Raymond Akers
Jonesboro, GA
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Raymond Akers

Raymond A.

Jonesboro, GA
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Beginner, Intermediate
Hello, my name is Ray and I enjoy working with students from ages 8 and up. I have been teaching for 25+ years and my passion for music instruction and development has only grown stronger with age. My background in music covers jazz, Latin, pop, rock, R&B, funk, gospel, and blues. I look forward to the opportunity of working with you or your child!

About Raymond A.

Hello everyone. I have a classical and jazz piano background. I have performed in various ensembles to include, concert bands, big bands, jazz combos, R&B, Pop, Rock, country, Latin, and worship music. I teach beginners, intermediate and advanced levels in various piano styles as well as improvisation. I look forward to hearing from you and answering any questions you may have.

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Caleb A.
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I have nothing but good things to say about my lessons with Ray, he's very easy going and he teaches you the theory behind the music as you're progressing so you get the full experience, he's a great teacher and I look forward to more lessons with him

Posted Sep 18, 2020
Cary
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Posted Sep 14, 2020
Rob S.
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Ray is a very knowledgeable and skilled piano instructor. He's especially good at finding a balance between making sure that I understand concepts already covered, and challenging me with new ones. I love that he teaches music theory concepts and shows real-life examples of how it's used in music genres that I'm interested in. He also makes "dry" material much more palatable by showing me how to practice things like scales and chords in novel ways that keeps things interesting. I recommend him highly to adult beginners.

Posted Sep 14, 2020
Tunde Jolaoso
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Raymond gives you a great insight into how music is structured. I am learning Jazz piano and his in dept knowledge filled out the blanks I have been struggling with for years.

Posted Jun 29, 2020
Terry T.
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Outstanding piano Teacher! A very high music theory IQ. Always good at giving the right advice to make practice more productive. Awesome instructor and person

Posted Apr 12, 2020
Brie H.
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My first lesson with Raymond was awesome! I learned a lot of things I didn't know before. I am a beginner and he was very patient with me. I would definitely recommend him to anyone who wants to learn the piano no matter what level youre at.

Posted Jan 12, 2019
Greta
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I am soooo happy that I selected Mr. Raymond as my instructor. His teaching method makes it easy to learn and he motivates me to continue. He is truly a talented musician and an excellent instructor!

Posted Oct 27, 2018
Kat
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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

Posted Jul 12, 2018
Barbara Gibbs
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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!

Posted Feb 10, 2018
Vy V.
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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!

Posted Jan 19, 2018
Gabriel T.
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Awesome Awesome music instructor! Knowledgeable in a wide variety of music styles and in music theory. Thank you Mr. Ray!

Posted Mar 25, 2017
Victory T.
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Mr. Raymond is an awesome Teacher. I really enjoyed my lesson. I really learned a lot in just my first lesson. He gave me great tips for my practice at home. Thanks Mr. Raymond.

Posted Mar 11, 2017
Marilyn G.
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Great instructor

Posted Dec 16, 2016
Scarlett A.
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My daughter has really been enjoying her lessons. Raymond is very patient and makes it easy for her to understand.

Posted Oct 19, 2016
Vennessa C.
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My 14yo daughter told me she learned more in one hour with Ray than she did in two months with a previous instructor. I think that says it all! Thanks Ray.

Posted Aug 15, 2016
Vennessa C.
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My 14yo daughter told me she learned more in one hour with Ray than she did in two months with a previous instructor. I think that says it all! Thanks Ray.

Posted Aug 15, 2016
Rolanda F.
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Neither my daughter ( age 8) nor I have previous experience with playing any instruments. Mr. Akers has been working with my daughter for nearly 2 months, and she has made impressive progress. He is very professional, a skilled teacher, and makes understanding how to read the music and play the piano a pleasant experience. I was so impressed with my daughter's progress that I have started taking lessons as well. After just 2 sessions, I recognize the keys and can read/play a very basic piece (Mary Had A Little Lamb/Frere Jacques). I would certainly recommend giving Mr. Akers a try if your are interested in learning to play the piano-I am sure you won't be disappointed.

Posted Jul 10, 2016
Donald M.
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I am very particular about where I receive my education/instructions. I'm extremely particular about educators/instructors. Be it martial-arts, college institutions, or bass playing. I performed an extensive search for a bass instructor, I am a beginner and I wish to become one of the best. Taking this seriously, I decided to go with Ray upon reading his credentials - I did NOT go wrong by doing so! He is very knowledgeable and he exudes attention to detail from his military experience - that's important to me since I am military. I am confident that I will be held to a high standard, not being allowed to slide by for the sake of time and money - but also having fun and being motivated to progress. I would not consider another instructor. When I am close to the advanced level, I will be considered one of the best bass players because of his teaching. Trust me, if I was not satisfied, I WOULD SAY SO!!!!

Posted Jun 14, 2016
Sean
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Very accommodating and well suited for my 11 y.o. son

Posted Jun 8, 2016
Casey
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Great Instructor! I have learned alot since July 2015 and enjoy improving my knowledge while learning to play the piano. He is great to work with and I would recommend him to anyone. He knows all genres and will be the instrumental in making me a great on the keys.

Posted Feb 26, 2016
Jahlil

5/5 stars Piano Lessons (for adults) Verified Review


I went to Mr Akers to improve my piano skills as a music producer and in just to sessions my knowledge of music theory has increased enormously.I would definitely recommend Mr Akers to anyone seeking a piano lessons from a beginner to professional level .

Posted Dec 17, 2015
Josh
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I've had several piano instructors throughout my life and Ray was the best one. He was very patient, knowledgeable and had a passion for music. Because of Ray I was able to get into college with scholarships and further my education. Ray has a great way of balancing what you "need" to know with what you "want" to know. I would recommend Ray for anyone interested in learning music.

Posted Oct 24, 2015
Cesare A.
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My lessons with Raymond Akers were extraordinary and surpassed my expectations. He is an excellent piano instructor and musician with many years of experience. My lessons were centered around the fundamentals of music, sight reading, theory, Solo Piano and the pianist role in a Jazz combo and Latin band ensemble. His method and approach to teaching were very motivating. I recommend him to any student or professional musician at any level to seek him out.

Posted Oct 13, 2015
Jill S.
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My experience with instructor Akers was very professional as well as insightful. His many years of experience was evident in his teaching. I am very pleased with my overall progress and success!

Posted Sep 27, 2015
Ciane F.
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My lessons with Mr. Akers were awesome' He made learning the bass fun and interesting, but was very professional at the same time. Lesson material was clear and concise and easy to understand, because he taught at a pace that was manageable for me. Mr. Akers is an excellent instructor'

Posted Sep 19, 2015

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Experience

Piano Instructor
Jul 2018 - Present

Music & Arts

Teaches piano instruction at levels in various piano and music styles to include classical, jazz, pop, R&B and Latin. Also teaches improvisation

Piano Instructor
Jan 2015 - Present

Carere Music

Teaches piano instruction at levels in various piano and music styles to include classical, jazz, pop, R&B and Latin. Also teaches improvisation

Small Ensemble Instructor/Music Performance Teams
Aug 2010 - Sep 2014

Amy School of Music

Taught small ensemble performance techniques, rhythm section concepts, consistent tempo & time, groove, intonation, phrasing, improvisation, dynamics, blending, song forms, intros, endings, horns, vocal concepts, stage presence and presentation, ensemble leader concepts, song lineup, proper equipment and attire

Piano Instructor
Aug 2010 - Sep 2014

US Army School of Music

Taught instruction for basic, intermediate and advanced courses on piano fundamentals, scales, chord voicings, chord progressions, piano and music styles, and improvisation

Piano Instructor
Aug 2010 - Aug 2012

Naval School of Music

Taught instruction for basic, intermediate and advanced courses on piano fundamentals, scales, chord voicings, chord progressions, piano and music styles, and improvisation

MIDI and Piano Instructor
Mar 1995 - Jul 1998

Naval School of Music

Taught MIDI, electronic music and keyboards, sampling, sequencing, sound design, special effects, MIDI keyboard setups, performing live with MIDI, music software

MIDI and Piano Instructor
Mar 1995 - Jul 1998

US Army School of Music

Taught MIDI, electronic music and keyboards, sampling, sequencing, sound design, special effects, MIDI keyboard setups, performing live with MIDI, music software

Writer and Developer
Nov 1992 - Feb 1995

US Army School of Music

Developmed and wrote curriculum for piano and MIDI instruction for basic, intermediate and advanced courses.

Education

Jazz Piano
Mar 2019 - Present

Open Studio Jazz

BA in Music
Aug 2015 - Present

Thomas Edison State College

AA - Electronics and Computer Technology
May 2008 - Jun 2010

Devry University

Jazz Piano
Mar 1981 - Oct 1981

Bellarmine University

Certifications

Small Group Instructor Training Course
Jul 1998

US Amy Training & Doctrine Command

Instructor training certification for teaching in a small group environment at the Army School of Music
Navy Instructor Training
Mar 1995

Fleet Training Center

Certificate of Instructor Training for certification to teach at the Naval School of Music
Army Instructor Training Course
Dec 1994

US Army Transportation Center

Certificate of Instructor Training for certification to teach at the Army School of Music

Affiliations

American Federation of Musicians
Oct 2012
A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.

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