Dunwoody School for the Arts

Private Lessons

Private Lessons

Meet our Teachers


Prior to moving to Atlanta in 2009, Jennifer was a member of the Virginia chapter of the Music Teachers National Association, privately teaching piano and voice since 1996. In addition, she was a part-time primary grade music teacher for Orange Elementary School in Orange, Virginia. She directed a number of church-based children’s, youth, and adult choirs.

Having obtained a Master’s Degree in Art Therapy from Notre Dame de Namur University, California, (formerly College of Notre Dame,) she has also used her music skills therapeutically in a variety of milieus. She continues to be involved with this unique ministry every Saturday, having been contracted with a local Arbor Terrace Assisted Living and Memory Care facility since 2009. Jennifer became a member of First Baptist Atlanta in 2009, and was contracted to instruct in the Academy of Performing Arts; she was able to teach piano and voice for five years before the closure of the Academy. She served four years with a former women’s ensemble, “His Image.” She steadily serves in the Atlanta Worship Choir, as well as the Worship Singers, a worship team formed in 2013. She is a pianist for the Adult Meridians almost every Sunday, and frequently ministers through the Member Care Ministry as a pianist and vocal soloist for funeral/memorial service needs that arise. Since January of 2015, she has been a piano and voice instructor for Dunwoody School for the Arts. She believes that the Lord has called her to not only teach music, but to encourage all of her students to entrust their gifts to Him, as He is always faithful to help them grow in the musical abilities He has given them.


Greg has served as the Orchestra Director at Dunwoody Baptist Church for 25 years. His professional career began in 1972 as a member of the Third Army Band at Fort McPherson, GA. He served over twenty years as a soldier-musician performing throughout the United States, Central America, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Under Greg's direction, the Army Jazz Band performed for the Georgia Music Educator’s Association (GMEA) in Savannah, GA and the International Association of Jazz Educator’s (IAJE) in New Orleans, Louisiana. After retiring from the Army, he joined the DeKalb County School System where he taught Instrumental Music at Kittredge Magnet School, Fernbank Elementary School, and Chamblee Middle School. During this time, he became more active as a professional musician in the Atlanta area.

Greg's performance career includes performing with the Atlanta Symphony, the Alliance Theater, the Fabulous Fox, and Chastain Park. He has also performed with the Moody Blues, the Temptations, Four Tops, Frankie Valli, Bette Midler, Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole, Rosemary Cluny, Ray Charles, Wayne Newton, Cab Callaway, the Glenn Miller Band, Barry Manilow, Frank Sinatra, Buddy Epsen, Lorne Greene and Lucille Ball, to name a few. Some notable performances include performing for Presidents Ronald Reagan, and Jimmy Carter’s 75th Birthday.

Natalie Filmore, Voice & piano

Natalie McGee Filmore grew up in the Dunwoody School for the Arts program and began studying voice at the age of 7 with Jane Hendrix. She was also enrolled in piano, acting classes, import groups, and was a music camp counselor on many an occasion here at DSA and at other locations around Atlanta.

Natalie's experiences performing in Atlanta throughout her childhood and young adulthood led to life-long friendships, personal development, and a love and appreciation for the simple beauty of a melody line. The study of music also enabled Natalie to become Georgia Tech's first vocal music scholar (Opera). Natalie is truly honored to be on staff at DSA to share her knowledge of and love for music with others. Natalie has a talent for connecting with and encouraging children and truly loves to teach!


Jeff has been teaching piano students since 1998— starting with the Academy of Performing Arts at First Baptist Atlanta before joining Dunwoody School for the Arts. During high school and college he was the pianist for the church he attended. He has also filled in as rehearsal pianist for the various musicals performed by the First Baptist Atlanta and the Agape Players. Jeff also has played principle clarinet in the Atlanta Passion Play and has been in the clarinet section of the First Baptist Atlanta Worship Orchestra for a total of 10 years.

Music has always played a big part in Jeff's life. Over the years he has performed in several musicals produced by First Baptist Atlanta and recently, Agape Players. Some of his favorite roles have been: George Bailey in a musical adaptation of It's a Wonderful Life; Judas in the Atlanta Passion Play; Fred in Here's Love (a musical based on Miracle on 34th Street); The Rabbi's son and bottle dancer in Fiddler on the Roof; Ambrose Kemper in Hello, Dolly!; Tommy Djilas in The Music Man; Pawnee Bill and Tommy Keeler in Annie Get Your Gun; Bob Crotchet in Scrooge; and Linus in You're a Good Man Charlie Brown.


Jane Hendrix has been a voice teacher for over 30 years. She received a Bachelor’s of Music in Vocal Performance from Converse College and a Master’s of Music from Winthrop University. Having performed regionally in opera and musical theater productions, Jane has shared her love of singing and many of her students have gone on to have careers on stage and in film. Jane began teaching preschool music programs in 1986. She became a licensed Kindermusik Educator in 1993 and has run a successful early childhood music program at Dunwoody School for the Arts for 18 years.

Jane served on the Board of Kindermusik Educators Association for 4 years and then three more years as the Chairman and Liaison for the Partnership of Kindermusik Educators. She is a member of the Kindermusik Speaker’s Bureau which consists of 6 presenters who travel throughout the United States and Canada to conduct training sessions. Her favorite training trip so far was to South Africa in the summer of 2007. Jane is also a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Jane shares her Duluth home with her husband, David (an artist) and their dogs, Dickie and Midget. Her son, Travis, graduated from Oglethorpe University and the Law School at Mercer University in Macon, GA.

Terri Henningson, Violin

Terri Goulard Henningson has taught violin privately for more than 30 years, freelances as a violinist for parties, weddings and special events, and works as a studio musician with either her electric or acoustic violin.

Terri began studying violin at the age of 2½ in Pasadena, California, under the instruction of an American Suzuki pioneer, Elizabeth Mills. At the age of five, Terri was personally invited by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki to become the first American student to participate in the annual Grand Concert in Tokyo. Since then, she has traveled to Japan three additional times, most recently as an adult with her own children. After studying with Zvi Zeitlin at the Eastman School of Music for two years, Terri transferred to Pacific Union College in Northern California where she graduated with a degree in Music Performance. While in school, she studied with David Able and LeRoy Anderson, and was a member of the Corning and Santa Rosa Symphonies. Terri’s post-graduate studies have included instruction with William Starr, Craig Timmerman, Teri Einfelt, Michelle Higa George, and Ed Kreitman.

Terri is a member of the Suzuki Association of America (SAA), and has many registered teacher training certificates from her pedagogy studies over the years. She served as a vice president on the board of the Suzuki Association of Georgia (SAGA), as the Graduation Concert Chairman from 2008-2018, and has been awarded the first ever SAGA Star Award for dedicated service and excellence to the organization. Terri is also a member of Dunwoody Baptist Church, where she plays in the orchestra every Sunday. When not teaching or playing the violin, Terri spends time at her easel creating oil paintings for collectors of fine art, or enjoying time with her two grown sons, whom she considers to be her greatest achievement.

Janine Roberts, Piano

Janine Roberts is a piano instructor specializing in teaching young children. Parents are encouraged to attend and participate in each session. She received a Bachelor of Music Ed and BS in Music Therapy from Indiana University. After spending 31 years in the music classroom, she teaches young children using the Suzuki philosophy believing every child has ability to make beautiful music. She is also gifted endorsed extending her experience with the many facets of the emotional and intellectual growth of children.

David Savage, Piano

David has been teaching piano at DSA since 2001. He is from California, growing up in Los Angeles, and then living, going to school, and working as a musician in the San Francisco Bay Area from 1980-2000. His experience in California includes work as a performing musician in various venues and clubs (playing jazz and blues), as a church organist and choir director at Christ Lutheran Church and other churches, and as accompanist with the San Francisco Girls Chorus, Berkeley Community Chorus, and Chorus at the Orientation Center for the Blind in Albany.

Since moving to Georgia in 2000, David has worked as an elementary school music teacher in Cherokee and Cobb counties. He just finished his 16th year at Timber Ridge ES, a National Blue Ribbon School in Cobb County. He also continues working around town as a jazz/blues musician, and occasionally plays here at Dunwoody Baptist in both the traditional and contemporary worship services.

David especially enjoys teaching children and beginners, as well as other levels, and has experience introducing piano players of all ages to jazz, blues, harmony, and improvisation.


Drummer, author, and educator, Phil Smith has been a first call performer in Atlanta since his arrival in 1994. Prior to his relocation he received a Bachelor's Degree in Music from the University of Tennessee and a Master's Degree in Music from University of Memphis. He has also studied privately with Ed Soph, Steve Houghton, and Jeff Hamilton.

Phil has performed with many great artists including Donald Brown, James Williams, George Coleman, Bill Anschell, Charles Davis, Diane Schuur, and Tierney Sutton. He has recorded cds for bassist Joseph Patrick Moore, Enrique Chia, and his own debut disc, "Jazz Consortium". He has also played on many commercial sessions and several movie soundtracks.

Since 1993 Phil has been a contributing writer to Modern Drummer Magazine. He has had articles published in "Jazz Drummer's Workshop" as well as feature articles on vocational drumming schools and a blindfold test with Jeff Hamilton. The magazine has also featured Phil in their regular monthly updates and their column "On the Move". He was also prominently featured on the Hudson Music DVD "Drum Set Technique and the History of the US Beat" by Steve Smith (drummer for Journey).

In 2016 Phil began publishing "Drummer's Weekly Groovecast" a podcast geared toward drummers of all levels. Since its inception the show has published over 100 hours of exclusive, educational content and has listeners on six continents. It continues to be one of the most popular drumming podcasts in the world. You can learn more by visiting: www.drummersweeklygroovecast.com

Along with publishing, Phil is also actively involved in percussion education. He has taught at the University of Memphis and the Atlanta Institute of Music. Phil is also an active clinician having performed at several NAMM conventions, the Berklee College of Music, and various music stores across the United States. Phil is an endorsing artist for Bosphorus Cymbals, Aquarian Drum Heads, and Regal Tip Sticks and Brushes.

Laura Young, Piano

Laura Young is the owner of Laura Young Piano. Originally from Raleigh, NC, she attended Salem College and graduated Cum Laude, earning her Bachelor of Music in Piano performance. She's had the honor to study composition with Margaret Sandresky and piano with Dr’s Anna Haun and Nancy Wurtele. She finds it fascinating to trace Dr. Wurtele’s teachers back to Rosina Lhevinne, whose students include John Williams, who composed movie soundtracks for Star Wars, Jurrasic Park, and Jaws. Other famous students include Van Cliburn, Misha Dichter and Garrick Ohlsson, all world renowned concert artists.

Matthias Young, Guitar

Matthias Young brings with him years of experience in both musical performance and education. His collegiate studies included guitar, voice, composition, conducting, education, and audio production from Berry College, Georgia State University, and Boston University.

He has published several and sold thousands of guitar methods, and is a contributing author to Guitar World, Guitar Player, and the Guitar Foundation of America's quarterly journal, Soundboard. He is also the Director of Guitar at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School, and the Tenor Section Leader at Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church.

Mr. Young is officially endorsed by Zemaitis Guitar and is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP).


Fee Structure & Registration

Registration for the 2018-2019 school year will be open on July 18th, 2018. Please select from the links below to register and/or submit your online payment for your private lessons. Registration and first month's payment for fall classes must be made by August 19th, 2018, after which time a $15 late fee will be charged.

Please note: We are spreading payments over 10 months. We factor in all holidays and school breaks. You will be billed on the 20th of the month, August 2018 through May 2019.

Returning Student Registration

New Student Registration



30 Minute Lesson
Monthly Billing:

* Includes 36 weeks of instruction

45 Minute Lesson
Monthly Billing:

* Includes 36 weeks of instruction

60 Minute Lesson
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* Includes 36 weeks of instruction

Private Piano




Private Guitar




Private Percussion




Private Woodwind Instruments $128 $192 $256

Private Voice




Simply Music (private)




Annual Registration Fee: $35 to be billed in annually in September. ($20 per each additional family member).


Holiday Schedule

2018-2019 Private Lesson Year: August 13 through May 26 (36 lessons during the school year with an option of 4 or 6 flexible lessons over the summer).

 Monday, September 3

 Labor Day - No lessons

 Monday, December 17

 Make-up day for Labor Day

 November 19-23

 Thanksgiving Break - No lessons

 December 19 - January 4

 Christmas Break - No lessons

 March 31 - April 6

 Spring Break - No lessons

Monday classes that fall on a holiday will be held unless indicated on the above schedule. You will be responsible for payment of these lessons. If you will be unable to attend your lesson, you should make alternate arrangements with your teacher in advance. Please read carefully the DSA policies.

2018-2019 Registration opens July 18!

If you are a returning student, please register using the link below. If you are a new student, please use the category selector to find the offering you are interested in and click "Learn More" for registration.

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Dunwoody School for the Arts is devoted to promoting excellence in the arts through specialized training in a strong learning environment. Under the direction of highly competent instructors who are given to the development of the total life experience of each student, Our school offers private music lessons, dance, drama, Kindermusik®, and various summer camps.

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