Jody Butler

Jody B.

Carrollton, GA

Lesson Details



Jody delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Females 6+, males 6 to 16 and special needs

Teaching since:
January 2005

I'm a retired teacher who has played guitar for over 45 years. I'm a fingerstyle guitarist and perform at weddings and special events. I've taught most styles to all ages. I'm probably not the one to teach your teenager to play heavy metal, however. I do teach fingerpicking, fingerstyle, country, beginning to intermediate classical, pop, classic and even Hawaiian slack key. I specialize in beginning children and adults.

I also teach mountain dulcimer, ukulele, beginning bass guitar , and beginning piano.

With children, I use a method book to teach music fundamentals and balance that by encouraging the child to learn to play songs that interest him/her. With adults, I want to teach what you're interested in learning. I believe we learn best when we are excited by the material and challenged to reach the next level.

I have taught special needs music students - Down's Syndrome, mild autism, adults with arthritis or who have suffered a stroke. My training as a teacher - I have a doctorate in education - makes me uniquely qualified to work with a wide range of student abilities. I spent 26 years in the classroom, the last 15 teaching gifted education.

I would be delighted to meet you and help you begin your musical journey!

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Music Teacher
Jan 2005 - Present
Private Studio

I teach Tuesdays - Thursdays where I give lessons in guitar, ukulele, and dulcimer.

Music Teacher
Sep 2014 - May 2015
Private Fine Arts Academy

Teacher of Gifted
Aug 2000 - Jun 2005
Carrollton Elementary School

At CES I taught gifted students in grades K-5 and was in charge of testing for the gifted program.

Teacher/Gifted Teacher
Aug 1979 - Jun 2000
Carroll County Schools

While with Carroll County Schools, I taught regular classroom and gifted in grades K-8.


Doctorate - Ed.D. in Early Childhood Education
Jun 1985 - Mar 1988
Auburn University
BS Ed. Elementary Education with Gifted Ed. Certification
Jan 1976 - Jun 1979
University of West Georgia


Gifted Education
May 1985
University of West Georgia/State of Georgia

I taught gifted education in grades K-8 for 15 years.


Phi Kappa Phi
May 1985

Phi Kappa Phi's mission is "To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others."

Golden Key International Honor Society
Mar 1982

Golden Key is the world's largest collegiate honor society. Membership into the Society is by invitation only and applies to the top 15% of college and university sophomores, juniors and seniors, as well as top-performing graduate students in all fields of study, based solely on their academic achievements. As an international honor society with more than 400 chapters at colleges and universities around the world, Golden Key is committed to a high standard of scholastic achievement, and an ethos of integrity, innovation, respect, collaboration and diversity

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Photos & Videos

Playing in different venues is something I really enjoy.  Here I'm performing at the Jekyll Island Club on the Georgia coast.

I have several custom guitars, including this one that was featured in Acoustic Guitar magazine.

I began playing harp guitar in 2014.  This was at the Swannanoa Gathering in Aug., 2014.
Perfect for playing weddings and for beautiful classical music, this Martin crossover guitar is one of my favorites.

Another view of my custom Wingert E with arm bevel and soundport.  This is truly my dream guitar.

Playing the famous Millionth Martin.

This lovely tune is a traditional song from Fiji called Isa Lei.  I'm playing it on my tenor ukulele by Kanile'a.  I hope you enjoy it.
Playing harp guitar at the 2015 Harp Guitar Gathering in North Carolina.

I enjoy playing for weddings and special events. This is from a recent outdoor wedding.
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2 Reviews

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shaunna F. Aug 28, 2017
Guitar · In studio

I really enjoyed my lessons. She is wonderful and has a great personality. Jody is very knowledgeable and very patient. I am looking forward to my lessons with her on Fridays. If you are a beginner or a seasoned musician she would definitely be a great fit for you.

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Logan S. Jun 1, 2015
Ukulele · In studio

Thank you. Had a great time.

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