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The Inspirational Sounds of Decatur: From Piano to Voice

By Alexandrea L.-Decatur Piano Teacher

Over the years, Atlanta has grown in popularity in the music industry bringing more students, musicians, and producers to our area. As a piano teacher from Decatur, GA, I have the advantage understanding that Atlanta is not just an urban setting. Rather, Atlanta is a small city, nonetheless, that contains suburban towns that surround or are within the Metropolitan area. One of those towns is Decatur. Decatur is a suburban, historical town located within the Atlanta Metropolitan Area.

I love living and teaching piano lessons in Decatur. As a full-time student of Agnes Scott College, a private all girls college in Decatur, I have the advantage of living amongst authentic architecture, historical monuments, and most importantly, the music.

Decatur is a very artsy town. When you look down any street in Decatur you will see music schools or music venues. Musicians from all over the country travel to Georgia to perform in one of Georgia’s most successful venues, which is Eddie’s Attic, located in the heart of Decatur. It was here where artists such as John Mayer and Janelle Monae got their start. It makes me proud to know that I will be graduating from the same place as Alma Mater of Sugarland lead singer, Jennifer Nettles. I absorb all of theses characteristics of Decatur and use it in my artistic endeavors. I am always inspired to think and create outside of the box. I only hope that my students feel the warmth of Decatur and are inspired just as much as I am. What better place to teach music than in a creative town? It is here that my students can learn and discover passions to help them become better singers, pianists, and individuals.

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David M.

Atlanta, GA

PIANO LESSONS FOR ADULTS: Beginning to Advanced Piano Lessons

Weekly lessons are provided for beginning, intermediate, and advanced students; students preparing for advanced degree programs in the performing arts; and professional and semiprofessional musicians looking to bridge skill gaps, refine musical artistry or overcome performance anxieties.

If you're someone who's always wanted to learn how to play the piano but could never find the time, David is the right teacher for you.

If you're a producer, already play another instrument or you're a vocalist who's always wanted to learn how to play the piano, read chord charts, improve sight reading abilities and/or learn the common musical language spoken with other musicians, then David is the right instructor for you.

No matter what level, David can help you improve your playing and makes every effort to honor every musical genre and interest from rock to classical.

*** Studio Equipment ***
David's office/music ...

About David

David M, M.Ed. grew up immersed in the music industry in the Muscle Shoals Alabama area where greats such as Cher, the Allman Brothers and Aretha Franklin got their start recording with the world renowned Muscle Shoals Sound. Click, here, to see the trailer for the documentary about the legendary "Muscle Shoals".

After playing piano professionally while in high school, David attended the University of Montevallo- Alabama's oldest and most respected music school and earned a Bachelor of Music Education in Piano and Voice. In fact, David studied classical piano with Dr. Robert Cowan of the i
nternationally acclaimed duo piano team- Yarbrough and Cowan and studied voice with Bruce Tolbert and Madame Baruvka- a world renowned European opera singer. Additionally, David was also a fellow classmate of the current Broadway diva, Rebecca Luker.

After graduating from Montevallo, David moved to Atlanta and starred in professional musical theatre while working as a public school choral music director and attending Georgia State University for Post Baccalaureate studies in Theatre. In fact, David completed some of his actor training at the HB Acting Studio in NYC.

Some of David's favorite roles include the Dentist in Little Shop of Horrors, Rudolfo in A View from the Bridge, Serge in The Food Chain, the teacher in School House Rock, Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls, multiple characters in The Harvey Milk Show and Raywanda in Saga: The Story of Whitney Bonneville. David has been seen on stage at the 14th Street Playhouse, Neighborhood Playhouse, Actor's Express, Terrific New Theatre, the World Congress Center and the Crystal Pistol Theatre at Six Flags Over Georgia.

In 1995, David earned a Master of Education in Counseling from Georgia State University and completed 2 more years of additional Post Graduate studies in Counseling at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

After working in the public and private schools for a number of years, David combined his music, theatre and counseling experience into creating David M Artist Development in 2005. In fact, David is one of the only piano and voice teachers in the country who's been cross trained in the areas of music, theatre, education and psychology.

David particularly enjoys working with semiprofessional and professional musicians and actors in the Atlanta area looking to expand their knowledge, skills and experience and adults who've ignored their creative sides for most of their life while attending to family and career matters instead.
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mohammed I. November 7, 2014
Acting · In studio
Verified Student
I have had an amazing experience with David. He has taken the time to truly get to know me and has set up our sessions based on what my goals are. He took his time to really understand what I needed to take my skills to a higher level. I feel that I was able to open up to him with total confidence and trust. I feel that he takes his time to really understand his students and mold his sessions to the needs of his students. I honestly feel that I have found a mentor who I will be reaching out to for all my needs.
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David M. February 18, 2013
Piano
Author and Motivator, Joyce Rennolds says...Phenomenal Results!

David, I am grateful to you for encouraging me to give up old beliefs about 'not being able to sing'. Since I am a Motivational Speaker and a New Thought Minister and teach an 'I can' attitude it never occurred to me to apply that idea to my singing voice. The results have been phenomenal. Thanks to your wonderful style of teaching I am now singing with confidence and poise in my church services. For my own pleasure I am becoming better and better at singing those wonderful Broadway tunes. Thank you for your encouragement, your professionalism, your unique style and your loving patience to work so diligently with me. You are the BEST!
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S B. February 13, 2013
Piano
Amazing Teacher and Gifted Musician

"I write this testimonial as a supporter of Mr. David Mashburn and his everlasting passion for implementing the love of music into young musicians like myself. I had the pleasure of being a student of Mr. Mashburn when I was in high school, and I can honestly say that experience helped enhance my skills as a pianist, singer and songwriter. His enthusiasm for the many faces of music, and his knowledge on how to properly develop one’s talent allowed me to grow as an artist. Through my academic matriculation through Morehouse College, Mr. Mashburn inspired a passion for writing and composing that led me to form a songwriting team named, Nemesis, under the direction of Russell Carter’s Artist Management company. I would not have found this passion and skill without the help of Mr. Mashburn, as he was the first one to encourage songwriting by helping me combine my skills as a pianist, singer and lyricist. He has been a teacher, counselor, and a friend to me. I credit my future successes to the humble beginnings as a student of Mr. Mashburn, and I am forever grateful to him. I hope he continues to spread the love of music to musicians everywhere."
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David M.

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Brandi B.

Stone Mountain, GA

In Piano, we focus on you learning the instrument and how to play it.

Basic reading is important so we do learn to read, and practice reading. (For example we go up to Alfred's Piano Book II; then switch focus)
We also focus on:
Chords
Improvisation
& Playing what you hear/ playing by ear

Actual materials and books I use:

Alfred d'Auberge Book One
Alfred's Basic Piano Library Book Level 2
The Secrets to Playing Piano by Ear, by Jermaine Griggs
+ other hand out materials

*Note: Students are not required to purchase any materials.

Any capable young child who can read, or adult can pick up these materials and learn on their own, but there are great advantages of having a teacher. Such as; bypassing unnecessary information, multi-dementional learning ( hands on, audio, visual), not to mention strategic planning by someone who understands your goals and cares about your progress.

I feel when my students win, I win. And I take personal joy and responsibility ...

About Brandi

My name is Brandi, I have been singing since the age of 3, and writing music, recording and producing since the age of 12. As a teenager I began playing piano and guitar as well. I am a college graduate of Jazz Studies; with a focus in Music Business, and Music Production and Engineer and was a vocal principle at Berklee College of Music; I attended Cuyahoga Community College, and Berklee College of Music. During my years of college I've studied, musical arranging, ear training, breathwork, songwriting, and many private musical lessons and more. Post college I have taken vocal mastery cla
sses in Atlanta, GA.

As a musician/singer I have performed in front of as many as 3,000 people, I recently had a full page feature in a magazine, as well as had FM Radio rotation for a song I wrote, sang and produced, and sold music on iTunes.

*** Lesson Details ***
What a student may expect from this teacher:
Within 3-6 months students shall a have a good grasp on the foundation of their instrument/ craft; have a controlled sound; be playing/ singing what he/she hears; stronger, more defined tone; be able to play through/ sing through at least one song; have expanded range; confidence; and of course tackling personal goals set within the lessons.

My Goal is to facilitate bringing out what greatness already lies within and to assist in that growth, as well as teaching new information and the how to apply. I am not very strict on notation, as far as reading music (Piano and Voice). Lessons with me will more consist of the meatier portion of music how to use the instrument, developing the sound, understanding chord structures, playing/ singing what you hear, techniques and how to put it all together musically. However I will go through musical notation and reading chords, but it will not be a focus. (If you desire to play/ sing classically, I may not be the best teacher for you.)

For MUSIC PRODUCTION: Producing musical tracks and recording artist is the root and the focus. The curriculum is sculpted from LOGIC PRO X, REASON and PRO TOOLS software (subject to change). Students learn how to create what he/she hears and how to format it all together; Students learn how to track and record/ mix in the most professionally used software; Mixing and Mastering shall be touched upon as well.

When it comes to teaching and application of knowledge for each student I am serious about his or her growth; I don't want anyone wasting their money or time, so practice and dedication is necessary.

*** Studio Equipment ***
88 Length Keyboard with hundreds of sounds
Studio Mics
Teaching white board
Music Software

*** Specialties ***
Pop/Rock, R&B/ Soul, Christian, Hip-Hop, Country, Folk; By Ear& Reading
Pro-Tools, Garage Band, Reason, Logic Pro X
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isaiah F. June 1, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Brandi is the best!! She has great patience andy her careful attention to detail that makes her so special. Will be continuing my Lessons with her !!! Hands Down the best instructor i've ever had!
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Andrea W. April 3, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Brandi is an exceptional teacher. She has only been working with my daughter for a couple of months and she has learned so much about the foundation of singing. My daughter enjoys her lessons and has begun to hear a big difference in her voice. I recently overheard her telling someone that her singing lessons has really improved her singing so Brandi is definitely a keeper!
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Jacob D. March 2, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
I took about a year and a half of lessons with Brandi so my review is past due. Straight to the point, Brandi is very talented, knowledgeable, patient, and pleasant to be around.

As an adult student I was apprehensive about taking piano lessons. I wondered what the experience would be like interacting with my teacher and how well I would take the material being covered. Brandi smashed the first concern on the first lesson, and over a period of time developed my confidence in my ability to play so that I would go out and explore new things on my own and try things that I would have otherwise thought were too challenging.

The depth of Brandi's knowledge added to my appreciation of our lessons. Music Theory was not something I expected to learn but it being laced in with the lessons completed it. I learned not only about playing the piano, but why it's being played that way. I am analytical, so this enhanced my experience and rounded my education.

Beyond being a great musician and instructor, Brandi is simply a pleasant person to be around. She takes a genuinely interest in all of her students as well as their progression. I was impressed that she was able to make me feel at ease when I was frustrated and struggling. This is important to confidence building, and vital to the student's drive to persevere.

Finally, I feel confident saying that Brandi will exceed your expectations, and show you how you can exceed your own. I was in the video above, but notice that I was the only person who did not mention how very grateful I am. So, I shall rectify this in my conclusion. I was very fortunate to have Brandi as an instructor and appreciate all the work she has put in to giving me an understanding of piano and music.
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Brandi B.

Stone Mountain, GA 30083
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starting at
$27 / 30-min
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Ossie M.

Decatur, GA

About Ossie

I started taking piano lessons at the age of eight under the instruction of Robert Wilson before switching to Rosaline Saunders Music Studio. I play by ear, but also read music. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Louisiana at Monroe with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music. My purpose is to create well rounded musicians, who can play all genres of music, and who will also know how to set the atmosphere with their music. I love teaching piano and I love teaching all ages. I began teaching piano in 2003 before becoming the founder of The Master's Hands Music Studio in 2004.
My greatest joy is seeing the knowledge and gift of music passed to others that was afforded me by the sacrifice of my late parents.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am patient but expect my students to practice so that our lessons are a continuation of the lessons taught before and not practice sessions in themselves. I use the Alfred's Basic Piano Lesson and Theory books. I believe in custom tailoring the lesson to each student. Finding out what you love and working to get you to the place of playing that music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Formal Living Room w/ f/w keyboard and seating for parents

*** Specialties ***
Teach all genres, specialize in gospel and R&B
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Cheryl G. December 3, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Ms. Ossie is an awwesome instrutor!!!!

I wiould like to let anyone know if they are interested in learning to play the piano, especially an older adult that Ms. Ossie is the instructor for you. She is very patient and extremely knowledgeable in piano as well as teaching. I have learned more from Ms. Ossie in a short period of time, than I did from taking lessons for a year, with another. I want to thank take lessons for hiring such a competent, passionate instructor.
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DwightA May 7, 2012
Very passionate!!

Ossie is a great instructor! She is very passionate about what she does. She is very patient and very easy to work with. Ossie passion translate well with my daughter, it helps with her confidence and makes her a better player. She's also very detail in her instructions, making it very easy to understand. I would recommend Ossie to anyone looking to learn to play piano. She is a very nice person and my daughter looks forward to the next lesson each and every week. She's great!!
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PlezJ December 30, 2011
An Awesome Learning Experience

My 10-year old daughter's lessons have exceeded my expectations. Ossie M. is professional, very knowledgeable, patient, yet challenging! My daughter took piano lessons at her school for 5 years before TakeLessons and it is like she is learning a new instrument: the attention to detail, the learning of music theory, the ability to learn to read music and play-by-ear are all outstanding attributes and she's only been taking classes for a month! I can't wait to see how good she is doing this time next year. I wish I could give Ossie M. TEN STARS!!!
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Ossie M.

Decatur, GA 30034
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starting at
$40 / 30-min
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LadySonya W.

Atlanta, GA

LadySonya Music Studio sessions are known around Atlanta as the epitome of non-traditional styled teaching. Lessons are tailored specifically to the student. If you're looking to read sheet music or just learn to play by ear, LadySonya will work with you to accomplish all set goals. She's worked with Grammy Award Winning Producer, Justice League to stars in the making. We're Atlanta's best kept secret, find out how. Take a look at our YouTube (Search LadySonyaMusic).

About LadySonya

To whom much is given, much is expected this quote impeccably describes LadySonya, an extraordinary talent in the Music Industry with an aspiration to use her skills to chase her dreams while inspiring others as well. LadySonya currently instructs piano lessons to aspiring music producers/artists as well as major music producers & artists in the industry, LadySonya Music Studio, in Atlanta, Ga. Just after starting the company in March 2008, LadySonya has consulted with numerous celebrity producers/artist such as Fat Boi, Kyron Leslie, Justice League, and others who have worked on tracks from a
rtists such as Usher, Travis Porter, Jody Breeze, Young Money, and more with the assistance of her networking skills and knowledge base structure of Music Theory. Nevertheless, it is her remarkable story of faith, dedication, and sacrifice that has genuinely defined the young professional, what lures many to her, and why she remotely continues to build her influential empire as a true business lady.

In 2007, LadySonya, a Georgia Peach native from Columbus, Georgia, and transfer student from Troy University to Georgia State University, began her life shift of miserably working 2-3 part-time jobs to prosper through college. In less than one year of living in Atlanta, LadySonya quit her part-time job as stock for Ross Department Store and decided to follow her dreams of being in the music industry. With no money saved, nothing but a Radio-Shack 76-key keyboard, and one year of college experience, she decided to start her own business of teaching piano lessons. She found a contracted job to teach at Tarang School of Music & Arts, Suwanee, Georgia, and began to make her infamous mark. LadySonya also found various online sites to assist with marketing her newly established company.
Many supporters on social media such as face book & twitter began to take notice of LadySonya's swift entrepreneurial progression and in May of 2009 LadySonya held her 1st annual Spring Recital for LadySonya Music Studio Company. The event inspired 75+ guests. Once the company began to bloom more she began to hold recitals twice a year, one in May and the other in December, filling the venue with up to 150+ guest per show. In 2011, LadySonya decided to take her name to the next level by writing her life story testimony of how she went through 7 part-times jobs in one year span along with almost giving up everything to move back to Columbus. During the summer months of 2011 LadySonya organized her very own Network (iNetworkDoYou) to help aspiring entrepreneur/music industry by encouraging them to gain valuable information to help them along the way.

Often mistaken for a fashion model, LadySonya is a celebrity piano instructor, with a lively girl next door attitude. However anyone views her, this young lady is establishing her brand as a music mogul, exercising her inner power to become highly successful.

It is dedication, drive, and determination that lead the role-model LadySonya to reach out to her numerous supporters and fans by creating an Annual Vision Board Extravaganza (2012) to empower others to reach follow their dreams, annually host two music recitals for the students to grow out of being shy musicians, create Lady University Movement to mentor young & older ladies desiring to be leaders, and assemble frequently as a motivational speaker and panelist as a entrepreneur inspirational expert.

Shut Up and Drive is the mental note that pushed LadySonya to the next level to be more than a piano teacher, but a business lady with ongoing dreams of being the next Oprah, with a diva attitude as Beyonce, and musician skills of Alicia Keys. She works day in and day out to build her empire of being a role model- I am LadySonya.

With strong family & spiritual backbone, LadySonya believes her ultimate purpose in life is to indeed inspire others to stay focused. Her alter-ego LadySonya is known to give you that extra boost of confidence and internal drive to set goals and achieve them. However you view LadySonya, as a musician, artist, entrepreneur, model or even social networker, know that she is on top of her business/brand and she's working hard to touch lives like never before with making her dreams come to reality.

Credits:

I started piano lessons at age 9.

Graduated from Shaw High School 2005 Honors in the Tri-M Music Honor Society. Served Vice-President of Tri-M Music Honor society my junior year and President my Senior year. I also was involved in the Gospel Choir, Advanced Chorus, and won 3rd Place in the Girls Trio.

Troy University Troy, Alabama Aug 2005- Dec 2006 Major:Music Industry I was involved in the Music Program. I studied Music Theory 1,2,3, Class Piano 1 and 2, Aural Skills (learning to hear music) Private Piano, Private Voice, Intro to Music Industry and Music History. I was involved in the Collegiate Choir, Gospel Choir which sung at Rosa Park funeral and museum.I was also a lead singer and also was involved in the Plays. I was also inducted into the Alpha Lambda Delta Society for freshmen whose GPA scored 3.5 or higher their first year of college.

Georgia State University Atlanta, Georgia 2007- currently Music Management I am currently pursing my degree.

Past Musician Duties:

Serving as director and musician for Youth and Gospel Choirs.

Smith Grove A.M.E Church in Columbus,Georgia 2001-2005

Allen Temple A.M.E Church in Columbus, Georgia 2002-2002

Cools Springs Baptist Church in Pittsview. Alabama 2004-2005

Mount Bethal A.M.E Church in Cussetta,Georgia 2005-2006

Mount Gilead A.M.E Church in Fortson,Georgia 2002-2011

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What students can expect from the lesson is "learning".

I am a very relaxed, fun, and motivated teacher. I teach everything from classical to gospel to country to pop music. One thing you will find out from my lessons are you are "learning" rather than "memorizing". Lessons are structured to the students needs. I put my all into the lesson to the last minute or maybe run a minute over but at the end I know I've done my job!

I like to make it fun, so I encourage students to bring in music they would like to learn even if I have to simplify it a bit!

I also try to teach different tricks to learn the theory.

Call today... You will be glad you did!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Logic 9, M-Audio Midi Controller 88- key

*** Specialties ***
Read Sheet Music
Play by Ear (Music Theory)
Ear- training skills
Chord Progressions
Scales/Chords

Pop, R&B, Gospel, Classical, Country, Contemporary Neo-Soul...
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SherinS December 7, 2011
I loved every lesson day with Sonya. She is absolutely fabulous. She has such professionalism. Its true her smile and patience can clear any mind even after a 10hrs work on a weekday and bring the music on..
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JeanelleB October 29, 2011
She is doing a great job keeping my son engaged in each lesson. He even enjoys his "homework"! Keep up the good work.
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SharmanC February 3, 2010
Sonya W.

She is very bright and happy. She teached calmly and makes the lessons enjoyable. I'm so glad I chose her.
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LadySonya W.

Atlanta, GA 30318
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Matthew T.

Decatur, GA

Matthew has been teaching basic piano since 1996 with an emphasis on reading and proper hand technique. Matthew sees the study of the piano as a comprehensive way to build a solid musical foundation that can be applied to any instrument or any style of music.Matthew believes that every student is different and tailors his teaching approach to the specific needs and goals of each individual player.

About Matthew

Matthew holds a BA in Voice and Classical Guitar from Wake Forest University, and a High School Performance Degree in Violin from the N. C. School of the Arts. Musical Director credits include the New American Shakespeare Tavern, the Georgia Renaissance Festival, Dad’s Garage, Actor’s Express, and Savage Tree Arts Festival. He has been teaching private lessons since 1996 and serving the Kirkwood community of Atlanta since 2003.
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Matthew T.

Decatur, GA 30030
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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