make a full time career sharing her love of music with her students.