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Bill Graham (Piano, Guitar & Drums)
Bill Graham studied jazz piano, music theory, and composition at Florida State University and Georgia State University. He performs extensively in and around Atlanta, and is a BeHip Records recording artist. Bill focuses on the importance of understanding theoretically what's happening in the music, rather than rote copying of notes. He also stresses fluency in reading and writing notated music. Bill emphasizes theory and ear training and helps his students learn how to listen to a song, figure out the chord progression then effortlessly play it. Furthermore, through ear training, Bill strives to help his students translate to thier fingers what they hear in their mind, the key to improvization.
Tiffany Hughes (Violin)
Tiffany Hughes has a B.A. in Music Performance from Mississippi Valley State University and an M.A. in Education from University of Phoenix. She has taught violin for 12 years and is currently working on Ed.D in Educational Leadership from Argosy University. Tiffany has performed with with the Gwinnett Symphony Orchestra, Jackson State University orchestra, Chattanooga Chamber Orchestra, and several other chamber ensembles
Lynda Womack Kenney (Piano)
Mrs. Kenney holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Florida State University and a Master of Music degree from Georgia State University. She has served Atlanta-area churches as pianist, performed at hundreds of weddings and receptions, and accompanied featured violinists, vocalists, orchestras, and choirs. She believes the key to a lifelong enjoyment of piano is committed practice punctuated by step-by-step successes. For her students, the confidence achieved in those successes has fueled achievement in musical and other professional endeavors. Her students' musical accomplishments include college piano scholarships, the highest awards in Georgia Music Teachers Association competitions, scholarships and gold cups from the National Federation of Music Clubs, and medals, awards, and cash prizes from the National Guild of Piano Teachers.
Jeanne Leamer (Piano)
Studied music at Moody Bible College in Chicago, Illinois where she was a private student of published musician Wendall Babcock. She has performed in various settings as a soloist and accompanist in both secular and sacred settings. Ms Learner has taught private piano lessons for over 15 years.
Rick Lawrence (Guitar & Banjo)
Rick Lawrence is currently a Classical Guitar Performance major at Kennesaw State University where he is studying under Mary Akerman. His secondary major is Jazz Guitar. In addition to his studies at Kennesaw State Rick has also performed in Master Classes with Christopher Parkening, Oscar Ghiglia, Roland Dyens and Adam Holzman to name a few. Rick has played guitar and banjo in local bluegrass folk bands for seven years and won the Mars acoustic guitar competition in 2001.
Stephen McCool (Voice & Piano)
Praised for his rich voice and dynamic acting, Stephen has performed numerous operatic roles, including Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), Barone Douphol (La Traviata), Le Dancaire (Carmen), The Marquis de la Force (Dialogues of the Carmelites), and Maximilian (Candide). A member of the Atlanta Opera chorus, he recently appeared in Carmen by Georges Bizet, and last season he appeared in The Golden Ticket by Peter Ash and Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti. His acting skills were displayed last year in his professional theater debut as the young opera singer in The Last Romance by Joe DiPietro at Stage Door Players in Dunwoody, GA. When not on stage, Stephen works as a staff singer at Decatur Presbyterian Church.
Melissa Rhine (Piano & Voice)
Melissa Gordon Rhine has accumulated studio, songwriting and performance experience for over 25 years. She began playing piano and singing at the age of 2! Trained classically, she has fronted and managed the local jazz ensemble, New Territory, for the past 20 years. She has appeared as "Miss Harmony" in the "town" of Crossroads at Stone Mountain Park as well as performed in the WXIA special "A Southern Christmas" hosted by Vicki Locke and Steve McCoy. She currently is offering classes in Beginning Voice and Piano. Check out Melissa at: http://www.myspace.com/newterritory
Doug Russell (Guitar, Bass & Piano)
Originally from Dallas Texas , Doug has had an extensive musical career. With over 3000 live performances, Doug has performed, traveled and recorded with such artists as Reba Mcentire , The Verve Pipe and many more. Doug attended North Texas State University, studying under Ted Howe in Jazz Studies and graduated with a Bachelor of Music Education degree. He moved to Atlanta in 1988 where he continues to record, perform, and teach. Through his many musical experiences and influences Doug is able to help students in many musical styles, techniques and genres.
Sebastian Sebastian (Violin, Viola & Cello)
Sebastian is currently pursuing a double major in Music Education and Performance at Georgia State University. He has had the privilege of studying under Dr. Gregory Pritchard, Rita Kingsley, and Kenny Lambert. Sebastian has performed with Gwinnett County's Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Annual International Conductor's Workshop in Macon, the Brookwood Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Libera Strings Ensemble. His years of experience in teaching include not only private lessons, but he was also the founder of the Conyers Church of God Private School and he is the director of the Gwinnett School of Music Concert Orchestra (GSMCO). As a teacher, Sebastian's goal is to motivate and assist his students in achieving their every musical ambition.
Tina Stephens (Voice & Piano)
Tina Stephens has a Bachelors degree in Vocal Performance with a Minor in Piano and a passion for teaching. She grew up singing in church and started pursuing a professional career at the age of sixteen. Since then, she has recorded with Joe Simpson in Los Angeles, met with the CEO of Atlantic records in New York, and worked with various producers. In the Spring of 2012 she auditioned for The Voice and made it to the top 200 of 40,000. Still, today, she is pursuing a career with various producers and enjoying helping her students develop both vocally and in piano. She was trained classically, and teaches both classical and contemporary styles. Her approach to teaching is to develop a love for music and having fun while being taught the correct way to sing or play piano.
Wes Sheppard graduated from Young Harris College in 2002 with an Associates of Fine Arts in Music studying under Richard Knepp. While there, he received the Lynn Fowler Scholarship for Outstanding Achievement in Music. Wes studied with John Sutherland at Georgia State University and the University of Georgia where he graduated Cum Laude from the Hugh Hodgson School of Music and earned a Bachelor of Music in Guitar Performance. Wes has performed in a number of Competitions such as the Stotsenberg Competition and GMTA Auditions, and Master Classes with Italian guitar virtuoso Mateo Mela, Jason Vieaux, one of Brazil’s most prominent guitarists and Daniel Wolff to name a few. Wes has also been involved in furthering the guitar pedagogy in working with David Hoge and John Sutherland on some of their method books with FJH publishing.
Jody Worrell (Guitar & Bass)
Jody Worrell has been playing guitar for forty years, and teaching for thirty. A veteran of countless studio sessions comprising practically every style, he brings a great deal of real world experience to the table to help bring the subject matter into a clear focus for the student. Whether it's blues, jazz, country, or rock, Jody has a way of keeping the styles clearly defined while pointing up the fundamental knowledge that's ultimately common to them all. You can also check Jody out at http://www.myspace.com/jodyworrell
Kim Wright (Vocals & Piano)
Kim has been working as a professional vocalist, and piano and voice teacher for 15 years. She has a Bachelors & Associates in Vocal Music as well as Rehabilitation Counseling from Southern University, B.R., LA. Her versatile teaching techniques include Jazz, Pop, Rock, R&B, Soul, and Gospel which she teaches to students of all levels emphasizing creativity and fun in music. Kim has written and performed on several projects including her own award nominated debut cd Turning Point by her international music group, Daysahead. She has toured performing throughout the USA, Africa, and Europe performing concerts and conducting workshops at festivals, theaters, schools, clubs, and private events. Kim and her band have made several television appearances including BET J “Soul Sessions”, TBS “StoryLine Soundstage”, CBS “Better Mornings” just to name a few. She has performed with and/or guested with several prestigious artists including Chaka Khan, George Duke, Gloria Gaynor and many more. To hear Kim and her band's music log on to www.daysaheadmusic.com .