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Dunwoody Music Teachers

Meet the Dunwoody Music Teachers

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Enter the category for this item: Guitar, Bass Guitar, Ukulele, Mandolin, Banjo
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Isaac Bear, Acoustic, Electric & Classical Guitar, Bass Guitar, Ukulele, Mandolin, Banjo
Mr. Bear can be found on numerous recordings and has toured the east coast as well as Japan with several groups. He is a graduate of the University of North Florida with a degree in Classical Guitar Performance.
Enter the category for this item: Double Bass, Bass Guitar, Piano, Guitar
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David Schroeder, Double Bass, Bass Guitar, Piano, Guitar
David Schroeder studied electric bass under Russ Rodgers and Oteil Burbidge of the Allman Brothers Band. He has continued his 14+ year music career playing a supporting role for local artists, touring, and recording music. David also plays double bass with experience performing second chair in the GSU Symphonic Orchestra, Jazz Big Band, Morehouse College Big Band, as well as various smaller ensembles. David started his music career on the piano and guitar. He is currently finishing up a degree in Jazz studies/music performance at GSU. David’s style of instruction is to provide the student with a strong foundation in music language and guide him/her through carefully planned programs tailored to the student's skill level and musical tastes.
Enter the category for this item: Piano
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Sharon Camper, Piano
Ms. Camper has a degree in Elementary Education with minors in Art and Music. In addition to her experience teaching elementary and preschool music, directing children’s choirs, and founding and directing an elementary school band, she has also appeared in the Ft. Lauderdale area as a vocalist and keyboard player. Ms. Camper teaches private piano, voice, Yamaha group classes and Kindermusik.
Enter the category for this item: Violin
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Marina Dmitriyev, Violin
Ms. Dmitriyev has over 30 years of teaching experience with Traditional and Suzuki methods. Her philosophy is that the gift of music is for everyone and strives to bring out the best in her students. She started playing violin and piano at age 5 and received her Violin Performance and Teaching degree at St. Petersburg (Russia). Some of the groups she has performed with include the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Buffalo Opera Company, and Fredonia Chamber Player in addition to other professional and community orchestra.
Enter the category for this item: Violin, Viola, Cello
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Gabriel Feurdean, Violin, Viola, Cello
Mr. Feurdean is a native of Romania. He started playing violin at the age of six, and graduated from Gheorghe Dima music academy in Cluj Napoca. He has been part of many professional orchestras both in the US and Romania. Gabriel teaches students of all levels and ages, and he is proficient in classical music as well as jazz. His students enjoy being part of the musical experience and many hold positions in Atlanta Youth Symphony Orchestra, Fulton Youth Orchestra, & Carrollton Youth Orchestra.
Enter the category for this item: Piano
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Jim Greer, Piano
Mr. Greer began teaching here in 1990. Previously Mr. Greer toured for 17 years in the U.S., Europe, and Asia as Founder and Director of the Internationals, a vocal and orchestral ensemble. He is a graduate of Southern Illinois University in Music Education. His students benefit from learning all styles of music with emphasis on classical, using both Suzuki & traditional methods.
Enter the category for this item: Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Trumpet, Flute, Saxophone, Clarinet
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Alan McConnell, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Trumpet, Flute, Saxophone, Clarinet
Mr. McConnell was a student of Dave Cobb & Gerald Inskeep, former members of the United States Army Band. He graduated Cum Laude from James Madison University with a major in Music Education. Some of his instructors included Kevin Stees and Gerald West. After serving eight years as an instrumentalist/ soloist with the Army Ground Forces Band, he left active duty to teach in the Dekalb school system but continued his military music service in the 530thAir Force Band which he served as commander/conductor and musician from 1997 till his military retirement in 2013. He has performed for Presidents, Vice Presidents, Governors, Four-Star Generals and appreciative audiences across the nation.
Enter the category for this item: Piano
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Eriko Ishikawa, Piano
Ms. Ishikawa received her BM in Piano Performance from the Tokyo College of Music and later her MA from Arizona State University. Ms. Ishikawa is a certified Yamaha instructor and she is also a published composer. Her students constantly win local and state level competitions.
Enter the category for this item: Guitar, Piano, Drums, Percussion
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Steve Johnston, Guitars, Piano, Drums
Steve received an Associate’s degree in Guitar Performance from St. Leo College. He tries to find the perfect balance of incorporating scales and theory along with the student’s interests into each lesson. Steve has taught piano, bass, drums, and guitar. He also has experience forming ensembles of students into Jazz and Rock bands.
Enter the category for this item: Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Piano
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Katheryn Pearsall, Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Piano
Ms. Pearsall graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor in Music Education. Katie has over 15 years of experience teaching private and group lessons and 4 years teaching orchestra in Michigan and Georgia public schools. Her experience covers classical repertoire and alternative styles such as hip-hop, jazz, fiddle, and rock. She captivated audiences in Carnegie Hall, New York City, Washington D.C., New Orleans, Louisiana, and Toronto, Canada. Katie teaches Suzuki Method, traditional methods, and improvisation. She involves her students in a fun, interactive hands-on approach.
Enter the category for this item: Jason Passmore, Saxophone, Piano, Flute
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Jason Passmore, Saxophone, Piano, Flute
Jason Passmore began his private teaching career at the age of 17, became a certified public school teacher in 2004 and has followed his passion for teaching ever since. Jason has shared the stage or recorded with local and international artists such as Debbie Gibson, The Four Freshman, Lizz Wright, Chris Potter Scott Wendholt, John Fedchock, Micheal Abene, Micheal Johnson, Julie Dexter and featured in both the Atlanta Jazz festival and Atlanta Montreau festival. He has found that a combination of classical and modern repertoire can go a long way towards helping students learn and enjoy their chosen instrument.
Enter the category for this item: Piano
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Huu Mai, Piano
Mr. Mai received a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Kennesaw State Univ., and then continued his education achieving certification in the Yamaha Music Education System. He has been teaching and performing professionally for over 9 years. Mr. Mai believes that rhythm and technique are key in musical development and success.
Enter the category for this item: Voice
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Janelle Lannan – Voice
Janelle Lannan has a Master of Fine Arts in TheatrePerformance from UNLV where she studied with Master Voice teacher Michael Lugering, of the Lugering Voice Method for the Expressive Actor. Her studio class helped in the development of this technique and she uses the principles of connecting the voice to the momentum of the body that rides effortlessly on the breath. She has coached and taught private voice in New York City and Atlanta and has run workshops in both New York City and St. George, Utah. While her focus on the voice is focused on expressive thought and feeling, her keen ear has helped develop a lasting free voice that remains accessible for years. She is also known as Miss Janelle to her many families with whom she teaches The Music Class both in Dunwoody and Sandy Springs. Proud member of SAG/AFTRA).
Enter the category for this item: Clarinet, Saxophone, Flute, Oboe
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Patricia Ewing, Clarinet, Saxophone, Flute, Oboe
Ms. Ewing has a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from The University of Georgia and a master’s degree in Clarinet Performance from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. She was the principle clarinetist in the Symphonic Orchestra as well as in other groups. She won a concerto competition at GA State and IU. Ms. Ewing has been teaching privately for over 25 years. She currently plays her clarinet in the Atlanta Community Symphonic Orchestra.
Enter the category for this item: Piano
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Wade Wright, Suzuki Piano
Wade Wright has taught classical and Suzuki classical piano, jazz piano and Church music in the Atlanta area since 2000. She is a Bachelor of Music Education from Samford University, and enters students in National Guild, GMTA, TMTA, and Federation yearly adjudications and competitions.
Enter the category for this item: Piano
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Jennie Visscher, Piano
Ms. Visscher received a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from University of West Georgia where she later continued studies through workshops in Pedagogy and Piano Performance. She has taught private piano lessons for more than 24 years to a spectrum of students ranging from beginner to college level. Jennie is a long-term member of MTNA, GMTA, and other festivals and competitions.
Enter the category for this item: Voice, Piano
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Will Suit, Voice, Piano
Will has a B. A. in Music with a Proficiency in Voice from Tennessee Temple University. He has taught both voice and piano since 1986. Mr. Suit spent more than twenty years as a music director of both choral and orchestral groups. He is an experienced composer and arranger. Will’s approach to instruction is designed to instill ownership in the student regarding his/her musical development. He enjoys teaching people of all ages and in a variety of musical styles.
Enter the category for this item: Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Conducting
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Robert Trocina, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone
Mr. Trocina received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Kennesaw State University and completed further studies at Georgia State University. He studied orchestral conducting under Thomas Wubbenhorst, Patricio Cobos, William Fred Scott and Steven Byess, and trumpet/brass performance under Mark Hughes, Jim Thompson and Stephen Winnick. Mr. Trocina is co-founder of New School of Music (1997), Music Director and Conductor of Gwinnett Symphony Orchestra (1997), and Music Director and Conductor for Northeast Atlanta Ballet (2008).
Enter the category for this item: Oboe, English Horn, Flute, Saxophone, Clarinet, Bassoon
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Sarah Keadle, Oboe, English Horn, Flute, Saxophone, Clarinet, Bassoon
Mrs. Keadle is a freelance oboist in the greater Atlanta area. She received her undergraduate degree in Oboe Performance from Georgia State University and her graduate degree in Oboe Performance from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Her professional experience includes performances with the Lexington Philharmonic, the Atlanta Homeward Choir, and various churches throughout Georgia. Mrs. Keadle frequently conducts band clinics with local Atlanta middle and high schools.
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Guitar, Piano, Bass Guitar

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Richard Ross, Guitar, Piano, Bass Guitar
Mr. Ross is a professional musician and teacher with over 25 years of experience. He taught as an adjunct Professor ofJazz Guitar at Miami-Dade Community College, and also taught as a general music teacher for the Broward Public Schools in south Florida and for the Cobb County DistrictSchools in the Atlanta area. He studied guitar privately for 15years with Vince Bredice. He studied Early Music of theRenaissance period with Joseph Iadone, a disciple of Paul Hindemith, and attended seminars in Jazz Guitar with gendary guitarists Joe DiOrio, Tal Farlow and Jack Wilkins.His philosophy of teaching is to help the student play the music that he or she wants to play and give the student a practical understanding of their instrument and music theory.He teaches the skills that enable the student to apply themselves to all forms of music.
Enter the category for this item: Guitar, Bass Guitar, Mandolin, Ukulele, Banjo, Slide Guitar
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Josh Thane, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Mandolin, Ukulele, Banjo, Slide Guitar
Josh has been playing music for over 16 years and teaching for over 6. In high school Josh studied the guitar, mandolin and banjo under Gerry Hall for 3 years learning the fundamentals of bluegrass. After high school Josh went on to continue his pursuit of music and recording and production at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. There he studied Jazz guitar under Andy Page for four years learning an array of styles from big band swing, to gypsy jazz, to bebop and organ music. After college Josh returned back to Atlanta for an internship at the acclaimed recording studio Tree Sound Studios. He continues to record and produce in the Atlanta area, while still finding time to play live music as well as teach, trying to pass along the tradition of the music he has come to know and love.
Enter the category for this item: Clarinet, Saxophone
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Courtney White, Clarinet, Saxophone
Ms. White is a native of Huntsville, AL and began playing clarinet at age eight. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Clarinet Performance from Auburn University in 2009 and is currently working towards her Masters in Music in Clarinet Performance at Georgia State University. Her accomplishments include selection to the 2007 Kappa Kappa Psi/ Tau Beta Sigma National Intercollegiate Band and the 2010 CBDNA Southern Intercollegiate Band. Between degrees, Ms. White lived in Charleston, SC for 3 years and taught students that held the top chairs in their school programs and successfully competed in the Region and State Competitions.
Enter the category for this item: Bassoon, Piano
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Michelle Hung, Bassoon, Piano
Ms. Hung attended Taipei National Univ. of the Arts and Tunthai Univ. in Taiwan and received a degree in Bassoon Performance. Michelle started performing on the piano at the tender age of 6. She later began study on Bassoon and excelled to principal chair of various groups that performed extensively in Asia and Europe.
Enter the category for this item: Guitar, Bass Guitar, Banjo, Percussion
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Jaron Pearlman, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Banjo, Percussion
Jaron Pearlman is an accomplished multi instrumentalist that is able to teach drumset, percussion, guitar, and bass. He is the current drummer for The Indigo Girls, and tours both domestically and internationally. Jaron's style as an instructor balances a core skill-set (and music theory training) with curriculums based around the students goal and tastes in music.
Jaron is also the recipient of a BA in Audio Production from The Art Institute of Atlanta, and can teach all ages.
Enter the category for this item: Trumpet, Trombone, Piano
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Rob Dama, Trumpet, Trombone, Piano
Rob is a trumpet player who freelances in Atlanta, the city he was born in. He has performed with many groups playing styles of music such as Jazz, R&B, Funk, Classical and Latin. Rob has performed at the Atlanta Jazz Festival and has been the member of the pit orchestra in musicals. Although he specializes in trumpet, Rob's first instrument was the piano and he enjoys teaching students of of all ages. Recently Rob has recorded on the albums of a few Atlanta based artists. Currently Rob is pursuing a degree in music performance at Georgia State University.
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Shim Gartner, Guitar
Shim Gartner is a multi-instrumentalist, bandleader, songwriter, and producer hailing from Toronto, Canada. After moving to Atlanta, GA, Shim spent several years gigging on the local scene as a guitarist with various acts before attending Georgia State University’s music program to pursue a degree in Jazz Guitar Performance.
Enter the category for this item: Piano
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Dalia Elkounovitch, Piano
Dalia Elkounovitch finished the Chernovitz State College of Music in piano playing, continued the education in Kazan Conservatory (USSR) and completed the Tel-Aviv Academy of Music. Concentrating in Piano Performances she continuedher musical education in Johannesburg (South Africa) and received the Performance Diploma and Master of Arts at the University of Witwatersrand. Dalia teaches students of all levels and ages and incorporates the Russian piano playing technique of classical music and performance practices.
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