Our Teachers

Dane Lawley: Educational Director

Dane Lawley is the Educational Director at Scrollworks. He teaches instrument lessons, guitar class and conducts the Chamber Winds. His present music teaching duties also include teaching music classes at the Metropolitan Church of God located in Birmingham, Alabama. Dane's professional affiliations include National Association of Music Educators,

Alabama Educators Association, Alabama Bandmasters Association, Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity.

Anna Willis: Vocal Department Lead

Anna Willis teaches voice, theory, and choir at Scrollworks. She graduated from Samford University in 2018 with a Bachelor's Degree in Vocal Performance. After graduating, she joined Teach for America and taught in Birmingham City Schools for two years. She continued to work at Scrollworks throughout, and now that she has completed her Americorps commitment she is excited to spend even more time teaching young musicians. She is passionate about teaching safe singing technique to young singers and introducing them to literature outside of their comfort zone. Her hobbies include painting, taking long walks, and watching her cats play.

Eliza Blankenship: Piano and Violin teacher

Eliza Blankenship is currently a student at The University of Alabama at Birmingham where she is pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education. Eliza is a teacher at the Mother's Day Out program at her church. She learned to play violin and piano as a former Scrollworks student. Eliza is passionate about educating her students about the joy of playing violin. Her students' love of learning and dedication to their instrument is the driving force in her teaching.

Zoë Willis : Piano Department Lead

Zoë Willis holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her focus during her undergraduate was on solo piano, but she has always had a love for collaborative piano and teaching. She started teaching at Scrollworks in 2015 and has held the position of Piano Department Head since 2019. Along with teaching private piano lessons, Ms. Willis has also taught piano ensembles, accompanied individual students, and assisted with the choirs at Scrollworks. Her students constantly inspire her to find new ways of thinking and problem solving in their lessons and in her own practice.

Carmen Williams: Piano teacher

Carmen Williams began studying piano at age 8. From age 13 to 17, she studied under Dr. Lucy DeSa at the Alabama School of Fine Arts. Carmen is a Junior at UAB and will be completing her B.A. in Music in 2022 as a student of Dr. Yakov Kasman, Artist-in-Residence and Professor of Piano at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Carmen has successfully competed in many solo state and regional piano competitions. Some of her awards include Honorable Mention in Alabama Music Teachers Association Collegiate Auditions Division I 2019 and Solo Piano State Winner in 2015, First Place in Alabama Federation of Music Clubs Junior Audition Scholarship 2017, First Place in BMTA Donna Shugart Sonata and Sonatina Competition 2017, First Place (Senior Division) in Bush Hills Piano Competition 2018 and 2nd place (Junior Division) in 2016, and Honorable Mention for her Junior performance at the Music Teachers National Association Competition in 2016.

Lauren Tinsley: Voice Teacher

Lauren Tinsley has been teaching private voice at Scrollworks since Fall 2019. Music has always been a passion of Ms. Lauren’s, which has led her to participate in many different music programs throughout her life. Currently, Ms. Lauren is studying Vocal Performance at UAB, where she is frequently seen in UAB Opera Program productions. In addition to her studies, Ms. Lauren also serves as the President of the UAB Chapter of the Student National Association of Teachers of Singing. As President, she organizes unique learning opportunities for her fellow students who hope to have a career in teaching music. At Scrollworks, Ms. Lauren strives to provide her students with unique learning plans that are catered to each individual student’s needs.