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 band 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 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.
Eliza Blankenship: 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.
Molly Goforth is a performer and teacher based in Lafayette, Louisiana. She is an active chamber and orchestral musician, performing in over 50 events annually. Ms. Goforth is the principal cellist of the Baton Rouge Symphony and is a frequent performer of chamber music with the Baton Rouge-based group Magnolia Strings. Molly also performs with the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra and the Lake Charles Symphony. She has worked as a recording artist for various groups, including the Grammy nominated artist Marc Broussard and the Grammy nominated group Bonsoir, Catin.
Ms. Goforth maintains an active private studio in addition to teaching high school string orchestra and at universities in Lafayette Parish and in Lake Charles. Her private students are regularly accepted into the Louisiana All-State Orchestra, the LPSS Gifted & Talented program, participate in the Acadiana Symphony Youth Orchestra, UL-Lafayette Orchestra, and are employed by various churches and other organizations as gigging musicians.
Prior to moving to Louisiana, she taught through the nationally-recognized Scrollworks program in Birmingham, AL as well as the Birch Creek Fine Arts Center in Door County, WI. She has had the opportunity to perform with noted musicians including the world-renowned vocalists Julianne Baird, Renée Fleming and Kristin Chenoweth; violinists Sarah Chang and Yevgeny Kutik; pianists Jeremy Denk and Lang Lang; guitarist Sharon Isbin, and saxophonist Branford Marsalis. Ms. Goforth received her Master's degree in cello performance from DePaul University in Chicago, her Bachelor's degree from the University of Louisville and holds Suzuki Teacher Certifications through cello book 3. Ms. Goforth has studied privately with Stephen Balderston, Alan Harris, Darrett Adkins, Craig Hultgren, Alice Ann O’Neal and Paul York
Sam Herman is a percussionist, performer, and educator living in Birmingham, AL. He has been teaching for Scrollworks since 2009.
In 2012, while studying music at UAB, he co-founded Iron Giant Percussion, a multi-faceted ensemble committed to experimentation, collaboration, and composition, as well as performing modern classics of the chamber percussion genre. When not thinking about music, Sam enjoys reading and hanging out with his two dogs, Butters and Artie.