Private Music Lessons

Private Music Lessons

Meet our Teachers

Our instructors are considered THE best in their fields and we are honored to have them share their talents, gifts, and love of music with our students, 

Trey Bourgeois: Acoustic & Bass guitar / Ukulele


Trey Bourgeois has been playing guitar for 10+ years. He has helped lead worship all over the country for youth and family camps with his wife Kesley and they form the duo, “Table for Two”. Trey has played alongside Shane & Shane, Phil Wickham, and David Crowder as well as attended a worship institute in Minneapolis, MN led by Jeff Deyo. Trey and his wife recently moved from Baton Rouge, LA to Atlanta, GA, to pursue careers in film and music.

Erika Sunday: Piano & Voice


Erika Sunday has been playing the piano and guitar since the age of 12. Growing up in a musical family, her dad was an excellent piano teacher and church Minister for 25 years. He taught her all about music, piano, guitar, and worship. Over the past 5 years, she has been blessed with the opportunity to teach piano to elementary, middle school, and high school students. As a youth leader, Ms. Erika teaches the importance of worshiping, giving, and incorporating God into daily living.

In addition, over the course of 8 years, she has been playing the piano and guitar for various venues and events, such as Paulding's Next Star, while also leading worship in church. Ms. Erika is not only a gifted piano Instructor but she is a singer and songwriter who loves to write Worship music. As an Instructor, youth mentor, and worship leader, Ms. Erika hopes are that everyone can experience the true love of Jesus, through relationship, fellowship, and worship!

GREG COILE: Brass & Woodwinds


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 Educators (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


Register for Mr. Jeff

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 a rehearsal pianist for the various musicals performed by the First Baptist Atlanta and the Agape Players. Jeff also has played principal 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.

Seth Kuehn: Saxophone & CLARINET


Having taught at public, private, and collegiate institutions for over twenty years, Seth Kuehn is proud to be one of Dunwoody School for the Arts’ saxophone and clarinet Instructors. Through the years Seth’s students have experienced many opportunities including principal seats in all-state bands, European performance tours, performances at American venues (New York Metropolitan Opera), and numerous education positions/assignments. Performance credits include Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Ballet Symphony Orchestra, Alliance Theatre’s world premiere productions, National Public Radio, Tyler Perry, Danny Elfman, Ben Folds, Hugh Jackman, Ray Charles, Idina Menzel, Martina McBride, Quincy Jones, Common, Aretha Franklin, Tony Bennett, Seth McFarlane, Chaka Khan, Jamie Cullum, Kenny Rogers, Patti LaBelle, Doc Severinsen, and many more. In his free time, Seth performs at metro Atlanta churches, works on book ideas with children’s book author James Dean, and holds a Costco Gold Card membership.

PHIL SMITH: percussion

Register for Mr. Phil

Drummer, author, and educator, Phil Smith has been a first-call performer in Atlanta since he arrived in 1994. Before his relocation, he received a Bachelor's Degree in Music from the University of Tennessee and a Master's Degree in Music from the 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:

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.

Ashlee Vaca: Piano & Voice 

 Register for Ms. Ashlee

Ashlee Vaca is an accomplished singer/ songwriter/ pianist from New York. After 15 years in the music industry, Ashlee has performed at venues such as Madison Square Garden, CBS's Star Search, Showtime at the Apollo, Good Day New York, and many more.

Currently residing in Atlanta, GA, Ashlee is a graduate of the Art Institute of Atlanta, where she received her Bachelor's degree in Audio Production. Ashlee is also the co-owner of her company Bad Mood Cure Music LLC. With her company, she has had the opportunity to create musical works for brands such as Zylie the Bear, with advertisements that have been broadcast on RadioDisney.

As a music teacher, Ashlee wishes to translate her experience and education into well-developed skillsets for her students that wish to break into the music industry or just want to have fun learning about music!



Registration & Scheduling:

Registration for the 2021-2022 school year is now open!!!! Our private lessons consist of 36 weekly lessons throughout the given school year. To accommodate all of our students’ busy schedules, we offer a variety of teaching duration, days, times, and hybrid options. When you choose a particular Instructor or type of private lesson, you will see the days of instruction (Mon-Thurs) as well as the time ranges of those days in our registration portal. Once you have registered, the Instructor will contact you within 24-48 hours to schedule your specific lesson time. If the time you prefer is unavailable for any reason, we will work with you to find the Instructor with your preferred time availability.

In addition, private students are expected to attend each scheduled lesson within the year. Once you have been registered for one of our classes/lessons, we consider that an agreement that you are planning to attend for the entire school year (Aug - May/36wks). At the end of the school year, students will have the opportunity to perform in our annual Spring Private Music Showcase. This year the recital will be on Saturday, May 14th, 2022 at 3pm.  

Canceled Lessons and Make-ups:

There will be only four make-up lessons allowed per school year. The Instructor should have at least 36 hours notice for non-emergencies for you to be eligible for a make-up lesson. Please contact your teacher or email as soon as possible if you are unable to get to your lesson due to illness or other unavoidable problems.

Classes/lessons will be held on Monday holidays unless indicated on our Holiday Schedule below.

You can register using the links below or by clicking the registration link in a particular Instructor's bio section. After viewing our website, if you have any additional questions and/or concerns please contact us at


Fee Structure:

Please select from the links below to register and/or submit your online payment for your private lessons. If you register after August 9th, 2021, your first month's tuition and registration fee(s) will be due upon registration. You have the option to submit your tuition payment in full or monthly. If monthly is chosen, you will be billed on or around the 10th of each month, August 2021 thru May 2022. We spread your tuition payments over 10 months as well as factor in all holidays and school breaks. Please carefully read and adhere to our payment policies and procedures regarding enrollment cancellation.



30 Minute Lesson
Monthly Billing:

* Includes 36 weeks of instruction

45 Minute Lesson
Monthly Billing:

* Includes 36 weeks of instruction

60 Minute Lesson
Monthly Billing:

* Includes 36 weeks of instruction

Private Brass/Woodwind Instruments




Private Guitar & Ukulele




Private Percussion $136 $200 $264

Private Piano




Private Voice




Registration Fee: 

$35 to be billed annually upon registration.

($20 per additional family member). 

New Student Registration

Returning Student Registration



Holiday Schedule

2021-2022 Private Lesson Year: August 9th, 2021 through May 15th, 2022 (36 lessons during the school year with an option of 8, 6, or 4 flexible lessons over the summer).

Monday, September 6th, 2021

Labor Day - No lessons

November 22nd - 28th, 2021

Thanksgiving Break-No lessons

Friday, December 17th, 2021

Make-up day for Labor Day

December 20th, 2021 -

January 2nd, 2022

Christmas Break - No lessons

Monday, January 17th, 2022

MLK Holiday - No lessons

Friday, March 11th, 2022

Make-up Day for MLK Holiday

 April 4th - 10th, 2022

Spring Break - No lessons

Saturday, May 14th, 2022

Spring Private Music Showcase 

Lessons that fall on a holiday will be held unless indicated on the above schedule. You will be responsible for the 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 and procedures as it relates to this subject matter.

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We are devoted to the discovery and development of our students' artistic gifts and talents. Our desire is for our students to thrive in their artistry, bring glory to God, and develop a lifetime love of art, dance, drama, and music.

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