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piano and voice
Will Suit is a native of North Georgia. His involvement in music is a lifelong love. He holds a performance degree from Tennessee Temple University and certifications as an Elementary Education Specialist in piano and voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music. He is a member of the Music Teachers National Association and the National Federation of Music Clubs. His studio is geared toward engaging students, young and mature, to find the fun and sheer joy of experiencing music.
Will grew up in the mountains of North Georgia, where he began singing and playing piano at age 5. His dad was a church pastor and his mom the pianist. So, needless to say, his talents were developed and pursued in that setting. Upon graduation from college, he spent more than twenty years as a music director. After leaving that profession in 2005, Will continued his love for writing as well as providing private music instruction. He worked as an independent contractor until 2018 when he opened Pedal Point Music. While the business keeps him busy, Will continues to maintain a full studio of students, a summer music workshop for young vocalists, two regular podcasts and a myriad of other activities.
Will is also an avid composer and writer. He loves blogging, writing poetry, and, of course, composing music. He released a children's album in 2017 called, "IN MY BACKYARD." "IL GUFO, IL TOPO" is a children's opera about the adventures of a young mouse, who ventures into a dark forest and encounters an owl. He's written a stack of anthems, orchestrations and solos over the years. His series of musical studies/tools, "THE OWL SAYS HOO" encourages young singers toward healthy vocal production and musicianship. Most of the children's songs in his collections were written to enhance the learning experience. It's not unusual for others to pass his studio and hear his young students gleefully singing along to one of his tunes while he belts out the lyrics at the piano. His love of music is not lost on his young students, who eagerly look forward to lessons with "Mr. Will" week after week.
Monday: 9:00 - 12:00; 2:00 - 7:00
Tuesday: 9:00 - 12:00; 2:00 - 7:00
Wednesday: 9:00 - 12:00; 2:00 - 7:00
Thursday: 2:00 - 7:00
Friday: 9:00 - 12:00; 2:00 - 5:30
$132 per month
based on a published calendar;
30 minute lessons
Sharon Camper graduated from St. Bernard College with a degree in Elementary Education with minors in Art and Music. Her early experience included serving as a church organist, teaching preschool and elementary school music classes, directing children’s choirs, and founding an elementary school band. She has taught Kindermusik and Music for Kids, as well as private piano and voice lessons. Sharon loves working with students of all ages. She currently has students ranging in age from 8 to 80+! Using a variety of musical styles and methods, she creates a unique approach for each student to unlock their musical ability and creativity. Sharon is dedicated to helping the students develop the skills required to work independently so they can reach their highest potential and develop artistry in their playing.
Tuesday: 2:00 - 6:30
Wednesday: 3:00 - 6:30
Thursday: 1:00 - 7:00
Friday: 2:00 - 6:00
$132 flat rate per month
(based on a published calendar;
30 minute lessons)
Piano, Guitar and Voice instructor
Jackson Hodges is a classically trained music educator currently residing in Atlanta, Georgia. He spent his entire childhood surrounded by music – his mother earned a degree in classical organ/music education, and his father played music in bands on and off throughout the 1990’s. He began to explore music and the possibility of pursuing a career in music at the age of 13 when he received a guitar for his birthday. This led to 4 years of marching band, 2 years of choir, 2 years of musical theater, and lots of extra-curricular music throughout high school, as well as the study of music education, in which he holds a degree, during his years at the University of Georgia. He currently plays in multiple groups, including Y2K and ZALE.
Monday: 12:-00 - 5:30
Tuesday: 12:00 - 5:30
Wednesday: 12:00 - 7:00
Saturday: 9:00 - 1:00
$132.00 per month (flat rate)
based on a published calendar
Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass
A native of New York’s Adirondack Mountains, Joel Perkins is a fifth generation violinist and fiddler of over 28 years. He received his music education degree in orchestral teaching from the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam, NY. After receiving his degree, he taught elementary general music and orchestra, middle and high school band and chorus, and has directed the Adirondack Youth Mezzo strings and woodwinds ensemble of the Adirondack Youth Orchestra Association. He currently teaches high school orchestra and instrumental techniques at Martha Ellen Stilwell School of the Arts in Jonesboro, GA and maintains a successful studio of private students.
He has recorded and produced five albums to his name and most recently, a family anthology of eighty-six tunes over three CD's spanning five generations of Perkins Family music. Joel has had the opportunity to tour nationally with the band Jacks and Heroes as well as performing at the Great American Irish Festival in Utica, NY with his former band, Inisheer. One of his most memorable moments was performing for president George W. Bush and U.S Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas while in office.
Joel's current pursuits outside of teaching include his new band, .jpeg with bandmate and colleague Eric Gregory, composing original Celtic/Electronic musical and visual works which focus on music as a language.
Violin, Viola and Voice Instructor
Born and raised in Chattanooga, TN, Melissa Loga knew from a young age she wanted to dedicate her life to music. Beginning the violin at age 5, she quickly became enamored with the sound of strings and picked up the viola at age 12, while also supplementing her musical studies with voice by age 8.
Ms. Loga obtained her B.A. in Music by Spring of 2013, and Master’s degree in Viola Performance by Spring 2015 at the University of Georgia, under the tutelage of Maggie Snyder. Ms. Loga has performed in master classes and soloed across the United States, and was lucky enough to pursue solo and orchestral studies internationally in Milan, Turin, and Alessandria, Italy, in the summer of 2014.
Melissa currently teaches and gigs in the greater Atlanta area, while also playing electric viola, keyboard, singing backup vocals for the band ZALE. She is focusing on building her teaching studio while beginning to explore writing her own original music.
Sunday: 2:00 - 5:00
Monday: 2:00 - 6:00
Thursday: 2:00 - 6:00
Weekday morning hours are available to those interested, such as adults or homeschooled students.
$36.50 per 30 minute lesson
$54.75 per 45 minute lesson
$73.00 per 60 minute lesson
Drew Simpson grew up in Snellville, GA. The son of a drummer and band director, he has been making music his whole life. After graduating from the University of Georgia, he began touring all over North America and Asia as a musician and performer with several Broadway shows.
He then moved to New York with his soon-to-be wife and began working as a drummer and percussionist for many Broadway shows. Among them are Wicked, The Book of Mormon, Kinky Boots, Annie, RENT, and Avenue Q. While in New York, he also worked as a drummer and performer for an interactive music program for babies and toddlers called Little Maestros.
Mr. Simpson and his wife moved back to Georgia in 2014. He taught in the Norcross cluster for three years and currently teaches in Lawrenceville. They now live in Dunwoody and have a daughter and a French Bulldog!
Saturday: 9:00 - 12:00
$35.00 per 30 minute lesson
$52.50 per 45 minute lesson
$70.00 per 60 minute lesson