Akilah B. Kidd
Freelance musician, Akilah Kidd is Director of Operations for The Grand Staff, LLC. The Grand Staff is dedicated to music solutions and instruction. Headed by Akilah and her husband, Emery Kidd, Sr., the company is invested in the advancement of music and helping others realize music's numerous benefits. Mrs. Kidd is Principal Flute of the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra. She has also managed and operated a private lesson studio for ten years. .
Mrs. Kidd previously taught on the music faculties of the University of Montevallo, Alabama State University, and Huntingdon College. She taught private flute and piano lessons, theory, and group woodwind classes for Scrollworks - the El Sistema-based program of the Metropolitan Youth Orchestras of Central Alabama. At Scrollworks, she headed the academy's Alabama School of Fine Arts (ASFA) Preparation Track Program. The program successfully prepared two students for acceptance into the Music Department at ASFA in its pilot year. She also served as Scrollworks’ Very Special Arts (VSA) Program Manager. The program is a partnership with the Kennedy Center to provide adequate resources for arts programs to create inclusive enrichment programs for special needs students.
In addition to extensive performing throughout U.S., Mrs. Kidd's passion for music education has led her to serve as a guest instructor at the prestigious Alabama School of Fine Arts, guest clinician for the University of Alabama’s Honor Band Festival, flute instructor for the Ann Arbor School for the Performing Arts, and mentor for the Ypsilanti Youth Orchestra.
Akilah’s professional memberships include the Mid-South Flute Society, the National Flute Association, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. She holds degrees from the University of Michigan and the University of Alabama. She is also an alumna of the Alabama School of Fine Arts. Her primary teachers include Amy Porter, Diane Boyd Schultz, and Kim Scott.