Meet Kaitlyn Davidson

Owner & Founder of Highland Music Studio & PIANOLY

Hello there!  I’m Kaitlyn and I am the owner & founder of Highland Music Studio.  Before living in Atlanta, I grew up in Macon, Georgia.  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 trained in the Music Together curriculum.  I taught music classes for 3 years in public schools, which included elementary music, middle and high school choirs.

Starting Highland Music Studio was a wild ride!  While I was a full-time public school music teacher, I started Highland Music Studio after my work hours.  I always had a dream to have my own music school because I saw so many issues with how music lessons were being taught.  So many kids and adults found music lessons “boring” and “tedious” and ultimately quit.  I wanted to create a place where students could learn music in a fun and fulfilling way.

By the summer of 2016, I had a large wait list of students and resigned from my public school teaching position.  In 2017, we hired more teachers.  Today, we have hundreds of students taking lessons.  I believe we had quick growth because we teach music in fun and creative ways & break the status quo of how music lessons are being taught.  This place has become special to so many people.  We are excited to continue impacting our community in a positive way.

After teaching so many adult piano beginners at Highland Music Studio, I was inspired to create my own piano curriculum because all the curriculums out there only teach adults via children’s songs.  I then created an online business called PIANOLY where I help beginner adult pianists go from 0 to playing their favorite songs in months, not years.  For adult beginner piano learners, I know how frustrating it can be to get stuck playing the same old children’s songs and feeling like you’re not making any progress.  With my unique teaching methods and strategies, students in my Piano Accelerator program say goodbye to those boring songs and hello to playing hits from The Beatles, Billy Joel, Adele, John Legend, and many more. And the best part? It won’t take years to get there!  I’ve seen many students go from feeling frustrated and almost giving up to being over the moon and playing their favorite songs in no time, just by shifting the way they approach learning the piano.

To see my piano teaching in action on my PIANOLY YouTube Channel >>> Click Here.

To learn more about The Piano Accelerator >>> Click Here.