Our Teachers

   

Jonathan Smith earned a BA in Music - Piano / Theory from Georgia State University and a Master of Music Theory from Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, TX.  He began piano lessons at age five and has successfully taught piano to students of all ages for 30 years.  He is a church pianist and a member of the Grammy award-winning Atlanta Symphony Chorus, since 1998.  Jonathan teaches piano on Saturdays.  

  


Sarah Adams  earned a BA in Music from Lynchburg College and a Master of Music Vocal Performance from the University of South Carolina. Her professional career includes teaching piano, voice, and violin in public and private schools, churches, and other institutions in the US and abroad.  Her performance career spans over two decades performing in London, Rome, Stockholm, Ankara, and Vienna as well as the US.  She is a member of the National Association for Music Education and the American Guild of Organists.  She teaches on Wednesdays. 

 

Sudie Lane La Plue  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 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.

 

 Laura Mustari 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  teaching 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.

  

Tom Olsen 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.