Stephen McCool
Peachtree Corners, GA
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Stephen McCool

Stephen M.

Peachtree Corners, GA
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I like to teach each lesson, for both voice and piano, by spending equal time on ear-training/sight-reading (sight-singing), music theory, technique, and repertoire.

When I teach ear-training to pianists, we do a lot of count-clapping and tonal memory drills. Count-clapping is a way to develop rhythmic accuracy. The act of speaking (counting) while clapping a rhythm activates more of the senses and therefore leaves a stronger impression on the brain, very similar to teaching reading comprehension by getting students to read aloud. Tonal memory is nothing more than developing a pianist’s listening abilities so they can quickly memorize what they’ve heard and recreate it on their instrument. I don’t teach pianists to play by ear, however, but I’ve always had great respect for musicians who have this ability.

Now, piano technique means different things to different pianists. For me, I firmly agree with the teachings found in Alfred’s Premier Piano Course. This is fairly new series of method books, but they’re all edited by very respected, internationally renowned piano teachers. I like these books for children because the lessons are clear and concise (ideal for short attention spans), and the knowledge is spot on. Also, for older students and self-learners wishing to improve their piano technique, I still highly recommend this series.

As for repertoire, I'm fond of using Faber, Alfred, John Thomps, Piano Guild, and ABRSM method books, which include standard repertoire, technique, music theory, and lesson books. Also, I’m learning that some families have their own ideas for a piano curriculum, and I’m always open to discussing a new approach to piano education.

About Stephen M.

Accomplished voice and piano professional with nine years’ experience cultivating high-achieving, talented music students and preparing them for ABRSM exams, National Piano Guild Auditions, NFMC Jr. festivals, twice-a-year recitals, and numerous local competitions. Experienced in creating fun, engaging lessons that inspire students. Strong communication skills with colleagues, parents, and students. Passionate about teaching and sharing his love of music

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Therese

In just a few weeks there is a noticeable difference in my daughters voice and knowledge. So glad we have found a perfect teacher for her.

Posted Nov 2, 2019
Shari
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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.

Posted Aug 11, 2017
Andrew N.
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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.

Posted Aug 19, 2016
Roopa R.
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He works great with kids! Has the perfect balance and isn't strict. My daughter really enjoys her lessons.

Posted Jun 30, 2015
Verneyy V.
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I am totally new to singing and this was my very first class so I was quite apprehensive. Stephen however was able to create a safe environment and within minutes I felt that it was right, that taking singing classes was not a crazy idea.

I am very happy and I hope I will be able to take many more classes with Stephen.

Posted Apr 16, 2015
Shari G.
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Mr. McCool is an excellent teacher! He just naturally shares his love for music with his students and this is a beautiful thing to experience. He is always patient and encouraging during our son's piano lessons. He is firm and serious when necessary but always friendly and kind. His teaching style is absolutely perfect for our 12 year old son who is motivated so much more by encouragement than by criticism. Stephen has a gift with children...he shows a sincere interest in what's going on in our son's life (they always have a little chat before his lesson begins). We are fortunate to have have found a wonderful music mentor for our son. I would highly recommend Mr. Stephen McCool to anyone interested in voice and/or piano lessons.

Posted Mar 25, 2015
Ryann P.
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Mr. Stephen M. is the best vocal teacher I have ever had. Originally, he was a vocal teacher at my school Woodward Academy. When he told me he was leaving Woodward, I made arrangements to continue taking voice lessons with him, because of how talented he was. He can truly change voices. He will push any student to reach their full potential. Most vocal teachers only focus on the basics: pitch, rhythm, and diction, but he goes beyond that and focuses on the basics as well as more advanced concepts. He will teach you all about posture, tone, emotion, sound placement, vowels, mouth shaping, and the history of the music. Although I am leaving for college, I will truly miss taking lessons with Mr. Stephen M. and hope that my musical experience in college will be as good as the one he provided me with in high school. If you want to take your voice to the next level, Mr. Stephen M. is the only option!

Posted Jan 8, 2015
Sam P.
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Steven teaches our two kids Piano. They have really improved and enjoy their lessons. My kids describe him as kind, understanding, and somebody who makes piano fun and a good teacher. I highly recommend him

Posted Jun 29, 2014
RJJ

Great techer

Stephen is a great teacher. He knows how to keep you engaged and help you try many different techniques for your voice to help you find the qualities that you are looking for.

Posted Oct 24, 2011
JoyH1

Piano

Mr. McCool is a great teacher! He spent a lot of time working on our prior workbook to understand what our boy learned in the past. He focused on Art's weakness to fix his problems and most importantly he changed Art's attitude from just doing piano homework to enjoying music. We appreciate Mr. McCool's hard work!

Posted Aug 3, 2011
PuneetS

Stephen is an excellent teacher. His feedback is very accurate and his rapport with our kid is great. He also makes good recommendations for further growth. I would recommend him further.

Posted Aug 1, 2011
DonnaA1

Voice Lessons

My 8 yr. old is really enjoying his voice lessons with Stephan. We notice that Stephan is fun and outgoing during his lessons with Michael.......yet, at the same time he is very patient and kind. Michael enjoys doing his HW lessons and always looks forward to Stephan's visit!

Posted Jun 17, 2011

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Experience

Voice/Piano Teacher
Sep 2015 - Present

Cambridge Academy of Music

Customize lessons depending on student's aptitude and parents educational wishes. Devote lesson time equally to repertoire, aural-training, sight-reading, scales/exercises. Creatively adapt to the personality and abilities of each student and their families. Students regularly achieve top honors at ABRSM exams, National Piano Guild Audition, and NFMC Jr. festivals.

Voice/Piano Teacher
Aug 2011 - Jul 2014

Metro Music Makers

Voice Teacher
Aug 2012 - May 2014

Woodward Academy

Cultivated voice students for solo opportunities and choral singing using aural-training, music theory, and vocal technique. Emphasized extreme precision and expressivity in score-reading. Foreign language singing (italian, french, german). Analyzed lyrics for subtext and delved into literary meaning.

Education

Master of Music, vocal performance
Aug 2008 - May 2010

Georgia State University

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Takelessons Top Teacher
Aug 2013

Takelessons.com

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