Want to learn an instrument in 2020? These Birmingham shops can help

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Two students at Masonic Music. Photo via Mason Music on Facebook

What better way to kick off 2020 than by taking steps to learn an instrument? Learning an instrument is not as daunting as it seems, especially with the help of these Birmingham resources.

Step 1: Get an Instrument

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Ever wanted to play an instrument? The first step is having an instrument. Photo via Mason Music on Facebook

Before you can begin to learn how to play an instrument, you actually NEED that instrument first. From guitars and pianos to banjos and dulcimers, you can find just about any musical instrument in Birmingham. Check out these local stores to get started.

1. Highland Music

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This 1960 Fender Telecaster is gorgeous. Photo via Highland Music on Facebook

Open since 1981, Highland Music sells instruments, accessories, amplifiers and more. Personally, I buy all of my acoustic guitar strings here. Plus, they offer instrument repair AND music lessons. On most days, you can find owner Dan Murdoch running the shop.


  • Location: 3000 Clairmont Ave, Birmingham, AL 35205
  • Hours: 10AM-6PM Sunday to Monday
  • Contact: 205.254.3288 | Facebook

2. Fretted Instruments

When you walk into Fretted Instruments, you might just walk into an impromptu jam session. Photo via Fretted Instruments on Facebook

Since 1974, Fretted Instruments has provided Birmingham with…you guessed it…instruments with frets. In addition, owner Herb Trotman has his own bluegrass band–so you know that he knows his stuff.

  • Location: 2906 Linden Ave, Birmingham, Alabama
  • Hours: 10AM–5:30PM, Monday to Saturday
  • Contact: 205.879.6489 | Facebook

3. Art’s Music Shop

Art’s Music Shop was founded in Montgomery way back in 1905. Although Art’s specializes in instructing school bands and orchestras, they also sell and rent a wide range of musical instruments.

4. Homewood Musical Instrument Company

This beautiful Fender Telecaster is on the repair bench at Homewood Musical Instrument Company. Photo via Homewood Musical Instrument Co. on Facebook

For over 30 years, Homewood Instrument‘s Bob Tedrow has been buying, selling, trading and repairing just about any stringed instrument you can think of. Sure, you could check out their inventory online, but I recommend you drop in and say hi.


Step 2: Learn How to Play

Okay, so now you’ve got your instrument. Now, how do you play it? With one of Birmingham’s music programs, of course!

1. Mason Music

One of the bands from Mason Music performing at Vulcan AfterTunes 2019. Photo by Matthew Niblett for BhamNow

Will Mason, owner of Mason Music, started playing the piano when he was just six years old. In 2012, he decided to share his love of music with Birmingham by teaching a number of musical skills to kids and adults throughout the city.

Additionally, Will is also the CEO of Mason Music Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides music lessons to low income individuals and those with developmental disabilities.


Contact: 205.957.6169 | Facebook | Instagram

Register for music lessons at Mason Music.

2. Birmingham School of Music

Since 1996, Birmingham School of Music has offered lessons in drums, guitar, bass, piano, violin, cello, voice and more. All lessons teach both the fundamentals of the instrument as well as how to read music!


Register for music lessons at Birmingham School of Music.

3. Homewood School of Music

This group of adult students came together to jam one night. Photo via Homewood School of Music on Facebook

Homewood School of Music offers lessons in guitar, bass, piano, voice, drums, strings, brass, and woodwinds. Instructors at Homewood School of Music range from seasoned symphony musicians to rock and jazz artists!

Register for music lessons at Homewood School of Music.


4. Samford Academy of the Arts

Samford Academy of the Arts offers courses in piano, cello, violin and voice lessons! Photo courtesy of Samford Academy of the Arts

Samford Academy of the Arts offers everything from painting to mastering the basics of your camera. And music of course! Samford Academy of the Arts offers classes for kids, teens and adults in art, language, music, photography and more.

For aspiring musicians, Samford offers piano, violin, cello and voice lessons for students of all ages.

Register for music lessons at Samford Academy of the Arts.


What instrument would you like to learn in 2020? Tag us @bhamnow and let us know!

Author: Nathan Watson

Tennessee native who fell in love with Birmingham during college. Graduated from Birmingham-Southern College in 2019. Passionate about Birmingham and its continued growth.