Students who are interested in playing music will find private sessions at the Sullins School of Music. We have three experienced instructors able to provide weekly lessons in piano, voice, guitar, and band instruments.

MusikGarten classes for infants, toddlers, and children help them learn to appreciate music and become budding musicians. The classes provide an outlet for creativity, expression, and the boundless supply of energy they have!

Recitals and performances at school events give these pupils a stage for showcasing their talents.

School of Music Instructors

Julia Barker

Ms. Barker attended St. Catherine's in Richmond, Virginia and Fordham University in New York, New York.  After 15 years in NYC taking voice lessons from the likes of Barbara Maier, David Collyer, and Lucille Johnson, Barker began Voice by Julia in 1991, offering private voice lessons.

"I enjoy seeing the happiness and confidence that comes from students as they learn how to sing with more skill and passion.  Experiencing the progress is what I enjoy sharing with my students"

Voice Instructor

Erin Looney

B.S. Music Education and Bible, Kentucky Christian University.  Looney has ten years teaching experience.


"I teach because I love being able to share the gift of music with children, and I want to instill a love of music in others while giving them the tools needed to create music themselves.  I love spending time with my family, being a mom and a wife, and having the opportunity to share my love of the Lord, music, food, and life with my daughter and husband."

MusikGarten - Piano - Flute - Clarinet - Oboe - Saxophone - Trumpet - Trombone - French horn - Tuba

Ashley White

B.B.A. East Tennessee State University


Ashley has 10 years of music teaching experience. In addition to teaching at Sullins since 2018, she has managed her own music studio since 2016. Ashley performs regionally with two acoustic bands and her local church band. Her hobbies include bicycling, coffee, music jam sessions, and gardening. 


“I love teaching young musicians how to make their instrument become their voice. Music will be a special part of them for the rest of their lives. These kids are learning their Appalachian history and heritage when they learn an old-time fiddle tune. I have been highly impressed with everyone at Sullins. It is a fun and nurturing environment for kids in the community.” 


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Give Your Child a World of Possibilities.

From the moment they are born, you feel an overwhelming urge to give your children the world. Then life gets in the way. There are time and financial constraints, social pressures, and conflicting advice. How do you give your children the most beneficial experience within the constraints of modern life? Easy. You do it through music.

What Musikgarten offers is more than just an easy way to introduce your child to music. Our classes can play a critical role in your child’s social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development, as well as laying a pathway to musical proficiency. Moreover, Musikgarten provides dedicated time each week when you can bond with your child free from distractions and watch them grow into a confident, independent, and expressive young person.

Click to view class schedule, registration information, and additional details.

Located in Bristol VA, Sullins Academy develops students in grades PS-8 into

confident, lifelong learners who have the academic, character, and leadership skills to succeed in high school and beyond.


22218 Sullins Academy Drive Bristol, VA 24202

phone 276.669.4101   fax 276.669.4294


Sullins Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, or any other legally protected status in the administration of its educational, admission, financial aid or employment policies, or any other programs administered by the School.

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