~ Vision ~

Music classes and private instruction lessons are offered at Peachtree Learning Center in order to encourage students to steward the God-given gift of music, to educate students in the fundamentals of music theory, appreciation, and expression, and to inspire students to develop their personal musical talents and musicianship skills.  

We encourage students to steward the God-given gift of music by teaching music from a Biblical perspective and by modeling stewardship as we teach and engage with students in the classroom setting and in private instruction.  

We educate students by being intentional in our approach to music education and by incorporating the standards set forth by the Tennessee Board of Education and other experts in the field.  As we infuse a unique theme each year in our music classes, these standards are diligently incorporated into each class period.   These standards do not, however, dictate our philosophy of music education or our methodology.

We inspire students by introducing them to various genres of music and avenues of musical stewardship and by providing them with the tools needed to cultivate their own forms of musical expression.


2:30-3:30 - Mandolin/Rhythm

3:30-4:30 – Strings Class

4:30-5:30 - Beginning Strings  CLOSED

4:30-5:30 - Improvisation 

5:30-6:30 - Music Theory

9:30am – 10:30am – Music 1 CLOSED
10:30am – 11:30am – Music 2 CLOSED

1:30pm - 2:30pm - High School Choir
2:30pm – 3:30pm – Jr. High Choir

2:30-3:30 - Advanced Handbells
3:30pm – 4:30pm – Handbells 


9:30am – 10:30am – Music I  CLOSED
10:30am – 11:30am – Music 2 (Chimes Class) CLOSED


Advanced Handbells

Teacher: Olivia Merritt

Time: Tuesdays 2:30-3:30

This class will be a small group of experienced ringers playing advanced customized arrangements. We will focus on applying advanced techniques to more difficult repertoire, creating a tightly knit ensemble.
**Requirements: must be an experienced ringer and very comfortable reading music.**

Beginning Strings  CLOSED

Teacher: Sarah Merritt

Time: Mondays, 4:30-5:30

Eligibility Requirements: Currently taking private violin lessons.
As a beginning violinist, it is important to learn how to play with others soon after basic skills are learned. This ensemble is designed to partner with the student’s private lesson, and will teach skills of how to play at the same time as others, how to follow a leader, and group intonation. We will play music from a variety of genres, learning the essence of fiddle and violin playing in unison and harmony by ear and by reading. There will be discussion of stage and performance skills. There will be specific practice points for home each week, with several performance opportunities through the year. This class is designed to segue into the older Strings Class when the student is ready. Mothers are encouraged to be involved, especially with students under 10.

Chimes Class (3rd-6th grades) 

Teacher: Lucy Knowles

Time: Fridays 10:30-11:30

This will be a great introduction to the musical team concept of playing in a handbell choir. We will use chimes to teach basic ringing skills, music theory, and rhythms. Students will be exposed to a variety of musical styles, all arranged for chimes/bells. 

Choir (Jr. High & High School)

High School Choir Teacher: Jennifer Ledbetter

Jr. High Choir Teacher: Jennifer Poore

Times: Tuesday 1:30pm-2:30pm (High school)
2:30pm-3:30pm (Jr. High) 

The Bible is filled with over 400 references to singing and more than 50 direct commands to sing. Peachtree believes that our “natural desire to sing” was God-ordained, providing a way for each individual to offer praise and thanksgiving to his or her Creator. With this in mind, the goal of Peachtree’s Chorus is to provide an enjoyable and well-rounded educational approach to the basics of singing an reading music. We pursue this education as a part of pursuing excellence in the stewardship of this special gift from God. Each session will consist of proper vocal preparation which includes: warm-up exercises, agility exercises, and resonance exercises. Music theory will be learned and applied through the selected choral literature. This group will be actively pursuing opportunities to perform and share in our community, and we will also have the opportunity to participate in the MTVA and TNMEA choral and vocal events including (but not limited to): Mid-State Auditions, All-State Auditions, Solo/Ensemble Festival, and regional choral festivals.

Students are required to have approved concert attire for participation in these events. 

Handbells (6th grade & up) 

Teacher: Olivia Merritt
Time: Tuesdays 3:30pm-4:30pm

This handbell choir is for students who are already proficient at reading music. The goal is to use handbells instruction as an enhancement to this basic reading ability allowing for a

broadened sense of musicality and rhythmic expression. This group will be actively pursuing opportunities to perform and share in our community. This class can only accommodate 12 students. Students will be accepted in the order of which their registration is received. 


Teacher: Mario DaSilva

Time: Mondays, 4:30pm-5:30

Improvisation is the study to provide musicians with practical tools for implementing music theory knowledge to let you create & compose your own licks & flourishes in a variety of musical genres. Take your music to the next level and off the written page!

Mandolin/Rhythm Class

Teacher: Sarah Merritt & Jesse Atkinson

Time: Tuesdays 2:30-3:30

Eligibility Requirements: Currently taking private lessons.

Time: Mondays 4:30-5:30pm

This class is designed to be focused on the techniques and ensemble skills of mandolinists, guitarists, and bassists. Students will learn melodies, harmonies, chord structures/charts, and grooves of many different genres. There will be discussion on stage presence and performance skills. There will be specific things to practice at home each week, and there will be several performance opportunities throughout the year. This new ensemble will be ready to play on their own, as well as collaborate with the older Strings Class and possibly other small ensembles put together for different show opportunities. We are open to all students of mandolin, guitar, or bass guitar!

Music I (K-2nd grade)

Teachers: Lucy Knowles

Times: Tuesday 9:30am-10:30am CLOSED
Friday 9:30am-10:30am CLOSED

Music I will begin laying the foundation for music education of the young music student.  Each week our exploration of music will include interactive games, exposure to music from different genres, a beginning look at aspects of music theory, singing, and learning new songs.  Emphasis of making music for the glory of our God – giving back to Him the gifts He has given to us.

Music II (3rd-6th grade)

Teachers: Lucy Knowles
Times: Tuesday 10:30am-11:30am CLOSED
Friday 10:30am-11:30am CLOSED

The foundation of Music I will be built upon in a more structured, technical way in Music II. We will spend time learning what it means to sing as a chorus, as well as working more on original composition, understanding multiple facets of music theory, and learning about different genres and artists through music appreciation.  Students will be encouraged to tap into their own musical gifting and explore different ways of using that to glorify God

Strings Class

Teacher: Sarah Merritt
Time: Monday 3:30pm- 4:30pm

Eligibility Requirements: Have studied your instrument for at least one year and are currently taking private lessons.
   As a string player, ensemble playing is a key way of sharing your music with others, and can be a great source of inspiration. This is the “team sport” of music. Each person in an ensemble is vital to the group. We will learn teamwork and meld as a class as well as learn how your skills can be used on the stage. I believe that the pursuit of excellence in music is a powerful tool in the Kingdom of God that can give the young and old alike a platform for spreading the Gospel. One path on your pursuit of musical excellence is to advance technically, but the other path is to know how to jump into a praise team, bluegrass band, collaborate with a singer/songwriter, or jam with a friend at a coffee shop.  Dovetailing with Peachtree’s vision of “Redeeming the Arts for the Glory of God”, together we will explore what it means to be excellent in our craft. We will pursue the potential, not just the next step. The students will be expected to individually practice the material covered in class, and we will have several performances a year. There will be a range of abilities in the class, but each student will be challenged individually.
The Peachtree Strings Class will be taught from a combination of teaching styles. We will springboard from Suzuki material to learn a variety of music, including fiddle, classical, and orchestral. Instruments welcome: violins, violas, & cellos. 
NOTE: We will be hosting a series of special skill workshops, and students in this class will receive significant discounts to these.


Teacher: Mario DaSilva

Time: Mondays, 5:30pm-6:30

Music Theory is the study of the structures of music, including intervals, studying the elements of harmonies & melodies, time & key signatures, chords, triads, modalities, and notation. This class will cover much of these concepts and incorporate some ear training exercises as well!


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