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 music 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, piano teacher & Music Together teacher
Hello there! I’m Kaitlyn and I am the piano teacher, Music Together teacher & 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 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. Nowadays I enjoy teaching and creating fun and innovative music programs for Highland Music Studio.
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.
Scott Plato – guitar teacher
Scott received his Bachelor’s degree in classical guitar performance from Georgia State University under the instruction of John Sutherland, a protege of Andres Segovia. He recently completed his Master of Music degree at Adams State University. In 1995 Scott founded the guitar department at Gainesville College in Gainesville Georgia and was the Head of Guitar Studies there until 2000. His book on guitar improvisation, “Creating Guitar Solos,” is now being sold worldwide on www.lulu.com. Previous collaborations have included performances with members of the Atlanta Symphony and the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra. Scott currently maintains a busy schedule as a performer and teacher in the Atlanta area and is Head of Guitar Studies at Gordon State College.
Scott is endorsed by and exclusively performs with D’Addario strings. In 2017, Scott released a solo CD “Sacred Music on Solo Guitar”. For sound samples visit https://scottplato.hearnow.com. Scott is a voting member of the Grammy Recording Academy. Each year he is an active voter in the Grammy Awards.
Elizabeth Jones – piano & voice teacher
Atlanta Soprano, Elizabeth Jones, has been teaching voice and piano for over ten years. Elizabeth received her B.A. in music from Mississippi State University and her M.M. in vocal performance from Georgia State University. Elizabeth enjoys working with all ages and levels of students. She teaches a vast array of genres from Pop and Country to Musical Theatre and Classical.
Clara Vargas – piano teacher
Coming from a musical family, Clara Vargas began piano lessons at age six. Clara received her B.A. in music from the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University, where she studied oboe and secondary organ, and completed her M.M. in music performance at Georgia State University. She has worked as a pianist and organist at a variety of churches and as an accompanist for several local school’s choirs Large Group Performance Evaluations. Having taught piano to all ages groups for several years, Clara enjoys working with students of all skill levels.
In addition to teaching piano, Clara is an affiliate with Andover Educators, and is committed to incorporating body mapping principles to her instruction, particularly with younger children. When not teaching piano, Clara’s musical pursuits include performing as a multi-instrumentalist with a variety of local ensembles, musical theater playhouses, and as a vocalist in area church choirs.