Applied Lessons

Registration for 2014-15

Registration for private instrument and voice lessons will begin on July 15. Click here to register.

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After you have completed the online registration, an instructor will contact you prior to the start of school.If you have not been contacted by an instructor prior to August 15, please contact Jessica Stinson, the Applied Lessons Coordinator at

Semester fees:

$495 - 30-minute lessons
$735 - 45-minute lessons
$985 - 1-hour lessons

Private Music Lessons, also known as Applied Lessons, are encouraged for all students. Lovett offers private instruction in piano, guitar, band and orchestral instruments once a week for 13 weeks during each semester for a 1/2-hour standard time. Pre-approval by the instructor is required for any lessons over the standard 1/2-hour time. Parents and faculty are also invited to participate in this program. Lessons are mandatory for some Fine Arts students, including members of the Singers Class and Ellington Jazz Band.

Piano and Guitar
Grades K-12

String Instruments
Grades K-12 (violin and cello)
Grades 3-12 (viola and bass)

Band Instruments
Grades 4-12
(includes French horn, oboe, saxophone, flute, percussion, trumpet, trombone, and clarinet)

Voice Lessons
Grades 8-12


Applied Lessons

  • Andie Anderson-Pool


    Andie Anderson-Pool, MM, holds Applied Piano Degrees and Piano Performance certificates from Southern Methodist University both graduate and undergraduate levels, along with Piano Pedagogy Degrees. She was an Instructor in the Piano Pedagogy Department at SMU as well as holding a Graduate Teaching Fellowship. Ms. Pool has performed as featured soloist with numerous major Symphony Orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The New York Philharmonic, The Dallas Symphony, The Austin, San Antonio, Houston, Fort Worth, Corpus Christi, Amarillo, Shreveport Orchestras as well as major university orchestras throughout the United States. Ms. Pool is a regular lecturer at the Wharton School of Business for Sustainability of the Arts. She frequently gives Master Classes on piano technique, literature, music history, and performance practices for other piano teachers and enthusiasts. She has a private studio located in Smyrna/Vinings, GA.

  • Amy Black


    Amy King Black is active as a free-lance musician in the Atlanta area and has performed with the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Lyric Theatre, Carroll Symphony Orchestra, and Atlanta Ballet Orchestra. She is an adjunct faculty member of Clayton College and State University and Georgia Perimeter College and is the Artist Affliate in Horn at Agnes Scott College. In addition, Ms. Black maintains a studio of about twenty private students and frequently conducts clinics and master classes for high school and middle school students throughout the Atlanta area.  Ms. Black has more than fifteen years of teaching experience. Her college degrees include Bachelor of Music from Samford University and the Master of Music from the University of Georgia.

  • Beverly Blouin


    Beverly Blouin has been a soloist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, The Atlanta Opera, Decatur New Music Festival and has toured the southeast as a recitalist.  She is a two-time Metropolitan Opera regional finalist and a Tanglewood Fellow. On the other side of the musical spectrum, Ms. Blouin has performed at the Alliance Theater, the Horizon Theater, Actor’s Express, and Theater Gael. She has also performed as a cabaret singer, a jazz singer, and most recently has been seen attempting a little bluegrass. On the religious front, Ms. Blouin was a Cantor at Congregation Bet Haverim and a soloist at Morningside Presbyterian Church. Ms. Blouin has been helping other singers in the Atlanta area for many years and is on staff at the Atlanta Opera, The Paideia School, Atlanta International School, Ben Franklin Academy and has a vibrant private voice studio out of her home in Morningside where she lives with her two boys, Matthew and Luca, and her dog, Spike.

  • Adam Cole


    When asked what he values as a teacher, Adam Cole explains, “I bring up musicians who at any age are flexible and comfortable making sound, who can go in any musical direction at any time with equal ease, and whose character is improved by their study. My students grow because the learning challenge is appropriate for their ability, they are able to make steady progress, and the relationship between us is enjoyable.”  With his extensive experience as a music educator and professional musician, Adam is able to offer his students not only instruction, but practical guidance as well.

    Adam Cole is an accomplished pianist in both jazz and classical music, having worked for years with the Atlanta Ballet, as well as the Georgia State University Jazz Orchestra. He spent eight years in Fulton County, serving as the Chair for Middle School General Music.   He has earned a Bachelors of Music Education and a Master of Music from Georgia State University, a Bachelor of Arts from Oberlin College, and maintains a certification in the Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education. To learn more about Adam Cole, please visit

  • Barney Culver

  • Marilee David


    Marilee David received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in voice from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She received her Doctor of Music in voice performance from Indiana University at Bloomington. Dr. David has 30 years of experience teaching a variety of students, including those with a history of laryngeal damage or injury referred to her by laryngologists, in college, continuing education, and a community arts center. Dr. David has appeared as soprano soloist in concert, oratorio and recital throughout the Midwest and in Georgia. She has served as a church staff singer in churches in Fargo, North Dakota, Savannah, Georgia and the Atlanta area. She was the winner of the Indiana state NATS Artist Awards in 1981.

  • Jacob Deaton


    Jacob Deaton is a graduate of the Atlanta Institute of music and a United States Air Force combat veteran. While Mr. Deaton’s current personal projects are focused on jazz, his influences come from a spectrum of artists such as Soundgarden, Marvin Gaye, Radiohead, Q-tip, Merle Haggard, the blues legend Lonnie Johnson and many more. This diversity makes Mr. Deaton one of the most sought after guitarists in the metro Atlanta area. Notable performance credits include the Atlanta Jazz Festival and Georgia State University’s Jazz Guitar Summit. Jacob has a talent for recognizing the learning patterns in each student and is able to focus his musical experience into a customized learning experience.

  • Tim Fitzgerald


    Tim is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music and holds the Bachelor of Music in Performance, clarinet. Further studies led him to graduate from the Southern Illinois University with a Masters of Music Performance in Clarinet.

    He has collaborated with many professional artists such as clarinetist Sergio Bosi, as a member of the International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest Orchestra in 2010. Mr. Fitzgerald was the first ever guest artist and clinician invited to perform for and instruct the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony clarinet section. Education of young clarinetists is one of his greatest joys. He keeps an active studio and regularly adjudicates solo and ensemble competitions and various area honor band auditions.

    Tim has also taught music understanding at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, and finds classroom teaching to be equally gratifying. He has participated in masterclasses with clarinetists such as Michael Lowenstern, Ken Grant, Howard Klug, and Dan Gilbert, and has also pursued educational experiences from Evelyn Glennie, the Miro Quartet and pianist Anton Nel. Recent projects include a recording of “Four Tempers” by Eric Mandat, a piece for clarinet, two bass clarinets, and drum set. Tim also performed the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with Seven Hills Sinfonietta. 
Tim received his Bachelor of Music in Performance at the University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music, where he studied with Nathan Williams and Richard MacDowell. A native of Marietta, Georgia.

  • Timothy Hsu


    Tim Hsu a pianist, conductor, acoustian, and a candidate for the Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Acoustics at Georgia Tech. He also holds the Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Tim maintains an active schedule as soloist,  accompanist and private teacher.

    He graduated from the Peabody Conservatory of Music in 2005 studying primarily with Brian Ganz. His solo and collaborative recitals include performances at the Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall, the Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, the Georgia Dome, the Ferst Center, the Thursday Noon Recital Series at the Peabody Conservatory, the nationally televised “Sunday Mass” from New York City, as well as the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade,

    Presently, he serves as the Conducting Scholar at Oglethorpe Presbyterian Church as well as the assistant conductor and accompanist for the Georgia Tech Choral Department.  Additionally, he was a guest conductor for the Choral Guild of Atlanta and is currently the Music Director of the Atlanta Chinese Chorus.

  • Clark Hunt


    Clark received his Masters in Trumpet Performance/Jazz Studies from Georgia University, where he was the recipient of the Lead Trumpet Graduate Assistantship for the top jazz ensemble. He also teaches Jazz Combo and the Super Sax Ensemble there as well. Prior to his graduate studies, Clark received a Bachelors degree in Music Education from Jacksonville State University.

    A SPIRIT Drum and Bugle Corps alumnus, Clark was a marching member and soloist from 2001 to 2005, and was also a soloist for the Atlanta CorpsVets in 2009 and 2010. Clark also serves on staff as Trumpet Instructor for SPIRIT.  In 2006, Clark was selected as a member of the inaugural cast of INergy out of Indianapolis, where he served as a featured trumpet soloist. In addition to his activities at GSU, Clark remains active as a freelance trumpeter in and around the Atlanta area and works with the Rialto Youth Jazz Orchestra. Clark is the trumpet teacher at The Lovett School and Greater Atlanta Christian School, teaching private lessons and working with their marching band.

    Professionally, Clark has performed with jazz greats, Loe Lovano, Wycliffe Gordon, Carl Fischer, Steve Houghton, Terrell Stafford, Joe Gransden, Duffy Jackson, Blair Crimmins, and Vince Gardner. Clark is the band leader for the Drive-By Big Band out of Atlanta, Ga. Clark is also a member of the Georgia Brass Band, Salsa great Orquestra MaCuba, The Usual Suspects and Spirit of Atlanta's own Delta Brass. Clark’s goal in teaching is to encourage
    and challenge each of his students to musical growth and excellence by instilling consistent technique and a love for practice and performance.

  • Candace Keach


    Candace Keach is originally from Athens, Georgia, and has been principal flutist with the Macon Symphony Orchestra since 1985. She has been a featured performer in Italy, Switzerland, and France, as well as at several National Flute Association Conventions. As an area free-lance flutist, she has performed in the Atlanta, Birmingham, Columbus, Rome, and Greenville Symphony Orchestras. She was principal flutist with the National Touring Company’s seven-week runs of Phantom of the Opera at the Fox Theater in 1994 and 1997. In addition to teaching at Lovett, Ms. Keach is flute professor at Spelman College and at the University of West Georgia. Her own studies were at the University of Georgia and at the New England Conservatory in Boston as well as master classes with Marcel Moyse, Michel Debost, William Bennett, among others. For her work with therapeutic music, Candace was chosen to present at the “Society for the Arts in Healthcare” conference in New York in 2009 and at the “American Music Therapy Association” conference in 2011. In 2010, she was awarded placement on the Georgia Arts Council Touring Artist Roster and the Southern Artistry Registry. Her new age music CDs, “As Above So Below” and “Traveling Waves”, have been embraced within the healing arts community as well as by mainstream music lovers. Ms. Keach has been the private flute instructor at The Lovett School since 1992, the recorder class instructor since 2010, and co-director of the “Flutes on Fire” summer workshops since 1995. Her private flute students have successfully competed for Allstate and District Honor Bands, Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, The Emory Youth Wind Symphony, and at Brevard, Interlochen & Tanglewood Summer Institutes.

  • Kelly King


    Kelly King, a native of Florence, SC, began her musical journey on piano at the age of 7, followed by a brief stint in voice lessons, but finally found the viola. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of South Carolina, studying with Frits de Jonge. She then received her Master of Music degree and Artist Diploma from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, studying with Catharine Carroll and Masao Kawasaki. During her time at the University of Cincinnati, Kelly was awarded the Gee Viola Scholarship and a fellowship to attend the Opera Theater and Music Festival of Lucca, Italy. Soon after, she began her professional career in Chicago playing with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and teaching at the YOURS project, an El Sistema-inspired program. Kelly has also been a finalist in a number of professional auditions including Charleston Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic, and Fort Wayne Philharmonic. Kelly has collaborated with world-renowned artists such as Anthony McGill, Chee Yun and Yo-Yo Ma. Conductors she has performed under include Robert Spano, Leonard Slatkin, David Zinman, Jaap van Zweden, and Esa Pekka Salonen.

  • Joel Morris


    Joel Morris is a freelance percussionist / composer/ arranger. He was born in Chapel Hill, NC, and grew up in Athens, Ga. He began playing drums professionally at the age of eight for the University of Georgia Summer Theater and hasn't stopped playing since. Mr. Morris has performed with various touring shows & artists including as timpanist for Phantom of The Opera National Tour II,  Al Jarreau, The Moody Blues, Brian Wilson, drumset for Widespread Panic, Michael Brecker, Sam Arlen, Mac Frampton, Cecil Welch, percussion for Aretha Franklin, Mary Wilson, Ray Charles, Marvin Hamlish, Joni Mitchell, Rita Mareno, Maureen McGovern, and Bernadette Peters. He also does symphonic work, recording and club work, playing drum set, timpani and jazz vibes throughout the Atlanta area, as well as teaching private lessons and instructing at The Lovett School. Mr. Morris arranges music for both marching band and jazz band formats. He has written for percussion ensemble and a book for drum set and one for mallet exercises. Mr. Morris has recorded a number of album projects for various bands and artists including Robert Earl Keane, Widespread Panic, Grant Mclennan, Sam Arlen, Randall Bramblett, Jez Graham, The Vigilantes of Love, Matthew Kahler, The Grapes, The Bonaventure Quartet, Cecil Welch, Mac Frampton, Kevin Kinney, Steve Dancz, Bill Kahler, as well as numerous jingles for TV and radio. Some of the commercials on which you may have heard him were for CNN, Cartoon Network, Ford Trucks, Owens Corning, IBM, Upton's, Sportstown, Arby's, Little Debbie, and Krystal. Mr. Morris received his Bachelor's degree in Music Performance from the University of Georgia.

  • Nathan Munson


    A native of Kalamazoo, Michigan, Mr. Munson has been praised for his vocal beauty and proven to be a versatile presence on the concert and operatic stage. Recent roles include the Camera Man in The Golden Ticket, Normanno in Lucia di Lammermoor, and Rodolfo in La bohème (as a cover and in a touring production), all with the Atlanta Opera. As a Young Artist at Opera North, he appeared in various venues in semi-staged scene performances as Brighella in Ariadne auf Naxos and Lippo Fiorentino in Street Scene. Mr. Munson will sing with the Hawaii Opera Theater in 2015. In addition to his operatic appearances, Mr. Munson has been a frequent visitor to the concert stage. Mr. Munson can be heard on the world premiere recording of The Golden Ticket (Albany Records). He has also been a featured soloist in a Christmas Concert with the Atlanta Opera, which was recorded live by WABE-Atlanta for broadcast in December of 2013.

  • Madoka Ohshima


    Madoka Ohshima is a Tokyo, Japan, native and experienced a cultural/musical environment as a young person. She came to the United States in her early 20s and received her Bachelor's degree in Music with the concentration in Jazz Studies from Georgia State University. Ms. Ohshima was chosen to be a Spivey Music Scholarship recipient in the piano performance program at Clayton State University and also at Georgia State University. She has been actively performing as a jazz pianist in Atlanta since 2006. She also performs as a choral accompanist at St. Martin's Episcopal School in Atlanta.  Ms. Ohshima is a member of Music Teachers National Association, Georgia Music Teachers Association, and North Dekalb Music Teachers Association. Ms. Ohshima teaches both Classical and Jazz. She, like all of our teachers, have a special connection to students of all ages and experiences.

  • Ivy Pirl


    Ivy Pirl is originally from Marietta, GA, and holds the Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance Degree from Florida State University in Tallahassee as well as the Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy degree from Georgia State University.  

    She is a certified Kindermusik instructor, accompanies for many voice and instrumental workshops and choruses in the Atlanta area. Her reputation as an accompanist and ensemble player is well known and respected among professional colleagues, as well as the hundreds of singers for whom she plays. She is the accompanist for the Lynn Swanson Festival Singers, and the North Cobb Boys Choir.

    Ivy has a strong love of teaching private lessons. Her students are immediately at ease with Ivy as she instills the very best in technical ability and love of the piano in her students.

  • Nicholas Rosen

  • Sam Skelton

  • Jessica Stinson


    Violinist Jessica Robinson Stinson has been hailed by both The State and Free Times (Columbia, South Carolina) as a “thrilling and spectacular” performer with “remarkably mature musicianship”. Jessica has performed throughout the United States and Europe as a solo, orchestral and chamber musician. Career highlights include performing Sibelius’ Violin Concerto with the University of South Carolina Symphony Orchestra, participating in the critically acclaimed world premiere of the opera Amistad as part of the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra and performing in the Zephyr Music Festival in Italy. She is currently a member of the Greenville (SC) Symphony Orchestra. As an educator, Jessica has served of the faculty of the American Festival for the Arts and Franklin Pond Chamber Music 2 in addition to maintaining a private teaching studio. As an administrator, Jessica directed elementary afterschool programs and the applied lessons program at The Paideia School for three years before coming to The Lovett School as the Applied Lessons Coordinator. Jessica received her bachelor’s degree in violin performance from the University of South Carolina and received her master’s in performance from Rice University. Jessica currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband, McKinley Stinson, Jr.

  • Wanda Temko


    Described by critics as having "simply unbelievable vocal power and control," and "a winning stage personality," soprano Wanda Yang Temko holds a doctorate in performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana. Other degrees include a Master of Music degree in Voice Performance from Georgia State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Liberal Studies from Emory University. She made her international operatic debut in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte in Rome. Other highlights include the Mother in Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors and Morgana in Handel’s Alcina.

    A multi-faceted performer, she was the host of Afternoon Classics and Concert 90 on Atlanta's own NPR affilliate, WABE, 90.1 FM, where for five seasons she also wrote, produced, and hosted a weekly show highlighting singers and their connections to their art and the world, called "The Art of Song."

  • Laura Tidwell


    Laura Tidwell has been teaching piano in the Atlanta area for the past twenty eight years. She received her Bachelors of Theory degree, piano concentration from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, and has received numerous certifications in piano methods over the years. She as also completed graduate work in education through Agnes Scott College and Kennesaw State University. Laura is also an accomplished organist and church musician. She is a member of AGO and Georgia Music Teacher’s Association.

  • Kyle Walton


    Kyle Walton is an Atlanta based free lance violinist who has performed extensively with orchestras and chamber groups throughout the Southeast, including the Atlanta Symphony and the Atlanta Opera Orchestras. Ms. Walton graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has taught hundreds of private violin students over the years, young and old. Ms. Walton uses a traditional teaching method, focusing on the individual needs of each student. She has a particular gift of always being able to instill and maintain the joy of music in the process of teaching. Kyle is also the classroom assistant for the Lower School Orchestra.

  • David Worley

    Double Bass