We are a team that strives to inspire a lifelong love of music in every student that comes through our doors.
At Highland Music Studio, our teachers:
- Have passion to inspire and motivate students of every age
- Work together as a team to continually improve upon our lessons and programs
- Are highly qualified with advanced degrees in music education and piano performance
- Have many years of teaching experience with all ages
- Love the art of teaching music and changing lives every single day
Kaitlyn Davidson – owner, MusikGarten teacher, and piano teacher
Hello there! I’m Kaitlyn and I am the piano/Musikgarten teacher and founder of Highland Music Studio. Before living in Atlanta, I grew up in Macon, Georgia, a town known for its rich musical history – a place that put some soul into Otis Redding, The Allman Brothers and Little Richard, to name a few. I began piano lessons at age eight, with inspiration from my grandmother and great-grandmother, who were also piano teachers. By the time I graduated high school, I also learned other instruments such as clarinet, trumpet, guitar and ukulele.
I entered college on the Johns Hopkins Piano Scholarship and earned my undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia studying Music Education and Piano Performance. I studied under concert pianists Edward Eikner, Gila Goldstein and Richard Zimdars. Since completion of my degree, I’ve been certified for ages K-12 in music as well as certification in MusikGarten. I taught music classes for 3 years in public schools, which included elementary music, middle and high school choirs. Nowadays I enjoy teaching for HMS.
Dr. Hyorim Lee – piano teacher
Dr. Hyorim Lee taught piano at KyungBok College, Korea and Piano Pedagogy at BaekSuk University, Korea from 2004 to 2008. Dr. Lee has performed as solo pianist, chamber musician, and concerto soloist in major venues in Korea. She received a Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance (Piano Pedagogy minor) at the University of Georgia in 2016 and a bachelor’s degree and advanced degree in piano performance at the Trossingen Musikhochschule in Germany, after her earning a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from KyungBok College, Korea.
She is a first prize winner of the 2014 American Protégé International Concerto Competition, one of the seven finalists of the 2015 United States Virtuoso International Piano Competition, and winner of the Atlanta Music Club 2013 Graduate Piano Scholarship. In 2013, she gave a presentation on Musical Toys by Sofia Gubaidulina at the Georgia Music Teachers Association state conference. Clavier Companion magazine has just accepted the article extracted from her dissertation titled “Moving from Sonatina to Sonata: Bridging the Gap with Johann Wilhelm Hässler” for publication in late 2017.
Ellen Meadows – piano teacher & voice teacher
Beginning with teaching in-home lessons at the age of sixteen, Ellen has been an active music educator and instructor. Ellen has over twenty years of piano instruction from the age of six through the collegiate level. She studied Music Therapy for three years at the University of Georgia under Dr. Richard Zimdars. Ellen has utilized different visual and tactile methods to help students with dyslexia, auditory processing disorders and other behavioral disorders, approach reading and learning the instrument in a unique way. Using color-coding, different physical and mental exercises, she believes every student has the ability to perceive sound and can learn to read, compose and perform.
Her personal commitment to sharing music with the community extends into her working experiences as the Pianist for Unitarian Universalist Metro Atlanta North in Roswell and has included past collaboration with Peachtree Presbyterian in Atlanta with the Cherub Children’s Choir. She also offers two music elective courses at 21st Century STEM Academy, a new startup K-10 program in Decatur, GA. The courses are focused on ensemble writing, audio recording, and music technology. Ellen is a singer-songwriter and keyboard player and performs throughout Georgia, in local shows and benefit concerts. She plays in The Satisfiers of Alpha Blue and Buckhead Shaman.
Priyal Shah – piano teacher
Born and raised in a musical family in Mumbai, India, Priyal has grown up learning Indian and Western classical musical forms on the piano. Her love for music took her to the United States where she pursued her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Piano Performance from Furman University and New York University.
Having taught all genres of music on the piano for over 9 years, Priyal firmly believes that the secret behind getting the best out of a student is by adopting a teaching method that caters to the student’s needs and abilities and by creating a friendly teaching environment that allows free and candid communication between the student and teacher. Apart from teaching piano, Priyal is an active performer in the Atlanta metro area, collaborating with other musicians and composers.