LUANNE HARMS has had a life full of music within her family, church, and school, Luanne majored in voice and piano and received her Bachelor Degree in Music Education from Wichita State University in 1987. She has been a music teacher in both public and private schools ranging in ages from preschool to high school, and has served as high school choir director. She has taught piano and voice lessons both in the private and group format for over 25 years.
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JESSICA DAVIS began playing the piano at age five and the flute at age eleven. She received her Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance from Clayton State University in 2002. Jessica’s love of early childhood music education began when she studied the Music Learning Theory with Dr. Edwin Gordon at the University of South Carolina. She started her music education career in 2000 as a certified Kindermusik instructor. She has been a sought after piano and flute teacher in Henry County for more than 20 years and serves as music director for the Henry County Arts Alliance Summer Arts Camp. Jessica is also very active with local theaters as both an actor and a music director. She lives in McDonough with her husband Lee. She is thrilled to be joining The Music Garden and looks forward to sharing her love for music.
JACK GORDY is a multi-instrumentalist who studied business and music theory at West Georgia Tech and the university of West Georgia. He specializes in stringed instruments and has had experience with percussion, brass, electronic, and wind as well. He has over three years of studio experience where he has learned to record/produce music for artists and has played live performances at venues in the surrounding Atlanta area as well as other states and cities. He’s performed as a guitarists for many musical projects over the years and has not only taught instrumental work but also, he shows others how to record and produce the music they create.
SALLY ZERVAKOS-NICEWANDER is a lifelong singer and pianist. Her career began as a church pianist at the age of 12. Sally attended Shorter College in Rome, Georgia on scholarship in both voice and piano, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education. After graduation, she became a certified Yamaha Music Educator and worked for several years at the YMES School in Woodstock, Georgia. Sally spent many years teaching K – 12, teaching general music, chorus, band and orchestra, in the Fulton County School System. Most recently, Sally served as music director and accompanist for musicals at Forsyth Academy of the Performing Arts. Through the years, Sally continued her commitment to private instruction in voice and piano, equipping all her students with a strong foundation in classical repertoire. Her teaching technique is rooted in solfege, ear-training, theory proficiency and self-expression. Sally passionately believes in music as a universal language and bridge to communication for all people. She has three grown daughters, Elizabeth, Rachel and Danielle. Sally and Art Nicewander reside in Molena, Georgia. In her spare time, Sally serves as soloist and pianist for her church, acts in local theater productions and cares for her English Bulldog, Buttercup and her Akita, Takara. She is delighted in becoming a grandma to baby Victoria!
KAILEE MARTIN After receiving her own private piano instruction since the age of 7, Kailee Martin has been blessed to teach private piano lessons in her own studio since 2015. While studying music at Lee University with a piano emphasis, Kailee was an active member of the Ladies of Lee all women’s choir as well as a pianist in the Small Jazz ensemble. After graduating with a Music Business degree, she is excited to teach her new students at The Music Garden. It brings Kailee much joy to foster a passion for music within her piano studio. When Kailee is not teaching piano, she provides musical entertainment for nursing home facilities as well as Borgo Italia Restaurant in Peachtree City, GA. For 15 years, Kailee has been an active member on her church’s worship team as well as composes her own original music. She has had the opportunity of releasing an album of her own music and enjoys songwriting on her spare time. Kailee aspires to teach her students how to compose their own original music, encouraging creativity within their musicality.
MICHELLE AMOSU THOMAS has just concluded her fifth year as Assistant Band Director at McIntosh High School in Peachtree City Georgia and has left to focus her attention on her PhD in music education. Mrs. Thomas is a native of Peachtree City and alumna of McIntosh High School. She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Music Education from Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama.
During her career Mrs. Thomas has served as a percussion instructor for Weaver High school and McIntosh High School. She has taught private lessons in trombone, percussion, and euphonium for many years. Mrs Thomas has performed as a Marching Southerner, Symphonic band, and A Cappella choir member. She currently performs with the Peachtree Wind Ensemble and the Peachtree Wind Ensemble Brass Quintet.
She would like to thank her family, friends and husband for always being her support system. She is happy to have joined the teaching staff at The Music Garden and is looking forward to sharing her talents as an educator and musician with her students.
HUNTER MARLOWE is a multi-instrumentalist and audio engineer with 15 years experience and received his Bachelor’s in Audio Production from Middle Tennessee State University in 2016. He has played many gigs as a guitarist and singer in Atlanta and Nashville including Turner Field and all three Masquerade stages, and has had the opportunity to record with many local artists. He was an intern at Starstruck Studios, and has a passion for staying involved in the music and production communities. He is delighted to share his vast experience and expertise with his students at The Music Garden!
TERRI INGRAM enjoys teaching her students about the world of music, not just how to play their instruments. She began piano at the young age of 4 and began playing French Horn in middle school. Growing up in the Washington, DC area allowed her the opportunity to study under and play with members of the National Symphony Orchestra, which led her to the Tanglewood Institute of Music where she studied under the Empire Brass Quintet, members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Leonard Bernstein. Ms Terri began her collegiate studies at Boston University’s School of Fine Arts, and completed her final 3 years of study at The Catholic University of American in Washington, DC, where she earned a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts Performance with a focus on French Horn and Piano.
Ms Terri and her husband of 27 years have homeschooled their 5 children who are now ages 8-26 and reside in Brooks. Ms Terri is the Assistant Music Director at Brooks United Methodist Church where she oversees the Brooks UMC Preschool and Hybrid Homeschool Tutoring Programs. She has taught private piano students for 24 years. She plays the horn in her spare time for the Atlanta Praise Choir and Orchestra, and is an adjunct French Horn professor at Point University. She serves her community by traveling to area schools to coach horn sections; additionally, she is the
Instrumental Music Instructor for Konos Academy. She is currently serving on the Leadership Team for the Atlanta Praise Choir and Orchestra and is an Advisory Committee Member of the Southeastern Horn Conference. Ms Terri is an active GMEA member. Ms Terri enjoys performing her musical talents, eating healthy, hot tea, Bible Study, and loving on those around her, especially her grandchildren!
BRANDON BOLTON was born into a very musical family. “ From a very young age some of my fondest memories were watching my grandfather and uncle playing guitar while my grandmother and mother would sing. My grandfather was a professional musician as well as one of my biggest influences throughout my musical career”. Brandon began playinng guitar at 16 and was playing full time by the age of 18 averaging 4 shows per week. At the age of 21 while touring with a Columbia Records artist in Chattanooga, TN he visited the Atlanta Institute Of Music. After some consideration he decided to leave the band and pursue a music degree. After graduating he relocated to Nashville. While pursuing music in Nashville he became involved in business management in music studios. Through it all he remained a teacher and developed a loyal student base. In 2018 he relocated back to Lawrenceville, GA and began teaching guitar lessons to 70+ students per week. Brandon’s teaching, touring, studio, and business management experience make him a welcome addition to The Music Garden family!
BOKHEE MIN earned her Bachelor’s degree in Seoul, Korea and she earned a Master’s degree in Voice and Opera Performance at the University of Kansas where she was privileged to be instructed by the legendary American Mezzo-soprano and distinguished professor, Joyce Castle. Under Professor Castle’s tutelage Bokhee performed in number of operatic principal roles: Countess from Le Nozze di Figaro by Mozart, Cio-Cio San from Madama Butterfly by Puccini, Mimi from La Boheme by Puccini. She performed as a soloist at concerts in Kansas City and Atlanta. Also, she participated in Lyric Opera Kansas City production, and has served as church pianist and choir conductor in Atlanta, GA.
She has been teaching piano and voice at all levels and ages privately over 25 years. Bokhee is an excellent teacher and mentor. She helps students discover new ways of learning in music. Her goal is to challenge and encourage her students to reach their full potential and for them to believe in themselves that they too can become great individuals who love music.
JOEL GILLESPIE is a multi-instrumentalist who began playing percussion at age 10. As he became more advanced musically, he found a love for singing and other instruments as well. He received his Bachelor of Music from Youngstown State University in 2018. There, he studied percussion, recording, and voice. Joel has been instructing percussion groups and teaching private lessons in percussion and guitar since 2013 and he has performed in a wide range of instrumental and vocal ensembles. Out of all the music he plays, he most enjoys leading worship at his church, where he serves as the Worship Pastor. As interested in music as Joel is, he is most passionate about the effect music can have on a person’s life. Music can move someone in ways nothing else can, and he aspires to pass that along to his students at The Music Garden.
DANA FRICK sang her first solo at age seven in her church’s Christmas cantata, Dana knew there was something special about music and performance. From that moment on, she began to foster her craft. She started taking piano lessons, joined her school choir and band, and began to immerse herself in different genres of music, art, and theatre. After gaining awards and recognition from multiple competitions, Dana knew her calling was to continue studying music in college. She enrolled at Huntington University and, four years later, graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance.
During her years there, she was heavily involved in every musical ensemble (choirs and orchestras, musicals, and the opera workshop), gleaned wisdom from all her peers and professors, and started teaching voice lessons. At the time of graduation, she auditioned for her graduate studies at a handful of prestigious universities; however, she had an epiphany that led her to choose an others-focused path. Since then, she has used her education and giftings in a variety of ways. She has been a music director for an international musical theatre tour, coached family and friends for singing auditions, taught coworkers the importance of presence and confidence when delivering speeches, directed a teen boys choir at a residential rehabilitation program, and been a worship leader. Needless to say, her life has never been boring!
Presently, she resides in Senoia with her fiancé and toddling two-year old son and is excited to join The Music Garden family! She hopes not only to teach music lessons and the passion of performance, but to learn even greater things from her students!