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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

Patrick Tabeek

Patrick Chase Tabeek is a violist and violinist who has been playing and performing since the age of 5. He is also proficient on piano. Patrick has multiple solo and ensemble awards from Florida state competitions, as well as Broward County, where he attended high school at the acclaimed Dillard Center for the Arts. Patrick…

Ryan Masotti

Ryan Masotti graduated from the Florida State University College of Music in 2020. While there, he studied Tuba Performance under the direction of Dr. Justin Benavidez. In addition to playing low brass instruments, Ryan has been a student of the piano since he was nine years old. He believes that the piano is an incredibly…

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…

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…

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…

Ben Shirley

  Ben Shirley is a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill and the Music Teacher Certification program at Georgia State University.  Ben studied classical cello at UNC, but his passion for all kinds of music — especially jazz, rock, world folk music, and improvisation — has made him a versatile performer and teacher.  As a multi-instrumentalist,…

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