-OUR TEACHERS-

KATIE HESTER - Piano, Flute, Guitar

 Katie Hester has taught music for over 20 years.  She is primarily a piano teacher in Acworth.  Katie earned a B.A. in Music Education, with a concentration on flute performance, at Wayne State University.  Her love for several styles of music and instruments has inspired her to continue studies in piano, guitar, flute and saxophone.  Katie has taught piano, guitar, flute, and other music lessons in Acworth and surrounding areas since 2007.  She also has experience as a band and general music director in public and private schools.  Katie Hester is a trusted professional in her areas of study.  Aiming to be thorough, yet flexible, fun, and well-rounded is her approach to teaching music.  With Katie, students are taught the fundamentals of music while still having the chance to incorporate learning various styles.  She looks forward to sharing her love of music with her students as well as helping educate and facilitate students with other teachers!

Katie has performed in numerous bands/orchestras as well as solo.  She is experienced in classical, rock, jazz/blues, and Contemporary Christian music.  She is able to perform by reading or by ear.  Katie believes in achieving musical success with all students.  This is accomplished through a focus on the fundamentals of rhythm, reading notes, understanding theory, etc.  She is determined to have students who enjoy learning music.  After all, a student who enjoys a subject is likely to continue studying it!  Katie Hester actively composes and records for both herself and others.  Katie currently teaches flute, piano, and guitar lessons in Acworth, Kennesaw, Woodstock, and surrounding areas.   Visit her other site at this link:  breakthroughmusictoday.com . 

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DENNIS CARRERA - Guitar

Dennis Carrera is a guitarist and vocalist who has been playing professionally for over 40 years.  He was educated at Berkeley College of Music in Boston Massachusetts in its Music Education Program.  Dennis has been a guitar teacher for over 30 years with experience instructing children, teens, and adults as well as group ensembles.  He has a vast knowledge of music theory that he incorporates into each individual lesson.

Dennis's philosophy of teaching is to instruct, but also listen to his students. He seeks to know what each student's individual goals are, what motivates them musically, and strives to meet each student's goals using these methods.  He loves several styles of music, and tries to instill this passion into his students.  He feels this makes for a more rounded student.  Dennis was a touring musician with a show band that traveled the country.  He also has been in duo's, wedding and rock bands.  This gave him an opportunity to be exposed to many other musicians and styles of music which has contributed to his music knowledge.  Dennis also has experience teaching music theory to children and adults with disabilities.  He teaches guitar lessons in Woodstock, Acworth, Kennesaw, and surrounding areas.

RICHARD ROSS - Guitar, Piano, Electric Bass Guitar 

Richard has been a professional musician and teacher for over 25 years.  He primarily teaches guitar lessons in Marietta.  He has taught as an adjunct Professor of Jazz Guitar at Miami-Dade Community College.  He has also taught as a general music teacher for the Broward Public Schools in south Florida and for the Cobb County District Schools in the Atlanta, Georgia area. Richard has studied guitar privately for 15 years with Vince Bredice who has published many books on guitar for Mel Bay Publishers, one of the largest music publishers in the world.  Richard has done private studies in Early Music of the Renaissance period with Joseph Ladone, a disciple of Paul Hindemith.  He attended seminars in Jazz Guitar with legendary guitarists Joe DiOrio, Tal Farlow, and Jack Wilkins. 

Richard's philosophy of teaching is to help the student play the music that he or she wants to play.  He gives students practical understandings of their instruments (piano, guitar, or electric bass) and music theory.  He teaches the skills that enable students to apply themselves to all forms of music.  He currently provides piano, bass, and guitar lessons in Marietta.  With Richard, each student is an individual and is taught in a manner that inspires his or her personality.

SCOTT ELLISON - Drums & Percussion

Scott Has been studying percussion for over a decade in varying genres.  He has performed solos in the Georgia Dome and other concert halls.   He most recently studied at the Atlanta Institute of Music and Media under world class drummers Craig Harber, Eric Sanders, and Jack Jones, who also witnessed Scott’s ability to help musicians succeed in reading and writing music. 

Scott’s teaching style centers around how enjoyable drumming is, even while teaching the fundamentals.  He teaches students age seven through adult and focuses on his students learning and applying new ways of thinking....Before long, they realize how much fun it is!  Scott is a relatable, energetic, and educational influence to many who want to learn various percussion instruments (drum-set, mallet instruments, etc.).  He teaches percussion and drum lessons in Marietta, Woodstock, and the East Cobb areas.

KAREN HEFFRON - Violin

Karen has been studying violin since her school age years.  She was able to receive a music scholarship towards her college studies after studying privately with a member of the Atlanta Symphony and playing with many advanced orchestras in high school.  Though she pursued a degree and career in physical therapy, her love of music remained.  As an adult, she often placed Irish fiddle music in festivals as well as playing a variety of music both as a soloist and with string quartets in weddings, church ensembles and the like.  
Recently, she has expanded her musical studies to improvisation and composing, recently collaborating with Homestyle Music owner Katie Hester on their latest album Walk Path, a combination of deliberate composing and improv for a restful yet engaging musical experience.  She also decided to start sharing her love of music with beginning violin students.  She has children of her own as well as 8 years experience with the children’s Sunday School class.  Her most recent violin students have enjoyed her calm, upbeat, yet knowledgeable demeanor that loves to get in there and help them be their best.  Karen is a joy to be around and is sure to inspire her students and equip them with the necessary skills to play like she does one step at a time!  She teaches violin lessons in Kennesaw, Acworth, and the West Cobb area.