piano lessons

"The value of music is to be able to play one note
at the right time in the right way."

-Herbie Hancock

a foundational instrument

The piano is often thought of as a "foundational instrument", making it a great choice for a first instrument. Because of it's layout, looking at a piano makes it is easy to visualize the notes needed to form chords and scales. Since the foundation of music is universal, once a student learns how to play the piano, tranisitioning to other instruments is much easier. Do we think all students should learn piano first? Of course not. We believe the best chance for a student to succeed at learning music is to learn an instrument that excites them.

digital and acoustic pianos

As technology continues to improve, families are trading in their old pianos for an updated, digital piano. 88-key weighted action digital pianos, often referred to as keyboards, feel, sound, and react much like an acoustic piano. The benefits of a digital piano come in the smaller and lighter size, different tone options, and built-in features. We teach on both acoustic pianos and 88-key weighted action digital pianos.

keeping practice fun

Our highly skilled piano instructors infuse songs of interest to the students alongside the more "traditional" teaching styles that include music theory, technique, reading music, and playing by ear. Learning songs keeps music fun! Let our professional piano instructors get you moving in the right musical direction!

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meet your instructor!

Hannah Rose Atkins



Hannah Rose has been a performing musician since 2004 when she took her first piano lesson. She joined Young Singers of West Georgia and started playing the clarinet in her middle school band. Hannah Rose continued studying and performing instrumental and vocal music throughout middle ... school, high school, and college. Hannah Rose lives in Auburn and attended Auburn High School and Auburn University, earning a degree in Instrumental and Vocal Music Education. In high school, she gained recognition as a member of the US Army All-American Marching Band.

At Auburn University, she served as the clarinet section leader of the marching band for a year and Drum Major for two years. Hannah Rose performed with numerous other ensembles, including Auburn University's Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, and Chamber Choir on stages across the United States and Europe.

Most recently, Hannah Rose was the Director of Bands at Trinity Presbyterian School in Montgomery and served as the Assistant Director of the Asheboro High School Band Program in North Carolina. She has also been serving as a clinician and adjudicator for several high school marching band programs. Hannah Rose is a professional member of the National Association for Music Education, performs with the East Alabama Community Band, and plays at her church in Auburn.
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Susan Downey



Susan is an accomplished vocalist and pianist. She began her musical learning at age seven with piano lessons and continued lessons through college. Susan started singing in church choirs as a young girl and enjoyed playing piano as an accompanist and solo musician for many years. Susan expanded her vocal ... experience beyond high school when she studied music at Auburn University, where she was a member of the Auburn University Singers and Auburn Concert Choir. Susan traveled abroad to perform in venues and cathedrals across Europe, New York, Orlando, and Washington, D.C. In NYC, Susan saw her first Broadway musical, Les Miserables, and fell in love with musical theatre.

Susan has a huge passion for musical theatre. She expanded her performance experience by earning lead roles in local theatre at North Alabama Community College. Susan performed in familiar shows like Peter Pan (Peter), Oliver (Nancy), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Narrator), Wizard of Oz (Wicked Witch of the West), Miss Saigon (Ellen), Blood Brothers (Mrs. Johnston), Into the Woods (Witch) and Les Miserables! Susan offered vocal coaching/musical direction to many cast members/companies of many of these shows. She often joined with other cast members to bring entertainment to fundraising events to benefit the college theatre.

Susan taught private vocal coaching and piano lessons for several years before moving to Auburn. She finds great satisfaction in giving individual vocal coaching for specific events such as pageants, theatre performances, and talent shows. Susan is an accomplished accompanist for such events. She has also provided piano music for events, such as weddings and special dinners. Besides these public events, she plays at home for her enjoyment.
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Rachel Pair



Rachel has had a passion for music for as long as she can remember. It branched from church choir to years of piano lessons, from middle school flute to the theatre stage, and it hasn’t stopped since. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from Auburn University, where she fell (more) in love with ... music and the diverse wonders it has to offer. She lucked into fantastic opportunities on the Auburn stage, as well as a summer in New York City workshopping and performing in a new musical.

Rachel describes the environment of her studio as positive, FUN, and safe. Her goal is to have an atmosphere where everyone feels comfortable, seen, and free to be exactly who they are; To make the hiccup mistakes, and ask questions while feeling supported and encouraged along the way. There will never be a lack of fun in her studio, but that also comes paired with a constant strive for technique, understanding, and progress! Focusing on each student’s learning and communication style, she works towards individually tailored lessons with realistic and exciting goal setting.

Rachel is an avid Fleetwood Mac fan, a barista on the weekends, and loves to travel. She also loves reading, cooking, pottery, watching films, live music, and spending time with friends and family!
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Beth Polston



Beth recently moved to Auburn from Tulsa, Oklahoma. She taught elementary music in public schools for ten years, including four years teaching middle school band. Beth earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree with an instrumental emphasis from Oklahoma Baptist University. Beth is certified in the ... Kodály Methodology Levels 1, 2, and 3 and is certified in the Orff Methodology Level 1.

She enjoys sharing her passion and appreciation for music with each student. Beth has served in numerous roles in the Oklahoma Music Educators Association, including Region Chair and State Chair for Circle the State with Song and Assistant Chair for All-State Children's Choir. Her hobbies include cooking, indoor rock climbing, and listening to podcasts.
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Susan Ray



Susan is a classically trained pianist. She studied under Donna Kemp for ten years with specific Praise and Worship, Concert, and Performance Pedagogy disciplines. Susan is one of 8 siblings who all play the piano and various instruments. (guitar/violin/clarinet). Both of her parents were proficient ... saxophone and percussion players during their high school years. Susan was gifted a piano from her Uncle Thomas Ray, who holds a music degree from UNC Pembroke. He always encouraged her to pursue her passion for piano playing. Susan studied business, theory, and music through Whitefield Theological Seminary.

She strives to honor God with her talents and has played on a praise and worship team for over a decade and performed in concerts and nursing home performances. She has sung at over a dozen weddings with an all acapella group. Susan loves people! Susan's biggest desire is for all her students to come away with a deeper love and appreciation for music.
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Hannah Smith



Hannah is a classically trained violinist from Auburn, AL, playing for nearly two decades. She regularly performs in many local ensembles, including Auburn Community Orchestra, Auburn University Chamber Orchestra, and other LaGrange and Columbus, GA groups. Hannah has been teaching since 2016, ... additionally teaching for the Auburn University Music Project.

She is currently pursuing a degree in Violin Performance and a degree in Software Engineering from Auburn University. She plans to study UX Design in grad school while also teaching and performing.
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Kaitlyn Smith



Kaitlyn has been studying music since 2006. At a young age, she began playing the piano and the violin. After training as a violinist for five years, Kaitlyn picked up the viola and now considers the viola to be her main string instrument. She has studied under experienced musicians and is a classically trained pianist and ... a Suzuki trained violist.

Kaitlyn has competed and won in various state piano competitions. She also played both the violin and viola in the Auburn University Youth Orchestra for several years. Kaitlyn is currently pursuing a degree in software engineering at Auburn University and continues to study music in her own time.
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