Meet the Fayetteville Music Teachers

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Tracy Threlkeld, Piano
Rates: $100/month for 30 minute lessons

Tracy has taught beginning piano lessons for over three years. As music student of Clayton State University, she has taken the piano pedagogy class and studied piano for four years. When one of her professors suggested she teach piano lessons, Tracy began teaching her own daughter and another young student. A passion was discovered. What began as an extension of her education has developed into a business and a source of pure enjoyment. She has maintained her small, private studio to this day.
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Deborah Beasley , Piano
Rates: $120/month for 30 minute lessons

Deborah Beasley has been teaching for more than thirty years. She has also been pianist for several churches in Georgia and Alabama. She has served as accompanist for various choral groups and jury performers at Georgia State University.
She enjoys teaching beginner, intermediate and advanced students, imparting her love and appreciation for beautiful music of all types. Many of her students have become pianists in church ministries and contemporary groups.

Enter the category for this item: Homeschool Music, Music Theory, Cello, Viola, Double Bass
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Hannah Fowler, Homeschool Music, Music Theory, Cello, Viola, Double Bass
Rates: $100/month for 30 minute lessons

Hannah Fowler received her B.A. in Music Education from North Greenville University, where she studied violin with Dr. Leslie Warlick and Dr. Michael Weaver. She is a certified music educator and plans to pursue Suzuki violin certification in the future. Hannah is a member of the First Baptist Church Atlanta Worship Orchestra and volunteers as an assistant with the FBA Celebration Orchestra. She believes that music should involve both excellence in technique and joy in playing. In her spare time, Hannah enjoys spending time with family, studying theology, reading, and hiking.
Enter the category for this item: Guitar
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Jacob Hall, Guitar
Rates: $100/month for 30 minute lessons

Jacob Hall has 14 years of experience with the guitar, including 4 years of experience with the classical guitar. In 2016, he earned a BA in music from Clayton State University earning the distinguished award of Magna Cum Laude. During his enrollment at CSU, Jacob had performed in many ensembles, duets, student recitals, and had performed a capstone solo featuring the guitar. In addition, Jacob had also been a tenor for the CSU Chorale and the CSU Community Choir; performing on the guitar during the concert: A Spanish Christmas. Jacob currently is a member of the local cover band Bridgeborn and frequently works with local artist as a studio musician. Jacob’s ambitions are to become a middle school music teacher. In the future he also plans to achieve a masters degree. Jacob believes that because every person is unique it follows that every person requires a unique approach with their musical instruction. Although he may follow a prescribed plan for teaching guitar he makes the plan the exception and not the rule. He believes that the propensity to learn music is inversely proportional to the amount of enjoyment the student gets from playing music.

Enter the category for this item: Percussion
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Jimmie Howell, Jr., Percussion
Rates: $100/month for 30 minute lessons

Jimmie Howell, Jr. has been giving private drum lessons for 17 years. He graduated from Oral Roberts University with a B.A. in Music and a Masters of Divinity. He completed a music teacher certification program at Georgia State University in 2012. He has performed with various local artists in the metro Atlanta area, including studio sessions. He has worked with drum lines of marching bands and African drumming. He has performed in musicals with The Children’s School (TCS) for 12 years, which includes The Lion King, School of Rock, Mulan, and Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory. Currently, he is the percussionist at Word of Faith Love Center in East point, GA and a general music teacher in the Clayton County Public School System.
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Drew Miller, Piano
Rates: $100/month for 30 minute lessons

Drew graduated in 2014 from the University of Mobile with a degree in Worship Leadership with emphasis in Music Business. During his four year tenure in Mobile, he studied classical piano and participated in music theory and orchestration courses. He also spent two years playing contemporary keyboard and traveling the southeast with Exit 13, a worship band formed by the University of Mobile. Drew is currently serving as the worship leader at Rolling Hills Baptist Church where he sings and plays keyboard. He is also a songwriter and earlier this year had one of his songs For the Now featured in the Joy FM Local Artist Spotlight. He is excited about releasing a self-recorded/produced EP called Worlds in the fall. Drew desires for students to develop a passion for piano and self-discovery in music.

Enter the category for this item: Voice
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Lianna Wimberly-Williams, Voice
Rates: $100/month for 30 minute lessons

Voice instructor and mezzo-soprano, Lianna Wimberly-Williams, has been singing since she can remember. Lianna’s first music teacher was her mother, K-12 qualified music educator, who taught her to sight-sing at the early age of eight years old. Through constant exposure to gospel, jazz, musical theater, classical and many other genres of music, Lianna’s gift of music began to flourish at an early age, continuing later to a professional music career.
Lianna earned a Bachelor of Music from Clayton State University (CSU) in 2010, where she began learning the skill of voice teaching at the CSU Music Preparatory School. There she gained experience teaching students among K-12 institutions. During this time, Lianna also was inducted into the professional music fraternity Mu Phi Epsilon and completed a nine-month internship at The Atlanta Opera. Lianna then acquired a Master of Science degree in Vocal Pedagogy from The Ohio State University (OSU) in 2014. While studying at OSU, she maintained a Graduate Teaching Associateship, where she gained experience in higher education private voice instruction as well as beginning group voice instruction.
Lianna has been awarded various awards and scholarships, which include The Spivey Hall Academic Scholarship, The Georgia NATS Cheryl Boyd-Waddell Memorial Prize, The Wilson Voice Competition Award, The Brahms Scholarship and the OSU University Fellowship. Advancing her still evolving career as a consummate concert performer, Lianna has performed works such as Mozart’s Requiem. Vivaldi’s Gloria, Duruflé’s Requiem, and Handel’s Messiah.
Lianna utilizes the gifts, talents, and experiences students bring to her studio to tailor voice instruction for each individual student. She welcomes all students who are eager to develop their singing knowledge and technique as well as basic musicianship abilities, such as music theory, aural skills, and harmonization. “The only thing better than singing is more singing.” -Ella Fitzgerald

Enter the category for this item: Violin
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Stacey Houghton, Saxophone, Clarinet, Jazz Studies
Rates: $120/month for 30 minute lessons

Stacey Houghton has been a professional free-lance musician and educator in the Atlanta area since 1992. He has lived in this area for most of his life, and his musical talents began in his school’s band program. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in music education from Valdosta State University and a Master of Music degree in music performance from the University of South Carolina at Columbia. He performs and teaches on various woodwind instruments (clarinets, saxophones, flutes, recorders), and his versatility covers traditional, jazz, and popular styles. He has held music teaching positions at Ken Stanton Music (Marietta), the Georgia Academy of Music (Atlanta), Clayton State University (Morrow), and Georgia Perimeter College (Clarkston). As a private studio instructor, he has taught beginning, collegiate, and professional-level students of all ages for over 30 years with continued success. He currently serves on the faculty at Clayton State University as a professor of clarinet, saxophone, and jazz studies, as well as at the Georgia Academy of Music as the instructor of clarinet and saxophone. Mr. Houghton frequently composes and arranges music in all styles for his professional and university groups, and he is the founder and director of the Clayton Community Big Band at Clayton State University.
Enter the category for this item: Flute, Piccolo
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Courtney Wallace, Flute, Piccolo
Rates: $100/month for 30 minute lessons

Courtney began playing flute in 1995 and piccolo in 1997. She participated in the District Six Honor Band for six years and All-State for two years while attending Eagle’s Landing Middle School and Eagle’s Landing High School, then continued to study flute under the instruction of Sarah Kruser Ambrose at Georgia State University. While attending there, she participated in the Symphonic Wind Ensemble under the direction of Robert Ambrose and the Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Michael Palmer. Courtney graduated in 2008 from GSU with a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance.

She has been teaching flute lessons since 2003 and performs in many venues for private parties. Whether a student is a gigging musician looking for additional resources, a school student preparing for auditions, or just beginning to learn what the world of music can be, Courtney would love to work with you!
Enter the category for this item: Violin
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Alex Shavers , Violin
Rates: $100/month for 30 minute lessons

Beginning her musical studies on the violin at age 11, Alexandrea grew in a musical world. She played throughout her middle school and high school years. During her years at Whitewater High School, she sat concertmaster of the Fayette County Youth Orchestra—now named the Fayette Philharmonic—under the direction of Cindy Wilson. Ms. Shavers was also a member of an elite octet called Strings Attached created by the Whitewater High School Orchestra's director Darilyn Esterline. Strings Attached performed at various venues including: The Governor's Mansion, the Georgia Music Educators Association conference in Savannah, Georgia, and live on Fox 5 news. Alex also performed on stage as a soloist with Mark Wood; Emmy-winning composer, maker of Wood Violins, and founding member of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. In regards to teaching, during her senior year, Ms. Shavers worked as a student intern teaching the Sara Harp Elementary School's 5th Grade String Orchestra.

After graduating from high school, Alex went on to study at Valdosta State University under Eastman graduate and accomplished violinist Nina Lutz for two years. Now she continues her post-secondary education at Georgia State University, studying under violinist Dr. Christos Galileas. Alex plans to graduate with a Music Education degree with a concentration area on violin. 

Enter the category for this item: All Band Instruments, Brass Specialist
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Jonathan Williams, All Band Instruments, Brass Specialist
Rates: $100/month for 30 minute lessons

Jonathan has been teaching instrumental music as a K-12th grade band director and music teacher in public and private schools across both Ohio and Georgia for the past 12 years. He began his studies at Georgia State University where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in music education in 2005. In 2012, he completed study on a master’s degree in music education from the University of Georgia. Jonathan is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in music education also from the University of Georgia. He also has a love of music in the community and has conducted a number of youth and adult church choirs. Most recently, Jonathan also directed a community youth drum corps consisting of students in grades 5-12 and varying levels of musical experience. As a professional trumpeter, he is currently a member of Zephyr Instrumental (Formerly Zephyr Brass) where he has been a member since he was a sophomore in high school.

Enter the category for this item: Guitar
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Bill Hearn, Guitar
Rates: $100/month for 30 minute lessons

Bill Hearn received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Guitar Performance from Florida State University, and a Doctorate in Guitar Performance from the University of Arizona in Tucson. He was chosen three times as an International Semifinalist in the Guitar Foundation of America Solo competition, and worked for four years in the North Carolina Visiting Artist program. He currently teaches guitar and World Music at Clayton State University, and performs frequently with the Atlanta Guitar Trio. In addition to being one of the Atlanta area’s premiere classical guitarists, Bill also enjoys performing and teaching flamenco, American folk styles and blues, ukulele, mandolin and banjo.

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