Peachtree tries to promote this pursuit of excellence by:

  1. Interviewing each private instructor and following up with references

  2. Submitting each new private instructor to a background check

  3. Requiring each private instructor to provide:

  • A brief biographical sketch which includes his/her teacher qualifications

  • A statement of his/her philosophy of education as it relates to his specific art discipline

  • An outline of what he/she feels are reasonable expectations for each level of learning and his/her requirements for students who desire to pursue those goals

  • An example of how lesson time is spent

Approved private instructors are then provided studio space and are charged for that studio space by the half hour and hour.

Peachtree Learning Center is excited to partner with private instructors in the following areas:

  1. Piano

  2. Voice

  3. Violin

  4. Classical Guitar

  5. Acoustic and Lead Guitar

  6. Banjo

  7. Dulcimer & Hammer Dulcimer

  8. Ukelele

  9. Mandolin

  10. Drums

  11. Trumpet

  12. Ballet/Dance

  13. Sewing

  14. Photo Shop

  15. Art

  16. Computer Skills

 

All private instructors are required to maintain the same policy for cancellation.  That policy is as follows:

In the event of a missed lesson, please note the following:

  • · Tuition is not refunded unless the missed lesson is a result of the instructor’s absence and a make-up lesson cannot be scheduled.

  • · If you know in advance (a minimum of 24 hours’ notice) that you will be absent, your instructor may be able to schedule a make-up lesson, however, the instructor is not required to offer this service as providing instruction to other students who are in attendance is a priority. Make-up lessons will not be offered for last minute cancellations. 

  • · If your child becomes sick and needs to be absent, please notify your instructor as soon as possible. Your instructor will try to schedule a make-up lesson if possible.

  • Per insurance, if Peachtree Learning Center has to close due to inclement weather, every activity held in the building that day must be cancelled. If a make-up lesson cannot be provided, the student will be credited for that lesson.

  • If there is a stormy weather (possible tornados), Peachtree may not have time to make a call on cancellation. This would be left up to the teacher & parent. If a teacher or parent feels unsafe travelling, a make-up lesson should be offered.

 

Private Instructors are responsible for:

  1. Determining their own tuition rates (based on experience and education)

  2. Determining their own business policies and directly billing their own students

  3. Providing student contracts and registration forms

  4. All communication with students and parents (schedule changes, recitals, etc.)

Private Instructors in music and dance will collaborate throughout the year to provide performance opportunities both in the community and in a recital setting.  Some private instructors will also provide opportunities for adjudication through National Guild programs.

To help connect students with teachers, Peachtree Learning Center provides a Private Instruction Coordinator.  This Coordinator will evaluate your student’s needs and connect you with the appropriate private instruction teacher.  The Coordinator is also responsible for scheduling lesson/studio time.

MEET OUR PRIVATE INSTRUCTORS

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Phylis Woods Brown

Phyllis is proud to come from a "musical" family!  Her earliest memories of childhood include always singing with her family.  They sang in the car, around the campfire, and while chores were done.  Phyllis credits her mother with her first introduction to harmonies; Phyllis' father played in dance bands from time to time.  She spent hours of her pre-teen years sitting at her grandfather's organ, picking out melodies and chords and even writing her first tunes.  It was inevitable that when Phyllis was 13 and found an old guitar sitting in the corner of the sun porch at her other grandparents' home that she would pick it up and never really look back.  Music became her focus from that day on, and she started performing at the age of 15 for local school and church events.

     Phyllis studied Music Education at Tennessee Tech University in Tennessee, and was delighted when her father built both her first mountain dulcimer and hammered dulcimer.

    Phyllis has always enjoyed teaching others what she has learned, and has taught and  performed at numerous venues, ranging from city and county folk festivals, Old Time Festivals, weddings, fundraisers, Christmas celebrations,  church services and special events.

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Eric Beaty

 Eric Beaty is widely known for his gui­tar les­son videos on his YouTube chan­nel which has amassed over 1.3 million views since begin­ning in 2007. In 2011, Eric was blessed to begin teach­ing pri­vate gui­tar lessons full-time, and would later cre­ate his very own pro­fes­sional instruc­tional courses now known as Texas Blues Gui­tar and Blue­grass Gui­tar Essen­tials.Eric enjoys per­form­ing reg­u­larly with the Gospel group The Gilbert Fam­ily from Sparta, TN, with whom he has recently begun recording a new album. He also enjoys work­ing with his gui­tar stu­dents, both through his instructional materials and in per­son.  Eric also taught ukulele for two years at Peachtree. In addition, Eric recently pursued writing as a hobby and potential additional career. Eric lives with his wife, Melissa, in Cookeville, TN and is proud to be included in the fam­ily of instruc­tors at Peachtree Learn­ing Cen­ter. For more infor­ma­tion, please click on the link below:

Eric Beaty Busi­ness Policies & Lesson Schedule

Guitar and Ukelele Teacher

Ella Boureston

Hi! My name is Ella Boureston. Working hard is the foundation of success. But what if your child works hard and doesn’t succeed? That can happen when your child lacks access to the technique, phrasing and musicality difficult pieces demand – pieces they’ll want to play as they improve.  I know because I struggled with a lack of technique, a lack of understanding the music I was playing, and a lack of how to perform a piece in a pleasing way.  I simply didn’t know what I didn’t know.
These are the very things I would like to teach your children.  I would like to set a foundation for your children that they will build upon for the rest of their lives. It doesn’t take more time or effort. It just takes learning the right things in the right order.  Don’t let your child’s musical growth be held back by bad technique and a lack of understanding.
 For the past 3 years I have studied with Dr. Godes (Head of TTU’s piano department), competed in regional and statewide competitions, and performed publicly. In 2015 I received 3rd place in the Young Artist Piano competition. I also have been in several masters classes with accomplished pianists including: Di Wu, Agnes Wan, Esther Parks, and many others. I look forward to putting my experience and what I’ve learned to work in your child’s life. And ultimately, I encourage all my students to have fun and play to the glory of God.

Piano Teacher

Katie Farmer

My name is Katie Farmer, and I have been playing piano for thirteen years. I graduated from Daniel 1 Academy in 2014, and continued my musical education under the instruction of Camille Wolaver DaSilva of the Annie Moses Band. I am classically trained, but also have experience playing in my church’s worship band. I began teaching my first student at the age of 14, and have had many students since. I enjoy meeting each new student, and desire to build not only a healthy teacher/student relationship, but a personal friendship with each one. It gives me great joy to share the love and knowledge I have for music, and to see my students thrive and put into practice what they learn. I encourage all of my students to do their best, have fun, and above all use their talents for the glory of God. 

Piano Teacher

Jessica Hagar

I grew up in McMinnville, TN, where I first found a love for art.  When I was young I became involved in community art projects.  I later attended TTU and the Appalachian Center for Craft where I fell in love with fiber art.  In my own work I mainly focus on design and craftsmanship.  I hope to carry on these skills by sharing them with others.  I love teaching, which is why I also decided to get a degree in Art Education.  I believe that students will get more out of a class when they are interacting with the curriculum.  Art allows students to recognize their abilities, to create and to problem solve.  I believe these skills are essential in every aspect of life.  I encourage my students to use the knowledge that they gain in my class for all of their future creative endeavors.

Art, Sewing, Photo Shop Teacher

Grace Henderson

Grace Henderson, a 2018 high school graduate, is a young cellist who has taken private music lessons since she was 7.  She started with piano and eventually changed to cello.  She was also a student of Peachtree at a young age, participating in art classes and hand bells for a couple of years. Later she helped with Music I & II as a teacher’s aid. After a couple of years of playing cello, she became a student at the Conservatory of Annie Moses in Nashville, where she still studies cello under Benjamin Wolaver of the Annie Moses Band.  She has participated in the Annie Moses Summer Festivals for the past couple of years as a member of the orchestra, as well as performing in ensembles. She has had the experience of performing at the Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, and in Liberty Hall at the Factory in Franklin, TN.

Grace’s believes that God is a God of excellence, and therefore calls us to pursue excellence for His glory in all that we do, especially in music. 

Her desire is to help her students realize and appreciate the value of working hard and blessing others with their music. She also hopes to inspire them to never quit when it’s difficult. Grace believes that beautiful things come when we sacrifice ourselves, which means embracing the process of working for excellence, even when it’s hard. Grace feels blessed and is excited to share her gift of music with her students.

Private Cello Instructor

Greg Huff

Career Highlights

University of Tennessee Knoxville – Bachelor of Music in Trumpet Performance 

Truth (Contemporary Christian Band) – Lead Trumpet

Founded and directed the Calvary Jazz Orchestra, Winston-Salem, NC 

Currently the Pastor of Music at First Baptist Church, Cookeville, TN

 

Bio

It is my desire to teach and refine young trumpet players to play to their fullest God given potential.  At the University of Tennessee, I participated in marching band, concert band, orchestra, jazz bands, quintets, and trumpet ensembles.  After college I toured with the contemporary Christian band, TRUTH, traveling all over the United States and internationally in Russia, Romania, and Hungary as their lead trumpet player.  I have spent 13 years as an instrumental director at two different churches in Tennessee and North Carolina and I am currently the Pastor of Music at First Baptist Church, Cookeville, TN.  I also earned a Master of Divinity degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC.

Jennifer Ledbetter graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in Music Education from Pensacola Christian College and has accumulated over 25 years teaching experience. She is presently offering private instruction in piano and voice. Mrs. Ledbetter is a member of the American College of Musicians and sends private piano students each year to the National Fraternity of Student Musicians Guild Piano Playing Auditions.  Mrs. Ledbetter is also a member of the MTVA and NAFME and uses these connections to provide opportunities for her vocal students.  To further her expertise, Mrs. Ledbetter has recently enrolled in graduate school at Tennessee Technological University.  She is earning her MA in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Music.  

 

As part of the pursuit of excellence in lesson time, students are drilled in fundamental musicianship skills (scales, cadences, arpeggios), trained in music theory (incorporating transposition and improvisation), and exposed to great literature in all genres of music.  Students who are interested can also learn to play from lead sheets and chord charts.

 

Mrs. Ledbetter believes that music is a gift from God to be stewarded and given back to Him in the form of service, worship, and praise. Mrs. Ledbetter considers it a blessing to teach each student, and desires not only to inspire them to excellence in musicianship but also in life. 

Sarah is a violinist and mandolinist. She has been classically trained at the Conservatory of Annie Moses, where she is now a faculty member. Alongside her classical repertoire she has studied fiddle and improvisation skills extensively. For a few years at the Conservatory she has honed skills in arranging and composing her own music, which today she does regularly for the band “Felicity”.

As a student of the Annie Moses Summer Music Festival, she has performed on the stages of the Grand Ole Opry, Carnegie Hall, and the Bluegrass Underground. She was in the orchestra for the Annie Moses Band’s PBS show “The Art of the Love Song,” and she has recorded on several projects with the Nashville Praise Symphony, the Notgrass Company and the Great Smoky Mountain Association. Her first EP came out in 2016.

Sarah has taught at Peachtree Learning Center since 2012, and was excited to formally help organize Peachtree’s strings program in 2017. She is certified in the Annie Moses Method and in Suzuki through level 2. She believes 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, and is enthusiastic about Peachtree’s vision of “Redeeming the Arts for the Glory of God.” Please visit her website sarahmerrittmusic.com. 

Jennifer Poore

Jennifer Poore recently graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a dual B.M. in Guitar Performance and Vocal/General Music Education. She has played classical guitar for nine years and has sung for over six, and she is thrilled to be offering private instruction in both guitar and voice. Jennifer believes that music is a gift of God to be cultivated, enjoyed, and used to serve those around us. She believes that through seeking to excel in our musical pursuits, we not only worship God but learn more about what it means to be His creatures, created in His image.

Voice and Classical Guitar Teacher

Hannah Rentschler

Hi! My name is Hannah Figura. I have loved music from a young age and began taking lessons 13 years ago. My desire and goal in teaching is to give glory to God as I share the gift of music with your children. I have been blessed to play piano for our church since I was ten years old. This past March I competed in the Nashville Piano Achievement Competition and ranked Superior Plus with honors. For the past two years I have been studying under the Royal School of Music through their Associate board (ABRSM) and have been going to Nashville for tuition and exams as I seek to further my education in piano through this alternative college route. Ultimately, I look forward to having fun with your children and sharing the joy of music as they learn to appreciate the beauty of this God-given gift. To God be the Glory!

Piano Teacher

Hannah Thaxton

Hannah Thaxton has been classically trained in piano for 9-10 years. She loves music and has performed pieces for high school graduation ceremonies, worship services, recitals, and more. To further refine her abilities, she is currently taking private piano lessons from Debbie Wood and studying music theory. She graduated from Northeast State Community College with an A.S. in elementary education. She taught in a preschool for one year during her college experience and loved it. 

 

Due to the value of honing fundamental musicianship skills, the primary focus of lessons will be musical theory, technique, and performance (piano pieces). In addition, sight-reading will be incorporated as deemed appropriate. These form the foundation for students to become skilled pianists, play with greater ease, and reap the greatest benefits from their lessons.

 

God has given Hannah a desire to love and serve children, teaching and encouraging them in the Lord. Piano lessons provide a way to do this while helping students develop their God-given talents. She hopes to encourage students to use their skills to minister to others and to worship the Lord, the One Who deserves all the praise and glory! 

Kathy Wilburn

My name is Kathy Wilburn.  I recently moved to Cookeville from Indiana.  I have over 21 years of computer training experience with Computer Education Institute located in Chesterton, Indiana. I have an Applied Science degree from Purdue University.  Microsoft Products, Quicken and the Internet are just a few of the subjects that I enjoy teaching.  All the classes are interactive so the student will need to bring a laptop.  I fell blessed to have the opportunity to spend time with the students and help them master their computer skills.

Private Computer Skills Teacher

Eric Williams

Eric Williams

I began my musical journey at the age of nine as a budding concert percussionist. After about six or seven years of concert bands, jazz bands, orchestras, marching band, and rock bands, I gave my heart’s affections to Christ. Music has taken on a much more complex and meaningful place in my life. I echo the remarks of Martin Luther; “Next to the Word of God, music deserves the highest praise. The gift of language combined with the gift of song was given to man that he should proclaim the Word of God through Music.” I have been a percussionist (drummer) now for about 25 years, with about 10+ years experience in private lessons. I have played and taught the entire gamut of percussion instruments including drum set, hand percussion, all types of auxiliary percussion, mallet percussion (keyboards), etc. In addition, I am a graduate of Moody Bible Institute and have about 10 years experience as a worship pastor. I know vocals, guitar, bass, piano, etc — I understand how to incorporate percussion into the greater scheme of music. As a bi-vocational pastor, I encourage my students to learn, be disciplined, and play skillfully to the glory of God. 

Drums Private Instructor

Debbie Wood

Debbie is a graduate of Tennessee Technological University with a B.S. in Music Education and a B.S. in Music Therapy.  She has been teaching private piano lessons for over 35 years.  Debbie served as the
chairman for the National Piano Guild and an active member of the Plateau Music Teacher’s Association and the Tennessee Music Teacher’s Association.  She currently serves as the pianist for her church and
directs the adult choir.  She has spent many years directing children’s choirs and school musicals.
It is her desire to encourage children to use the gift of music to worship in spirit and truth from their hearts and give all the glory to the One whom makes it all possible!  

Piano Teacher

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