Our Teachers

Dane Lawley: Educational Director

Dane Lawley is the Educational Director at Scrollworks. Dane is a retired educator with over 44 years of experience teaching music to all ages. He is certified in grades K-12 with a Bachelors of Music Education degree from Troy State University. He has also done post graduate studies at the University of Montevallo and taught Distance Learning through the University of Alabama. His teaching duties included concert band, marching band, guitar and general music.

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.


Sara Peacock: Orchestra/Woodwinds

Sara Peacock is an alumnus of the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she earned a B.A. in Music. She led the Marching Blazers as Drum Major from 2006-2009, conducted the Blazer Band, and performed with the UAB Wind Symphony. Her main performance instrument is flute. Additionally, she participated in and led the Eta Lambda chapter of Tau Beta Sigma.

Sara began working as a private lesson and ensemble teacher with Scrollworks teaching winds and recorder in 2012. She started conducting the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra in 2014 and became the Music Director in 2017. This has led to many wonderful opportunities to learn from Jeane Goforth, the students and parents of Scrollworks, and the networks of PlayUSA/Carnegie Mellon and VSA/Kennedy Center. She is an advocate for music for all and hopes to create a fun and engaging environment to learn music and life skills.

Sara is married and lives with her husband, Justin, and two adorable dogs, Tiva and Bella. She works part-time as a waitress at her mom's restaurant, The Kitchen, and conducts the Open A's, a local adult string ensemble.

David Verin: Percussion

David Verin began playing percussion instruments as a member of the Jess Lanier High School marching band. He would go on to receive his Bachelor of Music degree from Howard University in 2005 and his Master of Arts Degree in Music Education in 2009.

Since 2003, he has served as battery instructor and front ensemble tech in many high school marching bands. He also served in the classroom for ten years as a middle school marching band director before returning to freelance teaching in 2019. In addition to teaching privately, he serves as front ensemble tech for the University of Alabama at Birmingham Marching Blazers.


Anna Willis: Voice

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.

Zoë Willis : Piano

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

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

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.

Eliza Blankenship: Piano and Violin

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.

Julie Shum: Early Childhood, Voice, Choir, Guitar/Ukulele, and Flute/Recorder:

Julie Shum is so grateful to have been a music teacher for 25 amazing years! Julie earned a BFA in Music Theater Performance from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois in 1997 and began teaching private voice at the Conservatory of Central Illinois in 1999. She relocated to Birmingham, AL so her husband could work at the virtual reality laboratory at UAB, in 2002.

Julie has taught private lessons and classes at the Conservatory of Birmingham-Southern, Community Education South, the Waldorf School, Highlands United Methodist, and is currently employed at Mason Music, where she served as lead piano teacher for the last two years.

Since 2009, Julie has worked for Scrollworks, teaching classes and private lessons for children ages 5 to 18. She has been the choir director for 7 years and also has taught chamber orchestra, recorder class, piano class, and private voice, flute, guitar/ukulele, and piano. She takes particular joy in teaching the Instrument Explorers class for 5 to 7 year olds.