Meet the Fayetteville Music Teachers

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Tracy Threlkeld, Piano, Voice
Rates: $100/month for 30 minute lessons

Tracy has taught beginning piano lessons for over three years. As music student of Clayton State University, she has taken the piano pedagogy class and studied piano for four years. When one of her professors suggested she teach piano lessons, Tracy began teaching her own daughter and another young student. A passion was discovered. What began as an extension of her education has developed into a business and a source of pure enjoyment. She has maintained her small, private studio to this day.
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Deborah Beasley , Piano
Rates: $120/month for 30 minute lessons

Deborah Beasley has been teaching for more than thirty years. She has also been pianist for several churches in Georgia and Alabama. She has served as accompanist for various choral groups and jury performers at Georgia State University.
She enjoys teaching beginner, intermediate and advanced students, imparting her love and appreciation for beautiful music of all types. Many of her students have become pianists in church ministries and contemporary groups.

Enter the category for this item: Homeschool Music, Music Theory, Cello, Viola, Double Bass
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Hannah Cranfill, Homeschool Music, Music Theory, Cello, Viola, Double Bass
Rates: $100/month for 30 minute lessons

Hannah Fowler received her B.A. in Music Education from North Greenville University, where she studied violin with Dr. Leslie Warlick and Dr. Michael Weaver. She is a certified music educator and plans to pursue Suzuki violin certification in the future. Hannah is a member of the First Baptist Church Atlanta Worship Orchestra and volunteers as an assistant with the FBA Celebration Orchestra. She believes that music should involve both excellence in technique and joy in playing. In her spare time, Hannah enjoys spending time with family, studying theology, reading, and hiking.
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Jacob Hall, Guitar
Rates: $100/month for 30 minute lessons

Jacob Hall has 14 years of experience with the guitar, including 4 years of experience with the classical guitar. In 2016, he earned a BA in music from Clayton State University earning the distinguished award of Magna Cum Laude. During his enrollment at CSU, Jacob had performed in many ensembles, duets, student recitals, and had performed a capstone solo featuring the guitar. In addition, Jacob had also been a tenor for the CSU Chorale and the CSU Community Choir; performing on the guitar during the concert: A Spanish Christmas. Jacob currently is a member of the local cover band Bridgeborn and frequently works with local artist as a studio musician. Jacob’s ambitions are to become a middle school music teacher. In the future he also plans to achieve a masters degree. Jacob believes that because every person is unique it follows that every person requires a unique approach with their musical instruction. Although he may follow a prescribed plan for teaching guitar he makes the plan the exception and not the rule. He believes that the propensity to learn music is inversely proportional to the amount of enjoyment the student gets from playing music.

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Jimmie Howell, Jr., Percussion
Rates: $100/month for 30 minute lessons

Jimmie Howell, Jr. has been giving private drum lessons for 17 years. He graduated from Oral Roberts University with a B.A. in Music and a Masters of Divinity. He completed a music teacher certification program at Georgia State University in 2012. He has performed with various local artists in the metro Atlanta area, including studio sessions. He has worked with drum lines of marching bands and African drumming. He has performed in musicals with The Children’s School (TCS) for 12 years, which includes The Lion King, School of Rock, Mulan, and Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory. Currently, he is the percussionist at Word of Faith Love Center in East point, GA and a general music teacher in the Clayton County Public School System.
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Drew Miller, Piano
Rates: $100/month for 30 minute lessons

Drew graduated in 2014 from the University of Mobile with a degree in Worship Leadership with emphasis in Music Business. During his four year tenure in Mobile, he studied classical piano and participated in music theory and orchestration courses. He also spent two years playing contemporary keyboard and traveling the southeast with Exit 13, a worship band formed by the University of Mobile. Drew is currently serving as the worship leader at Rolling Hills Baptist Church where he sings and plays keyboard. He is also a songwriter and earlier this year had one of his songs For the Now featured in the Joy FM Local Artist Spotlight. He is excited about releasing a self-recorded/produced EP called Worlds in the fall. Drew desires for students to develop a passion for piano and self-discovery in music.

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Savannah Lee, Piano

Savannah Lee has loved music for as long as she can remember. Beginning piano lessons at age 5, she has continued to pursue music her whole life through piano and voice lessons, frequent musical productions, and even participating in a rock band for 2 years. She continues to pursue music as she is on her way to finishing up a degree in B.A. in Music Performance at Clayton State University. She has taught privately through the Music Preparatory Program at CSU for a year and has found confirmation that teaching is what she loves to do. She is actively involved in the CSU chorale and in worship services at her local church. Savannah has found that although she loves seeing her students grow in their musicianship, it is just as exciting to see them grow as a person. She has worked with all ages and loves seeing growth in every stage of life. She enjoys everything that has to do with worshipping the Lord and serving people, playing and singing music, and spending time with the people she loves the most.

Enter the category for this item: Violin
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Stacey Houghton, Saxophone, Clarinet, Jazz Studies
Rates: $120/month for 30 minute lessons

Stacey Houghton has been a professional free-lance musician and educator in the Atlanta area since 1992. He has lived in this area for most of his life, and his musical talents began in his school’s band program. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in music education from Valdosta State University and a Master of Music degree in music performance from the University of South Carolina at Columbia. He performs and teaches on various woodwind instruments (clarinets, saxophones, flutes, recorders), and his versatility covers traditional, jazz, and popular styles. He has held music teaching positions at Ken Stanton Music (Marietta), the Georgia Academy of Music (Atlanta), Clayton State University (Morrow), and Georgia Perimeter College (Clarkston). As a private studio instructor, he has taught beginning, collegiate, and professional-level students of all ages for over 30 years with continued success. He currently serves on the faculty at Clayton State University as a professor of clarinet, saxophone, and jazz studies, as well as at the Georgia Academy of Music as the instructor of clarinet and saxophone. Mr. Houghton frequently composes and arranges music in all styles for his professional and university groups, and he is the founder and director of the Clayton Community Big Band at Clayton State University.
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Kari Guy, Piano

Kari Guy is TAMA’s office manager and the substitute teacher for our piano students. She has been playing piano since from a very young age. She is currently enrolled at Clayton State University pursuing a Bachelor of Performing Arts with a minor in Music Education.
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Alex Shavers, Violin
Rates: $100/month for 30 minute lessons

Beginning her musical studies on the violin at age 11, Alexandrea grew in a musical world. She played throughout her middle school and high school years. During her years at Whitewater High School, she sat concertmaster of the Fayette County Youth Orchestra—now named the Fayette Philharmonic—under the direction of Cindy Wilson. Ms. Shavers was also a member of an elite octet called Strings Attached created by the Whitewater High School Orchestra's director Darilyn Esterline. Strings Attached performed at various venues including: The Governor's Mansion, the Georgia Music Educators Association conference in Savannah, Georgia, and live on Fox 5 news. Alex also performed on stage as a soloist with Mark Wood; Emmy-winning composer, maker of Wood Violins, and founding member of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. In regards to teaching, during her senior year, Ms. Shavers worked as a student intern teaching the Sara Harp Elementary School's 5th Grade String Orchestra.

After graduating from high school, Alex went on to study at Valdosta State University under Eastman graduate and accomplished violinist Nina Lutz for two years. Now she continues her post-secondary education at Georgia State University, studying under violinist Dr. Christos Galileas. Alex plans to graduate with a Music Education degree with a concentration area on violin. 

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Lane McDuffie, Guitar

Lane grew up in a musical family and her first instrument was the saxophone in the school band. Her interest in guitar first started with her mother, who sang and played guitar in church. Lane has pursued the art of playing guitar since 2007, and is currently working toward an Associate Diploma of Guitar Performance with the Royal Conservatory of Music. She has studied with classical performance instructor, Lyster Bass, and was also a student of Dr. Bill Hearn at Clayton State University. She taught music lessons out of her home for several years and is now pursuing teaching certification through the Music Teachers National Association. She is a member of the Georgia Music Teachers Association and the Coweta-Fayette Music Teachers Association. She was a performing member of the Atlanta Guitar Orchestra in 2015. Lane enjoys playing at weddings, performing with other musicians, arranging music for fingerstyle guitar, and playing a variety of genres. She is dedicated to helping students reach their goals. Lane has two grown sons and in her spare time enjoys the outdoors and painting.

Enter the category for this item: Guitar
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Bill Hearn, Guitar
Rates: $100/month for 30 minute lessons

Bill Hearn received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Guitar Performance from Florida State University, and a Doctorate in Guitar Performance from the University of Arizona in Tucson. He was chosen three times as an International Semifinalist in the Guitar Foundation
of America Solo competition, and worked for four years in the North Carolina Visiting Artist program. He currently teaches guitar and World Music at Clayton State University, and performs frequently with the Atlanta Guitar Trio. In addition to being one of the Atlanta area’s premiere classical guitarists, Bill also enjoys performing and teaching flamenco, American folk styles and blues, ukulele, mandolin and banjo.

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