-OUR TEACHERS-

KATIE HESTER - Piano, Flute, Guitar

 Katie Hester has taught music for over 20 years.  She attained 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 while still having the chance to incorporate learning various styles of music.  She looks forward to sharing her love of music with her students as well as helping educate and facilitate those 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!  She operates a website for music  EDUCATION & INSPIRATION at   www.breakthroughmusic.today and you can hear Katie's compositions on flute, guitar, and piano at:  www.katieflute.com

TEACHING INTERVIEW of KATIE HESTER

MARINA WHITE - Piano, Voice, Music Theory

Marina's education includes a Master degree of Arts, with 15 years of specializing in “Music Pedagogy and Education”.  She teaches piano, voice and choir, and conducting.  She started her teaching career as a kindergarten music and arts teacher and later as a music school conductor.  She has been part of a a Christian blues-rock band that won its first tour in a rock festival, and later participated in a Christian band where she wrote music.  Marina also held a worship group leader position (conductor and director) at a mega church where special event choirs could reach as many as 1000 singers.  During this time, the church’s worship worship team recorded an album including two songs Marina composed.  She has continued her own education in by studying with greats such as Ukrainian pop star, Marina Odolskaya, music industry specialist Peggy Still Johnson, etc....
Marina loves people and is great at educating, motivating and supporting children and adults alike.  If you are ready to learn music and be inspired, consider Marina as your teacher.

 

RICHARD ROSS - Guitar, Piano, Electric Bass Guitar 

Richard has been a professional musician and teacher for over 25 years. 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. He 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 and give the student a practical understanding of their instrument (piano, guitar, or electric bass) and music theory. He teaches the skills that enable the student to apply themselves to all forms of music. Each student is an individual and is taught in a manner that inspires his or her personality.

HEATHER PETERO - piano, voice, theory, audition prep

Heather Petero is an Atlanta-based vocalist, pianist, bandleader, educator and worship leader. In all these roles, Heather considers it her calling to create joy and community through music. She is the leader of The Tin Roof Band, a multi-faceted and multi-genre group specializing in private events. Heather also maintains a roster of private students of all ages, levels, and backgrounds, with whom she covers everything from the basics of piano and singing to audition prep and artist development. She believes that music has more power than ever to bridge divides and bring people together, and she sees that belief confirmed on a daily basis.

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