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Kelly M.

Acworth, GA

About Kelly

I am very lucky to be able to share my passion for playing the flute with others for a living! It is so fun to hear how students grow with each lesson! I have taught beginning-advanced private flute lessons for 10+ years from children just starting out in band and adult beginners wanting to cross off an item on their bucket list! It is never too late to start, and can actually be very good for improving your breathing!

In 2009 I graduated from the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana with my Master's in Flute Performance. Prior to that I attended Florida State University and earned my
Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance.

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I was born and raised in Sarasota, Florida. At the age of 12 I started taking flute lessons with Betsy Hudson-Traba, principal flutist of the Sarasota Orchestra. Throughout high school, I played in Sarasota’s youth orchestra program and was a winner of the Young Artist Competition. With lots of hard work, I also won first chair flute in All-State multiple times.

With a solid foundation in flute playing, I went on to study with Eva Amsler at Florida State University where I earned my Bachelor of Music in flute performance. I had a lot of wonderful playing opportunities here and as an undergraduate was playing in the top orchestra. During my time at FSU I was a proud member of the “world renown” Marching CHIEFS, where I served as section leader to 50 plus flutes! One of my favorite and more unique ensembles I participated in was the Andean ensemble, Aconcagua, where I played the zampona (panpipes) and the quena (Andean flute).

After undergrad, I decided to go abroad for graduate school earning my Master’s at a small conservatory in beautiful Lugano, Switzerland called the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana. I studied under Italian flutists, Mario Ancillotti, Stefano Parrino, and Giovanni Crola. I also had many opportunities to pursue my love of travelling and work on my foreign language skills! Although, I could use some more practice… would love to find some Italian and German students to brush up my skills!

After heading home to the States I began my freelance career substituting in various orchestras in Florida including the Sarasota Orchestra, Sarasota Ballet Orchestra, and the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra. I now live in Acworth, Georgia where I teach privately and freelance. In addition to music, I love spending time with my family, friends, my husband, Vance, and our adorable kitties (Ron & Harry) and dog (Leia). I also enjoy reading, hiking, baking, organizing, and cleaning!

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in flute and piccolo solo, orchestral, band, and chamber ensemble playing and also audition prep.
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kalee C. July 18, 2016
Flute · Online
Verified Student
I enjoyed my first lesson very much. Thanks Kelly! Can't wait for next week. :)
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Silvia T. July 7, 2016
Flute · Online
Verified Student
I loved the first lesson with Kelly. It was a lot of fun and she left me inspired to practice. I'm looking forward to next week's lesson already!
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Stuart J. June 15, 2016
Flute · Online
Verified Student
My first lesson with Kelly was very encouraging and enlightening. She is very knowledgable, plays beautifully herself, and was able to communicate her thoughts on the music (Debussy's Syrinx) very effectively.
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Kelly M.

Acworth, GA 30102
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$20 / 30-min
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Michael B.

Kennesaw, GA

About Michael

Mike is a talented musician from Atlanta with a passion for jazz. In his musical career Mike has performed on 104.7 The Fish’s Kevin and Taylor in the Morning Show and in local clubs. Mike has been playing guitar for ten years and graduated from Georgia State University with a degree in Music Management. At Georgia State Mike has participated in the top Jazz Guitar Ensemble and top Vocal Ensemble. In addition to performing, Mike is a teacher and arranger. His arrangements have been performed by the GSU Jazz Guitar Ensemble. Mike has studied with Dave Frackenpohl and Marc Baldwin. Additionall
y he has had the opportunity to attend master classes with Jimmy Heath, Carl Allen and Jody Fisher.

*** Lesson Details ***
Mike is a stern but gentle teacher. He is very easy going, however, Mike is very willing to push a student to reach their potential should they need it. In his own studies, Mike focuses on Jazz and improvisation. He enjoys many other styles of music as well such as rock, pop and classical.

Mike's focus for beginners learning the guitar is on technique and theory. His approach is to use basic chord progressions and single note reading. In addition he incorporates any song the student brings in and would like to learn. Mike believes that learning comes best when the student has songs they are interested in. Of course the specifics of a student's curriculum will be shaped by that student's interests.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Dedicated studio setup in the basement with a piano and several guitars.

*** Specialties ***
Specialize in Jazz, Rock
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Suzanne P. January 31, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Positive and patient!
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Eugene D. May 20, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Michael is an excellent instructor with a sound knowledge of music. He has a customized lesson plan for each day and is very patient with student. Highly recommended !
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Dan C. September 3, 2012
Verified Student
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Mike is a great guy to learn from. His method is well thought out. He is a positive guy and an expert player.
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Michael B.

Kennesaw, GA 30144
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$25 / 30-min
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Ashley C.

Canton, GA

About Ashley

I have over 15 years of teaching experience and look forward to teaching you!
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Phil R. June 9, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
3 lessons. 3 different children of different ages and skill levels... All three loved their lesson. So far so good. I'm very pleased at this point.
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Annie N. April 19, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Ashley is a delight! She is very patient with my 7 year old and my child loves her!
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Phoenix March 23, 2016
Piano · Online
Verified Student
My daughter loves Ashley. Says she is so talented and makes her feel so good about learning piano!
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Ashley C.

Canton, GA 30114
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$25 / 30-min
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Nicholas H.

Smyrna, GA

About Nicholas

Nicholas is a professional cellist that has studied since the age of 9. He has now been teaching the cello, viola, and violin for the past seven years for students of all ages, beginner to pre-college level.

Throughout Nicholas’s career, he has been an active member of Honors Orchestras, Youth Symphonies, Chamber ensembles, Opera Symphonies, and his university’s symphony. His music consists of mostly a classical nature with some contemporary and popular music ensembles.

Nicholas trained for three years in college under the renowned cellist Martha Gerschefski, whose accomplishments are to
o many to list. He also trained under Christopher Rex, the principal cellist of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Nicholas now holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance at Georgia State University.
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Ashley June 1, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
FANTASTIC!!!
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David May 3, 2016
Cello · In studio
Verified Student
He is a great instructor. He explains everything from the basic. I will continue my lessons.
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unni April 21, 2016
Cello · Online
I was initially skeptical about taking online music lesson for my son. But Nicholas is very methodical and very attentive so that being online does not deter the lesson quality. Highly recommend him.
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Nicholas H.

Smyrna, GA 30080
(19)
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Sarah P.

Marietta, GA

About Sarah

Recent graduate from Jacksonville University with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. I have two years of experience teaching with excellent feedback from students. It should be fun to discover new patterns and ways of thinking! I always seek the most thorough and intuitive understanding of a subject possible and want the same for you. This creates the flexibility necessary to be able to teach you in whatever manner helps you best.
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Sarah P.

Sarah P.

Marietta, GA 30008
starting at
$20 / 30-min

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