Performing Arts Center

"Shout for joy to the Lord all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs…enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise." (Psalm 100:1-2,4)


Throughout the Bible, God calls his people to explore, develop, and dedicate their talents and abilities. Our goal is to train future leaders to glorify Christ and to serve his church through the dedication of their talents.

What sets the Performing Arts Center (PAC) apart from other music schools is our foundation in ministry and a marvelous Christian faculty. An atmosphere rooted in the church, qualified teachers, and a focus on individualized instruction, make the PAC experience fun and rewarding.

We look forward to committing with you to develop the gifts God has placed with you.

Email the Performing Arts Center for more information.

Registration and Schedule

The PAC provides beginning and continuing instruction. There are no entrance requirements, and adults and children of all ages and experience levels may enroll. Private instruction is adapted to the student's age and abilities.

The PAC operates on a semester basis:  Fall (15 weeks): August/September - December  Spring (15 weeks): January - May*  Summer (6, 8, or 10 weeks): June - August

*Additional lessons may be available during the Spring semester.

No lessons are taught prior to the beginning of the semester, during Thanksgiving week, the week of Spring Break (Vestavia calendar), July 4, or Labor Day.

Students must register on a semester basis and continue instruction to the end of the term. Enrollment is open at anytime during the semester, but the Plan B payment option ends four weeks after the beginning of the Fall and Spring semesters. Students must complete the registration form, sign the policies and procedures statement, and make payment before lessons will be scheduled.

An annual registration fee of $30 ($60 per family), is due with each Fall enrollment. New students beginning study in the Spring pay a pro-rated fee of $15 ($30 per family). Please make your check payable to "Shades Mountain Baptist Church." There is no enrollment fee for Summer lessons.


Tuition is prorated for the number of lessons provided during the semester. The following payment plans are available for the Fall and Spring semester, only. All fees for the Summer semester are due at registration.

*Fees shown are for 30-minute lessons.

Payment Options


  • Full tuition paid upon registration.


  • 1/2 tuition paid upon registration, 1/2 tuition paid at midterm.
  • Available during open enrollment in the Fall and Spring only.


It is the student's responsibility to contact their instructor if they will be late or will miss a lesson. If unable to reach the instructor, call the PAC office. Instructors are under no obligation to extend lessons that begin after the scheduled start time, or make up lessons cancelled by the student.

Only one makeup lesson per semester will be granted for lessons cancelled due to illness documented by a physician or death in the immediate family. There are no exceptions to this policy. Absences are not excused or made up due to other school or other extra curricular activities (homework, athletic events and practices, school events, etc.).

If an instructor will be unavailable for a lesson, the student will be notified as far in advance as possible, and lessons will be rescheduled at a mutually agreed on time on the Shades campus.

If the PAC closes due to inclement weather, lessons will be rescheduled.

Withdrawals & Refunds

No adjustment of charges or refunds will be made in the case of withdrawal after the semester begins. A student should not register for lessons if he/she believes there may be any conflicts. Failure to attend classes does not constitute withdrawal.

Prolonged illness documented by a physician, or moving from the Birmingham metropolitan area are the only considerations for tuition adjustments.