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About Stephen M.

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Peachtree Corners, GA
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As a more seasoned music teacher, I’m learning that it’s essential to tailor music lessons to each client’s (family’s) individual goals. And no matter what the family’s goals may be, life is too short for a music teacher to ever stress out a student or the parents. For this reason, I try my best to impart as many smiles and laughs as I can into every music lesson. Also, I have a mindset that music lessons can have high standards AND be fun, not have high standards OR be fun; however, I will always regularly communicate with parents and students to make sure that their high standards and mine are on the same page.

As for my training, I have two degrees in vocal performance from Georgia State University and am currently “continuing education” as a staff singer at the renowned Episcopal Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta.
While at Georgia State, I had the good fortune to observe in action some of the most phenomenal musicians in Atlanta: Dwight Coleman, Dr. Peter Marshall, and Maestro Michael Palmer. Since that time, I’ve studied voice privately with bass Jason Hardy and soprano Sharon Stephenson, and I’ve fine-tuned, pun intended, both my vocal and pianistic musicianship by singing in choirs led by phenomenal directors like Dr. Eric Nelson, Walter Huff, and Dr. Dale Adelmann.

And not being a stranger to accomplishments in teaching (voice and piano), in 2013 I was recognized as a Top Teacher for student retention, communication with parents and staff, general positive feedback, and overall professionalism. In addition, both my voice and piano students regularly receive superior ratings at the local National Federation of Music Clubs festivals, pass ABRSM theory and piano exams, earn leading roles in school productions, and place in local talent shows.

P.S. For potential voice students, how many of you want to be a famous opera singer? My guess is, not many of you (to say the least :) However, what if I say, who would like to pretend they’re a famous bullfighter, a bird catcher (who likes to dress like a bird), an Ancient Egyptian, or a King or Queen while singing awesome music? Hopefully, more of you would try it. That’s why I love opera and classical singing. So I encourage you to watch, not just listen to, classical singing. You may be surprised at how cool it can be.
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Shari August 11, 2017
· Piano · In home
My son Burke has taken piano lessons from Stephen McCool for a few years and we think he is AWESOME! He shows a genuine interest in his students, stays serious about what he is teaching but also brings humor in to keep students from feeling stressed. It is clear that it brings him joy to share his love of music with his students. Mr. McCool is an excellent teacher and I would highly recommend him for students of any age.
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Andrew N. August 19, 2016
· Piano · In home
The first lesson was superb. Andrew really enjoyed his first piano class and really liked learning it from Mr. McCool. After class, Andrew was immediately motivated to do his practice. Mr. McCool is very encouraging, he makes the lesson easy going while making his student learned quickly (without pressure). We look forward to the next lessons with him. Leaving the students with their own desire to learn and to love music is indeed very important. He delivers that traits well.
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Roopa R. June 30, 2015
· Piano · In home
He works great with kids! Has the perfect balance and isn't strict. My daughter really enjoys her lessons.
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Stephen M.

Stephen M.

Peachtree Corners, GA 30092
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MISSION STATEMENT:

The mission of my studio is to create well-rounded, educated musicians who will always have a lifelong passion for the art no matter their long-term goals. I strive for my students to be:

(1) Lifelong learners who develop successful learning habits.
(2) Creative and critical thinkers who will become effective communicators.
(3) Responsible and respectful members of society who respect other cultures.
(4) Able to set short-term and long-term goals and be able to see them through to their success.

TEACHING PHILOSOPHY:

It is of the utmost importance that my students are well-educated in their chosen instrument; they must know and understand music and music-making. Students who can play are a dime a dozen, but students who understand the music they are playing are often hard to find. I teach students to kno
w music thoroughly, not just to “play.” I desire my students to comprehend elements of the score, to use their bodies effectively to make good sound, and to interpret music creatively and according to historical performance practices across all genres of music. Thus, I give students a purposeful education in technique, quality literature, performance and artistry, music theory, and music history.

Although students differ in ability and development, I maintain high expectations for our students. I expect attention and respect in lessons, faithful and diligent practice, careful adherence to instructions, and an “I’ll-do-my-best” attitude. If students regularly meet these expectations, then they will excel to the level that they are able. It is my joy to help students master their music, to do the best they can, and to strive for and achieve excellence.

Lastly, I want students to enjoy and appreciate their instrument, music, and music-making; and I know as as a teacher, I am very influential in making this happen. Students develop enjoyment of music by understanding music, experiencing success in music, being exposed to good and varied genres of music, and receiving instruction from a teacher who is enthusiastic and encouraging. It is my goal to provide all of these opportunities for students, and as a result their lives will be enriched as they enjoy their instrument.
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Patricia K. June 23, 2018
· Opera Voice · In studio
Amazing first lesson!
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Stan B. May 30, 2018
· Acting · In studio
Great lesson! Maria is really insightful and gives very pratical advice. I felt like I learned more in just one session with Maria than I learned in an entire class. I am looking forward to my next lesson.
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Jasmine July 22, 2017
· Acting · In studio
Best acting coach I've ever used. Helped me land a supporting role in an upcoming movie taping here in Atlanta. I would highly recommend her to anyone.
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Maria M.

Maria M.

Atlanta, GA 30342
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About Sara Ann B.

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Atlanta, GA
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About Sara Ann
I pace our lessons and over explain a technic to make certain the client gets the concept in a HUMORFUL, JOYFUL way. Patiently we apply it to a song that is your target song or to how and what you want product or YOU you want to sell to clients/your job/your promotion/ your new career.
With two masters degrees in voice and speech-language pathology, with specializing in eliminating chronic hoarseness and giving you the perfect foreign accent, I am a premier singing teacher who still sings at jazz jams sessions and former university professor of Kristin Linklater and Alexander methods. I previously was a full time professor of voice and music education, a Fulbright instrumental/vocal teacher at high school level, an elementary music supervisor. Presently, I am a film experienced screener for festivals, play bass guitar, I teach in pers
on onsite in a group, on Skype, and in Buckhead Atlanta 1:1 pitching your voice as an actor or salesman or singer. Clients love how I mold at least one technique to your speaking & singing voice the first 30 minute session.
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Alena July 15, 2018
· Accent Reduction · In studio
Love the lessons with Sara Ann - informative, interesting, and always helpful! She is a true speech master who can clearly identify what is missing and find excellent tools to fix it. of My first language is Russian and I was always excited to minimize its presence when I speak English. I tried some online videos but realized unless someone in person points you to what exactly sounds wrong, there won't be any results.
Sara Ann is awesome in explaining details and makes it all smooth and easy. I can really see improvements. Highly recommend!
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Vasileios June 4, 2018
· Accent Reduction · In home
Wow! Sara is an excellent tutor! She knew how to pass her knowledge to me and she taught me various tricks on how to reduce my Greek accent. Highly recommended.
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Elvira January 14, 2018
· Speaking Voice · Online
I take speaking voice lessons from Sara Ann to reduce my Russian accent.
I just love our sessions. Sara Ann is a very experienced teacher and defines essential problems right away. I am amazed by her profound knowledge of subject, intelligence, creative teaching approach, charming style and genuine desire to help her students.
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Sara Ann B.

Sara Ann B.

Atlanta, GA 30305
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About Justice E.

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Lawrenceville, GA
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Hi, I am Justice
I'm a director and music producer with approximately 20 years in the music industry.
As the son of a preacher, I began music by toying with the musical instruments in my home, which transpired me to play for my father's church at the age of 14.
After 8 years of music, I became a member of various musical groups in Ghana/West Africa, and later participated in European tours with famous artists and other European groups. Living in Germany for 15 years, I studied music theory, which tremendously enhanced and polished my musical expertise.
I have become a passionate and talented music teacher, with a very unique and effective style of teaching.
Today, I teach all ages with the mission to inspire and bring out the music in them.
My teaching philosophy is based on my belief that learning is fun!
Through practice and help
ful instruction, I will work with you to achieve your goals in a relaxed, and encouraging environment with positivity and praise.
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Rahsun January 11, 2018
· Piano · In home
So far the lessons are going very well. Justice is doing a fantastic job! My son was playing a simple song on the piano by the end of his first lesson. Great Job Justice! I'm looking forward to our remaining lessons.
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Reginald October 16, 2017
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My boys have been receiving piano lessons from Justice for a month now and they are loving it! He really relates to three very well and they respond in kind. He is attentive to them during the lessons and communicates what they need clearly to me. Couldn't have been happier with anyone else.
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Alma T. October 12, 2017
· Piano · In home
Justice is a great teacher. He is very knowledgeable as well as patient. Justice has a method of simplifying complicated music theory making it easy to understand. I look forward to every lesson.
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Justice E.

Justice E.

Lawrenceville, GA 30043
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About Raymond A.

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Jonesboro, GA

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MY BACKGROUND:
Originally from Port Huron Michigan Ray A. began learning to play the piano at age 5. His formal studies in piano include training at Bellarmine University (jazz studies) and the Naval School of Music (classical and jazz studies). Ray also completed electronics and computer studies DeVry University to stage his background for electronic music and music media.

MY EDUCATOR EXPERIENCE:
Ray served as the Music Media/MIDI Specialist and piano instructor at the Naval School of Music during the mid and late 90's and 2010-2014. His expertise allowed him to design develop and implement a music media/MIDI program for the Armed Forces Music Program. This program played a significant role in futurizing the way military musician's train produce and perform music. As a private instructor Ray has continued to developed and influenc
e many musicians at the beginner intermediate and advanced levels of training. His practical systematic and thorough teaching method allows students to develop quickly and rise to their full potential. Retiring from military music recently Ray is busy working on various recording projects and freelancing as a pianist/keyboardist teaching private lessons and providing music media services in the greater Atlanta area.

MY PERFORMANCE:
As a performing artist Ray has worked as a professional musician for the last 25 years performing around the world in more than 20 different countries with various ensembles. He has recorded on numerous albums with various artists to include the Army Ground Forces Band, Orquesta Sensacional, and most recently with the Ian Charleton Big Band (Brain Chatter Album available on Spotify). Ray is fluent and proficient in many different styles and genres of music. Specializing in jazz and Latin styles he is truly a master improviser and soloist. Ray's style of playing is influenced by artist like Herbie Hancock Chic Corea Oscar Peterson and Thelonious Monk. Ray has also performed and,or recorded with some of the most accomplished musicians from around the world to include Grover Washington Jr., Hillary Jones, Gerald Chavis, Roy Richardson, Gary Harris, Don Tillman, Brett Anderson, Corey Cross, Alfie Moss, Abdu Salim, Joel Joyner, Dexter Whitaker, Jim Lambie, Jamie Abersold, and Wayne Bergeron just to name a few. He has also had the distinguished honor to perform for former presidents Ronald Regan and George Bush. Ray aspires to be the consummate musician.

FOR BEGINNER PIANO STUDENTS:
For students just starting out I use the Leila Fletcher Piano series, John Thompson, or Alfred series. After students are doing establish the basic and are doing well I introduce music theory and technique (scales, basic chords, and technical exercises) as well.

FOR INTERMEDIATE AND ADVANCED LEVEL STUDENTS:
I define intermediate level students as students who already have had 2 yo 4 years of lessons and experience and can already play pretty well. With this level of student I work on strengthening their foundation and rounding out and diversifying their skill set. usually with this level of student they have specific goals in mind that we work towards as well.

The intermediate level is also where various piano and music styles are addressed to include classical, pop, rock, R&B, country, blues, jazz (modern & swing) and Latin, contemporary christian, and gospel. The technical aspects of playing these styles like chords, chord progressions, scales, modes, licks and ornaments,technical exercises, sight reading, lead sheet interpretation, music theory, ear training, playing by ear, song form, and improvisation, intros & endings, and performance concepts and techniques are addressed as well.

OVERVIEW:
Overall my students that apply themselves usually progress quickly and exponentially. some of them have went on to be professional musicians and band leaders and have far surpassed their initial intended goals and objectives.
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Kat July 12, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Mr. Ray always challenged my child to be ready for his next lesson! I believe he is one of the best! My son in 5 months was very well advanced over students who had played for a couple of years. #best
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Barbara Gibbs February 10, 2018
· Piano · In studio
My 14 year old daughter found Mr. Akers because she wanted to continue playing the piano. I've noticed a significant change in her dexterity, knowledge and posture since being under his musical influence. Compassionate about bringing out the best in young people & making them feel powerful in there gift to deliver the very best they hold within. I'm Thankful for his geniusnist!
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Vy V. January 19, 2018
· Piano · In studio
I've taken lessons with Mr. Ray for about 4 months and each lesson has been a very rewarding experience. Mr. Ray is very patient and encouraging to me as an adult learner. He is also very attentive and meticulous in terms of not just how I sound like, but the overall artistic meaning behind each sound I create. He'd told me that "The sky is the limit". I can definitely see my potential and progress just from the last 5 lessons I've had with him. Thank you so much, Mr. Ray!
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Raymond A.

Raymond A.

Jonesboro, GA 30238
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About Ashley A.

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NEWS as of 6/22/17 - This July Ashley will be moving to Athens, GA to pursue her Master of Music degree at the University of Georgia as a graduate teaching assistant. Her studio will now be located in Athens, GA and teaching will begin on Sept. 1, 2017.

NEWS as of 3/28/17 - LIMITED AVAILABILITY due to performance schedule. I am currently only teaching on Tuesdays (all day) and Mondays. Please check calendar for your ideal time

I have a Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance, and have been teaching voice for 9 years. My students are regularly accepted into Honors choruses, community and academic musical productions, and are accepted into arts middle and high schools.
Teaching voice is my passion, and I love to teach individuals of all ages and ability levels. I teach with a very relaxed approach or a very directive one, and a
nything in between, depending on each person's needs. I have found that a positive attitude and a nurturing setting go furthest in helping people develop as singers. I have experience teaching both male and female voices, transgender voices, and almost all genres of music.

Professional Bio:

Hailed for her effortless high notes, warm timbre, and vocal agility, coloratura soprano Ashley A. is a versatile performer and advocate of early and contemporary music.

In 2017/18, Ashley makes her European début singing the roles of Aricie in Rameau’s Aricie et Hyppolite and Diana in Cavalli’s La Calisto with Woodhouse Opera Festival in London. Upcoming engagements also include medieval repertoire with early music group Lauda Musicam, a presentation of Baroque music for the Historical Keyboard Society of North America, and two programs with Savannah Baroque: Love and Passion and Donne in Musica, the latter presenting music of female composers of the Baroque era. In the summer, she will return to the Savannah Voice Festival as a second year studio artist under the tutelage of Sherrill Milnes.

In 2016, Ashley was in a featured soloist in Haydn’s Missa brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo, and prior to that she portrayed the role of Josephine in HMS Pinafore presented by Asbury Memorial Theatre. She was a featured soloist on a program of medieval Spanish repertoire with early music ensemble The Goliards, which she has collaborated with since 2010.

Other past operatic performances include Ännchen in Der Freischütz, Barbarina, La Contessa and Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Erste Dame, Pamina and Papagena in Die Zauberflöte, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, and Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance.

Ashley has pursued the study of voice, vocal pedagogy, acting, and Alexander Technique with teachers from around the country since 2008. Currently, she studies with Sharon Stephenson, Dr. William Lavonis, and Dr Ron Dennis. She resides in Atlanta, Georgia where she maintains a private studio in addition to her performance schedule.
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Amanda January 30, 2017
· Singing · In studio
I've only had 1 lesson with Ashley, but really look forward to continue working with her. She's super knowledgeable, very welcoming and encouraging. I feel (even after 1 lesson) that I have clear, specific goals to work on for the next lesson.
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chi wai October 5, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Ashley is an amazing teacher. She is very professional. I have learned so much from her already on my first lesson. Not only she is a great singer herself, she is a great teacher. I feel very confident taking lessons from her.
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Christine B. September 19, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Ashley was very professional. My daughter responded well to her teaching style. Ashley requested the music my daughter was working on in advance and suggested other song choices for her voice. Ashley played the music on the piano while my daughter sang. She did breathing techniques and other voice warm ups too. She even gives homework. We love her and HIGHLY RECOMMED her.
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Ashley A.

Ashley A.

Athens, GA 30606
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About Rajesh P.

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Rajesh P.

Rajesh P.

Cumming, GA 30041
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About Alexander C.

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Canton, GA
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Many of my students present and past say that I am the best of the best because I make learning music fun. If the music learning experience isn't fun, than a person should find something else to do. I combine pop, classical, and jazz into my piano lessons. I believe that a person must have the ability to read music in both clefs and apply this to the piano keyboard. Scales, chords, and exercises especially in the beginning stages are important. I have a gift from God as I have tonal memory where I can look at a piece of music and automatically hear what the notes sound like. I am very patient with my students and try to challenge them according to their ability. I am a professional musician, songwriter, and inventor. I have references from present parents and students which can be contacted to get information on how lessons
with me as the instructor were like . Hopefully we can make the connection for a great music learning experience. I have had a recent background check and everything is A-OK.
Alexander (Alex) C. aka Mr. C
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Mary June 5, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Alex is a great inspiring teacher on the piano. He is patient and has many years
of teaching experience. I have learned so much in so little time. I highly
recommend him as your teacher.
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Alexander C.

Alexander C.

Canton, GA 30115
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Hello! My name is Cole Parker and I am a graduate of Peachtree Ridge High School. During my time in high school, I was involved in my choir for 4 years. Specifically, it is due to my experience in the advanced chorale that I am here today. Learning to sing technically has taught me so much about how to teach myself and others. I used to be a very average singer, I will admit that. Luckily, through many years of trial and error, long hours, and self discovery, I am proud to say I am confident. I understand your struggles, so I can help you.

In terms of what type of music I have a passion for teaching, I have a large range. Anything from chorale, jazz, contemporary, or musical, I love.

I have also played guitar for 8 years and know how to read music in both singing and guitar. I believe that reading music is not necessary for many v
oice students, but it can open up a lot of doors.

I hope to hear from you soon and we can get a start on pursuing your and my passion.
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Cole P.

Lawrenceville, GA 30043
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Music & visual artist, and Atlanta resident, Aja Kahti, naturally fell into the role of creative consulting. Being immersed in the art world for most of her life, Aja grew up studying music in schools like Settlement Music School in Philadelphia, stowing away in studio sessions, playing just about every role from singer-songwriter, to producer and vocal coach. While studying the sociological effects of creative culture through the "urban underground" scenes of Atlanta, Philly, and New York City, while building an adventurous, entrepreneurial career as a musician, writer, performance artist, painter, and repurpose designer, among other things, Aja has built the brand, Naked Wanderlust, with her signature style and overall creative approach to life.
After studying public relations, and media technology at Delaware State University, on a v
ocal scholarship, and completing a communications and hospitality internship with the Walt Disney World Resort, Aja Kahti spent several years bouncing across creative platforms, as young artists do. Known for her faerie-like presence and style, distinctive wordplay, and vocal talent; Aja's organic and refreshing approach to creating​ is what makes her such a visionary talent. She always brings the mature perspective of beauty and gratitude to her art; with a youthful innocence that belies her age. Taking an interest in curating, creative directing, and artist development, seems natural for someone so rooted in the artistic nomadic lifestyle.
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Nomi June 23, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Aja was very patient with me while I was beginning my artist development stage of my career. She helped me have a stronger stage presence and also helped smooth out my voice for studio recordings. It was challenging but definitely worth it!!
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Aja-Kahti M.

Atlanta, GA 30324
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