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. Bass

  7. Cello

  8. Ukelele

  9. Mandolin

  10. Drums

  11. Trumpet

  12. Ballet/Dance

  13. Sewing

  14. Photo Shop

  15. Art

 

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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Jesse Atkinson

Originally from Florida, Jesse Atkinson now lives in Nashville.  He has played guitar since age 7, and counts as mentors Mitchell Stevens, Alan Brandell, Mario DaSilva, and James DaSilva.  His skills have been shaped by influences ranging from Led Zeppelin to his home church worship pastor, David Grimm.  He has played at illustrious venues such as the Grand Ole' Opry and the Bluebird Cafe.  He has attended various music camps including performing in and working at the Annie Moses Summer Music Festival, often performing original music. 

Guitar 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 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

Jessica Hagar grew up in McMinnville TN where she attended F.C. Boyd Christian School and after graduating decided to major in Art Education at Tennessee Technological University. Her experience as a student at TTU and the Appalachian Center For Craft encouraged her to not just be a teacher but also a professional artist. Jessica is a Textile Designer and owns her own design business. She has a degree from TTU in Art Education as well as Fiber Arts and a minor in Psychology. Her love for teaching art and also being a maker lead her to Peachtree. Jessica has been teaching art and sewing at Peachtree for 4 years. She loves to see her students excel and believes that art is an integral part of a student’s complete education. 

 

“ I have come to believe through personal experience that the arts teach a student to make decisions and to problem-solve. The arts harbor a sense of value and accomplishment and help foster an individual sense of identity which in turn helps a student develop as an individual. Through their experiences in my class I hope they will come to know the importance of the visual arts and understand how it contributes to every aspect of the world they see.”

Art, Sewing, Photo Shop Teacher

Grace Henderson

Grace Henderson has been a musician for 13 years. She took piano for 7 years, and eventually switched to cello at age 14. She has been classically trained at the Annie Moses Conservatory in Nashville, where she studied under Benjamin Wolaver of the Annie Moses band. She was also involved in Peachtree's hand bells classes at a young age, later working as a teacher's aid in Peachtree's group music classes for young children. 

    Grace has had the experience of performing at the Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, as well as the Factory in Franklin, to mention a few. 

    She believes that God is a God of excellence, and therefore calls us to pursue excellence in everything we do. It is her firm belief that music is a gift from God and should be treated with reverence, and given back to Him in the form of service to others. She is eager to see the potential in each of her students and help them cultivate their talents, as well as their confidence both in themselves and in God.  

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 has accumulated almost 27 years of teaching experience in private and classroom music instruction. She holds a B.S. in Music Education with a piano proficiency from Pensacola Christian College, a M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction with a Music Concentration from Tennessee Technological University, and is currently pursuing an Ed. D. in Learning Organizations and Strategic Change at Lipscomb University. She is presently offering private lessons in piano and voice at Peachtree. Mrs. Ledbetter is a member of the American College of Musicians and sends private students each year to the National Fraternity of Student Musicians Guild Piano Playing Auditions. She is also a member of the Middle Tennessee Vocal Association  and the National Association for Music Education and uses these connections to provide educational opportunities for her vocal students.

As part of the pursuit of excellence in lesson time, piano students are drilled in fundamental musicianship skills (scales, cadences, and arpeggios), trained in music theory (including transposition, composition, 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. Performance opportunities are provided throughout the year.

Vocal students are taught how to develop proper singing technique, and how to develop rhythm, ear training, and sight reading skill sets. Mrs. Ledbetter works diligently with each student to help find the unique voice within and while technique is learned through standard literature, students are also encouraged to select and study music that interests and defines them as an individual. Performance opportunities are provided throughout the year.

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. She considers it a blessing to teach each student, and desires not only to inspire them to excellence in musicianship, but also to excellence 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 and skills on both instruments she has studied fiddle and folk music extensively.  She regularly writes her own music, often collaborating with her singer-songwriter sister, Olivia.

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."  She has recorded with local orchestras/groups, published a solo EP of Appalachian music in 2016, and came out with a classical music video in 2019 which can be found on her FaceBook page @SarahMerrittMusic.  

 

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 the Suzuki Method 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 of Christ.  Her favorite part of teaching is to see the potential in a child and partner with their family to help train and bring out the most in them, garnering musical and life skills.

Ravi Patel

Ravi holds a B.S. in Psychology and Masters Degree in Educational Psychology and Counselor Education from Tennessee Tech University. During his undergraduate process, Ravi was involved in several ensembles (Concert, Jazz, and Marching Bands; quartets and studio ensembles) and took several courses towards Music Education. Ravi has played with Music City Drum and Bugle Corps. He has performed in many stadiums around the country. He taught with Music City Drum and Bugle Corps for two years, teaching students in the same art. Ravi currently plays bass and volunteers his playing at The River Community Church. He enjoys playing bass in the recording studio and even on stage. Ravi has played electric bass for over 13 years and believes that music is a gift from the Lord. He desires to help cultivate that gift in others by teaching and inspiring them to discover the joy of music.

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

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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