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 further pursue careers in film and music.

Elly Case, Voice, violin, viola & piano


From the USA to the Caribbean, and all the way over to India, Mrs. Case has taught music lessons and performed worldwide. Growing up in Columbia, South Carolina, she has been immersed in music from the time she was born. Starting viola lessons at the age of 4, piano lessons in early elementary school, and voice lessons in fourth grade, she loves to make music and share it with her family, friends, and students. 

From beginner to advanced, Mrs. Case has been teaching voice, violin, viola, and piano for the past nine years, and her very first student is now attending college to pursue a music degree. In May of 2020, she completed a BME in Music Education from Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina. Mrs. Case’s end goal for her students is that they will become independent musicians while playing and singing with excellence and passion.

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


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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.

Jae Park, Piano


Conductor, composer, and piano teacher, Jae Park has been teaching music including piano, music theory, and conducting since 2005. Originally from Seoul, South Korea, he received a Masters Degree in Choral Conducting from the Korean National University of Arts and in Orchestral Conducting from Georgia State University. Since 2000, he has composed and arranged many educational piano pieces for publication and has had several of his compositions featured in Korea soundtracks. Prior to moving to Atlanta, he published piano music, choral works, and orchestral works.

As a DSA piano instructor, he teaches students who are beginners to intermediate while specializing in teaching students who are preparing for All-State orchestra sight-reading and ear training. His main teaching goal is to equip his students to play their instrument with accurate rhythm and pitch, while also bringing out the most musical expression from their instrument.

PHIL SMITH, percussion

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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 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 

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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!

Laura Young, Piano

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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.


Registration & Scheduling:

Registration for the 2020-2021 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 for any reason the time you prefer is unavailable, 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). There will be only four make-up lessons allowed per school year. The teacher 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 10th, 2020, 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 2020 thru May 2021. 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 Piano




Private Guitar & Ukulele




Private Percussion




Private Brass/Woodwind Instruments $128 $192 $256

Private Voice




Private Violin & Viola




Registration Fee: 

$35 to be billed annually upon registration.

($20 per each additional family member). 

New Student Registration

Returning Student Registration



Holiday Schedule

2020-2021 Private Lesson Year: August 10th, 2021 through May 17th, 2021 (36 lessons during the school year with an option of 8, 6, or 4 flexible lessons over the summer).

Monday, September 7th, 2020

Labor Day - No lessons

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020

Election Day - No lessons

November 23rd - 29th, 2020

Thanksgiving Break - No lessons

Monday, December 18th, 2020

Make-up day for Labor Day & Election Day

December 21st, 2020 -

January 3rd, 2021

Christmas Break - No lessons

Monday, January 18th, 2021

MLK Holiday - No lessons

Friday, March 12th, 2021

Make-up Day for MLK Holiday

 April 5th - 11th, 2021

Spring Break - No lessons

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 discovering and developing our students’ artistic gifts in a Christian environment, so they may thrive in their artistry, bring glory to God and develop a lifetime love of drama, music, and dance.

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