Meet Our Teachers:
We believe that quality teachers are essential to quality instruction. All of our teachers are certified Yamaha Instructors. To become certified, teachers must pass comprehensive exams and undergo over 100 hours of training. In addition, teachers are continually evaluated by Yamaha and, as curricula is updated, teachers receive updated training. All of our teachers have or are in the process of obtaining college music degrees.
Tina Darden, a graduate of Converse College in Spartanburg, SC, has a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance/Pedagogy. She is also a graduate of Florida State University, where she earned her Master of Music in Piano Performance/Pedagogy. Tina has been teaching the Yamaha method in Atlanta since 1992. As a Yamaha Music Education Specialist since 2002, she has helped train dozens of other Yamaha teachers. Tina teaches Yamaha classes at Atlanta Music Education Center and teaches private piano lessons at New School of Music. She is the pianist for McKendree United Methodist Church in Lawrenceville. Tina is an active member of MTNA and the North Fulton and Gwinnett chapters of GMTA.
Emily Grooms, a Georgia State University graduate, holds a Bachelors Degree in Music, with a concentration in Choral and General Music Education. She plays the piano, studied the flute for 9 years, sang in the Georgia All-State Choir, and is a certified Yamaha Music Education System Instructor. She is also employed part time as an Audio engineer at Restoration Church of God of North Atlanta. Emily has a passion for music which includes playing, composing, and arranging. She enjoys teaching and influencing children to love and appreciate music while developing their musical skills.
In addition to teaching Yamaha classes, Emily is a private piano instructor at Atlanta Music Education Center. She is a member of the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA), the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) National Association for Music Educators (NAFME).
Juliana Ashley is a classically trained harpist and pianist, and holds a Diploma in Harp Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has experience performing for events ranging from weddings to banquets, funerals to symphonies, and recitals to assisted living residences. Juliana won regional and state harp and piano competitions in 2002-2010 from the Wisconsin Music Teachers Association. She also won the State Chopin Competition and the Wisconsin Baroque Competition.
Along with being an active performer, Juliana is very passionate about teaching. She is currently accepting students of all ages and experience backgrounds on both pedal and lever harp along with piano. Before moving to Atlanta, Juliana taught in the Milwaukee Public Schools as their principal harp instructor.
Sharon Camper graduated from St. Bernard College with a degree in Elementary Education with minors in Art and Music. Her early experience included serving as a church organist, teaching preschool and elementary school music classes, directing children's choirs, and founding an elementary school band. She has taught Kindermusik and Music for Kids, as well as private piano and voice lessons to children and adults. Sharon uses traditional piano methodology combined with elements of Suzuki and Yamaha, and has taught many former Yamaha students. She also teaches her students to create their own compositions. In addition to teaching, she has appeared in the South Florida area as a vocalist and keyboard player. Sharon is a member of MTNA and the North Fulton chapter of GMTA.