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

Piano/Keyboard/Voice/Clarinet

about

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 Ray

Piano/Keyboard

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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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Kaitlyn Smith

Piano/Keyboard

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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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Evan Armstrong

Piano/Keyboard

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Evan started his piano journey at the age of 8 years old, following in the footsteps of his family who had passed the tradition down to him. Rooted in deep family history, he holds piano very close to his heart and enjoys sharing his experience with others. In his hometown of ... Headland, Alabama, he has achieved numerous awards from the Wiregrass Music Teacher’s Association in festivals. From beginners to experienced pianists, his goal is for his students to progress and achieve in their own piano career.

Evan is an enlisted member of the Air National Guard 187th Fighter Wing as well as a full-time student in Auburn, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Professional Flight. Planning to move up to a fighter pilot in the future, his experience in the Air Force branches into everything he does, including instructor-student relationships.

In his free time, he enjoys flying, classic rock, golfing, and cooking.
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Aaron Shealey

Piano/Keyboard/Voice

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Aaron is currently attending Auburn University and studying vocal performance. Aaron has been singing and writing songs since the age of seven, but he started singing semi-professionally after high school. ... In his collegiate studies, Aaron has had the opportunity to study piano as his secondary instrument and is a classically trained baritone. With his knowledge of theory and skills, he hopes to encourage all of those who would like to endeavor in the joys of music. + Show More


Margaret Mattson

Piano/Keyboard/Flute

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Margaret is a student at Auburn University dual majoring in flute performance and psychology. Margaret was introduced to music when she started taking classical piano lessons at 8 years old. Margaret began playing the flute in band at age 11, and she began taking private flute lessons at 13. When she was 14, she ... began playing the piano for her high school jazz band. Margaret’s love for teaching music started when she was a section leader and drum major of her high school marching band. After high school, Margaret has continued her music studies through being a music major at Auburn University.

While at Auburn, Margaret has been a member of various ensembles, including the Auburn University Symphonic Winds, Flute Ensemble, Marching Band, Jazz Band, and Steel Band. Outside the university, Margaret has been a clinician for high school marching bands, taught private lessons, and participated in community music ensembles and events.

Margaret enjoys volunteer performing in churches, and she also enjoys learning to play new instruments!
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Alec Lee

Brass/Woodwind/Piano/Keyboard

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Alec started his musical career in 2006 where he first picked up the trombone in his middle school instrument try-out night. He then headed to the University of Montevallo to pursue a bachelor’s degree in music education. Wanting to follow in his father’s musical footsteps, Alec eagerly awaited for band ... class to start so he could begin playing music. Since then, Alec has performed in the 2013 Honor Band of America and has earned the John Philip Sousa award for musical excellence. .

Alec played in multiple university ensembles, earned the principal player position in the Montevallo wind ensemble, and was the lead trombone in the university jazz band. Alec was a part of the low brass choir, was a founding member of the first university percussion ensemble, founding member and president of Montevallo’s Music Teachers National Association collegiate chapter, and played professionally in many different settings from opera performances to theater productions. .

In tandem with his love of performing, Alec has a deep passion for teaching students to find their passion in music. Alec has been teaching students ever since his freshman year in college. Alec teaches students from all age ranges and backgrounds in both classical and jazz styles.
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Chase Moore

Brass/Woodwind/Piano/Keyboard

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Chase Moore is originally from Fayette, Alabama. He began his formal musical training in middle school, where he joined the concert band playing the trombone. His love for music quickly grew, and he actively sought out other opportunities on various instruments such as the ... trumpet, euphonium, and piano. He was an active member in his high school’s concert, marching, and jazz bands. He was also a member of the concert choir, where he served as one of the choir’s student accompanists.

Chase went on to pursue a degree in Music Education from the University of Alabama and was a member of the Million Dollar Band and participated in different concert ensembles on trombone and piano.

During his time at the University of Alabama, Chase held leadership positions in the Million Dollar Band and Trombone Studio continued his piano studies, as well. After graduating, Chase worked as a middle school band director at Duncanville Middle School where he taught 6th -8th grade band and computer science.

He has since moved to Auburn to complete his Master of Music Education degree. He is currently a Graduate Teaching Assistant with the Auburn University Music Department.

Chase keeps an active performing schedule with the Auburn University Concert Bands and the Alabama Winds, a community band comprised mostly of music educators from across the state of Alabama. Chase is very excited to be a part of the Spicer’s Music team!
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HOPE BROWN

Piano/Voice

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Hope Elyse Brown is a current Junior Music Education major at Auburn University. She started her collegiate career at Samford University in 2019 under the teachings of Dr. Brad Diamond and Dr. Philip Copeland, where she was a member of Samford University’s Acappella Choir. After transferring to Auburn ... University in the Fall of 2021, she became involved in Auburn University’s Chamber Choir, Women’s Chorus, and Opera Workshop.

While being involved at school, she has also performed with Auburn Area Community Theatre (AACT) for two shows and hopes to continue being involved in her community while teaching at Spicer’s!
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KADIE VICK

Piano

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Kadie Vick has played the piano for over 12 years. She began taking lessons at age 7 as a student of the School of Fine Arts in Decatur, Alabama. Over the years she has participated in a variety of musical endeavors including: playing piano in the youth band at her church, participating in multiple musicals, ... singing in the Alabama Baptist Children's Honor Choir, and playing xylophone in her high school's marching band.

Kadie is currently studying English Education at Auburn University. She enjoys teaching and sharing her love of music with her students at Spicer's!
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