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About Maria M.

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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 Joy W.

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Atlanta, GA
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Hi, there! My name is Joy and I hope we get to work together! I've been singing for over 15 years, teaching private lessons since 2007 and I enjoy helping my students learn basic vocal technique, ear training, control, dynamics, and performance. Lessons are tailored individually based upon each student's style, level of skill and need.

A little about me... Currently touring with Will Reagan and United Pursuit. I have traveled, written, and sang with Grammy award winning songwriters and producers, and am a singer-songwriter myself. I sing all styles including Gospel, Jazz, Pop, R&B, Blues, Country, Hip Hop and Rock. I have trained at Berklee College of Music and also taught Contemporary Voice at an Arts School when I lived back in VA.*

I'm an easy-going and lively person. My teaching style is very relaxed, but thorough. I want my s
tudents to have a fun and comfortable learning environment. If you think I'm what you need, contact me so we can talk about your goals. Can't wait to meet you!

Joy

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Charla June 28, 2017
· Singing · In studio
I love what I've read, seen, and heard. But I'm scared to put down my info on here without talking to you individually first.......
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Jay June 28, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
Joy is an amazing and very knowledgeable singing coach. I was impressed by her professionalism and she really went the extra mile to provide coaching and suggestions about how to make it in the music industry. I'd definitely work with her again and would recommend her to other people.
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Doris May 13, 2017
· Vocal Training · In home
HI MY NAME DORIS I NEED 2 LESSONS OF VOCAL TRAINING GA HOPE HEAR FROM YOU SOON. 6785321879
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Joy W.

Joy W.

Atlanta, GA 30315
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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 Allen G.

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I started playing drums at the age of 8. My playing experience began in church. I participated in the marching, concert, and jazz bands in middle and high school. By the time I had reached the age of 17, I began playing drums professionally when I was offered the opportunity to play for Dove Award-winning, Grammy nominated Southern Gospel group The Martins. After high school, I went on to study music at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Arkansas on a music scholarship.

I relocated to Atlanta, Georgia to attend the Atlanta Institute of Music. After graduating from AIM, I began teaching privately and playing with various artists/groups around town. The summer of 2011, I embarked upon the “opportunity of a lifetime” to tour with 2x Grammy Award-winning Hip-Hop group Arrested Development in Europe. From there, I toured with th
e group in Japan, New Zealand, Dubai, and Qatar.
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Skyla February 19, 2017
· Drum · In studio
I'm happily surprised at how much my daughter has learned in so little time. She also seems to really like her instructor, Allen.
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Vivienne August 13, 2016
· Drum · In studio
My son has always wanted to learn to play the drum. I contacted Take Lessons and was connected to Mr. Allen. As was expected, my son was a little nervous for his first lesson. After meeting with his teacher, Mr. Allen, he became very comfortable and was eager to attend class each week and was ready to learn. He loves learning to play the drum and he loves his teacher. Thanks Mr. Allen for being the patient and kind instructor that you are.
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De'Jon W. May 14, 2016
· Drum · In studio
Mr. Allen was very patient with my son. This was my sons first time taking music lessons of any kind and he was really comfortable with Mr. Allen. My son was very excited to return for his lessons week after week. He actually learned how to read several notes and play a little beat. We're very pleased.
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Allen G.

Snellville, GA 30078
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About Mia D.

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Fayetteville, GA
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About Mia
As an orphan in war-torn Sierra Leone, I was delighted to be adopted by an American family when I was nearly five years old. Then I was further overjoyed when I walked into the living room of my new home and discovered a piano! By my fifth birthday I was taking piano lessons. Since that day more than 17 years ago, I have continuously studied classical piano. I began studying jazz piano when I was 13. I began playing the oboe in middle school, and in high school I was the English horn soloist in the Vermont All-State Orchestra and the first oboist in the Green Mountain Youth Orchestra. I sang as a soloist in the Vermont Youth Orchestra Chorus, in the Flynn Theatre’s Jazz Combo, and at the Bill Reed Voice Studio. I recently earned my Master’s Certificate in Singing/ Songwriting from the Berklee College of Music, where I am majoring in son
gwriting and keyboard through the online program so that I can live here in Georgia.

Come by and together let's create MUSIC MAGIC
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Tashie May 24, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Not only is she teaching me basics, Mia is also helping me with style and accuracy when it comes to singing. She knows her work well, is patient, and friendly.
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Rasheeda March 20, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Ms.mia is a wonderful teacher who have encourage me to work hard and challenge my voice to experience different pitches and sing difficult notes
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Zahirah March 13, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Such a great experience. Mia is a very good coach and I feel a difference just after a short time. I'm excited to see my growth later on down the line.
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Mia D.

Mia D.

Fayetteville, GA 30215
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About Joseph S.

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Atlanta, GA

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Joseph has been passionate about music since the age of 8 when he started playing the piano in church, and ever since music has been a prominent part of his life. Since school, he was involved with bands where he played the piano, keyboards and developed his interest in song writing, production and sound designing. He has several published newspaper articles to his accolade. All of these experiences motivated and inspired him to seek a career in music. Joseph went on to complete his training in classical piano and achieved an ATCL degree (Trinity college London) in Piano.
Presently, Joseph has over 10 years of experience in teaching music privately as well as in a classroom environment. He has taught in two private IB schools as a ‘Music Teacher’ and 'Director of Music' where he taught elementary, middle and high school. He taught musi
cal analysis, performance and composition components. He offered lessons in piano and music technology as an after school activity. He has attended several workshops to ensure his personal growth as an educator and is also an accredited teacher for IGCSE Music (University of Cambridge).
His lessons are tailor-made with individual student(s) in mind. His method of teaching allows students to establish their personal learning goals and objectives. He selects a repertoire for students based on their skill level. He creates a curriculum which helps them achieve their goals whether it be learning to read music, playing by ear, or simply learning to play their favorite covers. He likes to start out with a basic curriculum and adjusts it according to how quickly the student absorbs, understands and applies the information.
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Keeca P. March 16, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Great first lesson! Joseph was very in tune to my learning style and pushed without causing unease. He is encouraging, positive, and very motivating.
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Brad L. February 10, 2018
· Piano · In home
Perfect for what I was looking for.
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John January 28, 2018
· Classical Piano · In studio
Joseph is very patient as a teacher. He approaches each student according to their ability/skill level. His lessons are structured well. He is very talented and he is an excellent pianist. Its very inspiring to just to hear him play the piano. Apart from classical music he also teaches Pop, Jazz, Rock etc. He's the best!!
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Joseph S.

Joseph S.

Atlanta, GA 30339
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$25 / 30-min

About Hannah F.

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I was introduced to the world of music at the age of four when my mother, an accomplished violinist, placed a violin in my hands. I have been playing the violin for 23 years and throughout those years developed an interest in pursuing many instruments in the string family. Teaching music is my passion and being able to share that passion with others is what makes my job truly rewarding. Through my years of teaching I have had the pleasure of working with students of all ages and abilities. As a dedicated and experienced teacher I understand that every individual learns music differently. My teaching method is based on differentiated instruction. I enjoy discovering, creating and applying custom learning styles during the course of my private lessons. I believe communication is an essential skill when it comes to teaching not only to stude
nts but also parents.

When it comes to learning a new talent, I believe that patience and consistency is key. Before working with a new student or family, I find it important that we discuss the student's interests and goals for the instrument. From there, I determine a structured lesson plan based on the individual's needs and musical experience. I teach many different musical styles including classical, folk, bluegrass, celtic, pop, etc.

During the course of private music lessons my students will learn basic to advanced instrumental techniques, songs, scales, sight-reading, and basic music theory. I also prepare many of my students for musical examinations, auditions and live performances.

I am new to TakeLessons.com but have been teaching for many years. Here is what some people have had to say about me.

"Hannah was an absolute pleasure to work with. My son took violin lessons with her from 6th grade until his junior year. She is a wonderful teacher who is both knowledgeable and patient as well as having an excellent rapport with her students. I would highly recommend Hannah for any age group of student."
-Michelle A. March 6, 2018

"Hannah , does a great job teaching students of all ages. I am an adult student and have been taking violin lessons for 3 years. She challenges me and pushes for improvement. Hannah focuses on intonation and proper technique. The Suzuki method is taught along with a variety of other music genres - bluegrass, Christmas & popular. Have enjoyed taking lessons each week."
-Patty C. March 5, 2018

"Hannah is an amazing musician who is also great at teaching what she knows. She’s professional, yet personal and friendly. She has also become a great friend and I will be forever grateful to Hannah for teaching both my daughter and I something we will carry and cherish for the rest of our lives".
-Susana C. February 22, 2018

"We found Hannah about 3 years ago when my third grade daughter wanted to start violin lessons. Now in 6th grade, my daughter still loves playing violin, and Hannah has been an incredible teacher and mentor. Hannah is a skilled musician, who also understands how to connect with students. She has high expectations while offering unwavering encouragement and support. She has nurtured our daughter's passion for music, and we are go grateful that she has been a part of her musical journey."
-Anna H. February 20, 2018

"Ms. Hannah has been teaching my son for about 9 months. He began violin lessons right before his fifth birthday. Ms. Hannah is very patient with him in lessons and he adores her. In addition, she works with us and coaches us on how we can practice at home. We have seen so much progress this year, and we are excited to see how far he can go with Ms. Hannah’s help".
-Ann B. February 13, 2018

"Hannah has taught me violin for 9 years. Under her guidance and instruction I improved so much I auditioned for and was accepted to the Mastery Orchestra at my high school. Lessons with Hannah have always been engaging, and she has the ability to reveal problem areas without being discouraging. I highly recommend her teaching."
-Evan L. February 12, 2018

"Mrs. Hannah, as we call her, is an outstanding instructor and has a precious heart. Her teaching style is one of comfort - she “reads” each student and teaches at the perfect pace for each individual, she is sweet, full of joy and always patient. We are incredibly thankful to have found her as an instructor."
- Jennifer B. February 4, 2018

"I've been taking violin from Hannah for almost a year and it has been amazing! Starting the violin at age 55+ was exciting but anxiety producing but Hannah made me feel from the first moment that I could do this. She is an awesome teacher and is so talented herself! I have learned so much and could not ask for a better experience."
-Melissa H. February 3, 2018

"Very pleased with Mrs. F. My daughter & I know Hannah for 2 years since she's still Ms. Jones until she got married and become Mrs. F. Mrs. F. aren't just sharing the love of music but she share love and care for my daughter. My daughter loves to go to her Violin lessons. She is very excited and happy every time she gets to learn with Hannah. She started to practice and work hard with Hannah's guidance since 2014. She enjoy learning process and I am so happy to see her progressing so well. Hannah's personality, high professional and communication very well with parents and she will come out of the room to greet & meet and talk to you before the lesson and after the lesson she will always give you an update about your child learning and what they're working on for the next level. Hannah is a very dedicated music teacher if you are looking to hire someone to teach your kids; look no further. Hannah is the one. She's very sweet, kind, care and very friendly. My daughter has improved so much since start learning with Hannah. She made it to become a Concert Master at Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra (GYSO) and also made it to Honor Orchestra 2016. I couldn't be any happier than this. My daughter loves of violin has grown so much over years of practices with Hannah. I can't thanks her enough for what she has made my daughter become very successful.
Thank you so much Hannah."
-Joy N. April 21, 2016

​"Hannah taught my son Benjamin violin for 3-4 years. She was awesome! Very sweet-natured, patient, knowledeable. He really bonded with her and still speaks of her to this day, 3 years later!"
-Belinda P. April 22, 2016

"I was with Hannah for about 4-5 years. She helped me learn everything from reading sheet music to vibrato. And she is quick to get back to you if you have any problems."
​-Alexandrine R. April 24, 2016
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Brad May 21, 2018
· Banjo · In studio
Hannah is awesome!
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Lorene March 23, 2018
· Violin · In studio
My family has worked with many different instructors. Hannah ranks amongst the best of them. I am particularly impressed by her patience and the words of encouragement she uses regularly during my son’s lessons with her. (I’ve had the opportunity to overhear her with a couple of other students, and she is the same with them.) We’re so lucky to have found her!
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Melissa March 18, 2018
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We love Hannah!! My daughter has been taking lessons with her for over a year now. She is patient and kind and great with kids! She's even teaching her how to read music and she's 8!
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Hannah F.

Marietta, GA 30064
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About Harold B.

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Hi! My name is Harold! This year (2018 ) is my first year teaching. I graduated from Parkview High School in Lilburn, GA where I was part of the music tech and intermediate guitar programs. Apart from that I have over 10 years of musical experience in acoustic/electric guitar, as well as bass guitar; I am prepared to work with individuals who present varying levels of skill and training as well as diversity in personal goals and musical interests.

I intend to help students in finding their own musical talent and style by recognizing individual strengths and building upon them, helping to pinpoint specific areas that may benefit from improvement, and adjusting the material accordingly. My primary goal is to assist students in realizing their particular creative potential by providing a balanced and supportive learning environment with
lessons that are flexible to individual needs and which will not lead to the negative feelings associated with overload, quite commonly experienced in the pursuit of musical knowledge and instruction.
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Harold B.

Decatur, GA 30035
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About Johanna M.

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Atlanta, GA

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I have been playing guitar for over 15 years. I am originally from NYC, where I grew up listening to rock,jazz ,and R&B. I studied music at Syracuse University where I learned classical and jazz guitar. I have recorded tracks for commercials,and played in bands that have opened for major acts. I began teaching in 2016 and I am currently playing in 2 active bands.My personal passion is alternative rock which allows me to incorporate jazz influences.

****Travel Equipment****
I travel with an electric guitar and amplifier for electric guitar students or acoustic guitar for acoustic students.

I am patient with beginners because I have been there. I encourage you to be patient with yourself. With a lesson plan tailored to you, you will see progress in your playing ability. I look forward to meeting you and helping you in your musical jo
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Johanna M.

Atlanta, GA 30341
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About Erin D.

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I am an enthusiastic piano instructor with over eight years experience teaching beginning through intermediate students. I currently run a studio out of my home in Peachtree City, GA but am happy to travel to your location.

I began teaching piano at an early age after graduating from a Piano Pedagogy course. I furthered my education by taking a college level music theory course where I gained invaluable knowledge related to the theoretical underpinnings of musical notation. I have related teaching experience in the arts and was a dance and music & movement instructor for six years. To support my professional teaching goals I have also taken courses in child development at the collegiate level.

To stay up to date on current pedagogical methodologies, I maintain a membership to a local chapter of the Georgia Music Teachers Association.
This also allows my students to take part in an annual judging festival called Federation if this aligns with their performance goals.

I love crafting individual objectives and paths for piano education with all my students. Their goals become my goals and I strive to use all the pedagogical tools available to help them reach a rewarding level of experience with the piano. Practice is a large responsibility and undertaking by the student but I am here to coach you through proper ways to manage your time and give you exercises to help you see improvement in your playing each week.
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Erin D.

Erin D.

Peachtree City, GA 30269
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