The Red Clay Music Foundry offers instruction for piano for all ages, all levels and all styles of music. We have teachers who specialize in classical, jazz, rock, pop and more. You will find teachers at our school who teach 4 year to 80 year old students and can accommodate beginners to advanced players.
Here are some tips regarding piano lessons for beginners.
The piano is probably the best all round instrument for anyone new to music lessons. It is the easiest instrument to get a tone out of. The layout of the instrument makes it easy to see the relationships of notes and how scales and chords are constructed. This is important when understanding music theory for example.¬† You can play both melody and harmonies on the piano and so much more. If you do not already own a piano, we recommend that you look into a lease/purchase plan. Most piano companies offer this as an option. You can get a piano on a lease/purchase plan for less money than buying a keyboard and have a better instrument to learn on. Digital pianos that simulate the real feel of a piano can also be a good choice. Five years of age is the youngest age that we recommend for starting private piano lessons.
HOW TO REGISTER
Below is a list of the piano lessons instructors at our Duluth location along with their class openings.
We encourage new students¬†to take a 30 minute trial lesson. You can meet the teacher and learn more about our school. Currently, we are offering the trial lessons for $20 (one per student).
Click on¬†‚Äúenroll‚ÄĚ¬†to register¬†for a¬†trial¬†lesson. If you do not see times listed for a teacher, that means their schedule is full. Once our staff confirms the time chosen, you will receive a confirmation email.
If you do not see a convenient time, need help coordinating more than one student or have any questions, please call the office
Our office hours are Mon through Fri 2pm – 9pm.
Dr. Angela Barker has a background in music education with a Bachelor of Music Education from Shorter University in Rome, Georgia; a Master of Music in Music Education from Silver Lake College in Manitowoc, Wisconsin; and a PhD in Music Education from the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma. She received her Kod√°ly certification from the University of North Texas and Silver Lake College. Her teaching experience includes early childhood music classes for children, ages 6 months to 5 years; general and choral music at elementary schools in Texas and Virginia; and graduate and undergraduate courses in music education at the University of Oklahoma, Georgia State University, Silver Lake College, and Boston University. She has directed numerous children‚Äôs choirs and is currently Director of Children‚Äôs Choirs at Parkway Baptist Church in Duluth/Johns Creek. Dr. Barker has taught both private and group lessons for young pianists, and works especially hard to ensure that the pace and focus of each lesson leads the student to experience music in positive and meaningful ways. Weekly lessons are geared toward making learning fun and interactive with the goal of helping each student develop a lifelong enjoyment of music and playing the piano.
Mellissa Fowler‚Äôs journey with music began at an early age singing with her grandmother and in church.¬† After getting involved in choir and musical theater in high school she decided this was what she wanted to pursue as a career.¬† While attending Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, GA, she was afforded the opportunity to travel abroad with a gospel choir for missions. Her love of theater grew as well and she played various lead roles in the spring musicals and directed the fall One Act Festival her Junior and Senior year. Mel received her Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance and Bachelor of Music education in 2001 and 2003.¬† After completing her degrees, she taught high school and middle school chorus and drama for several years before taking a different direction with her music.¬† She became a missionary and full time worship leader at the International House of Prayer in Atlanta as well as teaching private voice and piano lessons.¬† After transitioning to the International House of Prayer in Kansas City, MO, in 2010, Mel became voice faculty for Forerunner Music Academy at IHOPU (International House of Prayer University).¬† There she helped write and establish their current vocal curriculum which is used school wide.¬† Mel‚Äôs passion is to see her students find their true unique voice and enjoy the process.¬† Although classically trained, Mel teaches both traditional and modern styles while staying rooted in sound technique.
For one hour every day, two-year-old Ashley would sit at the piano composing her own little melodies. By age four, she was excelling in viola and piano lessons, thanks to the renowned Suzuki teaching method, which Ashley now uses as the basis for instructing her students. At the esteemed Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, Ashley flourished under the guidance of pianist Edmund Battersby, violist Atar Arad, and violin pedagogue Dr. Brenda Brenner. However, while practicing eight hours a day at a summer music festival, Ashley acquired an injury which caused her to take a year off college. Unable to play instruments, Ashley discovered her love for songwriting, and continued to develop as a singer. Having studied classical voice earlier in life, she now branched out in styles ranging from jazz to pop. As she recovered her ability to play her instruments again, she also began arranging and performing music in a variety of styles for piano, violin, and viola. Ashley finished her degree in piano performance at the University of Nebraska‚Äď Lincoln, studying piano with Dr. Paul Barnes and viola with the Chiara Quartet.¬† Her musical journey didn‚Äôt end there; in January 2017, Ashley released ‚ÄúAs Far As I Run‚ÄĚ, her debut singer/songwriter album. In re-locating to Atlanta, Ashley is excited to boldly step into a new music scene as a committed teacher and performer.
Ashley has a deep love for music and the power that it has to change people. Her passion is to engage students in fun and meaningful ways and challenge students according to what uniquely motivates them. Ashley teaches piano, voice, violin, and viola in an environment where creativity is celebrated, and growth ‚Äď both musically and personally ‚Äď is inevitable. ¬†www.ashleycorryn.com
Christine Howe studied under Pitagoras Goncalves at Pensacola Christian College where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Ministries with a piano concentration. Ms. Howe also plays the violin and has been a member of the PCC Symphony Orchestra and the Gwinnett Community Symphony Orchestra. She is a multi-instrumentalist and plays cello, and woodwinds as well. Ms. Howe has been a choir director in Pensacola Florida and a Middle School and High School Band Director at Suwanee Christian School in Buford Ga. She caters to all ages and enjoys teaching many styles of music and accomplishing the students‚Äô ¬†goals while encouraging them to have fun.
George began studying piano at the age of five from a retired Juilliard faculty member who considered George a child prodigy. After moving to Atlanta in 1965 he began studies with Dr. Oliver Herbert Atlanta‚Äôs former president of the Piano Teachers Guild.George placed 2nd in the Georgia National Piano Competition at age 14. George was a performance major at Georgia State University where he studied with Dr. Ruth McDonald , Dr. Cary Lewis, Dr. Geoff Hayden, and Ted Howe jazz legend and premier instructor of jazz studies at GSU. George recorded and toured for Electra recording artist Peabo Bryson, was invited to perform twice for the Prince and Princess of Brunei during the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, was musical director of Atlanta‚Äôs premier comedy troupe ‚ÄėThe Wits End Players,‚Äô keyboardist for Atlanta‚Äôs Rupert Orchestra, & continues to play professionally in the Atlanta area.
George‚Äôs goal is to facilitate the student in finding their inner musical voice as well as developing their technique to express that voice through their instrument. He believes the student should have a balance of materials that keep it interesting for them and that productively challenges their development. George is accomplished at a multitude of styles all of which he teaches from Classical to Popular to Jazz.
Olga Pikus has a Bachelor of Arts from the Belarus Academy of Music and an Associate Degree in Arts from the Molodechno College of Music in Belarus. She has several awards in piano competitions including 1st place in the Rachmaninov Piano Competition in Minsk in 1994. Ms. Pikus develops a rapport with her students and is patient and enthusiastic in her approach. She provides knowledgeable instruction to students using diverse styles and genres and can accommodate any skill level.
Tina Stephens has a Bachelors degree in Vocal Performance with a Minor in Piano and a passion for teaching. She grew up singing in church and started pursuing a professional career at the age of sixteen. Since then, she has recorded with Joe Simpson in Los Angeles, met with the CEO of Atlantic records in New York, and worked with various producers. In the Spring of 2012 she auditioned for The Voice and was offered a contract to be on the show. Still, today, she is pursuing a career with various producers and enjoying helping her students develop both vocally and in piano. She was trained classically, and teaches both classical and contemporary styles. Her approach to teaching is to develop a love for music and having fun while being taught the correct way to sing or play piano.
Lisa Young performed in her first musical at age 12, and knew from that moment on singing on the stage would be her life‚Äôs pursuit. Lisa holds a bachelor‚Äôs degree with a major in voice performance and minor in piano from St. Mary‚Äôs University of Minnesota. She furthered her studies as the protege of Mdme. Joy Davidson of the Greater Miami Opera, who is famous for performing the role of Carmen more than 500 times around the globe. Highlights of her career include singing live on 104.7 The Fish, Georgia Public Radio, state wide live TV placing in top 5 of Miss Minnesota, a division of the Miss America Pageant, she released an inspirational CD, ‚ÄúShine Through,‚ÄĚ Lisa has appeared as concert soloist in the Dominican Republic with the National Symphony Orchestra, New World School of the Arts and Bach Choral Society in Miami, Choral Guild of Atlanta, Michael O‚ÄôNeal Chamber Singers, Southern Regional Educators conference, Stone Mountain Sunrise Easter Service, Herman Cain, Fmr. Governor Sonny Perdue, the French Consulate in Atlanta, and numerous churches throughout the southeast. Lisa currently is lead vocalist and emcee for Limelight, a corporate band in Atlanta. She is a freelance vocalist/keyboardist at weddings and private events. Lisa has been coined a ‚ÄĚchameleon‚ÄĚ by top musicians in the Atlanta area, because of her wide range of versatility in musical styles. Lisa is the proud mother of CJ, 16 and Miles, 13.