Memphis-area piano music instructor Brenda Buford-Shaw is moving from her Downtown studio, where she has been a fixture for 24-plus years.
The transition will be marked with an Open House reception on Sunday (June 8th) from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the new location at 5705 Stage Rd. in Bartlett.
A consistent presence in the Downtown Memphis community, Buford-Shaw operated from the Lincoln American Tower at 100 N. Main building, and only moved because of renovation work at her longtime business home.
Buford-Shaw says she will miss working from Downtown, having grown up minutes away. The Memphis native received her Music Education degree from Langston University in Oklahoma.
“When I first moved here I asked around for piano lesson teachers and her name popped right up as the go-to person,” said Deirdre Daw.
“She has taught over the years thousands of children, adults and seniors throughout Memphis and is a true Memphis music institution. “
Daw echoes what many others have noted, pointing out that Buford-Shaw, instills not only musical knowledge but a community-service attitude. She raises money through concerts for St. Jude, MADD, the Food Bank, the Alzheimers Center and many others.
“She teaches the whole person through her example of dedication to those in need and (through) her integrity,” said Daw. “Though my daughter has stopped taking lessons, we love her and keep in touch. We have been helping her move her music studio from downtown and hanging her beloved students’ photos from floor to ceiling back the way she had it before.”
The student images will share space – just as they did Downtown – with numerous plaques of gratitude from the City of Memphis, the State of Tennessee and various other civic institutions.
NOTE: On June 18th, a group of Buford-Shaw’s students will perform at Amro music at 6 p.m. to gather donations for the Alzheimer’s Day Services Center.