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Flowery Branch Music Teachers

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Enter the category for this item: Violin, Piano, Viola, Cello
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Kristine Sampson, Violin, Piano, Viola, Cello
Ms. Sampson earned a BA in Music from University of Georgia, a M.Ed. in Music Education from North Texas State University and a Certificate of Conducting from University of South Carolina Conductor's Institute. Kristine has served as a church pianist and choral director. She is certified to teach Suzuki Violin Books 1-4 by the American Suzuki Institute. Kristine has taught music in public schools for over 30 years. For the past 12 years, she has taught in Gwinnett County Public Schools and most recently was Director of Chorus and Orchestra at Parkview HS. She enjoys teaching students of all ages.
Enter the category for this item: Drums, Percussion
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Shane Driscoll, Drums, Percussion
Shane Driscoll graduated from the University of Georgia in 2014 and the Atlanta Institute of Music in 2015. With fourteen years of drum set experience, Shane has performed and recorded with a variety of musical groups ranging from pop to heavy metal. He has been teaching music full time since completing school. In his teaching, Shane looks to inspire his students to tackle new musical challenges without compromising the reason every musician wants picks up their instrument - it’s fun! Shane’s lessons cater to every type of student, whether you’re picking up the sticks for the first time, or you’re an experienced player looking to further your craft. Drum lessons, and the student’s musical journey, should be fun and challenging from start to finish!
Enter the category for this item: Saxophone, Piano, Improvisation, Arranging, Composition
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Jeff Simmons, Saxophone, Piano, Improvisation, Arranging, Composition
A native of Gainesville, GA, Jeff earned his Bachelor’s in Music at the University of Georgia, and received his Master’s in Music Performance at the University of South Carolina. Jeff has performed with such diverse artists as Ray Charles, Mary Wilson, The Temptations, Burt Bacharach, Tony Bennett, The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, The Savannah Jazz Orchestra, The Carolina Philharmonic, and The North Carolina Symphony. As a teacher he has been an adjunct professor of music at Cape Fear Community College and has been staff arranger for UNC Marching Tar Heels, and the NC State Marching Wolfpack. He is active as a music arranger/composer for numerous music groups throughout the country. He has been a featured musician at the Carolina Opry in Myrtle Beach, SC as well as a production assistant featured as both a saxophonist and as a pianist. He was also Music Director at the Abbey Church in Pawleys Islands, SC. His original compositions and arrangements for bands are published by Arranger’s Publishing Company in Nashville, TN. A proud father of two boys, Hunter and Jacob, Jeff enjoys sharing his music talents with children of all ages both young and “aged”. :) As the great Louis Armstrong said, “There’s only two kinds of music, good and bad.” Music of any kind is always good!
Enter the category for this item: Piano
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Charles Anschuetz, Piano
Mr. Anschuetz is a 35 year veteran of teaching traditional and Suzuki piano, and sometimes a blend. Charles began his music education at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Md., and graduated with a degree in both piano and pipe organ from the University of Oklahoma. His areas of service include Vice President and President of the Orlando Music Club, and Vice President of the Central Florida Music Teacher's National Association. Teaching is his main interest, and he looks forward to a long and rewarding career in the Greater Atlanta area.
Enter the category for this item: Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone
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Brittany Miller, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone
Brittany Miller grew up in Powder Springs, GA, and became a flautist at age 11 in 1997. She has participated in various concerts, ensembles, and solo performances in school and church environments. She has traveled nationally and internationally performing with various instrumental groups. Due to her hard work and dedication, Brittany became Piccolo Section Leader with the UWG Marching Band in 2008. Brittany has been a member of the Georgia Music Educators Association since 2005 and has participated in the Music Educator's National Conference ever since. Brittany is a 2009 graduate of the University of West Georgia, holding a BM in Music Education with a Principal in Flute. She is certified to teach P-12 in all music areas, and enjoys watching students grow in music and come to love it as she did.
Enter the category for this item: Drums, Percussion
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Scott Douglas, Drums, Percussion
Scott Douglas has been performing and teaching since 1976. His students have won highest state and all-state honors and have gone on to be professional performers in New York, Los Angeles and Atlanta. Mr. Douglas training comes from top orchestra players in New York where he also studied with Leigh Howard Stevens on marimba as well as jazz vibraphone with David Friedman . He has performed since 1976 as an extra with the Atlanta Symphony, currently is principal timpani and keyboard soloist with the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra. He also has served as percussionists for many touring Broadway shows at the Fox and Alliance Theaters. He has also performed as a recitalist through Arts councils throughout the state, as well as touring with the Atlanta Pops Orchestra.
Enter the category for this item: Violin
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Chelsea Shankles, Violin
bio coming soon
Enter the category for this item: Guitar, Mandolin, Fiddle, Piano
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Rita Atkinson, Guitar, Mandolin, Fiddle, Piano
Rita began learning music at a young age, studying classical violin and piano. She then took up guitar and fiddle and was an honors graduate of the Atlanta Institute of Music's guitar program in 2003. In 2013, she returned to the Institute to complete the keyboard program. In addition to studying for a composition degree, she is a performing musician and she also composes music for various media programs and video games. Rita has been teaching for 16 years, and is trained in many styles, including classical, jazz, bluegrass, rock and more. Her lessons focus on music theory in addition to developing good reading skills and technical ability. Through hard work and the reinforcement of good practice habits, students will develop the skills needed to achieve their musical goals
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