Our Teachers

Laura Mustari (Alpharetta and Phipps Plaza Studio) began playing piano at the age of 3. Although classically trained, she also received her Masters in Jazz Performance from Georgia State University. Laura's teaching experience is broad with students ranging from 5 to 85 and styles ranging from classical to jazz and popular music.  Laura is also an accomplished jazz and pop vocalist who performs around the greater Atlanta area, a musical arranger for artists in both Atlanta and New York, and has directed a piano program for seniors.  Laura teaches piano and voice at both Steinway locations.

 

Sudie Lane La Plue (Alpharetta Studio) earned a BA in Piano Performance with a minor in Pipe Organ from The University of South Alabama in Mobile. She has over 25 years experience teaching private and group piano lessons in a variety of styles including classical, pop, rock and blues. Sudie performs with dance bands, musical theater, weddings, private parties and houses of worship around greater Atlanta. Her diverse experience includes: staff musician for Orlando Disney World in Orlando, music director for Deer Creek Shores Presbyterian Church, and piano instructor for Steinway Piano Galleries in Alpharetta.  Sudie teaches piano Monday-Thursday.

 

Eriko Ishikawa (Phipps Plaza Studio) received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Piano Performance from Tokyo College of Music and a Master of Arts degree from Arizona State University. A concert pianist, Ms. Ishikawa has performed chamber music with members of Japan Philharmonic Orchestra (under direction of Seiji Ozawa), and has performed extensively in the United States, Japan, and Europe.  She is a certified Suzuki and Yamaha instructor and she is also a published composer. Her students regularly win local and state level competitions. She currently teaches piano to students from 3 to 83 years old at the Phipps Plaza location.

 

 Dr. Monique Arar (Phipps Plaza Studio) Dr. Monique Arar has over fifteen years of experience teaching piano to students of all ages. She holds a Doctorate in Musical Arts specializing in Piano Performance and has been playing piano since the age of three. Dedicated to enabling students to reach their musical goals, she is a caring, patient teacher who tailors each lesson to meet individual students' needs.  She teaches piano to students of all ages at Phipps Plaza.

 

Tom Olsen (Phipps Plaza Studio) began piano lessons at age 7 and started composing music while in middle school. Tom won the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award and numerous local and state competitions for Piano and Oboe performance. He conducted four church choirs while completing his BA in Music Composition from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. He currently performs 150+ times annually as a piano soloist, with the Tom Olsen Jazz Trio, and with other groups. Tom is the Institutional Sales Director / Education Manager for Steinway and teaches piano to students of all ages and skill levels with a special emphasis on jazz and improvisation.

 

   Micah Cadwell (Phipps Plaza Studio) began studying guitar at age 12 with Joe Rodriguez (A Flock of  Seagulls) and then began to concentrate on Jazz guitar with virtuoso Bob Shaw.  

  Micah has been teaching in and around Atlanta for the past 16 years. In 2010 he opened Carry-a-Tune Music, a    thriving in-home lesson academy, which continues to grow.  Earlier this year he partnered with the Steinway  Music Academy and is now teaching guitar students on Fridays.