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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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About Mark W.

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Gainesville, GA
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Study the style of music you enjoy with a knowledgeable, qualified Guitar Instructor w/an extensive background of recording, touring, & teaching experience.
Learn to jam to your favorite song & artist while improving your technical skills & musical knowledge.
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Kathy June 18, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Mark has a systematic way of teaching guitar. He is teaching me fundementals of the fret board so I can understand this amazing instrument. I have homework every week and he has taught me how to practice, he is a thoughtful, gifted musician and I am so glad. Found him.
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Kathy Burke October 31, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Mark is intuitive, talented and quite smart. He assessed my skill level and worked patiently to teach me new finger picking techniques. I thoroughly enjoyed my lesson. I learned so many new things and I cannot wait to go practice my guitar.
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Bill P. September 3, 2015
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Mark is very good. I'm fortunate to have an instructor of his caliber. He is patient with me and explains why we practice the the that we do.

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Mark W.

Gainesville, GA 30506
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About Mary Frances K.

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Peachtree Corners, GA

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About Mary Frances
TIME AVAILABILITY:
My availability changes from time to time. I am generally teaching after 2:30PM Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. I follow the Gwinnett County School schedule. I will post all holidays and other conflicts in the calendar.

SUMMER 2017: I have some openings for the summer that I'm not releasing in the availability calendar. Some of these time slots are tentatively reserved for students that plan to take the summer off and return in the fall. Send time requests through the Ask a Question feature or through Take Lessons staff.

LOCATION:
Mary Frances teaches exclusively from her home studio.

TEACHING OVERVIEW:
Mary Frances has been teaching voice since 1987. She works with youth and adults, beginner and advanced. She helps voice students develop a natural, healthy, beautiful sound, proper placement and projectio
n of the voice for singing and speaking. Her goal is to help singers gain fulfillment and joy while improving their art. She believes music should be fun and rewarding.

VOICE STUDENTS of hers have won university placement and scholarships and have been accepted into Allstate Chorus for High School in Georgia.

She also teaches PIANO. She has taught piano for about 10 years. She studied piano privately for 10 years and had further study at Indiana University.

Students wishing to have any COMBINATION of piano, music theory, sight reading and/or vocal development can receive a program of study that meets their individual needs.

PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE:
Mary Frances has performed with the Southeastern Savoyards Light Opera Company, the Atlanta Opera Chorus and Studio, the Atlanta Symphony Chorus, Marietta Theater in the Square, and Neighborhood Playhouse. She has sung title roles in Patience, Little Red Riding Hood and Hansel and Gretel. Other roles include Josephine in HMS Pinafore, the Princess in The Student Prince, and Connie in The 1940'™s Radio Hour.

She has performed many roles with Capitol City Opera Company (CCOC) including Annina in The Saint of Bleecker Street, Bastienne in Mozart's Bastien and Bastienne, Nora in Vaughan Williams' Rider's to the Sea, and Gilda in Milton Granger'™s Talk Opera. She sang for many years in CCOC's school outreach program. She has sung many concerts for CCOC as well.

Mary Frances was a soloist in Handel's Messiah for Peachtree Presbyterian Church. She has worked as the soloist at The First Church of Christ Scientist in Roswell, Georgia and at The Second Church of Christ Scientist in Sandy Springs, Georgia ( This church has now closed). She occasionally directs and sings in the choir, and substitutes for the cantorial soloist at Congregation Dor Tamid in Alpharetta, Georgia.

EDUCATION:
Mary Frances holds a bachelors degree from Indiana University School of Music in both Voice and Theater. Mary Frances was a long time student of Elizabeth Colson (now deceased) of Atlanta, Georgia. She has attended Brevard Music Center, The Georgia State Opera Workshop and the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. While in Graz, Mary Frances was a finalist in the Meistersinger competition.

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RECOMMENDATIONS FOR LESSON LENGTH:
Voice students: 30 minutes for young students up to 5th grade. 45 minutes for young students in Middle School and some 5th graders. 45 or 60 minutes preferred for high school students and adults. Piano students: 30 minutes for most beginners of any age. 45 minutes for young intermediate level and adult students.

TEACHING STYLE AND CURRICULUM:
ALL: My teaching style is relaxed yet progressive. I use positive reinforcement to encourage progress with adults and children. Students are allowed to progress at their own pace which varies with age, coordination, processing speed and previous exposure to musical education.

PIANO: I prefer the Alfred'™s Basic Piano Library series for my piano students. I find that my students learn more music theory and music reading with this series. If the student has started lessons in a different series, I can work with that as well. I have a large music library that provides a wide selection of music in addition to the Alfred books. I expect most beginning students to learn basic music reading and theory in 3 to 6 months. They should also to be able to play simple tunes in that time. I am an active professional singer, so I have a large library of vocal material at my disposal.

All piano students are REQUIRED to have an instrument to practice on at home. The piano MUST HAVE AT MINIMUM:
IF Digital - 88 full sized, weighted keys with polyphonic sound ( at least 10 keys should be able to sound at at the same time) and a sustain pedal,
OR - If Accoustic - maintained and properly tuned.

VOICE: I begin my voice lessons with breathing techniques and vocal placement using widely accepted exercises coming from a large body of sources such as:
Vaccai, professional level vocal teachers, coaches and directors that I have worked with and learned from over the last 30 years, and the writings of highly acclaimed authors in the vocal field. I also have a wide selection of art song books, oratorio, musical theatre, and opera. My background is classical and musical theatre, but I believe all styles of singing need the basic skills of breathing and vocal placement. I strive to keep voices healthy as well as find each student's most beautiful sound. Most students will see progress in breath control, range, projection and diction in 3 to 6 months.

Repertoire is chosen on an individual basis depending both physical and musical ability. Younger students and beginners will be encouraged to not push their voices with material that is too difficult for their individual abilities because singing requires a certain amount of physical endurance. My goal is to find each student's natural sound without strain for whatever style he or she
sings.

Voice students are encouraged to bring a recording device to lessons to use for later practice and study.

STUDIO EQUIPMENT AND LIBRARY:
Piano, Computer with Internet Access, Library of Music and Reference Materials (Sample Listing): Alfred's Basic Piano Library Books Twenty-Four Italian Songs and Arias, Medium High and Medium Low Voice; Schirmer Sing at First Sight; Alfred Basics of Singing by Jan Schmidt; Schirmer Many Soprano Collections of Arias, Oratorio, Sacred, and Art Songs from Schirmer Several Broadway Music Collections from Hal Leonard Discover Your Voice by Oren Brown Training the Speaking Voice by Virgil Anderson International Phonetic Alphabet for Singers by Wall Dynamics of the Singing Voice by Meribeth Bunch Classical Singer Magazine Subscription Journal of Singing, The Official Journal of the National Association of Teachers of Singing,Inc.Subscription

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I am classically trained bel canto voice teacher, but I can work with broadway and pop styles. I teach sight singing for students pursuing auditions for All State Chorus and College entrance, etc. I use the Alfred Basic Piano Series for Piano students
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Mike Davis September 13, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Very knowledgable and patient teacher - recommended!
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Jennifer G. June 13, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Mary K Frances is a truly excellent teacher! My 14 yr. old daughter loved working with her. She possesses an impressive depth of talent, experience and a detailed understanding of the voice and vocal techniques. These qualities and a patient kind manner, enables her to teach any student at any level from beginner to seasoned professional. Anyone interested in improving their voice would be lucky to have her!
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Alizia S. March 1, 2016
· Singing · In studio
She was patient with me, completely sweet, and clear with her instructions.
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Mary Frances K.

Mary Frances K.

Peachtree Corners, GA 30092
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About Lisa H.

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Alpharetta, GA

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I provide high-quality piano and harp lessons in my studio in Alpharetta. Lessons are cured specifically towards the individual student. I am a degreed professional musician and have a lot of experience. Harp rentals are available.
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Mike F. December 2, 2015
· Harp · In studio
Ms. Handman is a wonderful instructor. She is very patient and encouraging, and gives the student appropriate-level pieces to practice.
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Lisa H.

Lisa H.

Alpharetta, GA 30022
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$35 / 30-min

About Lucy K.

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Woodstock, GA

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About Lucy
Lucy K. is an active flutist and teacher in the Atlanta area. She is a member of the Symphony on the Square Orchestra, SOTS Woodwind Quintet, Jubilate Flute Quartet and The Flute Choir of Atlanta. Ms. K. has toured internationally with the International Flute Orchestra, recorded with the National Flute Choir, Flute Choir of Atlanta and the National Lydia Fellowship Worship Team. She has been selected to play in the National Flute Association Professional Flute Choir. Ms. K. is currently a flute clinician at several local schools.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lucy welcomes students of all ages and levels to her studio. She believes that music is a gift from God and to be used for His glory. Because of this, her desire is to instill a love of music in each student and to help each one reach his or her full potential. Lucy provides a posit
ive and encouraging environment to bring out the best in each student musically while taking into account their different learning styles. She also offers annual flute recitals to give students the opportunity to perform solos, as well as in duets, trios, quartets and a flute choir. Lessons are usually 30 minutes but 45 or 60 minutes lessons are available as well. Lucy teaches out of her home studio located in Woodstock, GA (North Atlanta).​

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music stands, music, flutes, tuner, metronome, computer, piano

*** Travel Equipment ***
music, music stand, flute, metronome, tuner

*** Specialties ***
classical music
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Hannah P. February 9, 2017
· Flute · In studio
very nice and patient with my 11 yo daughter who is just starting on flute.
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Lil H. June 12, 2015
· Flute · In studio
My daughter has taken from Lucy for a couple of months on the recommendation of her middle and high school band directors. Her confidence and sound quality have greatly improved. Lucy is a patient and kind teacher, but pushes my daughter to do her bast.
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April S. June 11, 2015
· Flute · In studio
While our daughter has been taking private flute lessons for 5 years, she just started private lessons with Lucy this year. Her progress has been tremendous. Lucy has helped her improve her technique, sight reading, and overall playing quality. We highly recommend her.
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Lucy K.

Lucy K.

Woodstock, GA 30188
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$40 / 30-min
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About Jiyeon K.

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Suwanee, GA

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• Fun and Structured Piano Lessons at My Home Studio or Your Own Home
• 30, 45, and 60 Minute Lessons Available
• Ages: 3+ and All Levels Welcome
• Member of: MTNA, Georgia MTA,Gwinnett County MTA, NFMC, CAPMT
• Teacher of: CAPMT Romantic Festival Winners, Multiple NFMC
Scholarship Winners, Bach Festival Winners
• NFMC, MTNA, Junior Bach Festival, Recital, and Competitions Annually
• Fluent in both English and Korean
• 32 Years of experience
• Teach in both American Method (Letter system) and European Method
(Solfege) upon Request
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Ramachandran December 16, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Thorough and detail. Takes time to explain and ensures the topic is well understood before moving on.
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Richard D. August 16, 2017
· Piano · In home
Only one lesson so far, but exactly what I was looking for. Great lesson structure, work assignments, and tips to help speed things along.
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Ann D. July 2, 2017
· Piano · In studio
She has been a great piano teacher for my son from the beginning of his piano studies. He has improved in all areas from technic, musicality, and theory. Highly recommended for all levels of piano playing.
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Jiyeon K.

Jiyeon K.

Suwanee, GA 30024
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$29 / 30-min

About Taylor R.

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Woodstock, GA
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Hello! My name is Taylor! I currently teach after-school keyboard classes at Fulton/Cobb county schools through FineArtsMatters. I was a piano student (just like you!) for twelve whole years! I was also in wind ensembles, and marching bands, as a tuba-ist and clarinetist up until 2016. Thanks to my wonderful teachers, including Susan Naylor from Reinhardt University, I hope that I am ready to help guide you on your own musical journey! I like to make lessons all about you: what your goals are, and how I can help get you there!

If classical music isn't your thing, no problem! I have actually been a pianist/accompanist for musical theater productions like Legally Blonde, Into the Woods, Jekyll and Hyde, and a few more. I can even teach you how to accompany yourself while you sing. Although I am a huge advocate of learning what you want,
I am also a huge stickler for music theory. So I will also teach you the "why" and "how" of music!
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Taylor R.

Taylor R.

Woodstock, GA 30188
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$42 / 30-min

About MK G.

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Marietta, GA
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Hi! My name is MK, and I am 20 years old. I love teaching the violin, especially to kids. I started playing violin when I was 4, and now I am in college playing the violin everyday. I currently teach at a company called Suzuki Talent Education Program located in Atlanta, but I am always looking to teach more people.
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MK G.

MK G.

Marietta, GA 30066
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$34 / 30-min

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Kennesaw, GA

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I've played in numerous ensembles from blues bands to metal bands. I am a bass and guitar player and also have experience in the big band setting on trombone and tuba. I have an understanding of music theory and composition. I am currently studying jazz composition and improvisational techniques in my free time apart from school and work. If you're looking to build a strong sense of rhythm and gain a working knowledge of music that can be readily applied during any situation then I'm your guy.
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Evan G.

Evan G.

Kennesaw, GA 30144
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$25 / 30-min

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Teresa Sheppard has been performing as a harpist in the Atlanta area for the past 6 years. She enjoys pursuing many genres of music, focusing on Classical repertoire and her first love, music from the Celtic Isles. She was awarded the US Scottish Harp National Championship in 2014 and 2015. In 2015, Teresa traveled to Scotland and Ireland, having the opportunity to study with renowned Scottish and Irish harp players, including Ailie Robertson, Corrina Hewat, and Janet Harbison.

She taught as a harp instructor with the Atlanta Junior Ceili Band from 2014-2015, and has taught Celtic music workshops with harp ensemble classes at Drew Charter School in Atlanta.

Teresa has performed in various ensemble settings, including harp ensembles and the Atlanta Junior Ceili Band, at events such as the 2015 American Harp Society National Confer
ence, Atlanta Celtic Christmas, IrishFest Atlanta, and WELSHfest. She loves making music with others and she is a frequent participant in many Celtic sessions in the Atlanta area. Teresa currently studies harp with Elisabeth Remy Johnson and is pursuing a Music Education degree at Kennesaw State, performing regularly with the KSU orchestra and wind ensemble throughout the school year.
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Teresa S.

Teresa S.

Marietta, GA 30062
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$35 / 30-min

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