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Providing excellent instruction in Dance, Drama, Music and Painting and Drawing for international and local children, youth and adults who desire to develop their skills for the glory of God. 

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Classes Offered



Drawing & Painting

Instructors & Other Info.


Carole Collins, Director

Carole received her BFA with an emphasis in drawing and painting at the University of Georgia. She also received her Masters and Specialist Degree in Art Education there also. She studied with Lamar Dodd, Howard Thomas and several prominent artists from the Art Student League in New York. She has taught art in public and private schools an also served as Art Consultant for over 100 art teachers in Louisville, Kentucky.

Joyce Greeley, Drawing & Painting Instructor

Joyce has previously been a school teacher and excels in the skills of teaching art. She puts her whole heart into helping her students learn new skills and concepts. She is a very talented artist personally and has taught art classes previously with Home School Connection.

Stephanie Eason, Ballet Instructor


Stephanie has over a decade of experience as a dancer and teacher. From a young age she has been passionate about seeing dance used to bring glory to God and dignity to young women and men as image-bearers of God. She has danced and studied with Grace School of Dance in Opelika and was a member of their dance company “Vision”. She has experience dancing and teaching lyrical, ballet, hip hop, and contemporary worship dance. Stephanie has a unique ability to create a classroom environment that is full of fun, professionalism, and personal connection.

Sam Beman - Drama Instructor


Sam’s extensive knowledge and experience in the dramatic arts has been built through
countless hours training and working in many different local and regional settings including the Springer Opera House, Whole World Improv Theatre, Human Experience Theatre, and the Actors Models Talent Competition, just to name a few. Sam is an entertainer at heart as well as professionally. When he is not serving in the role of Drama instructor at the IFM Arts Academy Sam works as a professional Deejay, Voice Actor, and Comedian. He is a fun, engaging, and capable teacher and he finds great joy in training up the next generation to discover their own God-given talents in the wonderful world of entertaining. To check out some of his work, head on over to his website,

Leah Eckstrom, Violin Instructor

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"A graduate of the Schwob School of Music, Leah Bonas is a professional violinist and music teacher based in the Columbus area. With ten years of private teaching experience, Leah has worked with students of all ages and is passionate about helping others develop their musical skills. Leah has appeared with several regional orchestras including Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Albany Symphony Orchestra, Springer Opera House Orchestra, and Schwob Philharmonic. She has also performed in numerous music festivals across the United States and has shared the stage with renowned artists such as Michael Bublé, Joseph Alessi, Henry Kramer, Sergiu Schwartz, and Quey Percussion Duo. In addition to the IMF Arts Academy, she is currently on teaching staff with the Lagrange Symphony Orchestra education program."

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Kathy Morris, Piano Instructor

 Director and Founder at The Church Music Academy.

 Kathy is a native of Columbus, GA began piano lessons at the age of 6 and began accompanying for church in the 7th grade.  In 1981, Kathy received a music scholarship to Columbus College where she studied piano for 2 years.  In 1983, Kathy transferred to Shorter College in Rome, Georgia where she completed a Church Music Degree in 1986. 

Kathy was listed in "Who's Who" among American Colleges & Universities, elected to Phi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society, and active in the Baptist Student Union.  In the fall of 1986, Kathy opened a private music studio and has been an active member of the Columbus Music Teachers Association. Kathy has been an active church musician in the Columbus area while serving Grace Presbyterian Church.  Music interests include church orchestra, youth praise band, hand-chimes, children's choir, hymn improvisation, and composition.  The studio performs hymn festivals, sacred music concerts, and community events to allow students the opportunity to perform sacred music.  Rhythm, technique, accompanying, improvisation, arranging, & theory are examples of the curriculum offered within The Church Music Academy, founded in 2003.

Registration, tuition, and payment​:

To register, please choose a course and fill out the registration form. Classes starts at $56/month and payment can be made in full or on a monthly basis (automatic payments). Payments also can be made in person, at the IFM office, or by calling us at (706) 653-0097.

If you choose to make in person monthly payment, please make payment on the first day
of class and before the first class of each month thereafter. 


Class policies​:

Because our classes meet only once a week, it is important for the student to be at each class to stay up to date with projects and their own personal growth! In order to maintain a balance between creativity and order, we ask that you/your children do your best to arrive on time to each class.

Please wear appropriate clothing for classes (will be communicated in email after registration and in class). Safety Information:
Face masks and other safety precautions will be optional. We trust each family to make the best
decision for their children. Students will be asked to stay home if they are coughing, have a
temperature, or other symptoms of illness determined on an individual basis.

We believe communication between parent, instructor, and student is important for a fun, safe, and successful classroom environment. Please feel free to contact the Instructor or IFM Arts Academy Coordinator Dallas Sims if questions or concerns arise at any time!


End of semester Studio Arts Show/Recital:

Every student who registers for a full semester (Fall/Spring) with the IFM Arts Academy will be encouraged to showcase their specific area of the arts in the end-of-semester Studio Art Show/Recital.


We are excited to see your student’s growth and look forward to a wonderful time together!

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