This Is My Story
Bruce Adams is a former college music professor who now teaches private lessons on piano, clarinet, saxophone, and voice. He teaches full-time out of his home in Lakeland, Florida. Mr. Adams holds a Master’s degree in music, and has over 20 years of teaching experience.
Bruce Adams grew up in North Georgia surrounded by excellent music teachers. One of his most significant influences was the award-winning band program at North Gwinnett High School, from where he graduated in 1988. While there he also sang in the choral program, and landed the lead role of “Curly” in the musical “Oklahoma” his senior year. After graduation, Mr. Adams attended Columbus State University on a full music scholarship, double-majoring in clarinet and piano. When the jazz band needed another saxophonist, he quickly learned that instrument, and was awarded the chair. After two years at CSU, Mr. Adams received a clarinet scholarship from Indiana University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Music and an Outside Field (Education) in 1993. He then returned home to Georgia and began his career in music ministry and private teaching. He operated a full-time teaching studio out of his home during this period, peaking at 47 students weekly.
In the fall of 1998, Mr. Adams moved to Fort Worth, Texas, to begin graduate studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. There he studied voice and piano, played clarinet in the wind ensemble, played saxophone and clarinet in the jazz band, and sang in the Oratorio Chorus, which is also the Fort Worth Symphony Chorus. He was also an active freelance performer in the area. During his time in Texas, Mr. Adams continued teaching private lessons and serving churches as well. Mr. Adams earned his Master of Music degree from Southwestern in 2001. That same year, he received a full graduate scholarship and graduate assistantship from Cincinnati Conservatory to pursue further graduate studies in music.
Shortly thereafter, Mr. Adams joined the music faculty at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida, where he served as Director of Music Education, clarinet professor, and assistant band director. He also taught applied piano, class piano, applied saxophone, music theory, and several other courses. Since leaving Southeastern, Mr. Adams has continued to teach privately, play gigs, and serve churches in and around Lakeland.
Mr. Adams teaches out of his home near the Beacon Hill Historic District in South Lakeland. He currently serves as Vice President of the Ridge Music Teachers Association, which is the local chapter of the Florida State Music Teachers Association, and the Music Teachers National Association. He has three wonderful, talented children, and is active in the music ministry at Covenant Presbyterian Church.