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Play More Music offers private music instruction by highly qualified local teachers. Some instructors offer the opportunity to audit one lesson. We love teaching and you will love learning! All instruments are taught.

Piano Teachers

Brandon K Smith

Brandon K Smith (b. 1994) is an Atlanta based composer, arranger, and songwriter currently studying for his master’s degree at the Georgia State University School of Music. In April 2020, he received first place in the musical composition category of the Georgia State Undergraduate Conference, for a presentation and composition dedicated to mathematical techniques in…

Ethan Craft

A native of Decatur, Georgia, Ethan Craft is a graduate of the University of Georgia where he received a bachelor’s degree in Music Education. In his time at UGA, he studied trumpet with Dr. Brandon Craswell and Prof. Philip Smith, and was a member of the Wind Symphony, British Brass Band, Men’s Glee Club, and…

Austin Cripe

Austin Cripe is a tenor with his Master’s degree from Florida State University. He has performed with Florida State Opera in roles such as Bénédict in Béatrice et Bénédict, the title role in Candide, Gastone in La Traviata, King Kaspar in Amahl and the Night Visitors, and The Ballad Singer in Of Mice and Men.…

Will Lackey

Will began studying classical percussion when he was 9 years old. By 13, he was playing in church and learning the inner workings of being one sound in a team of musicians. Studying piano was a natural progression for him as a percussionist. These formative years shaped Will’s mindset on how he views the power…

Samantha Hefner

Samantha Hefner began learning piano when she was five years old. She has since played many performances, including recitals, restaurants, and churches, and competed in various piano competitions.  She loves the expression and creativity that comes with playing an instrument. Samantha looks forward to teaching the fundamentals of piano with patience, excitement, and friendliness. She hopes…

Jessica Hill

Jessica Hill is a graduate of Jacksonville State University where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in general music with a vocal performance concentration and film minor. Jessica began studying voice at an early age. She debuted in her first opera, Hansel and Gretel, at the age of eleven. Since then, her passion for music has…

Tyler Cates

Tyler Cates has been playing guitar for over 20 years and teaching music since 2007. He is a professionally trained, Grammy-nominated musician with years of experience both on stage and in the studio. He works with each student to gain fundamental skills on the guitar or piano. His goal as a teacher is to make…

Cecil Walker

Cecil Walker is a recent graduate of Emory University majoring in Psychology and Music. Cecil is excited about the opportunity to work with Play More Music students and will bring patience, kindness, and friendliness to each lesson. He has studied piano since the age of 6, most of which time he spent studying at a…

Deirdre Hard

Music study became a part of Deirdre’s life at the age of seven when her grandmother invested in a spinet piano and private lessons for her granddaughter.  Receiving exposure to piano lessons, chorus, and school plays gave Deirdre a strong appreciation for the creative arts.  As an adult, she advanced successfully in the corporate world for thirteen years before realizing her…

Scotty Bryan

Scott Bryan is a graduate of James Madison University where he received a degree in Cultural Anthropology with a focus on Ethnomusicology and a minor in Music Industry.  Also while at Madison, He participated in the Jazz Studies program. Currently he is a member of Cinetrope, The Atlanta Funk Society, 3052 Dub Collective, Abby Wren…

“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” Aldous Huxley