Now What?

Taking music lessons is a fun activity for many children, but have you ever wondered what your child can ‘do’ with their lessons as they progress?
From pursuing a college degree in music, to starting a band, playing gigs, accompanying others, playing with or for friends in a social setting, or just establishing a lifelong appreciation, there are so many benefits of sticking with music lessons.
Even if your child has no interest in becoming a professional musician, music lessons give them a creative outlet and teaches many valuable life skills.

So weather you child is starting lessons for the first time, starting again or looking to trying a new instrument, contact us today and let us help them take the next step with to take that step with their music!

February Teacher Spotlights


Atlanta – Elideusa Aimedia – Guitar, Piano, Violin, & Voice

Elideusa started playing piano at age 5, encouraged by her father, a guitarist, to play the family’s keyboard. Around age 10 she started playing the acoustic guitar and then joined her school’s orchestra at age 11 and learned the violin.
She studied music at Boston Arts Academy and Berklee College of Music, studying abroad at the Valencia Spain campus and earning a degree in Songwriting and Music Production.
Her best teaching experience was when she the music director at Hyde Square Task Force in Boston, MA. “My ability to oversee and steer the music program while teaching simultaneously was truly wonderful. I had the opportunity to teach songwriting and music production classes to very talented youth in an under served portion of Boston,” she said.
Elideusa tries hard to personalize the experience for each of her students and celebrate their accomplishments along the way. She’s done things like left the room and watched/listened from outside to help a student overcome stage fright, demonstrated yoga poses to help students with breathing and made silly faces during tongue stretches to make the process less awkward.
Her best advice for students is, “Always approach your instrument from a calm, centered place. If you lose that balance, take a moment to step back and refocus before attempting again.”
Her biggest supporter is her friend Teresa. “I have friends I speak to on a more consistent basis, but every time I release a new song, she has it memorized by the next day. She is a fan of my lyrics, melodies and voice/performing abilities. She’s always encouraging me to reach for the stars.
”Elideusa still plays the first guitar she bought herself, a $300 Epiphone and her violin is the one her dad bought her when she was 13.Nominated by Atlanta Director, Burdett Rice, he said Elideusa has shown a lot of organization and consistence in her lessons and families seem to be pleased with her work!


Houston – David Camarena – Piano

David Camarena started piano lessons at age 6 when his grandparents bought him a keyboard.    A curious child, he tried to imitate familiar songs.  He went on to study piano performance at DePaul University in Chicago and begin teaching.After teaching for several years in Chicago and Houston, David taught elementary music at Stamford American International School in Singapore from 2014-2016.
One of his proudest teaching experiences came in Singapore when he inspired one of his student to continue lessons rather than quit.   She’s now auditioning to study music in college.In addition to teaching, David has also performed with members of the Houston Symphony, Houston Grand Opera and Houston Ballet and serving as music director at Ravenswood Fellowship Methodist Church.   He also play accompaniments for instrumentalists of all levels.
David’s current instrument is a full-sized electronic keyboard he keeps in his bedroom.   He loves it for two reasons, he said.   “Firstly, it affords me the first opportunity I’ve ever had in life to practice in my pajamas.   Secondly, it gives me the perfect retort for the student who doesn’t want to practice or take lessons because they don’t think their piano is ‘good enough’”.
He encourages his stu ents to just practice – “It is infinitely better to practice too little than to not practice at all,” he said.David was nominated for Teacher of the Month by Houston Director, Jay Maurice who said, “Thanks for doing a great job and going out of your way to treat our students right!”


Washington D.C. – Nicole Morris – Guitar, Bass Guitar, Piano & Ukuele

Nicole Morris started playing piano at age 8 when she and her brother were signed up for lessons.   She didn’t enjoy it and never practiced.    When she was 13, she got a guitar and taught herself a few songs, but didn’t start lessons until a few years later.   Nicole took that guitar with her to college where she continued to learn on her own.

Nicole’s favorite teacher is Mark Alert, her guitar teacher when she was a teenager.   “He basically taught me how to play through the classic rock and punk rock songs that I liked.   He made the lessons really fun and he was an excellent mentor.    He was someone who I trusted and considered a friend; someone I could confide in.   I try to be that to my students as well,” she said.
Her primary goal as a teacher is for her students to share their music with others.   She likes to customize lessons to specifically meet the needs and interests of students no matter what kind of music they are interested in.  Nicole’s best advice for students is, “(t)here is no such thing as too much practice”
Her favorite guitar is a Gibson SG Faded Series.  “I fell in love with this guitar because of how lightweight it is,” she said, “I have other electrics and have played ‘better guitars’, but nothing compares to how comfortable I feel with ‘my son’, as I refer to it”.
Nicole was nominated for Teacher of the Month by LIYH Washington DC/Northern Virginia Director, Heather Johnston.   Heather says, “ She is a consistent, strong teacher with us and does an amazing job with her students; she’s also an active performer and very popular in the local music scene.”


Miami / South Florida – Eduardo Balerdi – Guitar

From Buenos Aires, Argentina, Eduardo Balerdi started playing music at age 3 on a mini harp citara and then began guitar at age 5 or 6.
He studied classical guitar, rock guitar, and composition as a teenager with Eduardo Criscuolo, his favorite teacher and mentor.   “He introduced me by his own example to the multiple aspects and possibilities of this profession: being a musician,” Eduardo said.

Eduardo then studied jazz guitar, ensemble and jazz composition with Alejandro Moro and Marta Bellomo, followed by contemporary composition and strict counterpoint with Daniel Montes.
Eduardo’s main guitar is a 1980 Gibson 335 that he purchased in 1987.   “It is as comfortable and reliable and magic as it can get,” he said.
Eduardo values every moment with each of his students   His best advice for students is, “repetition, self-discipline and joy through difficulties are the key to success,” he says.    Once, when directing a high school ensemble, with many accomplished singers who had studied since childhood.    However, one member was not at the same level.    Some of the more accomplished students asked Eduardo to take the weaker student out of the concert because she was too out of tune.   Eduardo refused and instead made the ensemble rehearse only the weaker student’s part over and over for an hour.
“The concert was fantastic, she was fantastic, the kids came to tell me they had been wrong of thinking of taking her out.   Everything flow,” he said.


Denver – David Rynhart – Piano

Because he wanted to play piano like Paul McCartney, David Rynhart started playing by ear at age 7 and continued until he was 12 and then again at age 14 when a friend wanted to play Metallica.

He didn’t have formal piano lessons until he got to college at Ashland University in Ohio.  David’s favorite music teacher is Liz Pastor, was his piano teacher at Ashland University, an eccentric lady who really inspired individually.    “She took a chance on me and taught unconventionally,” he said, since he was self-taught and couldn’t read music well.
David has traveled all over the US and Europe learning, teaching and performing music on a Roland 300x digital piano.    At home, he also has a haunted magic upright piano that he found in the corner of a thrift store for $50
His best teaching experience has been teaching songwriting and rhythm workshops to communities around Colorado, part of Denver’s ‘DeTour’ program (Colorado Creative Industries).   He has also taught in Vermont and Galway, Ireland.
His best tip for students is, “Make good practicing habits, make a game of it.   Don’t think too hard,” he said.


Orlando – Sandy Lybe – Piano & Voice

Sandy Lybe grew up in a family of professional musicians.   Her father was a church organist/pianist and her mother was a pianist and vocalist as well as a teacher.   She began lessons with her mother around age 4.   “I couldn’t have had better training than I had being surrounded by music my whole life,” Sandy said.
And, by far, she said, he mother was her favorite teacher.   “They say never try to teach your own family members, but (my mother) was able to teach me in a loving and professional way.   Every day was a lesson.   Sometimes I wished I was like every other kid, with a lesson once a week, but even then, I knew I was very luck,” Sandy said.    Sandy went on to study piano performance with Rita Fuzek at California State University at Fullerton.

She has continued to keep music in the family; her husband and daughter are her biggest supporters.   “When I am directing a choir, they always sing.   When I perform, they are always in the audience.   When I need a page turner, my daughter is always there,” she said.
She was quite sad to have to sell her family piano she learned to play on and all of her family had played.   It had been moved several times, and because it was old, she knew it would not make another cross-country move.
Sandy’s dedication and experience as a music teacher has spanned more than 30 years.   “Every student is a blessing and a challenge,” she said, “I love to teach a student who starts out challenged and find the key to turning the experience into a success.”
She recalled one of her young students who had a lot of difficulty with eighth note rhythms to the point of almost quitting.   Sandy & the student perservered and the student is now living in NYC composing and performing her own music.   Sandy enjoys keeping up with the student on social media and hearing about all of her experiences.


Seattle – Cole Holland -Piano

Cole Holland started piano lessons at age 3 to develop skills outside of sports and continued his music education throughout his childhood, including age 13 to 18 with Mariya Koshkina, whom he calls his favorite teacher.
“Prior to studying with her, I had very little experience with technique, scales and overall discipline of learning repertoire.   She was extremely demanding, but I knew she just wanted to see me be the best I could be on piano,” he said.
Cole recently earned his Bachelor’s in music composition from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle.
His best teaching experience came about a year ago while working with a shy 8 year old girl.   Her progress had been very slow and every skill seemed difficult.   Cole had been in constant communication with the student’s parents to keep them involved in her practicing between lessons.   And then one day, everything clicked – she could read notes, play accurate rhythms and was confident in sight reading.
“It was a major breakthrough.   It was a great feeling knowing that all the hard work that myself and her parents put in paid off,” he said.   “More importantly, the student was enjoying the instrument so much more and was having a lot more fun.”
Cole is always there to help a student who is struggling with a particular piece of skill.   “I always try different techniques that might make the repertoire easier for them,” he said, “For example, it can be creating a new exercise targeting a difficulty the student has, and incorporating that exercise into the student’s regular practices.”
His best advice to students is to stay consistent with practcing.   “It is better to have 6 days with 5 minutes of practice a day, than to have only one day with 2 hours of practice,” he said.
He suggests planning practice time around an everyday activity, like a few minutes before you sit down to dinner, or after you get back from another activity.  “Developing a habit of practicing is key to staying on top of your lessons,” he said.


Welcome New Students

Changing Music Teachers

Lessons In Your Home Atlanta would like to welcome the following new students to our LIYH family.
We’re so glad you’ve decided to take music lessons with us!



 Ashley H. taking trumpet lessons in Milton with Bryan Ashmore
Kierra C., taking ukulele lessons in Sandy Springs with Matthew Walker
Marshall S. taking guitar lessons in Fairburn with Matthew Walker
Maddie M. taking guitar lessons in Brookhaven with Maddie MacPhee
Patrick F. taking piano lessons in Brookhaven with Krystal Johnson
Nia M. taking piano lessons in East Point with Erik Lofgren
Mary Anna M. taking guitar lessons in Sandy Springs with David Fu
James S. taking guitar lessons in Brookhaven with James Schneider


Harper W. taking piano lessons in Houston with Joy Henderson
Samantha S taking piano lessons in Houston with Laura Link
Laine P taking piano lessons in Houston with Brynn Montes
Olivia N taking piano lessons in Houston with David Camarena
Eva N taking piano lessons in Houston with David Camarena
Sophie N taking piano lessons in Houston with David Camarena
Renya N taking piano lessons in Houston with David Camarena
Shelev O taking piano lessons in Sugarland with David Camarena


Micah taking piano lessons in Ashburn with Quennie Moreno
John taking piano lessons in Chevy Chase with Kenya Wilson
Clayton taking piano lessons in Chevy Chase with Kenya Wilson
Avani taking piano lessons in Gaithersburg with Heather Johnston
Sierra taking cello and voice in Great Falls with Megan Sanchez
Pearl taking piano in Kensington with Kenya Wilson
Carson taking guitar in Vienna with Nicole Morris
Logan taking piano in Arlington with Miles Harshman
Declan taking guitar in Arlington with Miles Harshman
Julia taking piano in Fairfax with Quennie Moreno
Jackson taking trombone in Great Falls with Leo Ciarlone
Abby taking cello in Arlington with Isabel Carpio
Henry taking piano in Arlington with Brent Smith
Ben taking piano in Arlington with Brent Smith
Lexi taking guitar in Great Falls with Robert Plier
Sophia taking piano in Bethesda with Miles Harshman


Richard D. taking bass guitar lessons in Miami with Chris Valente
Aimee E. taking piano lessons in Miami with Mitch Bonkowski
Jackson G. taking guitar lessons in Coral Gables with Rodolfo Arteaga


Mason G. taking guitar lessons in Westminster with Timmy Miller
Jacob K. taking banjo lessins in Lone Tree with Adam Green
Alex N. taking piano lessons in Denver with Joey Taczak
Craig M. taking guitar lessons in Highlands Ranch with Kevin Jones
Skylar W. taking piano lessons in Denver with David Rynhart
Cadence C. taking guitar lessons in Denver with Kyle Donovan
Raegan P taking piano lessons in Denver with Tess Halonen
Katie C. taking flute lessons in Aurora with Tess Halonen
Skylar W. taking piano lessons in Denver with David Rynhart
Jackson W. taking guitar lessons in Denver with David Rynhart


 Olivia C. taking piano lessons in Orlando
Elyse S. taking piano & voice lessons in Windermere
Renessa G. taking piano lessons in Winter Garden


Toni R. taking violin lessons in Seattle with Charlotte Gilbert
Kendall A. taking piano lessons in Bothell with Jennifer Wilson
Sakura P. taking violin lessons in Seattle with Alice Yoo
Akina P. taking violin lessons in Seattle with Alice Yoo
Wesley R. taking piano lessons in Seattle with Kyle Griffity
Jaxon R. taking piano lessons in Seattle with Kyle Griffit
Olivia H. .taking guiat lessons in Seattle with Kyle Griffit
Diva R. taking piano lessons in Redmond with Jennifer Wilson
Bisu K. taking piano lessons in Mercer Island with Alice Youu
Candice W. taking piano lessons in Seattle with Ben Cleveland
Amelia K. taking violin lessons in Seattle with Mia Diluzio

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