Dr. Ossie McKinney

Dr. Ossie M.

Decatur, GA
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Custom tailored lessons just for you. Designed
to teach students how to play the piano, read and understand music notations and music theory, and express themselves musically using music they like . I specialize in teaching chords, chord charts, theory so that students 12 and above leave bout playing songs they love on the first day.
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Dr. Ossie delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 7+

Teaching since:
September 2003

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.

*** Specialties ***
Teach all genres, specialize in gospel and R&B

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Piano Instructor
Aug 2003 - Present
Master's Hands Music Company

Have taught beginning piano to intermediate for 14 years. Taught theory, ear training, and scored music for students ages 5 to adult.


Doctor of Worship Studies
Jun 2015 - May 2018
Liberty University
Master of Divinity
Aug 2012 - May 2015
Mercer University
Bachelors of Art in Music
Jul 1998 - May 2002
University of Louisiana at Monroe


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency


Alpha Kappa Alpha
Jun 2016

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (AKA) was founded on a mission comprised of five basic tenets that have remained unchanged since the sorority’s inception more than a century ago. Alpha Kappa Alpha’s mission is to cultivate and encourage high scholastic and ethical standards, to promote unity and friendship among college women, to study and help alleviate problems concerning girls and women in order to improve their social stature, to maintain a progressive interest in college life, and to be of “Service to All Mankind".

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Photos & Videos

Student learning use of 7th chords
One year student playing "Prelude in C" by Johann S. Bach.
Four year student playing "My Heart Will Go On" from Titantic.
"Turning Tables" by Adele played by Britni a first year student.
2014 Christmas Recital

Dr. Ossie X. McKinney - Instructor


4 Reviews

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Herbert J. M. Sep 30, 2015
Piano · In studio


Cheryl G. Dec 3, 2013
Piano ·

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 Dec 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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